to level or to flatten?

Discussion in 'Guides, Mods, and Upgrades' started by R Design, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. R Design

    R Design Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2015
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    I've been thinking Mesh Levelling is the ultimate, in the way it compensates for all kinds of tilt and sag. But having done a little reading it seems to have definite downsides: in particular that any deformation is copied right through the part. So best not have any sagging rods.

    1) Lots of people have been upgrading bearings. But did anyone consider upgrading the Y-axis rods to, say, 10mm? They don't move anywhere so it wouldn't slow anything down, but it would reduce curvature.

    2) The weight reduction possibilities with Titan / pancake motors are really exciting. Is there any possibility of swapping the hefty X-axis motor for something geared and pancake-like? (Mostly for the sake of speed / acceleration.)

    3) To what extent does movement in the X axis rods come from flex in their mountings? Would carbon-fibering them make any difference?
  2. Kick2box

    Kick2box Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2016
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    The BB is a well designed compromise between size, price and quality. To improve that, you'd build a much heavier printer at double price ore even more.I suggest to only change the bearings and perhaps the bed. It will be hard to improve print quality other than fiddling with calibration. Just my opinion. If you want more, build something else, perhaps with linear rails, all metal case etc.. But at last it's more up to you than to the printer to achieve best results. High speed printing reduces quality on each printer I've seen so far.
    Don't forget the guys who built it really know what they're doing...
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