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3D Printer Essentials? (Or maybe better named as "Adventures in Newb 3D Printing" )

danmitch1

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I grabbed some M5X25 from fastenal. The belt tighteners seem to work great, it never ceases to amaze me how high the quality of free user-made mods is. I'm assuming the great majority of them are based off of designs the users have seen on other printers, but still, there's quite a bit of work that must go into these things.
Great to know, i hate the the way the belts are tightened now. Its really impossible to dial it in. Ive been moding all weekend. Ill post later what ive done so far!
 

danmitch1

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As promised
First off is the TL smoothers, the little box I made wouldnt fit closed with the wire length I had.. For now they are mounted to the base of the box but not closed, I might buy extensions down the road.. I havent printed the benchy to compare the quality yet and see if they made a difference.IMG_20200222_145944155.jpg

Then the step down 24v to 12v

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Then the petsfang and fans. I had to re model the base as even the ender 5 base floating around didnt quite match my mounting plate.
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Then I installed this extruder arm. Makes the bowden tube 6" shorter and is supposed to improve performance.
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Here she is in all her glory
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Currently printing the struts

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Im waiting on some more screws to install my tensioners :p
 

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Heh.... looks like you need some drawer rails for that storage container.... ;)

I may end up grabbing one of those step-down boards for my LED strip....
 

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Heh.... I think I'd have to run a couple of full length rolls to drop the effective voltage down that much. The whole 300 light strip is in series for 12V..... :)
 

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Heh.... I think I'd have to run a couple of full length rolls to drop the effective voltage down that much. The whole 300 light strip is in series for 12V..... :)
Could use a single segment even. But if that segment ever failed, the other leds would get 24v. Just generally just split what you need in half. I have probably 100 ft of led strips in use. Almost all of them are 12v strips running off a 24v psu.
 

danmitch1

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Bah! Cracked my supports!!! Either its the M3's I used instead of the required M4's or just too much muscle while tightening the bolts ( or both )
Or maybe not enough infill at 35%... I wonder if I could "weld" them back together with a soldering iron?
As they are, the bed does feel much less spring board like but hey, I printed a benchy and Im seeing very little improvement after all these mods lol
I think Im done modding, time for some real printing :)

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Ahhhh.... those are self printed supports for the print surface that act similarly to a GPU support?
 

danmitch1

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Yup, i gotta find a way to repair them. I can't justify another 16h print + filament lol..
There are some that did a dual Z lead screw mod. 2 z steppers working in tandem.
 

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