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UK BUILT 3D PRINTER BLOG

UK BUILT 3D PRINTER BLOG

Introduction

The 3D printing world has become saturated these days with cloned printers and components which some are good and some can leave disastrous effects.

This leads up to my question numerous times on social media –

“Do all these cheap components and printers come at a cost to the consumer?”.

I am not against printers and components from around the world. There is truly some great things out there but there is some garbage too.

Personally, the old saying “You get what you pay for”. This shouldn’t  be used no matter what the cost. As It should meet the standards, just like our conditions and regulations in the UK and other EU countries.

3D Printers seem to be more frequently made in factories by staff that don’t have time to take care of the job at hand, This mostly due to having to make certain deadlines.

Creality warehouse production 

So the idea came about to make my own 3D printer. The goal is to build a UK supplied and fully built 3D Printer all in the UK.

First off a big thank you to the following suppliers. who sponsored the big build project.

With their kind help and support, I couldn’t achieve this project.

So please go check them out.

E3D-online

Duet3D

Ooznest

3DPrintz

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Below is the list of all episodes 

  1. Intro Big Build and our sponsors. (completed)
  2. Building the right hand side. (completed)
  3. Starting to assemble the frame.(completed)
  4. Catch up after hand op,installation of duet3d and touch-screen and aluminium plate.(week commencing 25/03/19) 
  5. E3d-0nline water cooling system
  6. The wiring and first turn on.

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Episode One

So we are finally getting to start building the right hand side of the big build project!

I initially did have trouble with the square nut’s fitting in the v slot’s and sadly, the ones I did order had a rounded edge.

This stopped the nut from sliding into the v slot of the extrusion. Please bear that in mind and don’t make the same mistake I did.

By the end i had to use T nuts instead. These do work, however,  there a little fiddly for my finger’s. These are smaller than my usual ones I have on my simulator rig but they should be ok for everyone else.

The right idler was a bit of a challenge from the start, getting those bearings to line up with the washer in the middle to then feed the hex bolt through was a fiddly task to do.

PETG from 3Dprintz Ltd

It took me several attempts to get it right and I probably did it wrong. The tolerances of the opening’s are very tight and there is no room for adjustments.

If you are short on time be wary of this as it can take up a bit to get done.

Once I finally conquered the idler, the rest was fairly straight forward. I feel there must be a better way to do this that I may have missed but we got there eventually!

idler fits snug onto the extrusion perfect!

Finally the right idler is complete and attached to extrusion ,when you get the knack of doing this for a while, it does become fairly easy to do, so don’t be put off by me and how I struggled with it at beginning.

Now I don’t want to make these articles too long. If there is anything that you would like to see or want to get involved then please send me a message.

Overall the first episode was a challenge but thoroughly enjoyed the process and I overcome some challenges that did try to stop me.

Episode two

New workshop area

T nuts and corner brackets

The big build project is back in full swing albeit a minor delay.

This was due to having a revamp and actually getting setup in the Man Cave at last. After all, that’s the name of my website and my aim is to run and use the cave for all my 3D printing and other hobbies.

So without further hesitation let’s crack on.

We are looking at getting the bed assembled. Once we get that finished the left and right sides can finally be connected to each other.

There was some slight issues with one corner but managed to fit it after a bit of persuasion.

So my thoughts on the build so far. For a minute

We got through the hardest part of getting the frame put together. As mentioned in the video, Went ahead and squared up the frame and wasn’t far off, so was very happy there.

Black Extrusion is wonderful but can be a nightmare too. Having previous experiences with it  trying to be really careful not to scratch it was cumbersome but manageable job.

We have an actual frame to work with, First impressions are really good, The black makes the red PETG stand out really well and is supplied by 3D Printz.

Extrusion from Ooznest is really nice and smooth and no blemishes. There Black is really nice and the ends are tapped too. So you can secure the frame nice and tight against the brackets.

Ooznest Highly recommended Service. They go out of their way to help you with your orders and ideas like with the D Bot they shipped mine really quick. Did have to wait on the stepper motors and Ryan kept me informed till they arrived. well done lads.

     Nicely packed and no a mark on them.

D-bot is really nice bit of kit. Found it to be really strong and found no wobble with the 3D printed parts. Some comments on social media about printed parts is, They don’t like a printer with 3D parts. why not? let us know your views on this.

Well I think, if done correctly with PETG or ABS it is really strong and stable and you can choose your colours as well. Yes we could go out and spend more on aluminium parts. Sadly then the cost is going up way over what I would like to pay and achieve.

So went on to install the parts needed to get the bed onto the frame, using the supplied parts shown in the photo below, We get to make the z axis that connects the bed to the frame. This part was fairly simple to do, it consist of  one bolt two bearings one washer and a nut and a petg spacer.

Seeing as my spacers where a little on the tight side, I had to get the cordless drill out and just shave the inside a little and then it was good to go.

To Be Continued Shortly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HI everybody, rick here.

At present mancaveuk is under going a revamp, This has happened due to me losing my website during transition and now I am having to restart from scratch.

This in turn was maybe a good reason it did happen and I can learn from the mistakes I made from before. certain feedback stated my website was not great and needed some improvement in areas that I thought was perfectly fine.

Please excuse if some parts don’t look or work correctly while I get the site up and running again.

I hope to bring a much better website with all the news and reviews of simulation and 3D printing world.

This doesn’t stop here, I would like to try to cater for all things from gaming to art and beyond, Whether its one of my hobbies or one of our members hobbies on our Facebook community group.

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