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New motor mounts

Morgan has gone through a lot of different takes on all of it parts over the design time, but none as many as the motor mounts.  The new mounts are easy to print, and rock solid – no flexing.

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Start by printing the files, and collecting he pieces required.  Files on Morgan master get the mk5 motor mounts.  You will need 2 to 4 M3x50 screws to attach each mount (may vary depending on the motors you have available: based on 47mm high motors.

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New RepRap Magazine – Morgan visual build instructions

Paulo just let me know that the latest RepRap Magazine is out.

The feature also includes the long awaited visual build instruction that I promised…

http://reprapmagazine.com/

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Get it now, and while you are there, donate a few Euro for the great job that they are doing!

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RepRap Morgan @ Tech4Africa?

Vote…

http://vote.tech4africa.com/session-329/#.UyLTCn8aySO

Never tell a hacker that something is impossible to do. This is the story of the RepRap Morgan, the journey towards personal rapid protoyping, and how dreams can be realized – by patience and a good dose of stubborn stupidity. It is also the cribnotes you need to fast-track builing your own Morgan

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RoboBeast launch and House4Hack open day

Robohand prints 3d mechanical devices to aid amputees (upper limbs).  The creator of RoboHand decided to create RoboBeast – a robust, efficient, Africanized 3d printing beast. 

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When: 15 February 2014 – 10:00 to 17:00
Where: House4Hack, 4 Burger Ave, Lyttleton Manor

Visit H4H to RSVP

House4Hack is proudly backing this event and will also showcase some other ventures:

* Meet Quentin, the designer of the award winning Morgan 3d-printer

 

* Quadcopter phun with the zarcdev team

 

 

* Solar braai – braai your boerewors roll using only the sun.  We are also planning to bake some breads and cake using our solar oven.

 

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It is an event for the whole family and boerewors rolls and cool drinks available for sale on the day.

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Reprap Morgan Tech Busters Interview

As 3D printers take the world by storm, there’s a little machine in Centurion that’s hoping to help make the idea much more accessible. Tech Busters’ Toby went to take a look at RepRap Morgan, SA’s homegrown 3D printer, and it was quite impressive.

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Reprap Morgan 1.75mm extruder

1.75mm filaments are slowly becoming mainstream, due to the design choices of the commercial 3D printer manufacturers.  That has recently caused me some long waiting times for 3mm filament, while 1.75mm rolls were stacked high…

Enter a reworked version of the ReprapPro mini extruder.

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It is modified to use a 20mm M4 bolt in stead of the M3, with more readily available 624 bearings, and a new 10mm drive gear.  The reason for the changes were that my 0.4mm nozzle started to block, but not enough to look blocked.  This tripped up my airtripper, causing filament slippages, warps etc.  I needed something that could cope with the pressure.

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The drive gear is 10mm OD, 8mm long and tapped M4 in the center, with M6 hobbed wormgear on the one side of the barrel.  I just edged off the two sides for it not to interfere with the sides of the 624 bearings.

This extruder managed to print past the blockage for an entire roll of filament.  Of course, when I cleaned the nozzle, everything worked infinitely better, but in the end, I gained a foolproof 1.75mm extruder.

Bonus.

The stl files are added into the Morgan repository, but you can get the extruder sources here:

https://github.com/qharley/Extruder-drive