Building the Thing-O-Matic
Post date: Aug 30, 2011 6:50:2 AM
The two main features that made me take the plunge are the automatic build platform (ABP) and the redesigned Z-stage. The new Z-stage will allow taller builds. I could never build anything nice above about 2 inches tall with the Cupcake. The automatic build platform features a conveyor belt as the print surface. The conveyor belt is turned on after each print. This allows the queuing of multiple prints in a row ... which will be fantastic for big robots with lots of parts (no more babysitting the printer!).
One problem that I noticed with the ABP is that it hits the wiper ... not sure why this was moved from the first design of the ABP. It was also a bit difficult to tune the potentiometers for the X Y Z stages because all of the electronics is internal, but the cables aren't long enough to set the base board to the side. So I had to improvise a bit ... sorry Swiffer!
Would be nice to make some TOM jacks to hold up the printer during calibration of the electronics.