Here we go! This will be a before, during and after restoration with upgrades/mods. I picked this machine up for $120 because the previous owner removed parts to put in his K40 and didn’t have anymore use for it. I like calling this model the mother of K40s because it appears to be the model they cloned from, except the cut area is larger, sheet metal is thicker, the gantry is aluminum, the entire unit, including the tube bay comes apart and it has dual linear rails!
Many of the components will need reattached, which won’t be a problem. The gantry was no longer bolted down, but surprisingly didn’t get bent and twisted during shipment. Unfortunately, the acrylic window and tube were busted thanks to the excellent handling of FedEx.
The controllers they put in these are getting obsolete and the Cohesion3D board will be an amazing improvement!
This is how the unit looked before receiving it. The following photos are courtesy of: @Starla .
Nothing a little elbow grease can’t handle.
Where’s the stepper motor?
There it is, on the floor!
That little rectangular piece is a ceramic terminal block that originally had the tube ground connected. It’s unnecessary, but I’ll leave it in.
More elbow grease needed.
Tube bay. I Need to find something to put around the tube since the original rubber grommets are missing.
This actually looks worse than it is.
Some of the wires were cut. No problem, I’ll get to those.
I originally thought someone changed the potentiometer to a multiturn design, but then found out they came standard and were disabled altogether after 2012 to become software controlled. An even more awesome software called LightBurn will be controlling it now!
Electronics compartment. I’ve seen worse.
Rear shot of electronics compartment.
Surprisingly, the power supplies used in these have the same type 2 plugs and would directly connect with a K40 replacement supply.
More to come!