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That’s kick ■■■!!!
Thanks. I got the waste board and Z axis Idea from Phil. The new makerslides on the Y were what got me started on upgrade mode. Ended up tearing it almost all the way down. It’s been a pile of rails for a couple weeks.
Did you make the z axis or buy it? If you bought it can you give me a link to it or part list? I’m strongly considering upgrading the z axis.
Bought it off eBay. It’s pretty nice. Really good quality. While I would love to take credit for it here are a couple of posts around here of people changing over to it. If you search the forum for @PhilJohnson 's z upgrade he has a lot of detail. And the link.
If you do go with this Z axis you’ll need to do a lift of some kind to get ge full benefit of its travel range. As you can see I lifted the Y plates. Phil has a nice set of gantry lift plates he designed for his.
Your assumption is correct. The top bolt is 75mm and the bottom is 80mm for the eccentric spacers. The aluminum spacers on the axle =33 mm. I couldn’t find a single spacer to fit that. The plates are $8 each in the Inventables store. I thought about cutting some but they were cheap and perfect so done deal lol.
Any way you make a parts list and where you bought things from I really like the lift
I’ll get one together.
what a beast!
realy nices upgrades !
you are not affrait to hit the wast board with your bit ?
My guess is that @CurtisCummings will be attaching t-track and some MDF or similar on top of that Aluminum plate. He is using the Aluminum to create a very rigid and solid base.
Like this: Phil's New Waste Board
Yep - that’s why I used it for my redesign as well.
I will be doing a waste board lol. That Aluminum plate would’nt last long with me at the controls.
Awesome, Looks really good Curtis. The new wide y-makerslide paired with your modded x-plates should make a world of difference. How much taller did you make your y-plates?
Your correct. 40mm I think. I thought through using a double XPlate for that reason. Seemed very doable , then I realized I would have to modify my base once again. There may be a way around that but I haven’t found one yet. It would have to be two Xplates on either side due to the motor. Moving it inside would cost even more room.
I made the new Y plates 8" tall. But I’m only getting about 3 inches of vertical lift for the XAxis. Because I have 40mm base rails I went down as well.
The Y Plates in the first pictures were the MDF mock up plates. Had to see if they would work before making Aluminum chips/breaking bits lol.
I think every construction project should be built on a platform stained with the blood of the maker. Nice touch.
I thought about the “L” shaped plate to move the Y rails out but wasn’t sure about the strength. It’s not that much roomnloss so I squashed it. But now you have me rethinking it lol.
I don’t see the belts anywhere in the photos.