After a few false starts I started having the problem of the first layer not sticking to the heated bed. A friend of mine suggested that I use hair spray to get the first layer to stick. I did a little googling and sure enough AquaNet came up as the magic trick. I took a little ride sown to the grocery store and picked up a can and sure enough I have the best first layer that I have ever printed. Thanks Jake…
I had alot of failed prints so late last year I did some redesigning of the printer. The weight of the stepper motor on the gantry was causing acceleration problems and was causing the hot end to bounce around . This was causing the prints to have blobs and eventually would fail the print.
I decided to move the extruder off of the gantry and use the Bowden design. This made a big difference in the prints and now I have been able hit print and walk away without the concern that I will come back to a big blob of plastic on the hot end.
Today I bit the bullet and moved the Y axis stepper motors to the outside of the carriage. This has been annoying me for a while given that the brackets always get in the way and I have to work around them.
Rather than mounting the belt on the top I chose to mount them on the bottom. This enabled me to get the mechanics out of the work area. It also allowed a more compact implementation.
By moving the motors to the outside I gained a few extra centimeters of print area and the X gantry will not bump up against the motor gears.
I have looked at many mods but went with printing motor mounts from thingiverse http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:27860.
I could have used standoffs but chose the printed solution.
I then cut a small notch in the side of the frame to string the gear pulley through.
Here are some before and after photos
This is a print of super Mario from thingiverse.