Drill presses

Project: Drill presses
PVC Drill press.jpg
Designers: Timothy Schmidt
Tools: Wrenches
Parts: Frames, Nuts, Bolts, Plates, End caps, Linear bearings, Motors
Techniques: Shelf joints, Tri joints


A drill press (also known as a pedestal drill, pillar drill, or bench drill) is a style of drill that may be mounted on a stand or bolted to the floor or workbench. Portable models are made, some including a magnetic base. Major components include a base, column (or pillar), adjustable table, spindle, chuck, and drill head, usually driven by an electric motor. The head typically has a set of three handles radiating from a central hub that are turned to move the spindle and chuck vertically. A drill press is typically measured by its "swing", calculated as twice the distance from the center of the chuck to the closest edge of the column. Thus, a tool with 4" between chuck center and column edge is described as an 8" drill press.



Development targets

  • Completion of the replimat linear bearing will allow for the construction of a linear motion system for the press mechanism
  • Completion of the printable 1kW motor will allow for the power generating portions of the drill press to be copied
  • Lost plastic casting, or direct metal printing will allow for a metalic version of the printable chuck.