Project Log 5: The Scrap is a lie

A project log for Converting Inkjet printers into FDM 3D printers

Inkjets could be used as an FDM Resin 3D printer by replacing the ink by other fluids and adding a Z axis.

fulanodetailFulanoDetail 09/15/2022 at 22:390 Comments

Project Log 5:

19:14 hours - Brasilia Timezone - 15 September

It took me almost 3 hours to reach there, first a bus, then a metro, then walking for an 1 hour. They apologised saying "the trash was collected yesterday" (yet, they swore beforehand that they were "holding it for me").
I got so pissed off that I simply took a Uber (and paid it, it wasn't cheap). I'm trying to keep myself from spending money as much as possible because (I'm broke, and) I want this project to be as accessible as possible for everyone.

The biggest problem is that I never needed a god dang inkjet printer before, and from what I remember, someone could buy it for around 200 brazilian bucks at worst. Now these are as expensive as actual 3D printers.

My Creality Ender 3 Pro 2 was around 1.600 R$ (around 500 dollars at the time, and yes, I know most of you paid around 100 bucks for it, and yes, I feel like crap remembering it), any inkjet printer costs around 1200 R$ (around 200 dollars). Just ?!?1?

I just feel really frustrated and stupid right now, simply because I'm 6 days in this project without any progress, without any material to work with and specially because I didn't made a price research before hand to see if it was even economically viable.

And yes, I tried to see if I could at least just buy the inkjet nozzle/printing head and just work from there, but just the head alone is like 300 R$?!! (around 50 dollars, maybe cheap for you guys, not for me).

I also checked those "micro inkjet printers" that are basically just a printing head, and they are as much expensive.

I've talked to a bunch of online sellers that sell broken printers for salvaging parts, no answer until now. But at least I'm doing my best. I guess...

And just saying, I kinda wait until around 19h to 22h to write project logs because I want to be as calm and relaxed as possible...

Anyway, tomorrow I will try to think on what to do next. I'm just so tired right now...

Note: "Scrap is a lie" is just a joke with the "The cake is a lie" from the game "Portal". If anyone is wondering...