Category Archives: Assembly

Notes on building and setting up 3D printers

Construction concerns

Gary wrote a detailed comment to this post, in which he described his experiences and frustrations with the mechanical side of building his Prusa kit. Rather than respond with another comment, I thought I’d write a post, covering his points.

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Getting your motors moving on a MakerGear Mendel Prusa

Here’s a quick and dirty guide to getting your motors working on a MakerGear Mendel Prusa 3D printer kit. I assume you: installed your arduino software installed the Pronterface printer control software installed your copy of MakerGear|Rick’s version of Sprinter, … Continue reading

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Updated build instructions – for z-motor mounts

I’ve just learned a better way of assembling the z-motor mounts on the MakerGear Mendel Prusa kit. The two main references are either outdated or confusing (ie, I was wrong and/or confused), so I’ve added some paragraphs to my mechanical … Continue reading

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ATX power supply 5V load resistor for better 12V regulation

Various people (Triffid_hunter in particular) and web sites (e.g. the reprap wiki) have explained that ATX power supplies are a bit cheap in their voltage regulation circuitry. If you want to get the most power out of your 12V cables … Continue reading

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Essential tools for building a MakerGear Mendel Prusa kit

This is a list of tools I found invaluable (hey, I’ve no idea what your workshop situation is like – I hope this is not your first experience with nut and volts…)

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Thermistor connections – screw terminals vs Molex crimping

A couple of days ago I decided to smarten up my Prusa, by covering the exposed threaded rods with plastic “loom tube” (available locally from Jaycar). The 7mm variety fits nicely over the 8mm threaded rod, and also over the … Continue reading

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How to assemble a Heated Build Platform

When my first prints of my raygun prototype warped up from the print bed, I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and build the heated build platform. Here is the result. RESULT! I’ll write about what … Continue reading

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