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Prints and process

One of the things that keeps us fairly busy in the office is some of the R&D work we're doing. A good chunk of this involves making test rigs to do quick proof of concept work -- if we can get something working with 3D printed and laser cut parts, it's a good indicator that we can get it working with more advanced fabrication methods. Here's an example of that process -- we had primarily been working with 3mm filaments, but knew we would like to move down to 1.7mm filament.

Doing a quick mock-up Bowden test unit confirmed that there weren't any immediately show-stoppers with moving down to the smaller filament. It also confirmed our suspicion that we'd want a little more torque in the motor unit. This is useful validation as we begin to move into the design-for-manufacturing process.

What you're actually seeing in the photo is a couple of bowden clips connected to an extruder tube. The clips are providing a quick and secure mechanical lock for the bowden tube, which has a reasonable amount of force being applied to it by the stepper motor, via the filament. The whole thing looks fairly simple, but it took about four design revisions to get the clip that holds the extruder tube right.

And, here's some images of new prints: Yoda, a factory and the Cube-Sphere decorative object from

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      Daniel A. Goodale on October 25, 2012

      Can you tell me the advantages of the smaller diameter filament, please? Also, have you actually TRIED printing something 11" x 11" x 11" yet? Does it take like, 2 weeks to print? LOL

    2. Panda Robotics Creator on October 25, 2012

      Other than the bowden clips, these were all models off thingiverse, printed at the size of the file.

      Yoda is around 55 x 41 x 57mm.
      The radius of the sphere is around 40mm.
      The factory is around 40 x 40 x 45mm

      Layer heights were between .1 and .2mm, as with almost every other print we have posted.

      Print speeds were between 20mm/s and 40mm/s, depending on infill vs perimeters vs external perimeters, etc.

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      Jan on October 25, 2012

      Please add information about size, layer thickness, resolution and so on ..