I found some interesting 3D printer build logs, that document simple issues that are not found to be documented elsewhere.
- My experience with the Prusa I3 Steel kit from www.kitprinter3d.com (build in progress). – Many issues and pitfalls encountered during the building and use of a Prusa i3 are pointed out in this log. This seems to be a common complaint, as I have come across a number of articles that do not recommend printers from kitprinter3d.com (1).
- Dust’s Reprap
- P3Steel Build Log Start to Finish – building a Toolsen Edition Mk. 2 (P3sTeMk2)
- Tom’s 3D Printer Guide – pictorial step by step guide.
Aluminium Y build plates
- Aluminum Sheet Between Heater and Glass – interesting thread, that recommends not using aluminium and glass, and to use only an aluminium cast tooling plate instead: EcoCast at Alumimium Warehouse – UK. This answer to the question Would a steel, instead of an aluminum, plate be reasonable?, mentions MIC 6 aluminium plate.
- I read a thread that regarding the weight of a moving Y plate and that lightness was key, due to inertia [jerk and acceleration]. There was a poster who was going to move from a 3 mm aluminium bed to a 2 mm, however, 2 mm is too thin and will not provide an even print bed, see Aluminium bed thickness?
- The thread Designing an Aluminum Y-carriage has some interesting design ideas.
Take away tips
- Use brass brushes en lieu of the cheap LM8UU bearings (Source: 1 and 2). See the video Linear Bearings vs. Bronze Bushing.
- Use EcoCast/Jig&Tooling aluminium plate for a flat print bed, £10 for a 200 mm x 300 mm x 6 mm sheet.