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Mega filament holder

I designed a filament holder for my Mendel.


Mendel build progress — day 10

Not much things could I do. Im waiting for the machined extruder parts to arrive, meanwhile I mounted the extruder RP part on my Mendel to get a feeling.


Mendel build progress — day 9 (updated)

Today I put the belts on Mendel.


Mendel build progress — day 8

I designed a new drive-pulley. What was wrong with the old one?


Mendel build progress — day 7 (updated)

Today I cut to sizes all the sheets and also mounted the motors.


Mendel build progress — day 6

Howto create PDF from qcad drawings


Mendel build progress — day 5 (updated)

This is just a quick note:
As others suggested in my previous blog post and also on the
reprap forum I swapped the following parts:

  • 2 z-leadscrew-base
  • 1 z-motor-bracket
  • 1 z-tensioner

Here is a picture after the procedure:

So everything looks right. The whole process took about 3 hours.

Here is a top view of the fixed assembly:

For reference here is the wrongly assembled one:

The bottom of the machine:

Also some closeup photos:

z-leadscrew-base and z-motor-bracket


z-leadscrew-base and z-motor-bracket


z-leadscrew base and z-motor-bracket (the other side of Mendel)

z-leadscrew-base and z-tensioner


Mendel build progress — day 4 (updated)

It was a long, useful but first and foremost exhaustive day.
Here is the final result of the building:

In a nutshell I finished everything except mounting the motors, cutting to size the belts and all the sheets.
I haven't received yet the motors, hopefully I will this week.

I started the day by mounting the frame. Here are some 360 degree veiw pictures of the assembled frame:

After I mounted the y-bar-clamps:

Then I wanted mount the z bars, and I discovered the printed model has a flaw:

As you can see two holes are missing from the z-leadscrew-base. Here is an extensive forum thread about it.

And thats also the beauty of opensource. The broken part is already fixed, I only need to download it the new version from the svn and print the new one. For a quick and easy fix, I simply drilled the required holes.

For correctly setting the distances of the frame's threaded rods a setting jigs is essential. It is not important the distance between two corners is 247mm or 249 mm, however it is really important that the distances are identical between all corners. For this a home-made jigs is ideal. Here is a picture of mine:

As you can see, there is only two additional part (M8 big washers) required. The black threaded rod is the z threaded rod. It is long enough to check all distances.

The next step was to cut to length the bars. I bought the best available quality from the 8mm rod. That is, I bought linear shaft. It's a 8mm diameter rod for linear bearings, it is really tough.
So my goal was to have the least scraps at the end. So I optimized the cutting in inkscape.
Here is the result picture:

So from 5x2m length bars I can cut for 4 Mendel kit!

At the end of the day an another bug surfaced:

The lowest point of Mendel are not the four frame-vertex parts. The gears are lower and also all the z bearings too!

In the mean time I will put some books under the machine. This bug is yet to fix in the svn.

UPDATE: It was not a bug in the model, but in my building process. Here is a blog post how to correctly put it together.

Hope it was a useful blogpost for all of you.


Mendel build progress — day 3

Not much progress today. I have cutted to size the threaded rods except the z stage.

At the left side you can see all the useful rods, while at the right side only the scraps.
I used 7 threaded rods in total. I need one more rods to cut (the z-stage), what I will cut from
much better quality threaded rod (and also costs 8 times more).
So I will use 8 rods in total, while the official sites mention 9 rods. Every little helps;-)

I just arrived back to home today evening. Hopefully tomorrow I progress more. I plan to put together the frame,
also cut to size the z stage and all the bars. Maybe I need to buy for this a Dremel accessory (575):


Mendel build progress — day 2

I have finished putting together parts where only nuts and bolts was required.

I have took pictures from every angle:

I should find some javascript library which could fake some 360 turning effect.

Im off for couple of day from now, I hope I can continue building (the frames) at saturday evening or sunday.