How to Make Your 3D Printer Quieter

3D printing has revolutionized the world of manufacturing and design by allowing people to produce high-quality products from the comfort of their homes. However, one common problem that 3D printing enthusiasts face is excessive noise. The sound levels produced by 3D printers can be unbearable, especially if you have your device in your home office or bedroom.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to reduce the noise levels.

1. Upgrade to Silent Drivers

One of the significant sources of 3D printer noise is the stepper motor driver. Most 3D printers come installed with A4988 stepper motor drivers, which can produce a lot of noise when the motor is running. The good news is that you can upgrade to silent stepper motor drivers, such as the TMC2208, which will drastically reduce the noise levels. The TMC2208 drivers operate at a much lower voltage hence less heat, providing a better print quality and quieter printer.

2. Install Anti-Vibration Pads

Another excellent way of making your 3D printer quieter is by installing anti-vibration pads. Anti-vibration pads help to isolate your 3D printer from the surface that it’s resting on and reduce the amount of vibration that’s transmitted through the table or desk. These pads are affordable and easy to install, and will significantly reduce the noise levels of your 3D printer.

3. Lubricate the Moving Parts

Lubricating the moving parts of your 3D printer is an effective way of reducing noise and ensuring smoother operation. Using lubricants such as PTFE or LubeStick can significantly quieten your 3D printer while extending the lifespan of the moving parts.

4. Add Sound Dampening Materials

Sound-dampening materials, such as acoustic foam, can help to reduce noise levels by absorbing sound waves. You can add acoustic foam or any other soundproof material, such as blankets or carpet padding, to the sides and bottom of the printer enclosure. Adding sound-dampening materials can effectively reduce noise levels, especially if your printer is in an enclosed space.

5. Use a Quieter Fan

Finally, you might want to replace the default fan with a quieter one. Noctua fans are known for their noise-reduction features and are compatible with most 3D printers. They are easy to install, and you can choose from different sizes depending on your printer’s cooling needs. The fan upgrade might not completely eliminate the noise, but it will significantly reduce the sound level of your machine.


3D printing can be a noisy affair, but with the above tips, you can reduce noise levels significantly. Whether you’re printing for next-door neighbors, roommates, or sharing an office space, ensuring that the 3D printer is quiet should be a priority. You can use one or more of the above strategies to make your 3D printer quieter and provide a more peaceful environment.

With reduced noise levels, you can now 3D print to your heart’s content without any worry of being a nuisance to those around you.

Tyler Woodward

Tyler Woodward

Hi, I'm Tyler! I'm a passionate writer and believer in the potential of 3D printing technology. With my background in engineering and design, I bring an exciting mix of creativity and technical expertise to my writing. In addition, I pride myself on staying up to date with the latest trends in the industry.

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