Sunday, June 17, 2007
In front the extruder parts (repstrapped from MDF and plywood) and the Z belt that needs to be attached - after some aligment. One of the Z studs is not parallel to the Z rod, so I want to have that set before cutting and fixing the belt. Also, the Y belt on the motor side (left) needs some adjustment. Hopefully, next week I get the remaining parts and can try the first extrusion. I did try some X movement and the carriage moved - though shaky. No champagne yet, but getting close!
It might also be possible to get commercial fabrication shops that can use CAD/CAM to hack MDF to build these parts.
If you search the forums, you can find some of the documentation on how I build this repstrap (look in Reprappers). The plan is to post more material when things work properly.
The design is based on the 3D solid edge models, which you can get either via SVN or directly from the Reprap project on Sourceforge.
Or you can use the STL files from
Sourceforge and RP the parts directly using on of the Stratasys machines they have at Materialise (which is "easier" then repstrapping from wood). I'm not so lucky to have access to RP machines. I think the latter should be you approach when possible. And if you need any help, please post you issue/question on the forums, or check out the #reprap channel on IRC. I've found most reprappers are very skillful, knowledgable, versatile and friendly people responding very fast to a fellow reprapper's problems.
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