The nifty 3d printer from DIY Tech Shop finally arrived! It’s been a long row to hoe.
I originally ordered from MakiBox last September (2013), but they are/were having serious production issues; if you want to talk to some seriously annoyed people check out the forum. After the Nth delay (N is >= 4) in mid December 2013 I gave up on MakiBox and cancelled my order, even after they contacted me an assured me that my order was going to be “coming real soon now.” I ordered from DIY Tech Shop, although their website stated that they had run out of parts, and were planning on a large buy in early/mid February 2014. It arrived on Tuesday January 28th, 2014. As of this writing, Monday February 3rd, 2014, MakiBox is still only showing 504 shipped units. I am sure the forum has even more angry people asking the operator of MakiBox to remove his wildly optimistic “shipping estimates”, where by “shipping” they mean “lie” and by “estimates” they mean “LIE!”.
So it arrived and I’ve gotten the hardware assembly done (see below).
- The brackets for the Z-axis motors were not designed for the shape of these motors, lacking clearance for a ring near the output shaft. The first bracket cracked before I noticed the issue, the second one I shaved by hand to fit the motor
- A few of the brackets pay more attention to aesthetics than function, lacking some more useful functionality. E.g. left and right sided parts that are functionally interchangeable, but would benefit from having nuts on either side to better fine tune connections.
- It looks like the threaded rod was not cut with a chop saw, and one end of one of the rods wouldn’t let a nut on. I cleaned it up with a die, but I probably could have made do by spinning a nut down the rod from the good end and using a jam-nut to force it through to clean up the threads.
- The website advertises a “RAMPS 1.4″ Arduino shield to manage the printer, but the manual specifies annother name. Although aparently they are the same board it confused me, in addition the RAMPS 1.4 board seems to be a dual hot-end controller and the manual doesn’t specify which parts are for the first hot-end and which are for the second hot-end. And since I only have ONE hot-end…..
Now I need to start on the electronics. It’s just a bunch of crimp-on butt-joints but I’m not super confident of the vary non-specific nature of the instructions.