Update #7 Prototype Photos!
I've recieved a lot of questions about whether or not we'll have a running model or if there are photos or video to show. Well there will be photos and video of the running model and here is the prototype as it stands.
The prototype differs from the kit in that the kit will come with phillips or socket head screws rather than hex head bolts, and the wood will not be 3/4 pine but 6mm birch plywood (1/4 approx) The differences on the prototype are due to the fact that these screws we had already and the wood was also on hand. Otherwise this is very representative of the Maxifab printer, however your plywood won't be stained :) .
My partner in this process remarked that building his ultimaker felt like building a birdhouse, but the Maxifab was more like building furniture. Its an order of magnitude simpler to build but just as accurate. Simple, tough, and versatile were my design goals and I think we hit it on all counts.
Left to do on the prototype are install the electronics (on their way), the hot end, and the filament feed drive as bell as the belts. Then Its tidying up the wires and that's about it. All told its about 75 percent of the way to completion. Expect more updates as the build progresses.
And as always I want to thank everyone that has contributed to this project so far! You guys are the best!
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