I have a few parts that I need machined, but unfortunately I have no way to get them made. Instead, I've decided to convert my Ender 3 to a snapmaker-style hybrid with CNC and 3D printing capabilities. My idea is to mount a clamping mechanism on the X carriage that can grab either my hotend/duct assembly or an adaptor for a Dremel flexible shaft.
The Y extrusion will have to move forwards somewhat to account for the extra space between the hotend and the X axis carriage. Luckily I have some spare extrusion and a friend with a drill press, so that won't be a problem.
I'll also be adding XT60 connectors for the heaters, with smaller connectors for the fans, thermistors, etc. on the hotend and bed.
I'll be following Makeitmakeitmakeit's method of disposing of springs, thus removing any potential flex from the setup.
Any comments? Suggestions? Issues? Please let me know.