This kit will add rigidity to your Wanhao i3 Plus, Monoprice Select Plus, and other Wanhao Rebranded Clones of this style.
This Mod was created after receiving my Wanhao I3 Plus. Having designed two other braces for the Duplicator I3 V series this was a new undertaking. This mod came as a follow on from my original two designs.
My Goal was to create a Z-Brace Mod that was easy for the beginner to install and not have to drill or change any features about the printer itself.
Do you need a rear mount z-brace?
Maybe not but as I said in my SWD2 version its cool.
Do you need a z-brace in General a resounding "YES" is still the answer.
This rear mount functions exactly like my previous creations.
It stabilizes your z axis so that it is square and does not vibrate creating any ringing in prints or warping of the frame.
Do you need to struggle and try to print this yourself?
No, as I have partnered with Ultimate3dPrintingStore to offer both the Hardware and Printed parts for this for those that are new and struggling to get started.
(please note the SWD3 kit is not in the U3D store yet, but, is coming soon as logistics for the components is running a little behind schedule.)
Finally this is a rock solid design that incorporates the use of rods to stabilize the printer and for those that have uneven surfaces you are setting your printer on there is levelers.
Please Note: the Levelers are an optional Install but does come with the kit offered by U3DS.
Please visit my friends at the Duplicator i3 (Di3) 3D Printer Group (Wanhao, Monoprice, Cocoon Create...on Facebook as its a great group of people with a enormous amount of knowledge on these printers.
Also visit The 3d Printer Wiki the guys there have a lot of tips tricks and knowledge for those new into 3d printing. Lot of resources for this style of Printer.
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Last but not least if you just want to show me some appreciation for making your printer a rock solid printing monster drop me a dime or two here..
Notably I have stated the print infill percentage can be between 10-40%
With the lower percentage please use more outter shells as two shells is not enough I printed all mine at 4 shells and 12% and they are rock solid and function as needed. .
When using supports use normal supports not just from the bed as you will need them depending on how you place the top z-brackets. If you turn them vertically to reduce supports there will be a slight difference from the upper caps to the upper supports as they were designed laying down.
After Printing you will need to clean up your prints and remove supports.
As a general rule you will need some needle nose plyers or small cutters to access some of the support material.
As a precaution to make the rod installation easier use a 5/16 / 8mm drill bit to clean out the rod paths in the upper and lower braces. Rods can be installed without this but the bit allows for any deburing in the tube.
Ensure Threaded rods are Cut to 410mm in length.
Remove 1) M5x5 screw on front of y axis and 1) M3x5 on the same side on the cover
plate that its mounted on the bottom.
Mount New Bracket and replace with 1) M5 x10mm screw
And 1) M3 x 10mm screw.
Repeat for opposite side. Be sure to use the blocks for the front of the
printer please refer to Primary Image.
Then repeat for rear blocks usng the winged parts for the rods.
Install 4) 1/4-20 nuts in the blocks for the Leveler Feet, When you look at the bottom of
the blocks you will see the recess for the nuts.
Then install 4) 1/4-20-3/4 bolts into the printed leveler feet.( see Attached
Prep the Threaded Rods for Install. Attach 1) 5/16 nylock nut to one end of the rod,
thread it on the rod until 1/4 inch of rod is exposed past the nut. Do this to
both Rods.(See attached pic)
Position the printer so that one side allows the blocks with wings to hang over the edge
of the table so that you may slide the rods in from the bottom of the block.
Slide the threaded rods up through the block from the bottom approximately half way
between the z-tower and the wing block. Install in this sequence 1 5/16 nut, 1
nut cap, (to cover the lower 5/16 nut, Invert the next nut cap, 1) 5/16 nut above
the two nut caps.
- Remove the two M3 bolts on the Side at the top of the Z-axis tower, Slide z-axis mount
until it lines up with the two side holes and replace with M3 x 10 screws.
Repeat for opposite side.
9 Slide Rod up and through the Z-axis mount until the Nylock 5/16 Nut seats in the lower
block. Tighten the lower 5/16 nut down to secure the bottom section. Use the
Nylock Nut Cap to tighten the nut.
To Finalize the install add a final 5/16 nut on the top end of the brace mount on the z-
axis ( adjust and square printer and tighten down the last two nuts at the top of
the z-axis ) attach top cap with 2) M3 x 10mm screws on each side to complete
- Adjust and level Machine accordingly.
Please Note: There will be a follow on Installation .pdf and video for this kit.
Feel free to contact me for any errors or issues you may have with these instructions and I will correct or change as needed.
1 14x) M3 x 10 Hex Cap Screw (Same as SWD2 just less Qty)
2 5x) M5 x 10 Hex Cap Screw (New)
3 4x) 1/4-20 x 3/4 long Bolt (New)
4 4x) 1/4-20 Nut (New)
5 2x) 5/16 Neoprene Lock Nuts ( Same as SWD2)
6 6x) 5/16 Nuts (Same as SWD2)
7 2x) 5/16 Threaded Rods (Approximately 410mm) (Almost same as SWD2)