Sunday, January 17, 2010

Second Extruder head build for Mendel with drawing & pictures

Here is the drawing for the extended length thermal insulator for the plastic block Mendel build.

The extra 15mm of length is to clear the skate bearing carriage this is the only part where I have used a specialist tool a micro lathe.
It was to make things like this that justified my purchasing a lathe after seeing Nopheads lathe.

This lathe is the next size down making it < half the price of Nopheads you can see full details on Bodgeitquicktools blog.

This the first time of ever using a Fixed steady on any lathe. I soon realized I needed to lubricate the brass fingers so popped a drop of extra virgin oil which did the trick of stopping the horrendous screaming noise.

It was a much safer result as the Parting off  tool finished the final part of its cut.

I used the parting off tool to make the two slots for the retaining cir-clips that hold it onto the X carriage.

As I forgot to to buy a center drill I used a 2.8mm wood drill first then drilled out the 3.5mm with a standard drill. Peek is a very nice material to machine much nicer than PTFE.

As I will be using  welding tip for my extruder barrel the threaded part only needs to be drilled out to 4.2mm and  7mm deep for it to be tapped for a 5mm thread that the welding tips have. In my last extruder I used a B&Q welding tip

 In this extruder I'm using the 5mm shorter Halfords 0.6mm welding tip. This is so I can keep the heated area as small as possible. I don't know if this is a good idea or not. I remember seeing several mentions of minimizing the thermal mass of the extruder head.

Thus with a heated barrel that is only 18mm long and 5mm diameter this extruder will have a very low thermal mass.

Its all ready to be trial fitted onto the X carriage before I use my last length of Ni-chrome wire making the heating element. I have plenty of the 16mm Acrylic block used by hobby stampers to stick their home made stamps on to press into ink and stamp all sorts of stuff with wording or outline pictures on cards journals or scrapbooks. Now there's an Idea printing custom stamps for scrapbookers and the like with Mendel.

Anyway as it is nice and see-through and its plastic its the ideal material to make the extruder block out of as you can see the holes inside it as you are working..

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