Custom 3D printer carriage hides smart features

Even if you have a decent sized workshop, there are only so many things you can have sitting on the bench at a time. that’s why [Eric Strebel]still the prolific maker, decided to build this sleek cart for their rather bulky Ultimaker 3 Extended printer. (Video, embedded below.) While the cart is obviously designed to match the aesthetics of the Ultimaker, the video below is sure to contain helpful tips and tricks no matter what printer or tool you you’re looking to carry around the shop in style. .

[Eric] make a second video on the drawing sketch.

On the surface it might look like a pretty standard rolling cart, and admittedly at least half of the video is a bit more New Yankee Workshop than something that would usually interest us here on Hackaday. Corn [Eric] incorporated a number of neat little details into the basket that we think are worth mentally tidying up for future projects.

For example, we really liked his use of magnets to hold the plastic bins in place, especially his method of letting the magnets line up first before locking everything together with screws and hot glue. The built-in uninterruptible power supply is also a nice touch, as it not only helps protect your prints in the event of a power outage, but means you can even move the carriage (very carefully…) while the printer does its thing .

But perhaps the most interesting element of the trolley is that [Eric] moved the NFC sensors from the Ultimaker to the back of the printer and into the carriage itself. This allows the printer to always read the NFC chip embedded in Ultimaker filament rolls, even when they are securely locked away from moisture in a sealed box.

Now all you have to do is apply for the loan you’ll need to pay for all the MDF you’ll need to make your own build. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if enclosing your 3D printer in metal would end up being cheaper than using wood.