Big DIY 3D printer 2

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Big DIY 3D printer 2

This 3D printer is a modification of the Big DIY 3D Printer. I decided to make a new thing of it because I changed so much.

The idea of this printer is to make it with materials you already have to keep it cheap.

Basically a 3D printer is an X, Y and Z axis. This model is an X and Y axis that can be brought up as high as you want, and so making it bigger on the Z axis. In my example I made an Z axis from extruded aluminum lengths (30x33mm) and 608Z bearings I had. I included the files for the Z axis also if you want to make the Z axis this way. The X and Y axis can also be made as long as you want. The length is determent by the length of 10mm rods you use. My rods are 1000mm long. In my case that means the maximum length of X and Y are 835mm by 710mm. My Z hight is 680mm at the moment because the aluminum lengths I have are not any longer. But If they where I would make the Z axis 2 meter :-) .

But the reason for the upgrade is that a big printer has it's issues. Printing big objects means that it will take a lot of time. So you want to speed it up. But then vibrations and sound will be much stronger. Also the longer your rods are the more vibrations you will get. (I'm thinking of using these carbon fiber ones because they are much stiffer, they say). So to make these effects less, I made this much lighter X axis and X car setup. Now the X car can move much faster with less vibrations. With PLA and PET-G this setup works much better than the old one. I removed the geared extruder from the X car to the side using a DIY “Bowden setup”.

On the X car I only have a hot end and fans now. The fan brackets in red ABS are not of my own design but from RoPa here on Thingiverse : I like this design and it fit's this minimalistic setup :-) .

To reduce vibrations and noise I experimented with a DIY vibration “dampeners” made out of silicon.

I cut these silicon “dampeners” out of a baking mat bought in a cheap Chinese products store. The Yellow plastic peace is my template for cutting the once for the motors. I know there are still direct contact areas from the motors to the rest of the printer frame. I didn’t fully isolate the mounting bolts. But for now the results are good. There is much less noise and vibrations and the print is good. :-)


Update Jan-06-2018:

The point where the timing belt was connected broke :-(

So I made this alternative repair part :-)

Also the original part is slightly modified. But If you got your one broken also this repair part may come in handy. I called the part “timing belt mounting point broken repair part1A & B.STL. Also the additional picture may explain more :-)


Feb-06-2018 :Geared Extruder Update

included file: geard extruder STLs.ZIP

I made a new Extruder for this super DIY “bowden setup” :-).

My aim was to make it simple, strong and that the filament could be pressed super hard against the driver gear. Filament can be guided with a adjustable guide. For now I kept the gland nut, but included parts that can be adjusted for regular Teflon tube holders. On the printer on the pictures the gland nut works really well. This extruder en tube setup has made the print test of 20 hours. But on another printer of mine the gland nut works not so good. It's because that one prints with much higher speeds (60mm/s and higher) and than the gland nut does not hold so good anymore. I found that it does help to put Katon tape one the tube :-) I am still experimenting with other tube holder methods :-)

The little filament driver (11mm diameter) is mounted on an M8x50mm bolt I had lying around. On the lathe I turned the end of this M8 bolt down to 5mm so the driver can be mounted on it. See pictures

Parts list for the X Y & Hot End setup:

6X F625ZZ bearing wheel

6X 623Z bearing

4X LM10UU/SP linear bearing

4X SCS10UU linear bearing

4X xxx length x10mm gliding rod

3X Nema 17 Stepper Motor

3X Timing belt pulley and matching timing belts

2X End Switch

Bowden Extruder Setup

Hot End & wires

19X M5x30mm bolt

3X M5 nut

3X M4x40mm bolt

4X M4x20mm bolt

4X M4x10mm bolt

15X M4 nut

30X M3x10mm bolt

4X M3x20mm bolt

2X M3x40mm bolt

27X M3 nut

For the Z axis setup you need: 

16X 608ZZ bearing 

1X end switch 

16X M8 bolt or threaded rod 8mm and nuts 

2X spindle 8mm and spindle nut or M8 threaded rod and nut 

2X stepper Nema 17 

2X motor to spindle connector 5mm to 8mm 

6X M4x40mm bolt 6X M4 nut 8X M3x10mm bolt 

8x M3x20mm bolt and nuts are optional if you use the M8 converter part.

Parts list controller:

1X heat bed and power supply that can deliver the current (I have a 12V /360W)

For the Controller You need:

1X Arduino Mega

1X Ramps 1.4 board and Full graphic smart controller

6X stepper driver A4988 or DRV8825 (you will have to hack your ramps to install all of them :-) )

1X 12V/240W power supply (I have a 360W)

1X opto coupler and FET for switching the heat bed (you can buy them as a board)

1X fan to cool the drivers (I have an 80 x 80 mm)

the blue and green parts are printed in PET-G resolution 0,2mm

If you have any questions feel free to ask :-)

Design Files

File Size

hotend bracket withTeflon tube Clip holder part 2.stl
62.8 KB
geared extruder teflon clip holder part1.stl
87.2 KB
geared extruder teflon clip holder part2.stl
79 KB
hotend bracket withTeflon tube Clip holder part 1.stl
198 KB gear with patern.stl
4.14 MB gear.stl
432 KB guide.stl
49.4 KB pressure bar holder.stl
168 KB pressure bar partA.stl
111 KB pressure bar partB.stl
78.2 KB nut bracket.stl
143 KB gear.stl
831 KB body.stl
464 KB knob.stl
190 KB bracket 4mm.stl
123 KB bracket 8mm 4mm bore.stl
141 KB bracket 8mm.stl
153 KB
timing belt mounting point broken repair part1A.stl
178 KB
timing belt mounting point broken repair part1B.stl
48.5 KB motor bracket L.stl
7.39 MB mount extruded aluminium bar.stl
701 KB z motor links.stl
7.4 MB motor & Y bar holder without end switch plane buttom mirror.stl
3.77 MB motor & Y bar holder with end switch mirror.stl
3.88 MB car.stl
3.61 MB axis motor side bracket1.stl
752 KB bracket with tube holder.stl
756 KB motor & Y bar holder without end switch plane buttom.stl
3.7 MB motor & Y bar holder without end switch mirror.stl
3.81 MB motor & Y bar holder with end switch plane buttom mirror.stl
3.84 MB bar holder.stl
1.49 MB bar holder mirror.stl
1.49 MB axis tensioner side bracket2.stl
697 KB axis motor side bracket2.stl
690 KB bearing holder base.stl
490 KB bearing holder base2.stl
547 KB bearing holder.stl
782 KB holder L.stl
8.12 MB holder R.stl
8.21 MB holder small L1.stl
5.01 MB holder small L2.stl
3.97 MB holder small R1.stl
5.07 MB holder small R2.stl
4.01 MB z motor rechts.stl
7.43 MB nut converter part.stl
798 KB motor bracket R.stl
7.41 MB axis.jpg
329 KB belt clip.stl
209 KB bracket.stl
536 KB stop.stl
342 KB switch bracket.stl
509 KB
192 KB
399 KB axis motor side.stl
2.72 MB axis tensioner side bracket1.stl
697 KB axis tensioner side.stl
2.72 MB bar holder plane buttom mirror.stl
1.48 MB bar holder plane buttom.stl
1.47 MB motor & Y bar holder with end switch plane buttom.stl
3.84 MB motor & Y bar holder with end switch.stl
3.87 MB motor & Y bar holder without end switch.stl
3.77 MB timingbelt tensioner.stl
234 KB


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