Tag Archives: Mendel

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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Retraction, Huh! What is it good for?

Retraction is the technique of sucking molten plastic back up into the heated extrusion nozzle of a 3D printer. Like squeezing the edges of a toothpaste tube to suck back in some of the toothpaste you accidentally squeezed out. The … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Marlin is Alive!

At last I have Marlin running successfully on my RAMPS v1.4 hardware on my Mendel Prusa. Marlin is a firmware 3D printer control program which lives on the microcontroller in the printer itself. Pronterface on my laptop talks to Marlin … Continue reading

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