Commercial 3D printing has been around since the late 1980s, but it took a combination of the RepRap open-source 3D printer movement and countless Chinese clones of the Prusa i3 design to make it affordable for the masses. Unfortunately, if you want a 3D printer that's better than an entry-level 3D printer but not as industrial as the more expensive commercial alternatives, you don't have many viable options. That is, unless you take the DIY route with the next open-source 3D printing revolution in the making: the Voron project. Building a Voron 3D printer is a great way to radically improve your 3D printing game without breaking the bank. Here’s how to get your hands on one and how to get started. The Voron project was founded in 2015 by Apple engineer Maksim Zolin with the goal of designing a “true home micro-manufacturing machine.”. A year later, Zolin created a 3D printer that was faster, quieter, and more capable than its expensive commercial counterparts. The one-man endeavor attracted passionate engineers and 3D printing hobbyists, who now make up the Voron Design collective. It's hard to miss Zolin's Apple pedigree in the user-friendly and streamlined documentation and knowledgebase of the Voron project. While other open-source 3D printer projects force you to scrounge information across multiple forums, the official Voron website includes everything. MAKEUSEOF VIDEO OF THE DAY. This makes it a relatively hassle-free means to build your own 3D printer, especially for those who’ve already built one using mainstream Prusa or Creality knocked-down kits. Related: The Best Cheap 3D Printers for Students and Beginners. Affordable 3D printers are designed to print polylactic acid (PLA) filaments. However, its low heat resistance and tendency to creep (deform) under mechanical stress renders it unviable for structural or engineering applications. While these entry-level 3D printers are great for learning the basics of 3D printing, you'll need to upgrade if you want to print more serious engineering plastics like ABS and nylon—and that can be an expensive and frustrating affair. In most cases, building an enclosure and upgrading the print head costs nearly as much as buying a new 3D printer that's purpose-built for these materials. That's precisely why Voron's DIY 3D printers are ideal. You’re essentially trading your time for money saved on a professional pre-built 3D printer. As a bonus, building it yourself also equips you to maintain and repair it on your own. There are five Voron printers in total. This includes Voron 0, Voron 1 (Trident), Voron 2, Voron Switchwire, and Voron Legacy. The entire line-up takes the unique approach of relegating traditional 3D printer control boards to running the firmware and relaying pre-processed G-codes (numerical control commands). The actual processing is handled by the significantly more powerful Raspberry Pi single board computer. This not only improves print quality, but it also allows Voron 3D printers to hit the sort of speeds that would otherwise overwhelm existing consumer-grade 3D printer control boards.