Early last month, SolidSmack reported on an impressive large format 3D printer made from two $9.99 IKEA LACK side tables created by Northampton-based 3D printing enthusiast Wayne Mason-Drust – AKA the “Printtable“.

Using an E3D V6 Titan Extruder with an MKS SBase controller and an MKS TFT using Smoothieware, the (<$395) large format 3D printer/world's greatest IKEA hack measured in surprisingly close to MakerBot’s $6,500 Replicator Z18 large format 3D printer’s build volume of 30 L X 30.5 W X 45.7 H CM.

This week, Mason-Drust has uploaded the full build instructions for the Printtable in 25 steps for those who want to build their own large format 3D printer on the cheap.

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“Inspiration to create a 3D printer from an Ikea Lack table simply came from the fact that my BFB 3D touch printer had been placed on top of a LACK table for the last 5 years,” explained Mason-Drust. “Whilst the LACK table absorbed the vibration and forces applied from 5 years of printing the table showed no obvious signs of wear or distortion. Further investigation of the LACK range fueled my ambition by the world having easy access to IKEA furniture chain, resulting in a worldwide common platform on which to build the range of large format printers.”

While the $395 (or so) build will certainly take the better part of a weekend (or two), the result is surprisingly polished for a DIY build. Check out the full guide – instructional videos included – over at Instructables.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.