Hardware upgrades

Hardware upgrades

With basis being a cheap product, there’s lots of areas where the printer hardware can be improved.

It’s all about stiffness, weight and precision. Also, several components come in different versions offering resolution in multiples of 2, more power or less noise.

The more indirect improvements will be to improve the thermal characteristics surrounding the printer’s workbed. Adding fans to remove unwanted heat or a cabinet to keep out the cold.

So far I’ve either done or is considering doing :

  • Z-axis leadscrews – done. Huge improvement! Here’s an explanation to what a leadscrew is and how it differs from a threaded rod: Short paper
  • Better motor drivers – done. Minor improvement.
  • Hotend fan duct – done. I’ve rerouted the extruder fan output, but this tweak needs a replacement with more oomph – a separate fan.
  • Additional fan
  • Cabinet – in production. Two Ikea LACK tables, some (3D-printed) bits and a little perspex should do the trick. Snipped from Thingiverse 🙂
  • Concrete pavement slab base. Noise reduction and stability.