3D printed XY table

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Oct 012011
 

3D printed x-stage
XY table dry fit

I’ve been inspired by the Lasersaur project to try building an XY table for laser cutting, Makerbotting, and light duty milling. The brackets, motor mounts and carriages are all 3D printed on NYCR’s Makerbot Thing-o-matic. Today I was able to put most of the pieces together for a dry fitting and found a few bugs — the carriages have too much play and will bind if pulled from the side, so the pull-pull belts will need to be moved to the inside of the rails, which will require all the carriages to be redesigned. The good news is that the printed teeth to engage the belt are well positioned to secure the belt under the rails without any additional hardware.

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  • Johnathan_weisner

    I love the idea of tools creating more tools.

    That sounds oddly like a sarcastic social commentary.
    This looks great so far. One step farther to bettering humanity.

  • Johnathan_weisner

    Did you make the belts or are they inexpensive supplies?

    • http://www.facebook.com/trammell.hudson Trammell Hudson

      It is McMaster-Carr 3/8″ belting and is sold by the unit length.  I’ll have a full BOM and STL designs on thingiverse once it is more developed.