After having built a Graber i3 3d printer, I started to imagine the project for a printer, built from the ground up, and as much as possible perfect to print ABS.
After some canceled designs I made a final one and I started to build it.
It wil have (this is what I’m planning) :
Cold end of the nozzle water refrigerated
6mm aluminium heated bed with 600W heater
300 x 200 x 250 mm build volume
Closed and heated build chamber
I know that the building process is just starting but this is the state of my work until now …
Just a few ideas. Not flaming. Your X carriage looks quite heavy. Have you seen the hypercube? Your steppers look kinda small. If you are going to use a 6mm aluminum bed have you considered 1/4" thick mic6? Have you seen the eclipse3d printer? He has a similar bed mount.
Thanks for your comments, Daniel. You really looked at the pictures carefully. I agree with some of your comments and not with others.
I agree that X carriage is a bit heavy, a lot heavier than hipercube’s.
About the steppers, X and Y seem strong enough for the job, but I’m afraid that the Z stepper is a bit weak. I already made a dry run and only the Z stepper heated up a bit. These motors were recicled from epson printers and since I’m trying to keep the costs low I’ll try to keep them.
About the aluminium bed it is a machined aluminium plate. And yes, I’ve seen Eclipse3D, in fact I got a lot of inspiration from tech2c (hypercube), 3d printed life (eclipse3d) and Thomas Sanlader videos on youtube.
The 600w Heater on Mains voltage? If so, that’s pretty much overkill for that size bed. You can pretty much get away with half that. My #AX-02 Delta has a 320mm diameter bed and it’s only running a 250w @ 220v heater. The UK actually runs on 240v so it’s running closer 300w but it gets to 120c in about 5 mins, which is plenty fast enough.
Out of curiosity, what Electronics are you planning to run? After discovering how well Smoothie runs for 32 bit electronics, I’m in the process of moving all 4 of my printers over to 32 Bit. 3x #FB2020 CoreXY and the aforementioned Delta. 3 are running Smoothie, 1 FB2020 still runs Marlin, and it’s no contest, Smoothie wins hands down.
As for your steppers, you’ll probably run into issues in the long run. You’re better off spending the extra £28 (~$35) on some 1.8 degree 40 Nm steppers over using the salvaged paper printer ones.
@Luis_Machado - Whilst that may be true, in practice you can save cash by just dropping the wattage of the heater, it’ll just take a little longer to get to temp, but not by too much. Admittedly I was a bit out on timing but see the attached graph from Octoprint to ABS temps, the rest of the Electronics are 24v
Minor note, steppers are SUPPOSED to get hot, and their running temperate has nothing to do with how much load is on them. Temperature is determined by the current being pushed by your drivers, and at rated current, the motors will be too hot to touch.
In fact, the faster steppers run, the cooler they are… more or less independent of load.