Kapton tape — also known as polyimide tape — is an electrically insulating heat resistant
tape that has many uses. Kapton tape is a good print surface for printing ABS on a
heated bed. For ABS to stick to Kapton, the tape needs to be hot (different sources
mention minimum temperatures between 80-130°C). Also, the Kapton should be free of
grease, which can be removed with Acetone or a propane torch.
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There are three ways to acquire a
A turn-key 3D printer will come
ready to print, with little or no
assembly. For instance, the Solidoodle
2 comes with a filament holder that
takes about 20 seconds to assemble
and attach to the printer.
Little or no tuning should be
required with this type of printer. You
will, however, be required to install
In this series, I will be assembling
two kits — one of which can be
purchased assembled. You must
understand that the assembly process
is very extensive. Both the PrintrBot Jr
and Rostock Max assembly times
given on their websites were
inaccurate. The assembly took
considerably more time than
indicated. That said, I enjoyed building
both printers and learned a great deal
during the process.
Another aspect that is often
overlooked when assembling your
own 3D printer is the tuning factor.
The tuning process can take almost as
long as the assembly time.
This type of 3D printer will require
the most work. You will have to do a
lot of research, and may have to
fabricate many of the components.
Assembly will take days instead of
hours, and the tuning process may
require trial and error since you might
not have anything as a reference.
Most likely, you will be using the
same controller and software, so that
process won't change. The main
advantage to a DIY build is that it can
be done considerably cheaper.
Note that many of the 3D printers
currently available are open source
designs with drawing files offered on
the respective websites. There are also
third-party companies like
ultimachine.com that offer many
parts that can be used in a DIY build.
I have a lot of information to
present to you. I had various problems
with some of the printers, some of
which I have fixes; others, I am still
working on. It is my plan to work
them out as this series progresses.
Next time, I will be presenting
some assembly highlights of the
PrintrBot Jr and the Rostock Max
printer kits. We will also be un-boxing
our Solidoodle 2 machine. SV
A delta robot is a type of parallel robot. It consists of
three arms connected to universal joints at the base. The
key design feature is the use of parallelograms in the
arms, which maintains the orientation of the end
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