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3D Printer Vibration Dampening Feet

by henryarnold Jan 20, 2017
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Any other solutions for vibrations ?

These feet do a great job of isolating printer vibration from transmitting to the table. My concern is that they allow the printer to shake. I suspended using them and have thought about removing this "Thing". These feet are better suited to something like a vinyl record turntable where you don't want external vibration to disturb the operation. I have added stiff rubber feet with felt pads to my printer and I am getting very good prints. I plan to keep that solution. I never completed the back to back comparison of my printer with and without these feet.

I think there are just better vibration damping solutions available that don't allow so much movement in the printer frame, such as vibration damping pads or mats. Also, people who have custom build repraps that are mounted to a wood platform like MDF or plywood shouldn't use these unless they put some in the middle for support because the wood can bow under the weight and cause the frame to get out of alignment.

It's an interesting idea though, can't say I haven't tried it myself!

I considered removing this design but they can be used for other purposes. I'm planning to add a set to my 1980s record turntable. This is a perfect application for these feet. I am not currently using them on my printer.

Agreed, they definitely have a purpose! Wasn't trying to sound like your design was bad or anything. Great work! Definitely keep the files up.

Thanks for your input. We agree. I moved the update to the beginning of the post so that people are aware that this may not be the best solution for 3D printing. It is fun to try it out. BTW, I settled on felt pads attached to the bottom of 1.250" round feet. They offer the isolation needed without allowing the printer to move around.