Another RepRap blog? Ohhhh YES, more one!
My goal here is not to teach anyone - I'm new to this RepRap world and I'm still learning all this stuff - my goal here is to keep an build log for my own reference and, maybe, help someone in this endeavor. A friend of mine (Gilson) has mentioned some time ago that the Prusa I3's documentation is not so good when compared with the Prusa Mendel - there is no complete manual or book with ALL required info until this date and by what I've saw it seems he is right. So I hope that this build log helps in this documentation too.
The thing is that I'm envy of my friend Gilson's printer - actually I don't like to keep asking him to print parts to me all the time - then I decided to build my own. Right now I'm waiting for a few parts from eBay and AliExpress yet. Maybe in two or tree weeks I will get the Step motors and then I'll send my frame to the CNC shop in order to start the building phase! (after more or less 3 months buying and waiting for these parts I'm kinda bored - it's a real pain to buy stuff from China!)
Until I start this building phase take a look at what I've done so far ...
Official Ramps 1.4b BOM (just in case you need to save money doing your own): here
My Prusa I3 BOM (for those willing to build one Prusa I3): here
RepRap stuff that I'm kinda dating:
|2013/05||J-Head, MKV||$60 USD||most used and popular, this one seems to be the latest version. Easily found on eBay.|
|2013/05||MG Plus||$70 USD||+shipping. MakerGear hotend, good quality by an not so reasonable price. Easily found on eBay.|
|2013/05||Trinity MetalMagma||$65 USD||+shipping, sold out. It supports 400C.|
|2013/05||E3D-v4||£39 GBP||All metal and J-Head compatible, SUPER!|
|2013/05||arcol.hu||€99||Expensive. All metal hotend however I never heard about this one.|
|2014/01||CB-Printer||€1,830||Super printer, alu made in Poland|
|2014/01||Bulldog Extruder||to be defined||Another alu made extruder|
|2013/05||Metal Extruder||RepRap Metal Gear System Extruder.||AWESOME! Build instructions here.|
|2013/05||Metal Gears||Metal Gear System Hardware Pack for Prusa/i3.||kinda expensive but you can do contact the owner to ask him to send it using a cheaper shipping (without insurance and tracking). I've found this info into this blog.|
|2013/05||Ponoko Extruder||CNC acrylic parts.|
|2013/05||book||Getting Started with RepRap by Josef Průša, O'Reilly Sep 2013|
|2013/05||Prusa I3 Build Manual|
|2013/05||Prusa Mendel Build Manual|
|2013/06/23||RepRap Calculator3||by Josef Průša, a must have for all makers!|
|2013/05||Drive Gears||Drive-gears to be used in direct drive and some other extruders. Only required when using some kind of (like the Adrian's_Geared_Extruder).|
|2013/06||Mechanical Endstop||Recommended but not required. Simple pull up resistor schematics to connect your mechanical endstop. This pull up resistor is not required - The AtMega already has one internal pull up resistor that just need to be FUSE enabled.|
|2013/05||Optical Endstop||Recommended but not required. Why they are not using the internal pull up resistor too?|
|2013/07||Improved Optical Endstop||Recommended but not required. Still not using the dammed internal pull up resistor ...|
|2013/06/04||RepRapDiscount||Recommended but not required. RepRapDiscount Smart Controller.|
|2013/06/04||UltiPanel||Schematics for UltiPanel with rotary encoder.|
|2013/06/04||Touch TFT LCD||Graphical RepRap Touch TFT LCD (mini Pronterface style).|
|2013/06/04||SynchroMesh Cable||Kinda hard to find it here in Brazil.|
|2013/07/31||Aluminum frame Prusa i3 RED ANODIZED||Awesome Frame, 69 euros!|
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