Saturday, January 31, 2009

Extruder Excentricity

Noticed the eccentric gear before but now, started building the extruder, this looks unintentional :-)
Not found any one with similar issues in the RR blogs nor useful Google results.

This definitely won't drive the plasticfeed :-(
Sent BfB a mail and in the mean time, see how this part might be cut at the FabLab.

The extruder. The heater nozzle is to be built next.

The man holding the extruder, or that's how you feel after a good day's RR work :-)

Friday, January 30, 2009

X Carriage Assembly

Finished the X Carriage, again, today. Careful alignment, tooling and sanding did not suffice. Anyway, not in the middle of the night. Meticulous tooling, gauging and sanding did the job.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cartesian Baseframe

Cartesian baseframe completed today.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Spacers and Java Host

Very much satisfied with the excellent quality of the BfB kit. One, minor, flaw only. The 15mm m3 spacers are missing. Ordered these at the local hardware store.

In the mean time...
• fitting sliderbearings and sanding the X Carriage assembly
• struggling with Java to get the Host sw running on Intel iMac OS X 10.4 (Java 1.5 as well as Java 1.6 (using Soylatte16))

For the latter I'm finding out how to compile Java source stuff with Netbeans or Eclipse for that matter. Joined the Getting Java host software to run on Leopard thread (which reports the same problem I have) in the RepRap Software forum as well.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cleaned up my desk. This is the situtation Before :-)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bits from Bytes kit arrived!

The (Silver) BfBkit has arrived, so now I can start building the RepRaps' mechanics.

The laserpanel was quite mixed-up due to DHL handling combined with heavy iron rods packaged together with delicate laser cut parts. No parts damaged though.

I am impressed by the quality of the kit.

First filed the rod and threaded rod ends to round them off. Now started with assembly and very pleased with the excellent assembly instructions. The one thing that puzzled me, only short, were the two assembly versions (5mm and 1 5 mm) so i thought there was a panel missing :-)

The motor spacers took quit a search but these had changed shape from version 2.0.0 to 2.0.1. Also the Z-drive pulley flange is obsolete in v2.0.1.

Helpfull was the corner brackets alignment recommendation: