New Year's Eve is a time for celebration. It's a time for relishing in the successes of the past and resolving to do even better in the year to come. Parties and kisses and watching the ball drop in Times Square ring in the beginning of Earth's next circuit around the sun. To add a little DIY gusto to your New Year's gathering, you might consider cobbling together a 3D printer capable of personalizing your festive Jell-O shots.
While crafting your own 3D printer might sound like a daunting, wildly expensive project, Jeroen Domburg of SpritesMods was able to do it on the cheap. He's even put together a little walkthrough for you if you'd like to follow in his footsteps. Basically, the 3D printer's design was based around a couple old CD-ROM drives Domburg had lying around. By stripping the stepper motors from the drives and putting them together, he was able to create a single contraption able to move a shot glass along three axes.
A syringe, a bit of tubing and a few more salvaged CD-ROM parts and Domburg had a working 3D printer capable of printing food dye into existing Jello shots. We rate the DIY as moderate to complex, but if you know what you're doing, you can have your own Jell-O shot printer ready for New Year's Eve. Check out the SpritesMods project here for instructions, schematics and all. Happy DIYing and and be careful out there.