Me and my friend Peter from the Norwegian reprap community ( reprap.no and bitraf.no ) decided to build ourselves some new printers. It'll be his first, and my third one in complete, working condition.
We chose to build the Mendel90 Sturdy variant, since it have a lot of good press. I need a production machine to replace my wobbly oversized prusa, and since it'll be Peters first he chose the same, as troubleshooting and setup will be much easier we build two equal machines.
Here follows some pictures Peter took, with some short descriptions.
|That's me, utilizing the kitchen table.|
|Sticky vinyl is highly recommended.|
|Cheap ~€50 pillar drill did the job well.|
|Make sure you mount the brackets on the correct side of the panels.|
|Loosely screwed together. We forgot washers though.|
|Squaring up the front.|
|It comes together fast!|
|A rare(?) shot from the back side of the Menlde90. Notice the sides aren't mirrored in size.|
|Unfortunately the x end motor bracket broke when pushing in the LM10UU.|
|We plan to make a drawer or filament holder under the printer.|
- Sticky vinyl is great.
- Being two when drilling and assembling makes it much, much easier.
- MDF isn't that great to work with, some of the screws tore through the material and spun freely.
- Paint before you assemble. We don't dare to pull this one apart to do so now.
- I do think I would prefer using 18mm sheets, the 12mm seems barely stiff enough.
- The holes in the sheets doesn't have to be that perfect, there's good room to compensate in the parts.
- There are a whole bunch of 4-6mm holes all over the place for cabling. We chose to ditch them and rather drill a few 8mm holes when we decide where we want the electronics.
- I should have configured and exported new STL files to fit my nozzle size and layer height.
- Some of the parts doesn't behave very well in PLA.
- The x carriage can't fit a gregstruder (the motor crashes in the sheet). Moving the holes in the carriage 5mm to the front will do the trick.
That's it for now. Building RepRaps is fun!