I had a mk3 kit ordered back in March but got frustrated with the delays and cancelled that and now I have two monoprice printers. One select plus and one mini! I have really been using both and I love to see a fusion 360 design come to life on the printer! Jim
Then the X-Axis along with the Z-axis lift motors and screws:
The extruder built and attached to the X-Axis. This took the bulk of the build time tonight, as there a lot of parts to put together, and cables to route.
Cable management on the rear of the extruder.
So far, the build has been a breeze, apart from some fiddly bits where M3 nuts have to be pressed into some deep holes. And the instruction book is amazing, you get a full colour printed book, and it’s in English, not some facsimile of the language.
These are some fasteners I designed for my friend, who in his spare time is the boatman at the local rowing club. He wanted some nuts making up to hold things in the racing boats (I forget what it’s for, but these are the same sort of 4 or 8 man boats you see at the Olympics and the Oxford V Cambridge race on the Thames). The crews have a tendency to do things up too tight, stripping fittings out the fragile boat shells and causing lots of grief and costs to the club. These are can only be done up by hand, and if they try and wail on them the nut will strip out of the plastic before it does any damage to the boat.
I’ve had the fusion 360 files sat on my laptop for ages, as I couldn’t get them to reliably print on my old delta printer. The MK3 romped through them.
They’re M6 nuts pressed into the bottom, and the text reads “HAND TIGHT ONLY”, just so the crews don’t forget.