Flexible Coupling - NinjaFlex/ABS Dual Print

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Flexible Coupling - NinjaFlex/ABS Dual Print by DiabaseEngineer Nov 5, 2013
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Print it in Ninjaflex at 70mm/s with the Flexion Extruder

This is a bellows-style flexible coupling with ABS hubs and NinjaFlex bellows. I printed it on a Replicator 1 with this extruder upgrade: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:169086. The difficult part about dual extrusion (especially with flexible materials) is dealing with the material that leaks out of the idle printhead while the other is extruding. To get around this, I printed a second part with similar geometry spaced away the same distance as the nozzle separation (33mm). When the NinjaFlex nozzle was idle, it was sliding over a solid surface...which kept excessive material from leaking out.

The big discovery was how well the materials bonded together. Next I'm going to try a few larger ABS parts that I've had trouble with in the past. This time, I'll print a NinjaFlex base (which bonds really well to Kapton) and print the ABS part on top. Also...dual materials for things like bumpers and feet could work really well. This coupling has interlocking geometry, but in parts where you can switch completely from one material to another, you won't have the "draining" issue.


NinjaFlex (Fire): http://www.fennerdrives.com/3D
Makerbot White ABS

Printer info:
Makerbot Replicator (original version with the MK8 spring loaded extruder upgrade).
Extruder temp: 215 C for Ninjaflex, 225 for ABS
Platform: Room temp, bare aluminum, glass, or Kapton tape all worked well
Retraction Settings for NinjaFlex (In Skeinforge under Dimension tab):
Minimum Travel for Retraction: 1.0mm
Retraction Distance: 2.0mm

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This is awesome! got some NinjaFlex from the 3D print expo and am using a Replicator 2X. I'm going to try this. What size shaft is this supposed to be fore, and could you put the parametric model here?

Thanks, and great work!