- February 21, 2016 at 10:39 pm #8072
Thanks for the advice over in the help forum! It’s been a big weekend for my MPCNC build: I’m most of the way through printing my parts; I ran through 2kg of PLA and now I’m dry, with some feet and the tool mounts still in the queue. (Weird, because the parts sheet estimates 1.6kg; my parts have been running 30% more massive, despite trying to follow the infill fraction recommendations.) My vitamin kit came on Saturday (thanks, Vicous1!), and my router came on Sunday. I settled on a 25×30 addressable area because I didn’t really want to have to move around and store a bigger table, and because I’m interpreting that suggestion in the build guide as good starting advice. Can’t wait to cut some conduit and start putting pieces together this week!
Do others have a recommendation for a fast way to clean up the flash on the bottom edge of the parts? I’m filing them tediously right now. Maybe some dremel attachment or some oscillating powered hand tool?
Attachments:February 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm #8074
Here’s what I used
Attachments:February 21, 2016 at 11:21 pm #8076
So is that a 220V model, or one of those underpowered 110V models? :v)February 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm #8098
Nice! I noticed your Delta printer in the background. Looks like we will have similar setups. I’m actually building a kossel at the same time as the mp CNC. Good luck on your build.February 22, 2016 at 11:07 pm #8130
After spending the weekend repairing the garage door while printing parts (and wishing I was assembling all these great parts), I managed to get my conduit cut this morning before work, and then when I got home, I finally got to start putting together my built parts with parts from my vitamin box.
I’m popping bearings out of sleeves like some sort of Life Saver junkie. Oh, wow, is it ever satisfying. What a fantastically well-designed machine! Dropping the stepper into the mount was both aesthetically pleasing and also nice because now I’ve already got something with electrical wires attached to my parts. :v) The roller assemblies slide so gorgeously on the conduit, it’s hard to believe that the precision rods are $4 hardware store materials. Very nice!
A couple quick notes I made along the way:
- the assembly/roller page mentions 1/2″ screws for the roller clamps, but the engineering diagram says 3/4″, which is strongly supported by the fact that my vitamin kit only had two 1/2″ screws in it (for the rigid coupler).
- The 2.5″ bolts for the rollers don’t quite bite into the nylon in the lock nuts. They might if they can stand really being cinched down later, but I wonder if a 2.75″ bolt wouldn’t be better (albeit with some ugly thread sticking out beyond).
- The only tedious thing about this was digging the support material out of the bottom nut trap on my corner blocks. I probably should have built that part with support disabled, since nothing else needed it, and surely it would have bridged the nut traps easily.
Anyway, kid in a candy store. Next step is the middle assembly, which looks sufficiently complex that I should really take this opportunity to go to bed. It’s like trying not to start the next chapter of Harry Potter at three A.M. :v)
Attachments:February 23, 2016 at 7:06 am #8138
Looking good, smooth sailing so far. As for the center……keep everything super loose, only tighten it when you have it on the machine and the cross bars are snugged up in place. seems to keep things a bit more, square.
I’ll check the assembly page now. Sorry about the 2.5’s, sound like crappy engineering….I made so many version of that part with the bearings in different configurations I got tired of waiting for it to print so it never really got any finalizations.
Yup no support on anything other than the rigid middle z. Although I get as good of support with cura now as I do with simplify 3D. I always set a 1layer gap, and the support density plays a big part 2mm apart seems good usually, and about .7-1mm from the x and y.February 23, 2016 at 7:54 am #8142
keep everything super loose, only tighten it when you have it on the machine and the cross bars are snugged up in place. seems to keep things a bit more, square
Sorry about the 2.5’s, sound like crappy engineering
Oh, yeah. “Crappy engineering,” that’s definitely the phrase that’s been running through my mind. Are you joking? This design is phenomenally cool.
- a surprisingly minimal design that makes good use of ordinary, inexpensive materials. It’s just amazing that conduit can be “good enough”. The design uses surprisingly few bearings to stabilize against so many degrees of freedom. The paired belt-stepper assemblies are a simple solution to providing squareness and avoiding torque. It even reuses bolts to simultaneously be a bearing axle and to join two printed parts. So elegant!
- parts are really well-designed for easy printability. They exploit the “material properties” — one flat side, good vertical cross sections — while avoiding difficult build features (support, sharp corners that like to peel, small details that build poorly).
- parts are aesthetically elegant, with organic curves
- assemble-ability is very good: it’s easy to understand how the parts fit, and easy to ensure the critical dimensions (parallel sides, square corners). I haven’t gotten to that step, but I can already see from the assembly instructions how straightforward it should be.
So. No. You may try to be humble, but this design is quite impressive.
As for the specific 2.5″ bolts: I think it would probably be fine to just ship the next size up and have 1/2″ stick out the end. A little dorky looking, but would save a part redesign. I guess the alternative would be to sink a hexagon 1/16″ into the head side of the roller-F, but that’s just one more concave spot to clean crud out of, and one of the things I’ve enjoyed about this design is how close the parts build to ready-to-use.
Yup no support on anything other than the rigid middle z.
I think I may have come across that tip, but only after I started printing parts, and the corner blocks were the first thing I built.
Although I get as good of support with cura now as I do with simplify 3D. I always set a 1layer gap, and the support density plays a big part 2mm apart seems good usually, and about .7-1mm from the x and y.
Good to know. I’ve noticed your enthusiasm for cura elsewhere in the forums, so it’s on my list to play with it. I’m still using the copy of slic3r I installed when I got my printer last year, because inertia. :v) I will totally try cura really soon now.February 23, 2016 at 8:47 am #8147
^ completely agree with this. Clearly a lot of thought and analysis has gone into each part. And… it’s great fun to build.February 23, 2016 at 8:54 am #8148
Jeez….Should have put a haha behind that statement!
Thanks you so much for noticing all that. I was just being lazy when it came to that part. I have noticed it and a super quick part edit could fix it but things have taken off so fast I barely get to touch CAD anymore. While I am typing this I am on hold with the post office and flashing/running the next batch of boards.
Hurry up and get That thing put together. Sounds like I am going to like having you around here!February 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm #8177
Hurry up and get That thing put together.
Okay, twist my arm!
I put the Z components together, and then set up the outer rails tonight. I’m short three feet, with two of those coming out on the printer right now. I also hadn’t yet cut my leg conduit (we should add that to the calculator — I had to dig around to find advice on conduit length of “z travel + 10-20mm”), so I took care of that tonight. Should be able to get the legs on and screwed down tomorrow.
Attachments:February 23, 2016 at 11:02 pm #8179
PS starting to regret my arbitrary choice of colors on my PLA orders; this machine is shaping up to look disturbingly Christmas-themed…February 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm #8233
I totally forgot to think about the colors when I started printing mine too. Hopefully the blue and black is somewhat organized on my machine. Or a total mess.February 24, 2016 at 10:19 pm #8239
Not much progress tonight. The last foot came off the printer today, so the next step was to glue the feet to the corner blocks. Strangely, red and green PLA glue together with cyanoacrylate, but white and red don’t. I’m guessing the white (Hatchbox) stuff has too much baby seal in it or something, and isn’t super-gluable. Weird. As good fortune would have it, I had a container of plastic-specific epoxy in my glue bin, so now the feet are clamped up and hardening. But not much for me to do until it’s solid tomorrow.February 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm #8242
Lol. I started printing mine with filament i had on hand and it turned out my corner blocks and roller parts ended up red and green too.February 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm #8275
Tonight I got the rails “square” (measured out precisely, clamped, marked holes, center-punched, drilled, reassembled, and now the diagonals are off by 1/16″ — ah well; the holes are there now. There’s no going back. :v), and set the height (with a block, so they should be pretty good).
My z axis is mostly together. The four towers of the z motor mount were a little delicate, because they broke when I dropped it. (cough cough maybe that’s not what they were designed to endure.) I’m waiting on a print of the Hicwic universal tool mount to use to square up the z conduit. Unfortunately, the only PLA I have right now is Hatchbox, and it has been pretty weak. (The rest of the spool is going back to Amazon tomorrow.) Even after I get the universal mount printed in good plastic, I’ll eventually try to redraw it to make it a little beefier.February 26, 2016 at 8:16 am #8282
Trouble with the z nut lock. Assembly guide says:
Put the z nut lock on smaller end towards the stepper.
Tighten up the Z nut lock with a screw driver and needle nosed pliers. The screw closest to the stepper motor does all the holding.
First, is it weird that, with the nut lock arranged as described, it’s friction that holds the z assembly from falling towards the table? I mean, I guess that’s cool, because the rest of the parts on the system are clamp-fit, too.
But the problem is that I can’t tighten up the Z nut lock enough to grab the coupler nut — the gap in the plastic is closed, but the coupler happily slips through. Did I miss a step?
Attachments:February 26, 2016 at 8:24 am #8285
Looking from the bottom end — is there a chance that I printed a z-nut-lock designed for a bigger nut:? The hexagonal slot seems way too big.
Attachments:February 26, 2016 at 10:07 am #8291
There are 2 different sized z nut holders, 1mm and 13mm. Looks like you might have the 13 and need the 11.
And the bottom of both are larger because the small nut is designed to float, but not spin.February 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm #8306
Just realized I had the wrong Z nut holder, printing the 11mm now.February 26, 2016 at 2:46 pm #8307
Yup, there’s yer problem, mister! Looks like yer bearings are square, and ya need an 11mm nut lock, not this 13mm. I dunno what mechanic put this 13mm on here, but that was never the right part. We’ll get you fixed up right quick!
Thanks for the tip-off — I had manually grabbed a bunch of STLs, and until you pointed this out, I didn’t go back to the original list and see that there’s another part there. Gantry’s mounted! Woo!
Attachments:February 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm #8348
Yay! Finishing up in the hardware department. Got the belts on, motors mounted, and wiring with parallel splices installed for X & Y axes. Took off the disastrously bad universal mount I printed the first time (Hatchbox: Not Even Once), and installed the one I reprinted with GizmoDorks PLA (passable, and Amazon delivered it next day). Here’s a helpful tip: superglue the nuts into the tool holder nut traps, so you don’t spend a half hour trying to screw in the tool mount and instead knocking the nuts out over and over.
Now I’m trying to get the laptop talking to Marlin on the RAMPS board, to see if I can make something move!
Attachments:February 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm #8350
Okay, I diagnosed why nothing was moving: the power supply shipped in the kit was wired to the RAMPS terminal block with polarity reversed. Thankfully, the RAMPS seemed to handle that well — the power supply sunk its little heart into the RAMPS board, and its voltage dropped to half a volt, but the RAMPS didn’t let the smoke out. I swapped the polarity, and Houston: We. Have. Motion!
Attachments:February 28, 2016 at 12:24 am #8354February 28, 2016 at 11:03 am #8364
Oh no, I screwed up? What color are your wires?
Panic!!!! I wonder how many I screwed up and shipped. I check about every third one.
Sorry for that, Glad It didn’t fry anything, usually it’s pretty easy to let the magic smoke out of the bottle.February 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm #8365
Oh no, I screwed up?
Or maybe the manufacturer of the wall wart that chose blue and brown for wire colors screwed up; we can’t rule that guy out. :v)
What color are your wires?
As shipped, it had brown at the edge of the connector (what should have been negative), and blue at the third position (what should have been positive). But the negative electricities were flowing out of the blue wire and the positive electricities were flowing out of the brown one.
Panic!!!! I wonder how many I screwed up and shipped. I check about every third one.
Kitting ain’t easy. I’m pretty impressed with how everything else came out of the box with nothing missing. I love the fact that the stepper drivers were already installed and tuned (well, I assume they were, because I was too lazy to pull the drivers off to find the vref pad :v). I love the fact that the firmware was preloaded, so as soon as I turned it on, a millimeter gcode command moved a millimeter on each axis. Last night was a whole lot of instant gratification, going from a few loose cables to drawing with a sharpie. Getting all those other bits set up correctly would have taken days otherwise.
Honestly, my only regret with ordering the kit from you is that it punctures the illusion that “I just downloaded this guy’s thing from the internet and printed it out!”, because I have to say that with an asterisk “*and ordered a box of parts from that guy and installed them.” :v) But in principle I could have bought by own darn bolts, and that’s what really matters.
Sorry for that, Glad It didn’t fry anything, usually it’s pretty easy to let the magic smoke out of the bottle.
No kidding, especially with polarity reversals. I say this as someone who knows the sound of a 7805 regular dying from reverse polarity so well that I have diagnosed it when described to me over the phone. :v) The RAMPS design definitely doesn’t suck.
Can’t wait to lash on the DW660 and start making a real mess, but I should probably try to catch up on the work that I’ve neglected due to MPCNC Addiction Syndrome.March 2, 2016 at 8:09 am #8440
Quick questions for anyone watching:
- I built this thing to mount my DW660 using the interchangeable universal mount: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1245848/#files All of the parts fit nicely except the kt_660_spindle_clamp, which I need to complete the bottom clamp ring. That thing has a little gap in it filled with support material (can’t see how to build it without support), but it’s so skinny that it’s really hard to dig any support out of there. Am I building the right part here, or doing it wrong?
- I ordered a hot end what the heck, why not?, and also another polulu driver to run the extruder. The driver came with a heatsink. Because I am an idiot, I didn’t read “Leave a note when you order if you would like it opened and glued on.” What do you use to glue the heatsink to the driver?
Attachments:March 2, 2016 at 8:34 am #8443
I haven’t tried that mount so no help there.
As for the heatsink, you didn’t hear it from me but a tiny tiny tiny drop of super glue smeared over the surface should work fine on the heat sink. I use thermal glue but most people don’t have that in there junk drawers…March 2, 2016 at 9:41 am #8447
Hi John, I’m the person who designed that clamp – well, I mashed together two parts other people had designed. It’s been a while since I did mine, but looking at it, I know I must have used support to print it, and probably spent some time digging/cutting out the support. If you have options for support in your slicer, you should try playing with the support settings to try and get the minimum amount of support possible, so it’ll be easier to remove.
Sorry I don’t have more details. Like I said, I did mine quite a while ago. It does work well when finished though – it’s what I use on my setup.March 2, 2016 at 9:48 am #8449
okay, I’ll see if I can find a friend with some of this “thermal glue” (sorted next to the unicorn horn and eye of newt), and if that fails, I definitely won’t mention your name when I post photos of my blackened driver. :v)March 2, 2016 at 10:20 am #8455
One more question: what’s an appropriate current setting to set the DRV8825 to for the extruder stepper? Thanks!
(I tried to add this comment to https://www.vicious1.com/import-extruder/ for others to discover, but comments seem to be closed there; maybe paste the answer onto the product page for the extruder?)
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