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      Current Status: Working out a couple kinks on the endstops

      1. Develop proper body parts to hold the corners, currently using 90 degree brackets.
      2. Expand the printer, currently not utilizing all of the default print bed.
      3. Possibly add an extrusion (currently using the AirTripper)

      X Axis:
      Vulcan Concept X Carriage v23.png
      Last updated: 2017-09-17
      Summary: Pretty simple design, this uses the mini gantry from openbuilds and belt drives for the X-axis. The Y axis contains the mounting brackets to attach this so we'll get to that later.
      Bill of Materials:
      1. Assemble the mini v gantry following the openbuilds spec and slide it first into the center of the extrusion.
      2. Use 2 square T-nuts on either end for the motor and wheel brackets.
      3. Attach both ends so that the wheel and gear are about 5mm from the extrusion, we'll tighten it later.
      4. Run the belt so that the underside is inside of the extrusion slot, and the top is running above the top of the extrusion, the wheel and gear should naturally put it in this position.
      5. Wrap the belt through the slots of the mini gantry, then use some zip ties to fasten them down. I prefer to use two zip ties on each end so it doesn't slip. This should be snug but don't worry about tightness.
      6. After the belt is looped through the gear, wheel, and is attached to the gantry, loosen the wheel end bracket and push it out to tighten the belt, then re-tighten the bracket.
      7. Use the 4 low profile 10mm screws to fasten the hot end mount to the top of the gantry plate.
      Y Axis:
      Vulcan Concept Y Axis Carriage v27.png
      Last updated: 2017-11-04
      Summary: After you finish the y-axis the x and y together will look like the above. This axis similarly uses mini v gantry plates sets for each side, and will be driven by two motors. I originally wanted to set this up to drive from a single motor to eventually convert to a cantilever design, but found more precise arcs after adding the second.

      Bill of Materials:
      • 2 Mini V Gantry Set
      • 2 450mm 20x20 Aluminum Extrusion (Black anodized for cool points)
      • 2 GT2-2M Timing Pulley 30 Tooth
      • 8ft of GT2 Timing Belt (2 segments of 4ft)
      • 2 Y Axis Wheel Plates (STL)
      • 2 Y Axis Motor Plates (STL)
      • 4 Y Axis Belt Guides (STL)
      • 1 Y Axis Carriage (STL)
      • 1 Y Axis w Endstop Carriage (STL)
      • 2 NEMA 17 Motor (reference model is using this)
      • 2 M5 x 25mm bolts
      • 2 Mini Ball Bearing 105zz 5x10x4
      • 4 M5 washers
      • 2 M5 nuts
      • 8 M3 10mm screws (for fastening motor, may vary depending on motor type)
      • 16 M5 10mm screws
      • 16 M5 T-Slot Nuts

      1. Assemble the mini v gantry following the openbuilds spec and slide them both into the center of the extrusions.
      2. Use 2 square T-nuts on either end for the motor and wheel brackets.
      3. Assemble the wheel kit and insert it into the wheel bracket. I found success in order with bolt, plastic bracket, 2 washers, belt guide, mini ball bearing, belt guide, nut. The goal here is to have the bearing center over the extrusion, and the belt should run alongside the top of the extrusion and through the top slot of the extrusion.
      4. Attach the NEMA motor with the timing pulley to each side, then run the belt and attach it to the gantry plate. I use two zip ties each side, I've even gotten by with a binder clip in a pinch (pun unintended).
      5. Fasten the carriages to the gantry plates with the low profile screws included, the model should be counter-sunk so that the screws will not protrude from the top and hit the X axis. Depending on whether your endstop is X-min or X-max, place the endstop carriage with the hot end attachment on the corresponding side.
      6. Slide 2 T-Slot nuts into each end of the assembled X-Axis, then mount them to the carriages with 2 M5 10mm screws on each side.

      Began in July 2017, CAD done using Autodesk Fusion 360. Going to upload the STLs here and the list of build materials. Tried to source everything I can through openbuilds for consistency, a few self printed parts and remnants from the Mendelmax used where applicable.

      This build began back from the Mendelmax 1.5 printer I had been using for a couple years now. Moving the entire print bed for the Y-axis was so much mass that it caused vibrations in my prints, which spurred me to trying to CAD my own cartesian printer.

      Additionally, I had already started slowly replacing the smooth rods commonly used on the Mendel design for the X/Y Axes into Openbuilds extrusion, and found quicker/lighter movement, and a lower noise volume compared to the linear bearings rattling (I live in a studio).

      Not doing any fancy core-xy here (maybe convert this in the future to it, not sure), but have found this to so far resolve my problems.

      The extrusion cuts may not be ideal for most, was trying to reuse all of the extrusions I had from the Mendelmax and a few leftover from another side project, so feel free to tweak those numbers.
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  • Build Details

    Build License:
    • CC - Attribution NonCommercial - CC BY NC

    Reason for this Build

    I kept trying to cut weight on the bed for the Mendelmax design so I could run it faster, and eventually gave up for this gantry-style which I find to be a much lighter operation. I feel the stationary bed improves layer adhesion.

    Inspired by

    Ubermeisters inspired me a lot to build this, he mentored me for a long time and I always wanted to rise to his level.
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  • Parts list

    Qty Part Name Part Link Comments
    2 20x20 V-Slot Linear Rail, 420mm (Y Axis) http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot-linear-rail/ Link Cut to 420mm, and pay for the anodized black because it's that cool.
    1 20x20 V-Slot Linear Rail, 450mm (X Axis) http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot-linear-rail/ Link Cut to 450mm, and pay for the anodized black because it's that cool.
    4 20x20 V-Slot Linear Rail, 290mm (Chassis) http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot-linear-rail/ Link Cut to 290mm, I know that's a weird dimension, leftover extrusion I had at the time.
    6 20x20 V-Slot Linear Rail, 300mm (Chassis/ Z Axis) http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot-linear-rail/ Link Cut to 300mm
    2 20x20 V-Slot Linear Rail, 340mm (Chassis) http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot-linear-rail/ Link Cut to 340mm
    3 Mini V Gantry from Openbuilds http://openbuildspartstore.com/mini-v-gantry-set/ Link 1 is used for X-Axis, 2 are used for Y-Axis
    2 20mm V-Slot Gantry Set from Openbuilds http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot-gantry-set/ Link 2 for the Z-Axis, feel free to substitute Mini V Gantry here if you'd like.