Prusa i3 Compact Panelolu

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Prusa i3 Compact Panelolu by indieflow Feb 17, 2013
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After purchasing a Panelolu from Think3dPrint3d I decided to shrink it down and incorporate it in my new Prusa i3 frame!

To be able to embed the display in the aluminium frame I had to down size the LCD to a 16x2 which I had lying around.

This is now fully up and running on my printer.


Buy the excellent kit from Think3dPrint3d - http://www.emakershop.com/browse/listing?os&l=301 (if you message first they may sell the kit minus the LCD display!).

Buy a 16x2 LCD display (dead cheap from eBay).

Print both the case and accessories stl's.

Wire the electronics as described by Think3dPrint3d - http://blog.think3dprint3d.com/2012/06/panelolu-in-depth.html (though separate the rotary encoder switch onto it's own board, I also soldered direct to the boards rather than use pins and headers!).

Use the template to mark your frame for the display slot and fixing holes. Remember to drill 2.5mm holes which can then be tapped for m3.

Assemble as shown in the pictures (You'll need 5x M3x20mm socket head screws and 5x self tapping screws).

Connect to your electronics and adjust firmware as needed.

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brilliant, except knob collides with head!
i know its rare to print so high things, but when you actually do it

and your head collides with knob at the very end it's a bit frustrating ;)

Ooops! Must admit I've never printed that high on my Prusa!

Did your Prusa i3 frame come with the rectangle LCD area cut out ?

No hence the template for cutting out the rectangle and drill holes!

This looks so very pro - brilliant!

Added two new pictures of the Panelolu in position on my printer.