After figuring out how to get this flexible filament to work in a bowden extruder, I have managed to get some pretty decent prints. Granted, this is the first time I’ve tried the stuff but so far, the sE1X handles it like a champ. Keep the print speed semi-low, high retraction, proper heat, and a good E fan will do the trick.
The first 3 pictures are some Sandals I thought would be great for my trip to the beach. They where a bit tricky to print and the straps cause a lot of stringing as it goes back and forth(this is with retraction at 8mm length and 50 mm/s speed. So keep in mind, while they are not perfect, its only a wetware issue. 🙂
So after months of grueling work to get the sE1X design finished and ready for sale’s, I finally can see some light at the end of the tunnel! I have had my ups and downs along the way, not to mention self doubt founded from constant criticism, but I stuck to it and I’m proud to call the sE1X evolution my own. This has been a great starting point for me and I have learned and evolved myself and would like to officially announce my plans to build my own 3d printer design, from scratch. Once I have this set in stone, I will reveal more about it, until then…enjoy some sE1X printer pron:
The heated bed on a sE1X is rather large and many will frown upon the idea of a heated bed this large being jerked around all day but it is in fact, doable. The first change I made was switching to the solid polymer bearings from IGUS over the LM10UU’s which made a lot of improvement but it just wasn’t quite good enough. I have used a OpenX carriage on my older 3d printer for a couple years now and it really has worked great. So I decided to incorporate the same idea into the sE1X Y axis and the outcome was a drastic improvement in the Y axis linear movement. After a bit of prototyping, I got it dialed in perfectly..
I have managed to get the motor mount and idler w/ tensioner done today and hopefully will have it ready for prototyping tomorrow! I will post updates as I go along..
So after a couple of failed attempts(some being my fault, others not…) I finally managed to get this sucker printed..and only took 27 hours! 😀 As you will see below, most of the print was support material..but well worth it now that I officially have a Halloween mask!@ I will be trying again though because of some extrusion errors/banding that I’ve addressed. Now for the printer pron! ->
So over the course of this month, I have ran into a few issues with the new design which I have already addressed. A key one being the top gantry extrusion, where before I used a extrusion extension(printed part) to extend, now just uses one solid extrusion. This eliminates any chance of miss aligning the 2 sides which would cause serious binding complications. This will also mean I need a new Airtripper bowden extruder mount for the top of the gantry which is in the process of being completed via Solidworks. I’m also working on a proper Filament spool holder along with mounting brackets to place the smoothieboards in smoothiecase’s and mount them under the heated bed platform along with the PSU. I will post an update when this is complete.
Tutorial update: I have managed to make some process on the video tutorial and I’m about half way done with it now. Hoping to have it completed soon but it is taking longer then I originally anticipated..any help is greatly appreciated!
All and all, been a good month..ear infections and other health complications aside! Looking forward to October being even more productive!
Solomon(aka Solly) is a 6 month old bearded dragon and had out grown his old hide. I looked around at pet stores but they wanted crazy amounts of mullah for a hide big enough for him to enjoy, so I said screw it; I’ll just design one myself and print it out for him!
The print is 3 sections(front, middle, back) each section is 300mm cubed, printed using Atomic Filament’s royal blue PLA. Each section took about 12 hours to print and they served as a great way to test the limits of the sE1X!
Here soon, with the help of LoneTengu and hikozaru, the tutorials will be improved upon/simplified and crucial updates (which are very much need) will be made to both tutorials. Lonetengu has added a simplier method for explaining t-slot alignment along with the over all layout of the written tutorial.
Over the next couple of days I will be focusing most of my attention to the tutorials because they are just a drastic part of offering kits(Where would Ikea of gotten if they didnt have proper tutorials?)! I am in the process of getting the parts ready to assemble another sE1X(which I will be offering for sale!) strictly for the sake of the tutorials! Expect a complete revamp over the next week.
Thank you hikozaru and LoneTengu for the contributions, very much appreciated!
Lately I’ve been reading up on bowden style extruders and for the longest time I was against it, until now. The facts are there, and the proof is in the prints. Bowden style extruding offer’s many benefits to a 3D printer, the biggest one being(from what I can see) that your no longer lugging around a Nema 17 on your X axis carriage, which reduces a number of negatives that will show in your print. So to make a long story short, I think bowden extruding will become a standard in 3d printing because of the enormous benefits it offers and from here on out, I will be offering bowden kits here at Mobious Robotics LLC. which will be sold individually or with the sE1X kits.