Building Another 3D Printer - Meet Blue

Published On: 2019-08-01 16:56:20

Category: News

I was tired of tearing down my only 3D printer every time I wanted to upgrade so I decided to clone it and upgrade the clone instead.  This has been a great lesson in really understanding how the technology works and getting to research and develop new methods of 3D printing.

Bill of materials and a start of the printed parts I need to clone my printer.

Bill of materials and a start of the printed parts I need to clone my printer.

Parts Arrive.

Parts Arrive.

Wiring up the electronics for testing.  I would later learn that the power supply was broken and had to get a replacement.

Wiring up the electronics for testing.  I would later learn that the power supply was broken and had to get a replacement.

Close up of the power switch so I can remember the wiring later.

Close up of the power switch so I can remember the wiring later.

Mike Hammond leant me his chop saw and his band saw to cut the pieces for my printer.

Mike Hammond leant me his chop saw and his band saw to cut the pieces for my printer.

The frame and z-axis rods are complete, much more to do though.

The frame and z-axis rods are complete, much more to do though.

The y-axis V-slot 8020 piece was damaged.  They offered me a refund.  I ended up cutting off the damaged part, but at a loss to some potential length to my y-axis.

The y-axis V-slot 8020 piece was damaged.  They offered me a refund.  I ended up cutting off the damaged part, but at a loss to some potential length to my y-axis.

I designed a mount to attach the y-axis gantry to the heated plate.

I designed a mount to attach the y-axis gantry to the heated plate.

Picture of the 2020 graphics mount since I didn't have one.

Picture of the 2020 graphics mount since I didn't have one.

I'm not real happy with this z-axis bracket.  Looking to redesign something different.  For now it works though.

I'm not real happy with this z-axis bracket.  Looking to redesign something different.  For now it works though.

Spare nozzle holder I found during this build.  Printed another for my original printer.

Spare nozzle holder I found during this build.  Printed another for my original printer.

The ramps board was overheating and shutting down the printer.  This was my solution until I figured out the problem.

The ramps board was overheating and shutting down the printer.  This was my solution until I figured out the problem.

My friend complained of cable management, so I used some parts from old power supplies to clean things up.

My friend complained of cable management, so I used some parts from old power supplies to clean things up.

This was the reason the printer was overheating.  This connector is not rated for enough amperage for the printer.  It is a known problem with RAMPS 1.4 boards.  I plan on ordering some 1.6 boards down the line.  For now the power connection is soldered into place, which solves the overheating problem.

This was the reason the printer was overheating.  This connector is not rated for enough amperage for the printer.  It is a known problem with RAMPS 1.4 boards.  I plan on ordering some 1.6 boards down the line.  For now the power connection is soldered into place, which solves the overheating problem.

I've forgotten what I've printed that took over a day, but the printer is working.

I've forgotten what I've printed that took over a day, but the printer is working.