How to Make a 3D Printer Quieter

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Updated March 21, 2023

If you’ve invested in a premium printer, you may wonder how to make a 3D printer quieter. Even with high-end 3D printer components, you may hear loud sounds during the printing process. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the noise it makes, however, such as replacing the internal fans, installing a new control board, or even using an enclosure. So, keep reading to learn how to make your 3D printer quieter.


  • Vibration during the 3D printing process is the most common source of loud noises from the printer.
  • Install a silent control board, and replace the stock fans with quiet models.
  • Stack a concrete slab on a foam block, and place your 3D printer on it to minimize vibrations during prints.

How to Make My 3D Printer Quieter

If you’re learning how to make a 3D printer from scratch, invest in quality components like anti-vibration rubber feet and quiet blower fans. That said, you can install vibration dampers and other modifications to lower the noise level on pre-built models.

Insider Tip

You can make a DIY 3D printer enclosure, but it should have ventilation to minimize ambient heat around the hardware.

There are a few things you can do to make your 3D printer quieter. When comparing models like the CR 10S Pro V2 vs. the CR 10 V3, consider what alterations are possible for 3D printing sound reduction. Additionally, if you have a cheaper printer, tightening a few loose screws might fix the loud noises. Pay attention to our Ultimaker 3D printer review to see how high printing speeds might impact motor noise. In addition to the noise level, fast printing can affect print quality.

STEP 1 Perform Regular Maintenance

  1. Clean the printer with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth to prevent 3D printing issues from dirt build-up and filament dust.
  2. If you know how to make 3D printer filaments, keep your filament scraps instead of throwing them out.
  3. Apply machine lubricant to the linear rails and metal rods that move against plastic or other metals. Keeping your printer clean and well-lubricated ensures smooth movement and quieter printing.

STEP 2 Install a Silent Motherboard

  1. Depending on what model 3D printer you have, you can install a silent board to replace the stock one.
  2. Unplug and unscrew the old control board.
  3. Place the silent board in the 3D printer, screw it into place, and reconnect the wires.

STEP 3 Change the 3D Printer Fans

  1. Access the stock hot-end fan and uninstall it.
  2. Plug the Noctua fan into the 3D printer to install it.
  3. Use a buck converter if the silent fan calls for more or less voltage than the stock fan.

STEP 4 Install Vibration Dampers

  1. Access your stepper motors and remove them from the 3D printer.
  2. Install the vibration dampeners onto the motor with a screwdriver.
  3. Reinstalling the stepper motors and the vibration damper should minimize the motor sounds.

STEP 5 Use a 3D Printer Enclosure

  1. Buy a quality enclosure that will fit over your 3D printer.
  2. Place your 3D printer inside the enclosure to muffle the sound while printing.
  3. The enclosure can assist other parts of the 3D printing experience, like temperature management and cooling.

STEP 6 Put the Printer on a Concrete Paver

  1. Place a concrete paver on an even foam block.
  2. Place your 3D printer on the paver.


Electric shocks from your 3D printing machine can cause physical injury, so ensure it is unplugged before modifying it.

STAT: A 2019 Global EY study showed that 76% of the worldwide automotive industry was already implementing or considering 3D printing practices in their production lines. (source)

How to Make a 3D Printer Quieter FAQs

How loud are 3D printers?

Most 3D printers operate around 50 decibels or more. While some specialty models fall within 40-50 decibels while printing, that’s usually only achieved with a quality enclosure.

Is open-source 3D printer firmware good?

Experts recommend an open-source 3D printing setup for long-term use. Open-source printers are usually best because the community can solve problems or add features faster than most proprietary options.

Are resin printers quiet?

Since resin 3d printers operate within a closed environment, they have a similar noise level compared to FLA units with an enclosure.
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