I finally got my new printer. Nearly 2 months after purchasing it shows up the day after my birthday! That is one serious adventure in a cardboard box.
I rolled out some paper onto the dinner table and got rocking. I couldn’t help but setup my gopro and get a time-lapse of the assembly.
The total build time was between 5 and 6 hours plus some tweak and tune time. The first print had to be the prusa logo in honor of the great maker.
With it up and running I got to bootstrapping. The kit comes very complete, and really is a wonderful printer. That having been said, the little knob they included to run the interface isn’t great. It rubs and is awkward to use. Print a new one!
A lot of my filament is from when I first bought the monoprice back last summer. It spent a lot of time sitting out collecting dust. Someone made a nice clip in dust filter that goes right on top of the extruder.
Next came a replacement for the spool holder. The one included works, but you have to sort of bend it out of the way to get a new spool on. Plus something with bearings would roll a lot smoother. Any catches or resistance in the spool rolling could cause Z banding as the extruder fights to pull in filament. Thingiverse had a great assembly that sits on top. It included a printable threaded nut and bolt that turned out gorgeous! Skate bearings pressed into the rollers so the spool rolls with little resistance. A filament guide keeps it running true.
Speaking of spool holders, my one major disaster so far has been this print job. Sometime over night the extruder actually pulled the spool off the holder. Nothing broke except the filament guide (just print another). It turns out the spool was wrapped poorly and kind of synched itself off. Poor spool wrapping perhaps.
I monitor all my prints with a webcam and octoprint. This works out well while on the other side of the house, or on the go. The only trick is that I have to leave a light on after dark. Instead of leaving the room lights on constantly I designed and printed some brackets for holding thin under-cabinet LED lights. Serendipitously one light will fit in a slot the spool holder had. Only a small printed wedge was needed to keep it secure. The other two went on my bracket. It clears the extruder at full height.
It is turning into a proper looking monster! Let the print games begin.