Long story short, Brian had a frame kit at the MRRF this past weekend and it was love at first sight. The design of the frame is deceptively simple and elegant. It's very rigid and should easily self align and square at assembly for a very accurate build. I have anguished over my own design for while and after seeing the MAX METAL in person, it was a very easy decision... I am now a proud owner of a MAX METAL frame, and the build begins!
Instead of rushing to assemble the frame, I'm slowing down a bit to design up the necessary bits and pieces to perform a parts transplant from from a Rostock MAX v1 kit. Everything is being designed to be printable in a 200mm x 200mm build area. All parts will be printable, but some are designed to be laser cut from MDF as well. Once complete, I will post the parts. I will be using the Trick Laser Trick Trucks for the build, but the original Rostock MAX trucks can be used also.
- Reuse as much of the Rostock MAX parts and fasteners as possible. (EZStruder, SeeCNC Hotend, arms, etc)
- Design for the Rambo electronics and the Smoothieboard
- Reuse the stock ATX power supply
A mashup of the Rambo and Smoothieboard are shown. The extruder wire exit at the bottom.
I'm still roughing out the design. I need a part to secure the Oynx insulator to the frame and need to design end stop switch mounts, etc.
I'm also considering drilling a couple of holes in each vertical extrusion to route the end stop wiring through the center hole.