NEW UPDATE 6-14-18
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. I’ve found newer interests and I have decided that 3d printing is now only a side-hobby. This Project will be repurposed for upcoming, much larger projects. Thanks for the support along the journey! This one may be over, but something Much, much bigger is coming...
Watch what I’ve been up to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdU4ombxhukm2o7mpPnc_lA?view_as=subscriber
This is a thing-page created for my project: The “Filamolder.” My first custom-designed, open-source (to a certain extent), Cartesian 3d printer. I will Post all the files as I finish designing them.
This machine is designed around 3d printed parts and was made in TinkerCAD and OnShape.
Non-3d printed parts consist of 2x2” stud wood, some 2020 aluminum Extrusions, and an 8mm linear rod.
So far the machine’s range of movement is about: (in)
Axis X: 16.8 (42.6)
Axis Y: 22.6 (57.4cm)
Axis Z: 23 (58.4cm)
The build dimensions may be slightly smaller due to other factors.
The machine will most likely have two extruders to one genuine e3d volcano hotend with a .6mm nozzle bore. It will be direct drive extruder system. The build plate will most likely be about 60cm x 60cm but only a 30cm x 30xm portion in the middle is heated by a silicone heater. The machine will have acrylic panels on the sides to cover up most of the sides for a possible heated chamber configuration. It will use nema 17 steppers and ordinary gt2 belts on a ramps 1.4.
The machine so far is about 70cm x 70cm x 71cm. It is a BIG printer, and will probably weight at least 60 lbs. (~27kg) I have a dedicated little short table for the machine but caster wheels can be added for more mobility.
This project will certainly take a long time so bear with me as I wait for parts to arrive. I Highly recommend you DO NOT start building this printer YET until I confirm it is no longer a WORK IN PROGRESS. Things are destined to change so please, wait until it is finished!
Thank you for looking and watching along with the build process! I will also soon add videos explaining kinematics, prototypes, and other stuff. Feel free to add suggestions for the printer.
Some pieces will need support. Just use common knowledge to determine if it needs support or not. IF USING SUPPORT ON CARRIAGES, MAKE SURE SUPPORT DOES NOT MAKE CONTACT WITH WALLS THAT TOUCH EXTRUSIONS.
Bill of materials
A very basic diagram of the Filamolder kinematics
The Vertex braces have a fillet to one side. MAKE SURE THE FILLET IS FACING THE OUTSIDE CORNER OF THE FRAME. Make sure the fillet is not toward the ground or facing any other direction. Look to the photo block below for further reference.
- DO NOT force the studs into the 3d printed brackets if they don’t fit in with a light tap of a mallet. Sand the edges of the stud until it finds with relative ease. (It still has friction, but it goes in without hammering with all your might.)
NOTE FOR STEP 4
If you feel the frame should be stiffened up more for safety, you can add gorilla glue any other kind of adhesion onto the stud before you press it in and screw it. I used gorilla glue as I will be moving this printer around a little bit.
DO NOT SECURE the brackets to the wood frame until you’ve used a tape measure to ensure that the two extrusions are parallel to each other perfectly or within ~.25mm. To measure just measure the distance of each side from the two brackets and ensure that they are of very closely measure to each side.
9-14-17: Back from vacay! Made it to high school and I finally have a solid schedule to properly set aside some free time for this unfinished project. New videos being made along with new parts! New desc. too!
8-9-17: Working on a new system for the Z axis. The 4 extrusion system with the bearingless carriages bound up way too much so the new system will have 2 extrusions with bearing-d carriages to help support the weight of the bed. More info to be added.
7-28-17: New Updates! Removing old video with a new update vid soon! New parts! Brackets, carriages, and mounting points. Removed some obsolete files and am currently working on some more parts. More parts to be ordered. A new ETC (estimated time of completion) has been added. Will also work on updating the rest of the thing page.
7-21-17: The belts have finally arrived! I’m designing some new belt clips to clamp the y carriages to the pulleys. Going to Florida on the 23rd so all progress will be temporarily halted. The machine build dimensions are going to added along with other stuff.
7-4-17: Happy 4th! Lots of new stuff! Designed and printed new Y-axis brackets; will add pictures soon. New updates section. Ordered some belts and will print some pulleys. Working on Z axis parts, and still trying to find the perfect bed.