Thingomatic y-axis Endcaps

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Thingomatic y-axis Endcaps by MacaroniNgineer Oct 7, 2011
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Endcaps for the ToM. These replace the stock ones with a similar design having a cutout for the included shim. This allows the y-axis rods to be quickly removed without having to unscrew 8 fasteners to get them out. Packaged as a plate for the ToM with 2 endcaps and 2 shims.



Just pull the shim and retract the rods through the hole in the middle! Easy peasy!

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Hi, did you ever make/upload an upgrade? Thanks!

Had to shrink the inserts to 95% to fit inside the holder. Otherwise, a great design.

Nice upgrade... however, I'm not having any problems with any of my belts loosening up, and wondering why I'm reading of so many people having to loose X and or Y endcaps in order to adjust the belt tension of their Thing-O-Bot(s). Loosing the X and/or
amp; endcaps has NOTHING to do with adjusting the tension of these 2 Thing-O-Bot axes... it's all about adding tension to the X and/or Y stepper motors.

Learn some mechanics, people....

I have, however, noticed some degree of slop on my X and Y axis rods... they shift somewhat (between the rod end holders), and I've devised an endcap upgrade to solve this. (This shift in rod placement should not effect my builds in the slightest, as I keep my ro
ds well lubricated (all 7 of them... heh heh... go scratch your head on that one, you numbers-only geeks). ;)

My design (while not posted, printed, or used yet... only a figment of my imagination so far) uses an endcap design that puts pressure on one end of each rod (not needed on both ends unles
s you have a SERIOUS slop problem).

I may or may not post it some day. But great iea, MacaroniNgineer. I'm sure it'll work great for most folks....

Will these work for the cupcake? Would you be willing to make a derivative for the cupcake?

I don't have a cupcake but i could probably whip something up if you gave me the dimensions.

How about a version for the X axis rods? I find that I have to remove those more often than the Y's so far. (ie: the belt slips out of the clips, etc.

With my next upgrade this will be a non-issue. Stay tuned!

Why do you want to quickly remove the Y rods? Disclaimer: I'm not too familiar with the Thing-O-Matic design.

So you can get at the X-Y assembly for easy upgrades and hackage.

That will be better answered best by my next upgrade. ::Queue mystery music::

Woo! Next time I update the ToM upgrade list these are going into it.

XY-Tensioner/Wood Stabilizer Plate
by Tunell

agreed. i have one for x and y axis. a must have.

Sweet! Made the upgrade list.

You have once again crossed the line to brilliance. Great job.

Ah, thank you for your kind words.