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Upgrading printer controller

I purchased a (very) low tier printer a while back, and now I am looking to start upgrading. First on my list is to upgrade the controller. My initial plan was to upgrade to an Arduino Mega with a ...
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How do you call the Z-axis mechanism in a Cartesian 3D Printer?

How do you call the mechanism that allows linear motion along the Z-axis in a Cartesian 3D Printer? I know what the individual parts are; it is a lead screw, a smooth rod ... but how do you call the ...
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Using an Anet A6 3D printer in the UK… (mains voltage issue!)

I understand that this is probably more of an electronics question, but was hoping that someone with experience of using an Anet A6 in the UK (or a country outside of the US/China) may be able to help....
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What stepper motor to use in heated chamber

I want to build a 3D printer with a heating chamber of around 90 °C with build area 200x200x200 mm. I have never build a CoreXY system, so my design is currently an XY system with moving ...
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What are the tradeoffs of a cantilever printer design?

There are several cantilever-style printers around like some DIYs (2018), the TronXY-X1, the Monoprice Select Mini, Tiertime's Cetus line and the 2019 Prusa Minilinks for information, no affiliation. ...
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Herringbone timing belt?

I realized while playing around with 3D printed gears that it would be easy to make a 3D printed herringbone-style timing belt and matching gears/pulleys. Would such a design have any advantages over ...
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What are the appropriate ranges of gear ratios for 1.75 mm and 3 mm filament extruders?

Most 3 mm (mostly are actually 2.85 mm) filament extruders have some kind of gear reduction. Many 1.75 mm extruders are direct-drive / ungeared but some do use gears. What kind of ...
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Anet A6 assembly problem - remaining power cables don't match instructions

I've just built my son's A6 and have connected all cables apart from the last power cables. The mainboard says hotbed line and extruder line but the cable says heatbed. The cables are two red which ...
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My anet a2 auto-homes incorrectly

I just made my anet a2, and when I hit auto-home it goes off the board makes a loud clacking sound going down a bit (under the heat bed but off to the side). Any suggestions?
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Lead screw holder - shall I buy metal or just use a printed one?

I am on the way to building my own printer using 2020 profiles, TR8 * 500mm lead screw for the Z-axis. Still thinking if that will be a h-bot or coreXY, but this is another story. As the printing ...
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Would using a leadscrew with 1 or 2 mm lead, en lieu of 8 mm, result in a better printer?

By "better" I mean "more precise"... With respect to a RepRap P3Steel or Wilson II, I am getting some 330 mm T8 leadscrews for the Z-axis movement. There seems to be a choice between a lead of ...
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Why not use GT2 en lieu of a Z-axis threaded rod or leadscrew?

Having just re-read Tom's excellent answer to my question Advantages of GT2 over a rack, as my comment ponders1: Why is a threaded rod, or lead screw, used for the Z-axis movement in a Prusa (and its ...
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Lead screws - M8 instead of M5?

I am building a Prusa i3 MK2S (Dolly). I find it very difficult to find M5 rods for the Z axis, I have an M8 lead screw with 8 mm lead, So I thought since M8 is widely available online I could ...
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What size is the lead screw

So I am fairly new to 3d Printing and have a question that is probabley stupid. I built a 3D printer kit a while back but now I want a large printer to play with. I would like to build a 300X300X400 ...
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Printer goes beyond the bed when auto leveling

I am trying to add auto bed leveling to my Prusa i3. When I run G28 my printer hits the X and Y end stops properly, then it assumes X=25, Y=99 position on the bed ...
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Is it necessary to replace the SMD fuses in RAMPS 1.5 or greater, for use with 24 volts?

One of the main hacks for converting RAMPS 1.4 boards to use with 24 V, as stated in RAMPS 24V, is replacing the polyfuses, principally F2 (MF-R1100), with ...
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Is this re-Arm controller actually 24 V capable?

I would like to make a 24 V (3D printer board and shield) setup, as opposed to the usual 12 V, and to do so I had been considering using the Taurino Power board, or the clone Eruduino. ...
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Choice of lead for lead screw

This video brought to my attention the 8 mm lead of the Ender 3's Z axis screw, which seems like an exceedingly bad choice from a standpoint of accuracy with respect to common grid alignments in the Z ...
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Is having 4 bed leveling adjustment points rather than 3 problematic?

My Ender 3, and I think lots of printers, have 4 bed leveling adjusstments, one at each corner. It seems to me that having 4 points produces an over-determined system, making it confusing to get the ...
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How to build a cheap (but safe) laser engraver with spare parts [closed]

I would love to start a small engraving business without having to purchase expensive hardware. Using scrap parts at home, or parts from broken CD players, are there any ways to make a laser ...
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Is it a good idea to include thermal fuses in a DIY 3D printer design?

3D printing should be relatively safe, however, the inherent nature of 3D printers, with all of the heated parts, constitutes a fire risk. A well designed 3D printer should be designed to be as safe ...
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3D Printers imported from China - avoiding asbestos exposure [closed]

Many 3D printers are made in China, and as asbestos is still legal in China (with large ongoing production it seems). It is thus quite possible to end up with a 3D Printer that has asbestos parts in ...
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3d printer set up

I am not very used to 3D printers and I just bought my first 3D printer today (Creality3D Ender 3). But I am unable to assemble it. The 3D printer doesn't contain instruction on how to built it which ...
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Can I repurpose most of the components of this Prusa clone for a Delta?

I have a generic Prusa clone that I'm not using (my primary issue with it is the lack of rigidity in the frame housing as built). Will the motors (ks42sth40-1204a) and controller that come with it be ...
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Why do 3D printers have only one limit switch?

I have seen that many 3D printers have only one limit switch for each axis, how does it know where to stop on the other end? My first guess is that the machine knows how big the plate is, and ...
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Carbon fiber instead of smooth steel rods?

I have a long 8 mm smooth steel rod of about 55 cm long. This rods bend easily due to the length. If I replace them with 8mm solid carbon fiber rods, will the bending reduce? Will the ...
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How do I wire the z-axis motors in parallel on the Prusa i3?

There is a little circuit board, or breadboard or something in the diagram of the wiring for the i3. And it's mentioned that the z-axis motors need to be wired in parallel but beyond that they don't ...
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Upgrade main board or straight-across replace?

Flsun 3D Cube; main board, MKS GEN L V1.0 I think I need to replace the main board and I don't know enough about 3D printer components yet to judge whether a 1:1 replacement would be better than ...
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Building a 3-D printer

Building a 3-D printer is obviously a huge undertaking. Does anyone know of any reasonably cheap guides to build my own 3-D printer?
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How to start building a 3D Printer right from scratch? [duplicate]

I am willing to build an 3D printer for my future personal/business projects.I want to build an printer to sculpt some basic prototypes. But I don't want to buy one since I don't have sufficient funds ...
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HDPE as the body of a 3-D Printer?

I've been working on my own DIY 3-D printer recently, and I've been trying to experiment a little with different materials for the body. Someone suggested using HDPE (high-density polyethylene), since ...
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Building a cheap 3d printer with DC Motors?

Because I do not own a 3d printer I am searching a way to build an affordable 3d printer. But paying a 200Euros for one seems too much for me. So in my search for affordable 3d printer I thought to ...
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3D printer out of normal printer (HP PSC 1315)

I thought as a fun project to make my own 3D printer out of a normal printer parts + some parts out of old CD-ROM drives that are lying around. The printer of my choice is an HP PSC 1315 one. But I ...
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What parts are strictly necessary for a 3D printer?

I've built the mechanics of my 3D printer myself, because I need to print parts that are really huge, (and for budget reasons). So, I already have the 3D movement functionality. But what I need now, ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of using synchromesh cables instead of belts?

Some 3d printers use synchromesh cables instead of belts. For example, the Deezmaker Bukito (http://bukito3d.com/) and a number of RepRap conversions. Photo from http://christophergranz.com/?p=449 ...
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What is a good book to read about 3D printers?

I've been interested in 3D printing for the past month however, I have noticed that it's sort of a "reserved" topic. Meaning that everyone who talks about it, has already some basic knowledge about ...
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Ball screw: Maintaining Z axis position when motor is OFF

I'm building a 3d printer of size 500 x 500 x 500 build area. For the Z axis, I'm planning to use this Linear actuator. The maximum weight Z axis might encounter is 15 Kg due to it being a clay ...
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Advantages of GT2 over a rack

Many 3D printers employ a GT2 band for the y-axis plate and the printhead in the x-axis carriage. However, there seems to be the obvious disadvantages of: stretching (and need for adjustment) and; ...
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Sunhokey Prusa i3 axis x, y, z?

My Sunhokey Prusa i3 arrived with a corrupted disc. I'm awaiting a new one and finished the mechanical build via YouTube videos. I've no clue which motor controls the X, Y, and Z, axes. I"m not even ...
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Adding a battery backup power supply

So apparently the wiring in my home is... questionable. Very rarely, plugging or unplugging things will cause a power dip. This is almost always the result of turning on a fan or something, is only ...
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Folgertech FT-5 : Does not seem to be reading G-Code correctly

I recently purchased an FT-5 from Folgertech and finished assembly about a week ago. I have yet to accomplish a successful print. It seems like either the file is not being sliced correctly, or that ...
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Anet A8 - hot end temperature still same

I've recently purchased Anet A8. First print went well, but now, the hot end temperature stays at ~230 °C. When I touch it, it is still cold. I tried the thermistor, and it correctly changes ...
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Printed part auto-eject (automatic part removal)

What are the methods to auto eject parts (into a collection area/box/basket) in order for the 3D printer to continue printing? For some reason this feature isn't common (yet?). Is there a hidden ...
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Prusa i3 Z axis only goes down (even on up command)

I have just finished building a Tronxy P802M Prusa i3. When I try to move the Z-axis, using the hardware buttons in the LCD menu (without a computer connected), it only goes down, when I both ...
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Creality 3D Ender-4, a “extruder kit” does not fit the frame

This is my first time building a 3D printer (a "Creality Ender-4"). Everything is going fine except the "extruder kit" part that does not have enough space to attach on the frame. Should I drill it ...
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How to properly read dimensions for a 3D printer?

I'm trying to find the correct way to read and understand the dimensions of a 3D printer. For example, if I read the following dimensions for the Robo 3D R1 Plus as 10x9x8 Inch - I want to know what ...
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Can cheap hotend parts sourced from China actually produce good prints?

TL;DR Is it possible to build a hotend, using separate parts, sourced on eBay, from China, and still achieve a high quality print? In my opinion, the E3D V6 hotend is rather expensive, at $/£70, ...
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Geeetech GT2560: Electronic safety and power source

I'm about to build myself a 3D-printer. After a long search for a brain for this one I came across the GT2560 from Geeetech, because it leaves a solid impression on me. The manufacturer himself has a ...
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Connect to 3D printer via internet without router

My problem: I need to connect to my 3D printer via the internet from an Android app (using IP address and API key). My 3D printer is based on Marlin firmware latest and connected to a Raspberry Pi ...
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What else can I use for a 3D Printer frame?

I am building a 3d Printer here: Build Volume: X:300mm, Y:300mm, Z:400mm Mechanism: 1 motor, 2 leadscrew, 4 rod Z-axis; CoreXY head movement Belt: GT2 6mm Steel Core Pulley & Idler: 20T 6mm, Bore ...