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Admittedly, I'm not using the Akimbo design much myself these days (I've switched to aluminum extrusion and lasercut panels for a box frame), but for anyone who's got an old Mendel around that needs some love, it's still useful.

The Z axis design is actually (sort of) based on the original Mendel axis design, which used six ball bearings on one side, and four on the other side. It wasn't until I built a printer with linear bearings on both sides that I realized that reducing the bearings to four on one side of the Mendel wasn't a cost reduction, but instead made it resistant to binding.