- November 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm #48233
I have this machine 99% done, and have few a while now. As I keep test fitting and minor tweaking the parts I can’t help but hate how the fasteners looks. The rest of the non-fastener hardware parts are silver mostly.
-Seems like black cap screws wouldn’t do much but camouflage them a bit. Although red anodized would be killer.
-A complete design change sounds like a bummer.
-Maybe counter sink the screw heads?
-Make a 3D printed cover for the screw heads that gets stuck on?
Attachments:November 21, 2017 at 9:52 pm #48242
I think you covered the options… My first thought was countersink. It’s not as strong though.
What about just a different screw? Something in a harder stainless? Maybe the ones that have cylinders for heads, but still Phillips? I think I got some good looking screws at Ace.
Cam you twist them so they are all an ‘x’?
What about adding a bunch more screws so they spell out your name? It kind of looks close to the big Dipper. I’m out of ideas.
I still think countersunk, at least for the show version. Mine is still unpainted MDF…November 21, 2017 at 9:52 pm #48243November 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm #48301
With a 3/8″ thickness the 3/4″ screws are just a hair too short and 1″ is long enough to be ugly. Maybe a counter sink, just a bit . 1/8″ might be just enough to make a statement. Dang it.
Such little details I just want to use it already.
I really wanted 3/8″ MDF but there is not any to be found in my neck of the woods, 3/8″ StarBoard really isn’t much more rigid than 1/4″ MDF. The design will allow for 1/2″ though, but dang that would be a beefy monster.
Attachments:November 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm #48313
Is there a woodworking store near you? There are many more choices at Austin Hardwoods in Denver vs. Lowes Depot.
I think it looks sharp. Doing either an angled countersink, so the screws are flush, or just a flat countersink, so the screws are down a bit would look like you cared.
I switched that piece specifically out for 1/2″ and I think it’s much more rigid. The Y is much quieter with that, at least.November 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm #48316
I have checked two lumber suppliers and 3 different hardware stores, no 3/8″.
I did get some other screws though, and will try counter sinking them as soon as the orders go out I will put up a pic I have a test piece I can screw up. I do think it looks a little better in the most recent pic with all the red on it. Maybe when the silver goes on it will be a little better still.
The new design deals with the Y axis Flex by fliping all the mounts so it can be made of material even thicker than before, offsetting the Y belt to the edge to minimize even more flex, and it can use the Y rods as a support if they are dimensioned well enough. Every single part has been tweaked, some a little and some a lot. I also swapped out the 608’s for toothed idlers.November 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm #48317
Sounds very cool. I haven’t built a (whatever that is) since last Christmas.November 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm #48319
What about a 3D printed part. Like a washer that connects the screws on each side. Some sort of abstract thing….Hmm. I will put it in CAD and see what it looks like.November 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm #48325
I think counter sinking and flatheads would look better.November 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm #48326
I was going to check but it got too late. I will though.November 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm #48327November 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm #48328November 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm #48332
It sucks it is only the front panel, all the rest are on printed parts and do not bug me at all. I think I am just being over sensitive. I will try the counter sink and move on one way or another.November 22, 2017 at 7:38 pm #48333
Nice find Andy, I do like them but DANG $7.17 Each (plus shipping). My closest hardware store has regular black hex heads for $0.69 each but I would have to get a ton to get them from my supplier. Regular screws are only like $0.02 from them but at about 5k qty per box.
November 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm #48335
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are you looking at 1″ 6-32? That’s for a 10 pack….about .72 each. I bet they can be found elsewhere online, mcmaster is just where i order a lot from for convenience.November 22, 2017 at 8:54 pm #48336
Socket caps are much sexier than button head Phillips. Countersink would be great but extra work and not “practical” in any means besides aesthetics.November 24, 2017 at 11:06 am #48410
Al QuentinParticipantI have this machine 99% done, and have few a while now. As I keep test fitting and minor tweaking the parts I can’t help but hate how the fasteners looks. The rest of the non-fastener hardware parts are silver mostly. -Seems like black cap screws wouldn’t do much but camouflage them a bit. Although red anodized would be killer. -A complete design change sounds like a bummer. -Maybe counter sink the screw heads? -Make a 3D printed cover for the screw heads that gets stuck on? Any ideas?
Somewhat related – If you’re not familiar with them, you might want to check out Bowlin Equipment Supply on 10th near Harrison in Berkeley. Years ago when I worked at the then nearby North Face Factory they were the only game in town for metric or unusual hardware. I found them very helpful back then – I hear they still are.
Attachments:November 24, 2017 at 11:18 am #48412
Sweet I will go check them out, I was over there twice last month, North Face clearance and a friend was getting restaurant equipment.
Thanks.November 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm #48568
Dui, ni shuo de duiParticipantNovember 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm #48571
Dang it I forgot to look at the counter sink While I was getting dirty earlier…. Shoot. Busy days.
Nice screws Dui.November 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm #48806
Just cut/print out a clip-on faceplate with a logo or design on it for aesthetics.November 30, 2017 at 8:51 pm #48817
Yeah, that is what I landed on. I am having a hard time getting the time to finish it so I let the screws go for now. You all have given me lots of options, or if you make one will know what to do if they bug you.December 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm #49241
When do we get to see this machine? 🙂December 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm #49242
Ha, I am actually wiring it up right now. One of the last pieces just came off of the printer after a few revisions. Fingers crossed.
It isn’t much different from the MP3DP just updated a few thing (well every single piece) but nothing major.
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