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Andy Dixon 130/01/2019 18:13:21
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Evening all,


I'm starting this thread to document the build of my new 3D printer. The printer is based on the 'Dice' design by René Jurack, see his website below;

The Dice design is based on a Core X-Y motion and uses linear rails on all axes so should be fast, accurate and rigid.

I've scaled the basic design up a bit to suit the standard 200mm length of linear rail available on ebay and also to accommodate a 140mm heatbed I have on hand.

Below should be a CAD image of the design. All of the sheet metal has been laser cut by a local firm, leaving a handful of small parts to machine.


cad render.jpg

I'll continue with some photos of the actual build as I go along.


Edited By Neil Wyatt on 31/01/2019 14:03:39

Neil Wyatt31/01/2019 14:05:36
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Hello Andy,

Welcome to the forum.

Dpon't worry about the edit - it appeared your image was too big but it turned out OK in the end.


Andy Dixon 109/02/2019 11:13:24
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Thanks Neil,


I'm back at it, the laser cut parts turned out mostly ok ( a couple of bent parts and a few handling scratches but they'll be fine for my purposes). I used Microkerf in Leicester who were fast and quite reasonably priced, they also help with file formatting etc.

The X-Y stage fitted up with linear rails and spacer blocks;

XY Stage.jpg

You can also see the Z-axis rail which was cut to length with a cutting disk in the angle grinder. Each of the linear bearings had to be disassembled and deburred, cleaned and lubricated before they worked smoothly....but they were cheap!


Next up are the uprights which live inside the printer and provide mounting points as well as some stiffness to the structure. These are just aluminium profile with tapped holes, live action shot;


I couldn't resist a test fit at this stage with some of the other parts to see what it'll look like;

test fit.jpg

That's it for now, hopefully I can make a bit of progress this weekend.



Edited By Andy Dixon 1 on 09/02/2019 11:22:19

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