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Replicator Front Cover Stabilizer Brackets & Lift Handles

by Fastrack, published

Replicator Front Cover Stabilizer Brackets & Lift Handles by Fastrack Jul 28, 2012

Description

These are designed for drandolph's "3mm hood and cover" thingiverse.com/thing:23386

I found during certain printing operations the cover would move back and forth making a flapping sound which became very annoying. So I designed the stabilizer brackets. I also found the front cover hard to remove after I put the stabilizer brackets on, so I designed lift handles which clip onto the lower alignment slot.

Both of these objects are designed with a .75mm width to space the front cover evenily and are a perfect match with the "Replicator Cover Hanger Bolt Spacers v2" thingiverse.com/thing:27223

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Yes I've seen those. I did not add them as I never had an issue. However I've added v2 with 3mm x .5mm dimples.

And you got me thinking so I resigned the lift handles as well v2 has a much larger dimple (old one was 3mm X 3mm x 2mm.. this one is 4.5mm x 4.5mm x 3mm), so it holds on much better!

Hi, can you please add "grip knobs" to the stabilizer brackets so that they grip the Makerbot? They tend to fall off a lot when I remove the front cover.

If you don't know what I mean by grip knobs, please see this item: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Saw your pic! But I think you have the clips reversed! They should sit level (the dimple sticking out the back is off-set for that)

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Instructions

Printed using .27 layer height, 100% infill (solid), 1 shell. Using Replicator 5.5 but with default speeds (printing small objects like this with acceleration I find melts the previous layer too much). Printed without a raft

Ensure you measure your filament to have a tight fit. The stabilizer brackets may not fit if your plywood has swelled or shunk from humidity. My replicator is in a room that sits around 45%-55% humidity and these fit quite snug.

Original Tinkercad objects:
tinkercad.com/things/3iEpPAJ1kkB-replicator-front-cover-stabilizer-brackets

tinkercad.com/things/9nR1xBnnXQ6-replicator-front-cover-lift-handles

V2 of the lift handles has a larger "dimples" sticking out the back (old one was 3mm X 3mm x 2mm.. this one is 4.5mm x 4.5mm x 3mm). I also made the front front/back sections 1mm taller. The dimple location has been moved slightly as well. MUCH tighter fit:
tinkercad.com/things/iCxNfl9ilj5-replicator-front-cover-lift-handles-v2

V2 of of the stabilizer bracket has dimples sticking out the back clip. These are 3mm x .5mm. I haven't printed these.
tinkercad.com/things/kG29YButXCR-replicator-front-cover-stabilizer-brackets-v2

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iceberg on Aug 21, 2012 said:

Hi, can you please add "grip knobs" to the stabilizer brackets so that they grip the Makerbot? They tend to fall off a lot when I remove the front cover.

If you don't know what I mean by grip knobs, please see this item: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Fastrack on Aug 22, 2012 said:

Yes I've seen those. I did not add them as I never had an issue. However I've added v2 with 3mm x .5mm dimples.

And you got me thinking so I resigned the lift handles as well v2 has a much larger dimple (old one was 3mm X 3mm x 2mm.. this one is 4.5mm x 4.5mm x 3mm), so it holds on much better!

DocRayStantz on Jul 31, 2012 said:

Neat! I've wanted this exact thing since I got my hood kit.

I'm printing mine this afternoon.

Thanks for making and posting this. :)

Fastrack on Aug 2, 2012 said:

Saw your pic! But I think you have the clips reversed! They should sit level (the dimple sticking out the back is off-set for that)

LiquidBeef on Jul 28, 2012 said:

Cool, thanks.

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