What are you doing again?
Hi, thanks for sticking around with my little adventure of building my own 3D-printer!
Quick recap, I’ve been designing and now building a 3D-printer. The first thing to do was to design a rough concept within Inventor, see the image above. After this the ordering of the parts had to be done, not the part I liked the most. Than the waiting game started.
Firstly the parts for the frame arrived. Part 1 of this blog series describes the general plan for this printer and show’s a picture of that frame. As you already can see I took the design of the Ultimaker and altered it to my wishes.
Where I’m at now
Since the first post about de self build printer I’ve been busy building the X and Y system. The stepper motors will drive the shafts on which the hotend assembly will glide. For this I used simple and cheap steel rods and pulleys with GT2 timing belts. The holders that carry the rods contain simple ball-bearings.
All the brackets used to mount things to the frame were printed with the 3d-printer I already have. This is an Anet A8. That proves the point you do not need an expensive printer to build something cool.
Secondly the 16 mm steel rods were prepared used for the Z axis. The delivered rod had a length of 1 meter. To make it the proper lengt is had to be cut with an angle grinder, this because the material was very tough and the saw didn’t make a scratch. After this the material had very rough edges, so it was machined on the lathe also.
Until next time
This is it for now. Still a lot of work to do to make this into a real 3D-printer. Keep an eye on for the next part where I plan to have the X and Y assembly working properly.