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Just another wooden 3D-Delta-Printer (Open Source Project)
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Wood-D - Just another wooden 3D-Delta-Printer (Open Source Project)

Wood-D is a 3D-Delta-Printer based on LASER-cut plywood or MDF. The joints are made of bearing balls and neodym ring magnets.

Wood-D Delta Printer (Beta 1)

Design Objectives

Main Features

  • Large printing area while compact dimensions.
  • All constructed parts are made of 4 mm LASER cut plywood or MDF
  • High precision of part positions, mounting angles and fitting based on LASER cut design.
  • Easy assembly! The plywood parts/puzzle are held together with key and slots and a little bit of glue. Plug and play nearly without measuring or adjusting.
  • High stiffness due to box design with cross bracing.
  • All non-plywood parts are standard industrial parts, which can be bought in online shops or eBay. (only drive shafts have to be sawed).
  • Magnetic joints simplify the construction by giving a very high precision, automatic readjustment, less friction and zero backlash.
  • Prepared for PCB Heatbed (200 x 200 mm) or disk Heatbed (250 mm)(3 point leveling).
  • Effector is prepared for J Head Nozzle (or others with 16 mm mounting diameter).
  • Effector with fan (25 mm) and air channels for nozzle cooling.
  • Electronics placed in a drawer for easy service and adaption. The drawer has mounting holes and slots for most common electronics.
  • Mechanical OR optical Endstops
  • All cables can be hidden in base/top box and 2 cable tubes.
  • Sub-D connector in top box for HotEnd and extruder drive.
  • Mounting place for bowden extruder dive (cold end)
  • Necessary tools: LASER cutter (visit a FabLab/Hackerspace in your area), hand saw and file for metal, screw drivers, inbus keys, gripper, cutter, soldering iron, casein glue, 2-component glue (Epoxy)

Optional Features

The plywood parts already have mounting holes for additional / optional features:

  • Auto bed leveling
  • 24 LED in top box to light the printing area.
  • 24 (12, 8, 6, ...) LED ring below the effector to light the actual printing (not in combination with Auto bed leveling).
  • 13 (9, 7, 5, ...) LED half ring below the effector to light the actual printing. (in combination with Auto bed leveling)
  • Fans in base box (40 mm)
  • LCD panel box (at work...)
  • 3 pedestals with 8 mm threads
  • Alternative effector designs for other nozzles are available.


Principle Delta / Rostock
Construction LASER cut 4mm plywood or MDF (5 pieces a 400 x 300 mm)
Printing area Rectangle 200 x 175 mm or
Circle 240 mm diameter or ...
See next chapter
Printing height 225 mm (Beta 1)
280 mm (Beta 2)
(Beta 1: at a linear system length of 650 mm)
(Beta 2: at a linear system length of 700 mm)
about linear system length minus 425 mm
Dimension base box 337 x 296 x 60 mm
Dimension top box 337 x 296 x 20 mm
Dimension printer 337 x 296(+extruder drive) x ~750 mm Height depends only on linear system length
Joints Magnetic (neodym ring magnets with bearing balls)
Drive NEMA 17 Stepper motors with timing (cam) belt GT2 or T2.5

Printing Area / Space

Wood-D Printing Area

In contrast to a cartesian printer (X-, Y-, Z-axis) with a fixed rectangular printing area (X, Y) you can decide which ugly compromise you will choose for a delta printer. The different printing areas affects only the settings in firmware and software - no hardware change required. The reachable area at a delta printer is an intersection of circles and cut-offs by mechanical limits. Maybe future CAM software can handle this reaching area as printing area.

Geometry Size X min X max Y min Y max Y Offset PCB Heat Bed Centered to Comment
Circle Dia. 240 mm -120 120 -120 120 0 Outside System
Circle Dia. 210 mm -105 105 -90 120 15 Inside PCB HeatBed
Square 186 x 186 mm -93 93 -87 108 15 Inside PCB HeatBed
Rectange 200 x 175 mm -100 100 -66 109 21.5 Inside -
Rectange 240 x 110 mm -120 120 -30 80 25 Outside -
Rectange 255 x 85 mm -127.5 127.5 -17.5 67.5 25 Outside -
Rectange 260 x 75 mm -130 130 -12.5 62.5 25 Outside -
Rectange 280 x 42 mm -140 140 -1 41 20 Outside -
SAVE Circle Dia. 228 mm -114 114 -114 114 0 Outside System Pos. Joint rot. Angles
SAVE Square 180 x 180 mm -90 90 -68 112 22 Inside - Pos. Joint rot. Angles

In Z-direction the printing space is (for easy handling) an extrusion of the printing area (cylinder, cube). You can get a little more printing height by shrinking the area. The printing height depends direct on the drive shaft length (1 mm more shaft gets 1 mm more height). For more details see spreadsheet on GitHub repository.

'SAVE' means that the joints rotation angles are only positive. On negative rotation angles the effector drives below the lift - this can be handled by the firmwares math but needs room for the joints and diagonal rods.


Constructive Parts

Base and Top Box

The base and top boxes are made of LASER cut plywood and hold together with key and slots and a little bit of glue. Through the box design with cross bracing the stiffness is very high. All holders, fittings, slots… are part of the LASER cut design.

Linear System

Beta 1: Standard industrial linear system with a 8 mm drive shafts and linear bearings LM8UU

Beta 2: Standard industrial linear system with a 12 mm drive shafts and linear bearings LM12LUU

The printing height depends on the length of the shafts. 100 mm more shaft gives 100 mm more printing room but also more instability.

Lift (vertical carriage)


Effector (3D carriage, holder of the nozzle)


Weight of Effector:

Part Weight [g]
Wooden Box + Screws 40
6 Balls 42
6 Magnets 8
J Head Nozzle (mk5) + Bowden Conn. 30
Fan 5
R/C Servo + Leveling Switch (optional) 30
SUM 155


Magnetic Joints
Magnetic Joint Example

Magnetic joints made by neodym ring magnets (10 x 6 x 3…4 mm [outer diameter x inner diameter x height]) and bearing balls (12 mm [diameter]).

Beta 1: The bearing balls are glued to the lift (carriage) and effector. The ring magnets are part of the rods.

Beta 2: The ring magnets are pressed in and glued to the lift (carriage) and effector. The bearing balls are part of the rods.

See also article Joints for Delta Printer and Magnet joint

With the combination of a ring magnets 10 x 6 x 3 mm and bearing balls (12 mm) a cracking force of about 5.5 N (550 g) upright was measured. The magnets datasheet promises a holding force of 1.5 kg at a big and flat piece of steel.

Mounting Places

Mounting place for bowden extruder dive (cold end)

Drive Parts


Three standard NEMA 17 Stepper motors are used. The length is not limited

Recommended torque: more than 0.4 Nm (44 Ncm)

Timing (Cam) Belt and Pulleys

Standard industrial timing (cam) belt type GT2 with a 20 tooth pulley OR type T2.5 with a 16 tooth pulley. Clamp plates are part of the LASER cuts for both types.

Spanning can be done by shifting downwards the motor (up to 3 mm) while tighten screws.


Electronics placed in a ‘drawer’ for easy service. The drawer has mounting holes and slots for:

Additional mounting holes inside base box for:

Or any electronics compliant with RepRap Interface Standard RIS 1 with DIY mounting or external case. See List of electronics

Used in Beta 1: Arduino Mega 2560 with RAMPS 1.4 shield and Marlin firmware

Used in Beta 2: Arduino Due with RADDS shield and Repetier-Firmware

The base box gives enough room for hide the board and all cables. For the wiring between the base and top box two aluminum tubes holds (and hides) the cables.


Endstop switches mounted in top box can be chosen from the following list:

  • Micro switch with 19 mm length. Can be clamp in with a M3 screw.
  • Transmissive optical sensor with phototransistor CNY 37 or TCST 2103
  • Endstop PCB for optical sensor like Gen7 Endstop 1.3.1

Fine leveling can be done by M3 screws in the lifts



Auto Bed Leveling


Printing Parts

Extruder Nozzle

A standard J Head Nozzle is used. See also RepRap Interface Standard RIS 1 for nozzle holder.

Bowden Extruder Drive

Wood-D Extruder Drive

The extruder drive case is also LASER cut and is related to the Wade's Geared Extruder.

The details are described in the separate article Wood-D Extruder Drive.

Heated Bed

The base box is designed to hold a standard square PCB Heatbed (active area 186x186mm). Alternatively a disk with a diameter up to 300mm can be used (active area diameter 240mm).

The square heated bed is shifted 15 mm in +Y direction to reach the corners and get a bigger print area.

Three long holes are available for own disk bed design. Beta 2: Additional three magnets can be pressed in to hold a bed.

Note: Aluminum disks and round mirrors with 250 mm diameter are available in online shops and eBay.

Additional Parts (Option)

LED illumination


LCD Panel


Bill of Materials


  • # Parts
  • 5 4 mm plywood or MDF with 400 x 300 mm
  • 3 Steel shaft 12 mm with length 700 mm (grounded surface and hardened)
  • 6 Long linear bearing for 12 mm LM12LUU
  • 2 Aluminum tube 16 mm with length 640 mm
  • 6 Ball Bearing with flange F605ZZ
  • 3 Steel shaft 5 mm with length 34 mm
  • 3 Timing (cam) belt GT2 or T2.5 with length about 2 m
  • 6 Pulley for GT2 (20 teeth) OR T2.5 (16 teeth)
  • 3 NEMA 17 Stepper Motor
  • 12 Screws M3 x 8
  • 12 Washer M3
  • 12 Bearing balls 12 mm
  • 12 Neodym ring magnets 10 x 6 x 3…4 mm
  • 1 PCB Heatbed OR self-made disk bed
  •  ? Screws and springs for heated bed
  • 1 Thermistor
  • 3 Endstop switch OR optical sensor OR
  •  ? Screws and springs for end switch
  • 1 Controller unit with stepper driver (Arduino+RAMPS, Gen7, Megatronics, Sanguinololu…)
  • 1..2 Fan 40 x 40 x 20 mm, 12 V
  • 1 Fan 25 x 25 x 10 mm, 12 V
  • 1 Power supply
  • 1 Power switch
  • 1 Extruder HotEnd (J-Head-nozzle mk5)
  • 1 Extruder drive (Wood-D Extruder Drive)
  • 1 PTFE (Teflon™) 4/2 mm tubewith length about 1 m
  • ...to be completed…
  • Casein Glue
  • 2-Component Glue (Epoxy)


After finishing the first beta phase the construction drawings and LASER cut files will go online. Please wait...

Design and LASER cut files at GitHub repository github.com/jkDesignDE/Wood-D

Current Status

Beta 1:

Part Status Comment
Dimensions Drawing ready at GitHub repository github.com/jkDesignDE/Wood-D
Constructive and drive parts ready Improvements in Beta 2
Joints ready and working Improvements in Beta 2
Printing parts ready
Electronics RAMPS ready
Electronics RADDS rewirering, testing...
Motor Driver PROBLEMS, still testing... Switched back from DRV8825 to A4988,
First print ...

Beta 2:

Part Status Comment
Dimensions Drawing ready, but still improving at GitHub repository github.com/jkDesignDE/Wood-D
Excel Movement and Joints Calculation ready see SpreadSheet Leveling (SSL) for Delta Printer
Redesign of all wooden parts ready, optimizing puzzle arangement
Other parts
power supply, filament spanner
most ready, some at work...
LASER cut waiting...
Verify build ...
Publishing design ...
Totorials ...
Improvements ...


See also sub-project:


More infos about the project on the blog page wood-d.de (German language)