3D Printer Update Aug ’15

The 3D printer has unfortunately been sitting for almost a year with no progress. I hope to get to work on it again soon, especially since I’ll need it for the BB-8 project. I should currently have all of the hardware pieces I need except for the extruder. I haven’t decided if I want to try and make the software work on the PIC32 I have or if I should just buy a pre-built 3D printer controller. I’m leaning towards the latter for the sake of time.

Here is the last update I made:

Here’s a quick update on the 3D printer I’m building! As soon as the parts arrived I dug into the box and pulled everything out. I ordered a TON of hardware, all through ServoCity.com

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They event sent me some candy! I quickly consumed it as I progressed through the build.

I can’t hype ServoCity enough. Even with how large my order was (parts list below), they shipped the next day, and the box arrived in less than a week. In fact, I just put it another order on Monday (I forgot some pieces for the printer) and it didn’t ship until today (Wednesday), but ServoCity upgraded me to Priority Shipping for free to make up for it. Much appreciated, I can not wait to get this printer frame done. Here’s a picture of the progress so far:

3D Printer

Parts List (partial):

  • 15 inch Aluminum Channel x 6
  • 18 inch Aluminum Channel x 1
  • 18 inch length x 1 inch dia. Aluminum Tubing x 4
  • 24 inch length x 1 inch dia. Aluminum Tubing x 4
  • 1 inch Bore Tube Clamp A x 16
  • 1/4 inch x 12 inch Precision Shaft x 4
  • 1/4 inch x 8 inch Precision Shaft x 2
  • 1/4 inch to 1/4 inch Set Screw Shaft Coupler x 3
  • 1/4 inch Shaft Clamp x 6
  • .250 inch ID x .500 inch OD Flanged Ball Bearing x 28
  • 1/4 inch Bore Pinion Pulley 16T x 14
  • 1/4 inch x 2 inch Precision Shaft x 8
  • 1/4 inch Collar x 16
  • Channel Slider A (pair) x 6
  • Dual Screw plate (pair) x 6
  • 6-32 x 5/16 inch Socket Head Machine Cap Screw x 156
  • 6-32 x 1/4 inch Socket Head Machine Cap Screw x 12
  • XL Belt Mount A x 7
  • Aluminum Hub Spacer (1/4 inch think) x 7
  • 90 Degree Quad Hub Mount B x 18
  • Timing Belt (22 feet)


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I think you need to finish some of your projects before starting more. I have been waiting for you to finish the 3D printer for some time.

    Haha, you’re not wrong! I haven’t really had the space to work on the printer since this update. I’m moving things around in the next week or two and expanding my workspace so that should help. However, my Master’s program is pretty much consuming my evenings so ALL of my projects aren’t getting the time they deserve right now. Gotta love 20 hours of homework each week… 🙁

    I think I will have difficulty getting the 3D printer to move precisely enough for printing. If that turns out to be the case, this project may turn into a CNC machine instead. Of course I will document that if it occurs.

    Thanks for following along, even with the very slow progress. I appreciate the support.

I’ve actually ordered a control board for the printer that I haven’t talked about yet. I’ll try to do a quick update post this weekend.

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