Introducing #ingentilire (Italian: to refine, civilize)
What started as a project where I had a pile of spare parts turned into a thought experiment where it seemed like the Ingentus, HercuLien, Eustathios printers while excellent for large envelopes, were not so much for smaller ones. When the printer shrinks to roughly 1 foot cubed, the awesome print models got less awesome.
This printer’s goals:
- Batten everything down…this printer plans on being portable!
- minimize printed parts, make them symmetric to avoid model complexity.
- Maximize interior volume (The extruder carriage is a non-trivial issue. @Eclsnowman 's carriage incorporates everything necessary to produce excellent prints…and it’s now the biggest cookie-monster of print envelope. Once the printer is operational, it’ll be the next part of the project. Every mm I can shave off an actively cooled carriage with parts-fan, will be a mm I regain in print volume.
- Use up my leftover parts! Are 10mm bearing shafts overkill on a printer this size? Sure. But it’s what I had lying about.
- Solve my issues in the Z Axis. #IGentUS has a belt driven, wobbly, hard to calibrate build plate. It’s fine now, but it took a LOT of fiddling to get ANY semblance of calibration. It shall not be moving, lest it lose it’s tram.
It’s already benefitting from the hivemind here (@Dat_Chu forwarded an idea for belt tensioning that is working well), and I’ll publish the parts that end up being unique to the printer…tho with my CAD skills being what they are, you might as well just recreate them from scratch.
ingentilire will most likely have a cantilevered, unheated bed as it’s a project my son and I are working on.