How to Build a Cheap Prusa I3 MK2 3D Printer – Intro & Parts

This is the first of a few videos that I will be making over the next week or so, covering my build of a DIY Prusa I3 MK2 clone.

This post provides some supporting data covered in this video – and future videos will also have any links and other details in their own posts on this website. For the full story check out the video!

In this video a provide an intro to the project, my take on how to build it nearly as cheaply as possible (I also provide ways to do it cheaper with some cuts on quality) and a quick run through of all the parts needed to complete the printer.

Here are the links I mention in the video relating to the guides I will be using for the build:-

Official Prusa I3 MK2 Build Manual
Thomas Sanladerer Prusa Clone Build Videos:
My Full Parts List with Costings

Find out the exact parts I used, along side some cheaper possibilities that I discuss in the video – including complete prices!! The Google Sheets spreadsheet contains links to the exact parts mentioned making it easier if someone wants to do their own.

Google Sheet Parts & Prices

One blinding error I did make is that somewhere along the line the set of stepper motors I bought was a set of 4… and I need 5! Not sure how that happened, so in my list I have to buy an extra stepper. That being the case the set of 4 I bought itsn’t a great deal money wise 🙂 So in the comments on the parts list I provide a link a UK supplier that has a set of 5 for a good price. Don’t do what I did here!

Roll on the next video – building begins….

Enjoy and I hope someone finds it useful!

Links to all Videos in this Series

Part 2 – A Better Frame Template


  1. Just wanted to say thanks for the videos and google doc. I’m planning on making one as well. I’m going to buy a plywood frame off ebay as my wood working skills aren’t great. I already have a Tronxy X1 so I save money printing my own parts.

    • julesgilson

      September 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Glad the videos were useful for you. Best of luck with the build please let me know if there is anything I can help with.

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