Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Wrench-built machine update

We made stunning amounts of progress at the first and second MIRUG meets, on several machines. Unfortunately, it's taken a while to squeeze pictures out of the members who took them. That said, here are a couple pictures of the wrench-built machine from the first meet:

As you can see, Ben and Bill figured out how to make decent motor mounts for the standard NEMA-23 RepRap stepper motors out of our 1" square perforated tube. Lead screws were also cut to length, collared, and coupled to the steppers. Also, in the second photo, you can see the horizontal stage attachment to the drive nut on the lead screw.

At the second meet, Ben re-worked the Z stage and added a motor mount and lead screw to it. I'll get photos for another update as soon as I can.

I'm impressed well done guys.
Very interested to know how you feel about the stiffness/play of the drawer slides, specifically for a machine that might do some machining. I imagine you put some thought into their selection, which ones did you choose?
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