3D Printer Build Group 11 is here!

Build your very own 3D printer at Nova Labs!

The 11th 3D Printer Build Group is launching on December 9th, 2pm, at Nova Labs. On that date we’ll be putting together a kit that anyone can purchase, assemble, and turn into their very own Nova I3 3D printer. If you’ve got time to help assemble, please sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/245247401/.

The 3D Printer Build Group meets every Monday evening from 7-9pm to assemble kits.

Kits will cost $450 for Nova Labs members, $500 otherwise, and may be purchased at any time, but will not be ready for pickup until the 9th. There will probably be kits available for some time after the assembly, but they are sold on a first-come first-serve basis. If you have any questions feel free to email Paul Chase – paenian at gmail dot com – or come to any of the 3d Printer Build Nights, every Monday evening from 7-9pm.

If you’re interested in joining the build group you can email Paul Chase: paenian at the gmail dot com


The printer we’re building is the Nova I3, which is a high-end printer for a mid-range price.
Features include:

  • Genuine E3D hotend, capable of printing high-temperature materials
  • Heated Bed
  • 24v motor and heater supply for high torque and fast heating
  • 200mm cubic build area
  • LCD & SD card for computer-independent printing
  • Available upgrade to dual-extrusion

The frames and 3d printed components are made right at Nova Labs; we’re also looking for volunteers to cut frames and print parts.

Laser Cutting

If you’re trained on the laser I could especially use help cutting – each kit comes from a single sheet of MDF, and takes ~40 minutes to cut. After cutting, the parts are stored in our boxes waiting for the kit assembly. Please contact Paul Chase, paenian at gmail dot com if you can spare some laser babysitting time 🙂

3D Printing

All the parts are printed by volunteers; they’re up on my Github page: https://github.com/paenian/i3_parts/tree/master/bg11

The full_plate.stl is everything needed for a printer, about 12 hour print on a BG machine. The other three plates combine to make the same parts if you have a smaller machine. Parts must be printed in (recommended) PETG or ABS; color is not important. Again, please contact Paul Chase, paenian at gmail dot com if you’d like to print a set or two :-)​

3D Printer Build Group X – Kit Assembly

Ed. note: Key Member [Paul Chase] writes in to talk about the 10th 3D Printer build group at Nova Labs:

This post is a bit dated, sorry! Back in March before NoVa MakerFaire, Nova Labs launched its 10th 3D Printer Build Group, making our mildly customized Prusa I3 printer, the Nova I3. With the launch of this build group, Nova Labs once again has 3D printer kits for sale – $500 for regular folks, but only $450 for Nova Labs associate and key members!

Before selling the kits, though, we must assemble them! For that I called on the Nova Labs community to help distribute the dozens of parts.

If you’re interested in joining the build group you can email Paul Chase: paenian at the gmail dot com, or join us on Monday evening, from 7-9pm – we should have kits for the next few weeks at least:
April 17th: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/236823846/
April 24th: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/236823896/
May 1st: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/zztzvlywhbcb/

And now, pictures!

This is what the machines look like once they’re put together:

Finished Nova I3 Printer

Finished Nova I3 Printer