This is continuation of my previous blog post.
First and foremost, when I say it’s Done I mean, it’s pretty usable at this point. If anything, this experience taught me that RepRap DIY style 3D printer build can never be fully complete. There’s always something that needs to be fixed, upgraded and tweaked in the software. Especially the software part. There’re so many different parameters that need tweaking, and because no two printers are alike you can’t just copy and paste someone else’s settings. Making changes in software/firmware takes really long time because 3D printing is a slow process. It rarely takes less than hour to print a small part, so imagine making adjustment and then waiting for a while to see result. And there are prep steps for each print such as cleaning and applying hairspray, checking bed level, etc.
So yes you do need a lot of patience and time, however despite all the trouble rewards are worth it! Sure you can just buy a fully functional 3D printer that will work great out of the box, but prepare to spend around $2K or more for anything with usable print area. Prusa i3 cost was under $500, and learning process of building it is priceless!
Speaking of learning, I now see a lot of areas where I can make an improvement or even scale print area up. I’m already thinking about building another one
But enough of that, I wanted to share my final build stages, issues I had and how resolved it (hopefully I can remember all of it).