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FolgerTech FT-5 X-Carriage (FT13, FT14, FT11, FT12)

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FolgerTech FT-5 X-Carriage (FT13, FT14, FT11, FT12) by lilmikey Oct 30, 2016
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UPDATE 11/14: Motor mount screws lowered 1.5mm. In the original the top of the motor could rub the 2020 rail if you tightened everything just right.

UPDATE 11/7: It's been pointed out that the top piece is almost the exact width of the rail slider and if you tighten the bolts it can push pressure on the slider and bind. I've expanded the part by 2mm (1mm each direction) to hopefully ease that pressure.

Here are functional replacements for the FT-5 X-Carriage parts (FT13 - top/bottom spacer, FT11 - back face, FT12 - front face, FT14 - cable chain platform). I tried to solve three problems with the originals:

1) They are melamine. They tended to warp, loosen, and crack. Print replacements with high infill.

2) The holes on the FT14 were not counter-sunk and the FT14/FT13 combination was awkward. This replacement combines those parts and has a pedestal for the cable chain end - no bending or warping. It also has nut-captures for the nylock nuts that attach the cable chain.

3) You needed a wrench to tighten the long bolts holding the FT11 and FT12 together. This version has nut captures for those nylocks as well. You can tighten up your X-Carriage with only an allen wrench.

Additionally, these parts should be compatible with the factory parts and factory-compatible replacements. I am personally using the FT11, and FT13/14 replacement from this set along with the FT13 bottom and FT12 from this fan duct set (white parts in the images):

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1666994

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Notes:

I'd suggest high infill and using an extra perimeter or two for the parts with nut-captures.

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I found the slots (square pegs) didn't quite match up. They're about 1-2mm off each. The dimensions of the part seem right, so I don't think it's my printer. Maybe adjust the tolerances a little? Otherwise, thanks.

Jan 19, 2017 - Modified Jan 19, 2017

The holes on the back plate are too small. They print out to around 2.6mm. Also can't fit the 3mm nylocks into their respective slots.

They are designed to be exactly 3mm - intentionally snug to ensure no play once fastened so I'm hesitant to widen the holes. I would suggest printing with additional walls and auguring out the holes a bit.

Can u share all part of FT-5? like FT17,FT18, FT22 ... Thanks.

I haven't designed those replacements yet. It's on my radar but not a priority since the rest of the parts are bearing as much load or wear. If you have a broken part I can probably whip something up real quick though.

Please share to meFT 17, Ft18 and Ft22. I want to change it. Thanks

Pictures 4 and 5 do not match the parts?

At the bottom of the description I stated the white parts are from an alternate set (that I recommend) that includes a parts cooler.

thank you, I am not sure how I missed that :(

Looks great! What filament did you use in the pics?

Inland PETG. I don't necessarily recommend it though. Just what I had lying around.

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