For the longest time I've been looking for z-braces for the CR-10 with parts that are easy to print and require minimal material. I also wanted them to be easy to assemble and mount with parts that can be found in every hardware store. Just the other day I had yet to find any until William Weston showed me some that he had put together. Inspired by his design I set out to create my own. I then printed them, cut some rods to length and installed them. So far it seems to work really well.
These should also work perfectly fine on different sized CR-10 and I plan on installing them on my S5 soon as well. If you decide to try it on another size, please let us know what rod length you used.
Important: If you're like me and use a capacitive probe for bed leveling the maximum build height will be reduced to 380mm. I haven't tested this with a BLTouch but it should not impact the build height, just as if you're using manual leveling.
What you'll need to buy
- 2x 60cm M10 threaded rods
- 4x M4x10 screws
- 2x M4x15 screws
- 2x M5x12 screws
- 4x M4 T-slot nuts
- 8x M10 nuts
- 2x M4 nuts
- Cable sleeving
- Shrink tubing
You'll need a tap with M4/M5 pieces to tap holes in the printed parts. The same M5 piece will also be used to tap the holes in the aluminum extrusions on the bottom of the frame.
Enjoy, and please use the make functionality to upload an image if you decide to use this mod on your printer. I hope you'll like this as much as I do.
I printed with support on just to make sure the holes were clean, but probably prints perfectly fine without supports as well.
Optional: Add some sleeves to make it pretty
In order to cover up the silver rods I went to Biltema (Sweden) and got some 8mm cable sleeving and shrink tubing. Then I tried several times before getting the measurements on and simply put on the tubing. Done!
I designed these parts using Autodesk Fusion 360.