3d printing : mendelMax
A couple of years ago i decided it was time to get on board the whole 3d printing bandwagon. It appeared to have matured beyond the nasty little threaded rod prusa / mendel designs and hopefully the software had matured similarly.
A bunch of research followed weighing the pros and cons of the equipment on offer, eventually leading me to the mendelMax. A nice compromise between price, printable envelope, structural integrity and a healthy little community to boot. The bill of materials came in under $1000 and was relatively painless to assemble.
below are a few vague shots of the process.
interesting side note, pyrex is nolonger borosilicate, i was considering having a borosilicate glass base, and these cutting boards appeared to be the cheapest way of getting it easily. downside being they are some other compound, when scored ( with the intention of producing a clean cut) they remain intact, then after appliying excessive pressure EXPLODE. sigh
And now printing nice clean test cubes. What a trill to see this all come together!
- I need to tidy up the electrics, updating to version 2 of the mendlemax naturally improves the cable management by keeping most wires down low.
- i would like it to run as a stand alone print server off a raspberry pi or something, with a nice little oled screen for basic control, its kind of a drag to have to leave an expensive laptop plugged in for the duration of a print job.
- I still have a little tuning / calibration to do as far as temp monitoring is concerned.