December 26, 2013 AT 7:00 am

A 3D jello printer made out of old CD-ROM drives #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3D

A 3D jello printer made out of old CD-ROM drives:

…Over on SpritesMods, one intrepid party-goer realized jello shots for a 25th birthday party could be spiced up with some food dye and a syringe, but found the process of creating the figures by hand to be a bit tedious. So, a 3D printer was created by breaking down the parts of some old CD-ROM and DVD drives, and mounting the usable parts, such as the stepper motors, to a wood base.

A tube was hooked up to a syringe that held the dye, which in turn was connected to the injection needle. One of the CD-ROM drive’s tray ejector was positioned near the syringe’s plunger and used to inject the dye.

A few different figurines were hard-coded into the printer’s AVR microcontroller by way of specifying different dye injection coordinates. The printer only needed around 10V of power to function, so it was hooked up to a laptop battery, making the rig somewhat portable….

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