We just tested the Z axis and things are looking good! (Okay we get that there’s wobble…we’re working on that)

So we’re still waiting on our aluminum shaft couplers and lead screws to come in the mail, so in the meantime, I hooked up a shaft coupler that I made at the machine shop and a 1/4″ threaded rod to the Z axis to see how things are working.

Things look pretty good! Since I didn’t do a very good job in making the coupler straight, the threaded rod is bent, and I need to tighten the v-wheels a bit more, there’s a lot of wobble in the Z axis. Once the lead screws come in however, I’m expecting way better linear movement on this thing.

Here’s a video for you guys to watch:

It’s coming alive! The X axis is moving!

So I started fiddling around again with the CNC control board again, and dropped down the acceleration speed of the motors, which stopped the motors from studdering. I haven’t tested out any microstepping yet (I don’t have any jumpers on hand for the control board), but at single step control, we got the x axis to move pretty well.

I noticed however, that there are some issues in stalling in the motor, so we’ll be trying out some different power supply voltages, adjusting current, and just seeing what works best overall.

Prototype in Progress!

Hey guys, we’ve had a bunch of hitches with parts coming up late and 3D printing issues, but we’re back on schedule and have finished building our X and Y axis.

As I write this, we have our second Y axis gantry on the 3D printer.

Once we know everything works, we can start looking for quotes on injection molding or looking for other mass production methods.

Chris with the Y axis.jpg

 

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