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Hello Maker and 3D Printer Friends,
We recently finished up designing and building a new set of aluminum 3D Printer Z Axis arms that can be quickly installed on Replicator-type machines. During our time building and using 3D printers, we have experienced the agony generated by loss of dimensional accuracy and resolution that comes with warping or sagging Z Axis arms and/or build plates. Considering that most 3D printer setups come with Z Axis stages that are made out of plastic and/or wood, we wanted to design an all-aluminum set of 3D printer Z Axis arms and build plate support in order to significantly increase the accuracy and life span of your 3D Printer. As folks dive deeper into 3D printing, frequent use combined with printing alternative materials that may require higher heat bed and extruder temperatures will take their toll on plastic Z axis arms as well as other wood support structures. We wanted to provide a few example photos taken from one of our prototype machines when working to print a few higher temperature materials.
Even though these photos show the worst case scenario of extended, high-temperature exposure on 3D Printer arms and hot bed structures, most 3D printer setups are impacted by warping arms over time. In order to combat the effects of warping and sagging, the maker community typically resolves to 3D Printer arm stiffner setups that still rely on existing plastic arms and do not offer support for the wood and/or plastic platform that the hotbed sits on.
In contrast to the photos shown above, our recently released all-aluminum 3D Printer Z Axis Arm kit has been designed with repeated use, modularity, and ease of installation in mind. If you are interested in minimizing 3D Printer Z axis warping, please consider checking out our 3D Printer Z Axis Aluminum Arm kit. Our aluminum 3D printer arms are shipped as a complete, assembled-kit with extruded aluminum arms, Z Axis nuts, linear bearings, and is made out of 16 gauge, 5052 aluminum in order to ensure a completely stiff alternative to wood or plastic assemblies provided with most stock 3D print-beds—as 5052 aluminum is frequently used within architectural and heat-exchanger applications and is alloyed with magnesium and chromium.
This kit is shipped as a 100% assembled unit and is ready to be integrated onto your existing 3D printer system. In addition, the unit has been designed with modularity in mind and allows for users to quickly integrate other components onto the common 5 Series, 20mm x 20mm aluminum extrusion frame. The completed unit weighs ~54.2 grams, or .116 lbs, and has overall dimensions of 293.25mm x 228.6mm x 114.3mm, or 11.5″ x 9″ x 4.5.”
If you are interested in purchasing a set of all aluminum 3D Printer Z Axis arms from AaronLouis Technologies, please stop by our website at http://aaronlouistech.com/product/3d-printer-aluminum-z-axis-arms-and-plate/
As always, thanks again for stopping by and checking out our site.
Aaron & Louis
Hello Maker Friends,
We are busy building a few new machines and printing products for a few new customers and wanted to take a moment to post a few more passes of one of our newest machines. This video shows a few passes of a quick plasma cutter mount that we used to turn our machine into a CNC plasma cutter. Throughout the process, we solved a few random fault issues that we were experiencing between our Gecko G540 unit and Mach3. As it turns out, the random fault issue turned out to be a simple fix by increasing the debounce setting of 1000. Just in case you run into similar issues, other folks have also stated that activating the “Sherline” mode in Mach 3 also helps dealing with a system with a good bit of noise. We have been lucky enough to avoid using the “Sherline” setting as we are not using that configuration however, by increasing the debounce value to 1000 we eliminated any random faults that were experienced with our newest machine.
Hope to have some longer videos of our newest Dreamcaster 3000 machines later this year. In the meantime, good luck on your next build and we also hope to post some of our 3D printing study later this month. As a preview, over the last 6 month – members of our team have been conducting professional studies focused on optimizing tensile strength using the various 3D printing setting available in the latest slicing engines.
Thanks for viewing and good luck on your next build.
– Aaron & Louis
Hello Maker Friends,
This video is another weekend project with some scrap .75 acetyl material we had laying around the shop. We added a few bearings to these arms and attached them to the extruded aluminum in order to help sure up our x axis movement. These took about 15 minutes to draw up (as you can tell 😉 ) with my uncle and we simply did not want to cut them out with our band saw that has been acting up over the last few weeks. After getting it setup and generating g-code, the entire cut took about 35 minutes and we selected seperate vectors rather than a pocket cut for the inside slot in order to have some notches for a rubber gasket to fit into. Just thought we would share a few more passes of our machine before we get started on the next major project. Thanks for watching and stopping by.
Aaron & Louis