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Obvious 3D printer technology based on 25. Self-service

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MOST Delta filament as guide.JPG This page was part of an MTU course MY4777/MY5777/EE4777/EE5777: Open-source 3-D printing

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Notice: Broad and/or obvious patent claims for 3-D printing technology may hamper the open-source 3-D printing community's ability to innovate. Previous work on an algorithm protected 3-D printing materials. This page is part of a MTU Open Source 3-D Printing class project to investigate 3-D printing concepts using TRIZ and is presented here as a defensive publication of prior art to help identify obvious 'inventions' for 3-D printing.

Examiners: The ideas on this page dated Dec 3, 2015 and Nov 29, 2016 were developed by university students with less than a semester of formal 3-D printing experience (or by an instructor in class) and thus should be considered unpatentable because of obviousness to any person skilled in the art of additive manufacturing.
Appropedians: This page is open edit. Please fee free to add ideas and sign them below with ~~~~ or to use any of the ideas to built better open-source 3-D printers.


  1. use webcam to monitor print Mikehartl (talk) 07:40, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  2. emergency stop for print falures Mikehartl (talk) 07:41, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  3. automate webcam to make smart decisions in real time Mikehartl (talk) 07:41, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  4. compare printed model to 3D model in real time to automatically calibrate itself Mikehartl (talk) 07:42, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  5. use multiple webcams to view object from different angles to compare object to model Mikehartl (talk) 07:42, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  6. use webcam to self calibrate Mikehartl (talk) 07:42, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  7. scrap bad prints and excess plastic to create recycled filament Mikehartl (talk) 07:43, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  8. use excess heat from hotend to heat the print bed Mikehartl (talk) 07:44, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  9. add flashy LEDs to entertain people while they watch the print Mikehartl (talk) 07:46, 1 December 2015 (PST)


  1. Auto-Calibration Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  2. Auto-Rotation for severe overhangs Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  3. Auto-collection of waste filament for recycling Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  4. Loss of Rod connections Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  5. Clogged Extruder Head Sensor Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  6. Environment Chamber for Print Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  7. Multiple temperature sensors for even bed temperature for heated bed Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  8. Auto application of adhesion helper Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  9. Solar power to reduce power consumption Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  10. Solar heat collection to help heat print bed Nakolean (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2016 (PST)
  1. Self cleaning Nozzle Jhbell (talk) 06:51, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  2. Auto wipe off failed part to recycle immediately Jhbell (talk) 06:51, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  3. Auto failed part sensor Jhbell (talk) 06:51, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  4. Self cleaning/adhering print bed Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  5. Solar Power heat collection Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  6. Auto Bed Leveling Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  7. Auto Calibrate Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  8. Controlled Remotely to load parts to be printed/ check progress Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  9. Auto Recycle to gain more filament Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  10. Lamination sensor Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  11. Feedback for underextrusion Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  12. Auto positioning for most efficient print location Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  13. Filament dribble cleaner Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  14. Auto temperature windup for faster time between prints Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  15. Add step sequence for printing, cleaning, heating and starting new print Jhbell (talk) 07:13, 4 December 2018 (PST)


WestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)

  1. recycle waste filament etc brim or skirts WestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  2. Autowipe similar to taz WestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  3. Remote control, via phone, to start printsWestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  4. sensor to abort print if arm falls offWestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  5. sensor to abort print if part detaches from bedWestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  6. sensor to abort print if filament is outWestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  7. multiple filament infeed if one runs out WestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  8. sensor to abort print if head falls off WestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  9. sensor to monitor layer qualityWestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  10. auto abort print if intial layers are bad WestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  11. automatic bed leveling WestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  12. automatic bed temp for different filamentsWestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  13. sensors trip if something foreign comes in print areaWestonButler (talk) 07:22, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  14. Auto clogged head sensorWestonButler (talk) 07:26, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  15. auto unclogging cycle WestonButler (talk) 07:26, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  16. Auto part removalWestonButler (talk) 07:26, 4 December 2018 (PST)
  17. Ability to parse while running a print? WestonButler (talk) 07:26, 4 December 2018 (PST)