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Dremel Flex Shaft QuickFix Mount

by jbr, published

Dremel Flex Shaft QuickFix Mount by jbr Apr 19, 2013

Description

Dremel Flex Shaft Mount for the RepRap, using a quickfix mounting support (like the one used in a Prism 1.5 to quickly mount - and dismount - the extruder on the carriage).

You can attach your Dremel Flex Shaft on it and then be able to change from your extruder to your milling tool and back in a second (if you've got the right carriage).

The "quickfix" part can also be used to attach any standard M4 50mm extruder on a quickfix dedicated carriage.

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I haven't any experience yet. I'm trying to get the software and electronics to act as a mill instead of a 3D printer. if I find anything, I'll give you a yell though

I'm just starting the tests.

My hardware is a RepRap Prism 1.5 that I built at Grenoble's Fablab (http://paoparts.com/blog/2012/... : It's a very good and robust printer but simple or relatively simplistic one.

I use Repetier with Slic3r to print with PLA and I'm starting using skeinforge (also bundled with Repetier) with its "milling" mode to drive my Dremel.

But I know I need to be very careful on what and how I want to use it for milling, because it hasn't been designed for this use (especially the belt and motor size).

Please tell me more about your own experience. It can be interesting to improve our mutual knowledge in this matter.

What software and electronics are you using?

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Instructions

You will need :

- 2 CHC M3-20 screws
- 2 D3 washers (ring)
- 2 M3 nuts

1) Print the two separate pieces (one of each stl file model).
2) Attach them with two screws : screws and washers in the mounting support and nuts in the quickshift piece (see photos to locate dedicated holes in each piece).
3) Unlatch and remove your quickfix extruder from the carriage.
4) Attach the Dremel Flex Shaft by screwing it in the mounting support.
5) Enjoy using your RepRap as a milling tool!
6-optional) Go back to additive printing in a minute (changing back from Dremel to extruder, each one on a dedicated quickfix support, easily inserted in the dedicated carriage).

Let me know if your RepRap is a good (simple) milling tool too (I didn't test it yet, but I will soon).

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IcanCwhatUsay on May 14, 2013 said:

What software and electronics are you using?

jbr on May 14, 2013 said:

I'm just starting the tests.

My hardware is a RepRap Prism 1.5 that I built at Grenoble's Fablab (http://paoparts.com/blog/2012/... : It's a very good and robust printer but simple or relatively simplistic one.

I use Repetier with Slic3r to print with PLA and I'm starting using skeinforge (also bundled with Repetier) with its "milling" mode to drive my Dremel.

But I know I need to be very careful on what and how I want to use it for milling, because it hasn't been designed for this use (especially the belt and motor size).

Please tell me more about your own experience. It can be interesting to improve our mutual knowledge in this matter.

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