The DIY device can be assembled using commercially available parts.
Hack A Day reports that a hobbyist inventor, simply called Mark, has claimed to have created the world’s first solar-powered 3D printer. The device is based on an open-source RepRap Mendel 3D printer than can be assembled at home from commercially available pieces. Mark connected the DIY printer to a 40-watt solar panel and two batteries, which can power the device without any help from the grid.
To keep the energy requirements to a minimum, the device doesn’t need a computer to operate. Instead, the 3D model is fed to the printer via an SD card. The inventor hopes that his cheap, improvised printer will prove useful in remote areas where access to spare parts is often very difficult.