Primarily built to support future prototypes / projects (namely an ABS bezel for my BMW tablet install) I built this printer in a race against the birth of my second daughter. While I haven't printed much yet, it was a fun build, it prints very nice parts, and I made the deadline :P
Getting my attic shop ready to build
Sizing up the build
100s of parts organized. Seriously, these things just come as bags of unlabeled hardware and it's up to you to sort it out and identify what's what.
Finally. On to building the support structure
Mounting the print bed along with the installation of the X, Y, and Z motors
Parts to build the extruder & hot end mount.
Starting enclosure construction based on an inverted ikea lack table.
Walls constructed from 3/4" MDF. Hole cut and fan mounted for controlled ventilation.
Lexan door built.
Some electronics mounted in the rear. On top of the kit electronics I added a Raspberry Pi 3 loaded with octoprint and a relay board to control lights, fans, and power to the 3D printer.
Aforementioned lights mounted.
Another look inside before I completely wrap up the wiring.
After a year of limited use I started heavily focusing on my 540i infotainment project and my use of the printer ramped up. After the z-axis nut that's embedded in the left x-axis end stripped out I decided to knock out a batch of upgrades:
#1 - Z-axis 8mm Lead Screw upgrade
#2 - Autoleveling
c. RAMPS 1.6 board (not necessary but my v1.4 board had a melting power connector)
d. Marlin 1.1.8 (latest at time of edit)(also not necessary but nice to do if you're already going to be doing firmware edits for
#3 - 500W AC Heated bed
a. Keenovo 110VAC 500watt 200x200mm silicone heater
b. Watlow DIN-A-MITE DB10-24C0-S000 (industrial grade SSR that can be had for ~$60 used on eBay).
There have only been two notable difficulties with the upgrades.
#1 - Getting the printed parts made on a broken / limping printer
#2 - Re-squaring the printer
I'm still working on #2, as my x-axis still isn't 100% square to the y-axis. I'm also still in the process of getting the heated bed changed out. Stay tuned for pictures :D