More open source software

Worked on the Mendel a bit tonight and cut the belt to width on the hardware side of things (pictures to be posted on the Hackingston blog). On the softer side, I installed python (for the second time, as I had tried to learn it during first year), psyco (no idea what it does, other…

MK4 Extruder modification

We just could not bear to scrap the laser-cut MK4 extruder entirely for a printed Wade extruder so we decided to first modify the makerbot extruder that we had. One of the issues with the MK4, which the MK5 addresses, is the filament idler wheel. It is hard to adjust and even harder to adjust…

RepRap Update

Got a bit of time to work on the Mendel today. I finished soldering the stepper motor extensions and attached their connectors (although I believe I did not have to use a connector for the extruder so that one will have to be removed later). In terms of the other electronics, I placed them on…

Initial thoughts on the RepRap project

Spent most of today working on the Mendel and thought I would record my first impression of this project. With some of the parts already assembled for us we started to finish off the bigger components such as the y-axis tray and the x-axis rod guides. I was really surprised by how well everything fitted…

Well… Mendel…

Great news! The professor was quite thrilled to have us work on his RepRap so that his Grad students could focus their time on other ongoing projects (there are quite a few). What we will be assembling and testing in the next few weeks will be a Mendel. The plastic parts have been made from…