I am totally new to 3D printing and was looking for a project that would give me experience and provide something useful. I appreciate the files provided by everyone on Thingiverse and other websites to help the rest of us to learn and contribute to others.
My project was based off a posting by Spool3d which was based off a project from Azziz and his original z brace design.
I used Azza's "Z braces for Wanhao Duplicator i3, Cocoon Create, Maker Select, and Malyan M150 i3 3D printers."
Just print the top_right, top_left and 4 of the MK2 balls from Azza's braces.
I did a remix of Spool3D_canada,"z Brace for Wanhao Duplicator i3 PLUS".
Print the 4 remixed files I have provided for the front left, front right, rear left and rear right.
I did purchase the following supplies from Home Depot:
Qty:1-5/16-18UNC X 36" threaded rod cut in half with hand saw
Qty 2: 5/16-18UNC Locknut, (goes to lower threaded rod in assembly)
Qty 4: 5/16-18UNC Hex Nut, (goes to Upper MK2 Balls, direction of ball important)
Qty 8: M3-0.5 X 12mm Socket Head Cap Screw (To replace upper brace screws)
Qty 4: M5-0 8 X12mm Socket Head Cap Screw (To replace front and rear face screws)
Qty 4: Threaded Furniture Glides (SKU 193 637) 1/4" thread with a press fit threaded plug
All items will be located in the fasteners/hardware section at the store
Be aware the unit could be considered heavy to some and an extra hand could be helpful. I inserted the rod and locknut into the lower supports first and slide the rod up towards the upper support, you must install the nut and ball (knurl down) and screw down about 2 inches prior to inserting the rod into the upper support. Next insert into the support and thread the nut and ball (knurl up) onto the top support. The length of rod and the angle can interfere with the machine support, you will need to thread nuts low enough for it to fit.
My leveling models have incorporated the threaded insert provided with the leveling feet, you will need to press fit them into the hole with a pliers or small vise.
I worked front left to right, than worked on the back. I used a small level sitting on the bed support rods and adjusted the feet up or down to level off the machine,
Hope my instructions and parts will be helpful to others, I am open to feedback and will be working on a leveling foot design for the bottom of the supports.
The front right support was updated 11-May-17 to correct the nut depth issue.
Monoprice Maker Select Plus
Sorry this is my first project on the printer and I used the automatic settings in the Cura IIIP software provided with the printer for PLA, I did level the bed, other than that everything seems to work directly out of the box.
Stl file to Solidworks
I imported the stl files provided by spool3d for the i3 plus feet and made modifications in solidworks for leveling feet to be added. It is best to import the stl file into solidworks than save as a step file prior to opening into and saving as a solidworks file.