Customizable Gimbal

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Customizable Gimbal by mphardy Apr 14, 2013
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This is an improved version of my Parametric Gimbal thing. It now will work in The Customizer allowing you to easily create different configurations easily.


The sliders in the 'Gimbal' tab are near idiot-proof. The 'Advanced' tab has parameters that can easily lead to ruin. Specifically it is easy to get the pins to print adhered to the hole the should spin in.

Additional support is provided to the pins via an inner channel that causes double the number of walls to be printed providing twice the support to this critical area.

I printed this on a Makerbot Replicator 2 with Sailfish firmware and the default "high" profile in MakerWare.


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does it need support

does it need support

Thanks! Saving me from having to design these myself.

I couldn't get the pins unstuck until I went to rectilinear fill. The hex fill I usually print with (slic3r) was keeping it from forming decent bearings.

Very nice model, prints very well, works right out of the box... er, print plate :).

So it slices and prints nicely, though the inner pins are stuck/fused with outer hole. trying to force them loose just breaks the thing :( Am I doing something wrong.

Slicing with Slic3r 0.9.9 with .3 first layer .2 other layers. Printing with ABS, 0.5mm nozzle.

I think Slic3r has issues with keeping two abutting objects distinct. I have printed this without issue through MakerWare using both the Skeinforge and MiracleGure backends. I have always printed it at .1 mm layers.

If you continue to have issues you can adjust the tolerances with the customizer.

First thing I'll print tomorrow when I wake up ;)

OKay, the model has gaps. Netfabb to the rescue!

Huh, I don't understand where the gap would be... I loaded the part up in Netfabb Basic and analysis says there are 0 holes and that the surface is closed.

Interesting, my slic3r doesn't slice it correctly and tells me there is a problem. 0.9.9 through Repetier.

Fellow Solidoodler? I get Slic3r errors often and Netfab always comes to the rescue even though I think it is rescuing slic3r from its own suckiness. Trying out Kisslicer and its looking promising.