Prusa Mendel RepRap: Step Ten (Part 2)
I’d been busy preparing for the rapture the past couple weeks, so I put RepRap building on hold. However, since that fell through, I’ll get back to working on my printer. ;) The truth is, I took a couple weeks off because I broke something… a couple things. Both failures were very preventable so I hope you can benefit from my mistakes. First of all, I fried one of my stepper...
First print! It's a... giraffe?
I got my RepRap to extrude for the first time recently, which was a very exciting step for me. I’m waiting for endstop connectors before I can make a real test print, but I wanted to go ahead and test the extruder anyway (just pushing plastic through in one spot) and here’s what it came up with: As always, however, this adventure was not without it’s pitfalls. First, I had to...
Prusa Mendel RepRap: Step Ten (Part 1)
It’s ALIVE!!! I’m sure this is a fairly common refrain among first time makers when they get their printer to follow an order for the first time. But it certainly didn’t work on the first try. Oh no! After all, why would it? Things are never that easy are they? First, I downloaded the latest Repsnapper code and mucked about in there for a while. I was quite puzzled because when...
Prusa Mendel RepRap: Step Nine
Well, I’m finished with all my axes… sort of. I kinda mighta sorta installed my X axis on backwards. (!!) The belt that drives the extruder is on the front, while the gears are on the back. I’ve thoroughly inspected it and consulted my trusted advisor (thanks John) and I really don’t think it will be a bigger problem than telling the software that things are reversed. ...