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Noise & Vibration Dampeners

by vector, published

Noise & Vibration Dampeners by vector Apr 22, 2012

Description

Noise & Vibration Dampeners for RepRap Prusa Mendel. Reduces noise, which is produced by the machine during printing, by more then 20dB.

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They work great! Also fit a Reprap Pro Huxley.

Incredible! I can't hear my printer!

The change in noise is tremendous. I didn't think it will be that big difference. Highly recommended to all prusa owners! Big thumbs up to the author!

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Instructions

Hello everybody,

I've designed this nose dampeners to reduce the noise and vibration created by my RepRap Prusa Mendel.

The main goles were to:
- reduce the noise and vibration as much as possible
- make it strong and durable
- use the least material possible
- accomodate variation of thickness of the printer feet.

For maximum nose & vibration reduction effect you need to meet following criteria:

Material used: PLA
Fill density: 100%

Please let me know how it worked for you.

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P373 on Apr 7, 2014 said:

They work great! Also fit a Reprap Pro Huxley.

Chris0611 on Mar 26, 2014 said:

Incredible! I can't hear my printer!

Srokap on Mar 25, 2014 said:

The change in noise is tremendous. I didn't think it will be that big difference. Highly recommended to all prusa owners! Big thumbs up to the author!

ahtly on Aug 15, 2013 said:

Thank you! I didn't realize how much my prusa vibrated before your dampeners.
Now it's so quiet.... :D

Trinitrotoluol on May 28, 2013 said:

This is Awesome! Made them from ABS and it works like a charm. It got my Prusa from electric saw to whisper. This should be featured, even Thingiverse is run by Makerbot.

omega368 on Sep 6, 2012 said:

This is totally awesome. It absolutely works. Reduces the noise and vibration on my desk by heaps.The feeling is like having gone deaf its that good. Thanks for the design!

jamesglanville on May 23, 2012 said:

After a couple of weeks with a heavy prusa on top, the feet have deformed so that they're flatter and less springy. How odd :s (pla)

QuantumConcepts on May 23, 2012 said:

Same!

vector on May 23, 2012 said:

Same here.*DONT_KNOW* In order to make it springy it needs to be certain thickness....but luckily for us PLA is bendable under the hot water. ;)

jamesglanville on May 10, 2012 said:

any way to make one that wobbles in 2 directions? I can still hear the x-carriage wobble the table a little, though the y is completely fixed by this.

Conseils on Apr 25, 2012 said:

The reduction in noise is fantastic.

Does just what is says on the tin.

I cant head the axis drives. Now whats your suggestion for that noisey fan!!! :)

vector on Apr 25, 2012 said:

I'm happy that the dampeners are working for you. I've noticed that the leg on your print is hollow. You want that solid. As for the fan just peel the sticker in the center off. There is a plastic lock washer, take it off. Pull the blades off, clean the axle, put a little bit of lubricant (WD40, 3in1) on the axle, put it back and fan should be quiet again. ;)

Conseils on Apr 25, 2012 said:

The orign for the STL is located

vertex 1935.496948 1385.301025 25.500000

And it might be better to have set the origin near to zero thus
vertex 26.826904 8.601074 13.000000

This allows the composer in Slic3r for example to mange the object.
On my Huxley print it was also shelled - shoud be interesting to see it in action.

NetFab allowed me to readily fix the posit
ion.

My Huxley is placed on top of a box which is clearance above some stairs. This has a tendancy to resonante throught he house. My wife as you might imagine is not happy with the noise of the acoustic resonater created by the box and stairs underneath the printer.

Could save my marriage ;) or
at least allow printing late into the evening.

QuantumConcepts on Apr 24, 2012 said:

Just installed mine and they do work quite well. Good job!

jamesglanville on Apr 24, 2012 said:

I'm amazed at how well these work, I thought they'd snap or not reduce noise much, but they're great. I need to test how difficult they are to break so I know whether to just add the spring design to the next vertices I print.

vector on Apr 25, 2012 said:

Let me(us) know how the test went. ;)

JDD on Apr 23, 2012 said:

Very nice! I printed a set and they're quieter then the foam blocks I was using.

QuantumConcepts on Apr 23, 2012 said:

No issues with the "foot" snapping off due to the weight of the machine?

vector on Apr 23, 2012 said:

It will withstand weight of the printer no problem. (regular RepRap Prusa Mendel with heated bed, glass
&
amp; RAMPS mounted on the side)

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