Working Lego printer adorned with minifigs


31 Responses to “Working Lego printer adorned with minifigs”

  1. knutmo says:

    you say printer, I say plotter.


    • Paul says:

      Nah, a plotter would follow vector instructions drawing solid and continuous lines in any direction on the page. This is clearly printing pixel data, raster fashion, working it’s way from one end of the paper to the other a line at a time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I say marvel.

  3. thekx says:

    Sweet. Bring on CMYK.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m guessing that the ink is pretty cheap too….

  5. Steve Schnier says:

    This is amazing!

    I wonder how may sheets per minute it prints?

    • DarwinSurvivor says:

      Judging by the way it prints, that would depend entirely on the ammount of “black” on the page and how spread out it is.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Perfect printing music.

  7. brie987 says:

    Can I use non proprietary markers? By the looks of this my sharpie bill will be expensive.

  8. AlanJCastonguay says:

    Great! Now I just need a 3D printer to produce Lego pieces.

  9. Anonymous says:

    absolutely amazing! its a great way to add charm to one of the most boring pieces in your home office! great job.

  10. dainel says:

    Scale it up. Replace the marker with a spray gun. You have something that prints posters up to 10 feet across. Those kinds of printers costs $100K ++. And if you use regular paint, it’s got to be cheaper than those printer inks right?

    • Anonymous says:

      A group of artists did this around 1994 in France, using an SGI — they would scan some known art piece, a few square CM worth, and blow it up on a canvas, on a 3 x 3 meter frame, with a circuit controlling the paintgun. It was really cool. Haven’t seen anything similar since. It was called G.R.I.P…

  11. dhalgren says:

    Thank you for posting this Cory. This brought a smile to Mr. Cranky’s face (that would be me).

  12. MelSkunk says:

    I dunno, maybe it’s the music, but that mustache on the little minifig supervisor makes me think he keeps his hot pants for the fab gay rave scene in his locker for after work ;)

  13. Anonymous says:

    What a nice job! I can’t believe it’s made with LEGO blocks!

  14. jo3lr0ck5 says:

    Can anyone say awesome? I want one!!

  15. hammelworks says:

    G33ks are too cool!

  16. Anonymous says:


  17. Anonymous says:

    that. is. so. awesome.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Outstanding engineering! I love the little workers. This made my day, thanks for sharing!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Now this is the way Macgyver would print his dissertation if his printer broke the day before…

  20. Mark Crummett says:

    It’s about time we acknowledged these beings in our machines, The Ones Who Make Everything Work.
    I rather like the idea of a crew-served printer. And they scale, too!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Freaking insane!

  22. robbersdog says:

    A superb bit of kit! Very impressed.

    The pony was a bit, well, pony though. :o)

  23. Dewi Morgan says:

    A wonderful thing.

  24. estope says:

    if this were Hp or Epson, that marker would cost a fortune to replace.

  25. Anonymous says:

    That is sooooooooo coooooooool!!!! Top work! :)

    Do you have beautifully illustrated instructions? Just like the lego ones? How about any old instructions? I wanna build this!!!! Drivers? Parts?? Pieces????

  26. SteveT says:


    I know this is off-topic, but does anyone know where that riff that starts at around 1:12 comes from? Not the chiptunes style thing, but the original rif. I know it’s very old, as am I, which is probably why I can’t remember what it’s called; and it’s bugging me!

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