Big DIY 3D printer 2

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Big DIY 3D printer 2 by JobSmolders Dec 30, 2017


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Big DIY 3D printer 2

This 3D printer is a modification of the Big DIY 3D Printer. I decided to make a new thing of it because I changed so much.
The idea of this printer is to make it with materials you already have to keep it cheap.
Basically a 3D printer is an X, Y and Z axis. This model is an X and Y axis that can be brought up as high as you want, and so making it bigger on the Z axis. In my example I made an Z axis from extruded aluminum lengths (30x33mm) and 608Z bearings I had. I included the files for the Z axis also if you want to make the Z axis this way. The X and Y axis can also be made as long as you want. The length is determent by the length of 10mm rods you use. My rods are 1000mm long. In my case that means the maximum length of X and Y are 835mm by 710mm. My Z hight is 680mm at the moment because the aluminum lengths I have are not any longer. But If they where I would make the Z axis 2 meter :-) .

But the reason for the upgrade is that a big printer has it's issues. Printing big objects means that it will take a lot of time. So you want to speed it up. But then vibrations and sound will be much stronger. Also the longer your rods are the more vibrations you will get. (I'm thinking of using these carbon fiber ones because they are much stiffer, they say). So to make these effects less, I made this much lighter X axis and X car setup. Now the X car can move much faster with less vibrations. With PLA and PET-G this setup works much better than the old one. I removed the geared extruder from the X car to the side using a DIY “Bowden setup”.
On the X car I only have a hot end and fans now. The fan brackets in red ABS are not of my own design but from RoPa here on Thingiverse : http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1264477. I like this design and it fit's this minimalistic setup :-) .

The controller and firmware are still the same as with Big DIY 3D printer. If you are interested in that please visit :

To reduce vibrations and noise I experimented with a DIY vibration “dampeners” made out of silicon.
I cut these silicon “dampeners” out of a baking mat bought in a cheap Chinese products store.
The Yellow plastic peace is my template for cutting the once for the motors.
I know there are still direct contact areas from the motors to the rest of the printer frame. I didn’t fully isolate the mounting bolts.
But for now the results are good. There is much less noise and vibrations and the print is good. :-)

Update Jan-06-2018 :
The point where the timing belt was connected broke :-(

So I made this alternative repair part :-)

Also the original part is slightly modified. But If you got your one broken also this repair part may come in handy. I called the part “timing belt mounting point broken repair part1A & B.STL. Also the additional picture may explain more :-).

Feb-06-2018 :Geared Extruder Update
included file: geard extruder STLs.ZIP

I made a new Extruder for this super DIY “bowden setup” :-).
My aim was to make it simple, strong and that the filament could be pressed super hard against the driver gear. Filament can be guided with a adjustable guide. For now I kept the gland nut, but included parts that can be adjusted for regular Teflon tube holders. On the printer on the pictures the gland nut works really well. This extruder en tube setup has made the print test of 20 hours. But on another printer of mine the gland nut works not so good. It's because that one prints with much higher speeds (60mm/s and higher) and than the gland nut does not hold so good anymore. I found that it does help to put Katon tape one the tube :-) I am still experimenting with other tube holder methods :-)
The little filament driver (11mm diameter) is mounted on an M8x50mm bolt I had lying around. On the lathe I turned the end of this M8 bolt down to 5mm so the driver can be mounted on it. See pictures

Teflon tube holder upgrade FEB-20-2018 update

This upgrade is about replacing the gland nut for tube holder clips. See pictures
Experimenting with these clips I came to the understanding that the diameter of the hole where the clip is placed in is very important. Because not all Teflon tubes are the same size the diameter of this hole can be different. The Teflon tubing I have is between 3 – 4 mm. So for me it works best that to bore out the hole with a 6.5mm. But I recommend to begin with 6mm. If that is too tight, bore 6.5mm and so on.

If you have any questions feel free to ask :-)

Parts list for the X Y & Hot End setup:

6X F625ZZ bearing wheel
6X 623Z bearing
4X LM10UU/SP linear bearing
4X SCS10UU linear bearing
4X xxx length x10mm gliding rod
3X Nema 17 Stepper Motor
3X Timing belt pulley and matching timing belts
2X End Switch
Bowden Extruder Setup
Hot End & wires

19X M5x30mm bolt
3X M5 nut
3X M4x40mm bolt
4X M4x20mm bolt
4X M4x10mm bolt
15X M4 nut
30X M3x10mm bolt
4X M3x20mm bolt
2X M3x40mm bolt
27X M3 nut

For the Z axis setup you need:
16X 608ZZ bearing
1X end switch
16X M8 bolt or threaded rod 8mm and nuts
2X spindle 8mm and spindle nut or M8 threaded rod and nut
2X stepper Nema 17
2X motor to spindle connector 5mm to 8mm
6X M4x40mm bolt
6X M4 nut
8X M3x10mm bolt
8x M3x20mm bolt and nuts are optional if you use the M8 converter part.
1X heat bed and power supply that can deliver the current (I have a 12V /360W)

For the Controller You need:

1X Arduino Mega
1X Ramps 1.4 board and Full graphic smart controller
6X stepper driver A4988 or DRV8825 (you will have to hack your ramps to install all of them :-) )
1X 12V/240W power supply (I have a 360W)
1X opto coupler and FET for switching the heat bed (you can buy them as a board)
1X fan to cool the drivers (I have an 80 x 80 mm)

the blue and green parts are printed in PET-G resolution 0,2mm

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Nice big printer! I made a big printer also 400 mm cube print surface. To fix the noise problem, I am using 0.9 degree motors, and 32 bit board. The main board I am using is RE-ARM from Panucatt Devices, but I suggest that you use the smoothieboard instead (if you want to go the 32 bit way). Also I am using DM542 microstep drivers that can go up to 25600 microsteps per revolution. I also have Aluminium Cooling Fin Heat Sinks on the motors with fans to keep them cold/warm, because I am pushing the motors beyond ratings :) The fans make more noise than the motors when it's printing at medium speed.

Thanks :-)
Sounds really good. I was thinking about that to. Now I have 16 micro steps configured. An indeed I want to increase the micro stepping in the future to :-)
I will look into the DM542 microstep drivers you are talking about :-)

This is really pretty fantastic. You wouldn't happen to have any links to where we can buy all the additional parts/components?

Cool you like it :-)

the hardware that can not be printed is very standard and much used in the 3D printer world.
I got the parts from different places. But most of it is ordered in the Netherlands where I live because than I receive it the next day. The steppers I use are SHENLI SL42S247A 2,5A or Wantai 42BYGHW811. The Timing belts are T5 and T2.
I don't know where you live but many people just order these parts at Ebay.com, aliExpres, miniInTheBox,LightInTheBox,Amazon etc.

I hope this helps you a bit. If you have more questions feel free to ask :-)