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A Bed Spring

Post by Mike Hunter » Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:10 am

I finished printing this PLA "spring" which, when testing is complete, will keep the Z Axis/Bed from hitting the motor when the motor's disabled. I'm also hoping that the spring's position under the bed frame will remove some of the "bending" tension that occurs from having the weight of the bed and bed heater so far from the Z axis screw and rods. Might just be my own perception, but it can't hurt. :D
Sorry for the poor picture quality.
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The Spring taped in place
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This pic shows the bed dropped onto the spring, leaving a small gap between the motor and bed frame. When I dis-engaged the motors, the bed had my cell phone on it to simulate a printed project's weight.
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The Spring in use
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I may have to revise the design as some of the sections have split along the long axis. Testing will continue ... :)

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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by jimc » Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:47 am

hahahaha thats so simple its genius. many of us have put rubber bumpers on the z screw or altered the end gcode to lower the bed, etc. never thought of a printed plastic spring. nice thinkin

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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by Capt. John » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:35 am

Good idea, double faced tape to hold it in place and the spring is a done deal.
Please shared the file when you have it perfected.
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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by Mike Hunter » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:16 pm

THANKS guys:

I'm revising and printing a new spring and will upload the file before the end of day Wednesday.

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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by MG_MLS » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:53 pm

jimc wrote:hahahaha thats so simple its genius. many of us have put rubber bumpers on the z screw or altered the end gcode to lower the bed, etc. never thought of a printed plastic spring. nice thinkin
I second the altered ending gcode! I printed an one of my early g-code files the other day that I had stored on Octoprint, and at the end the bed slammed down- I forgot how much that sucks!

A spring would have been nice to prevent that!

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Revision B off the printer

Post by Mike Hunter » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:53 pm

Afternoon:

I just finished printing the Rev B spring and it looks like it'll work a bit better than Rev A.
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The finished print before separation. The lack of color makes it easier to see the red filament
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I placed it on the machine and ran a couple of "drop" tests using an empty glass and my cellphone as (simulated) weight. Looks like it'll keep the bed higher than Rev A and the splitting hasn't appeared yet.
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In place and working as planned ... so far
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I'll attach the "factory" file for those using S3D, the .stl file and a .txt file with the S3D parameters for those not using S3D.

Well, apparently I need to revisit the procedure for attaching files other than .jpg as I keep getting a "The extension ... is not allowed". It bombed for both the .stl and the factory file. I'll get those up as soon as I can.

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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by insta » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:57 pm

I think the standard is to use .zip instead :)
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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by Mike Hunter » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:11 pm

THANKS for the tip insta:

Here are the files I used for the Rev B Spring should anyone wish to give it a try ..
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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by Jules » Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:40 pm

This thing is pure-D-spectacular Mike! It was the second thing I printed, after the Z-axis wrench set, and now I don't have to dart across the room to catch the bed when it drops! (Don't know how to modify G-code yet.)
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I printed it using the settings below. (Picked it up off Thingiverse instead of seeing your zip here with the S3D settings. Really wish I'd seen your S3D code. :roll: )

PLA, 218°/0°, 3 perimeter layers, 50% infill, and because i was already having trouble with the PLA warping a bit and I wanted this to print perfectly flat....a 3-layer brim - 10 wide on hairsprayed glass.

Now let me warn other beginners about what NOT to do......never, under any circumstances, use a 3 layer brim on your print, unless you want to spend as much time carefully carving it away as it did to print the object in the first place! (Oh well, it did stick to the bed.) :lol:

I attached it to the bed with Terrifically Tacky tape (red liner) and it really delivers! Many thanks!

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Re: A Bed Spring

Post by Mike Hunter » Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:31 pm

Thanks jules

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