Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen!
As some of you may have been following along, I have been developing a print volume upgrade for my new Simple Metal.
We are nearing the end of the development stage, with only a few small loose ends and tweaks left to be made.
My intention is to crowd fund a small production run of these kits. In order to both set realistic campaign goals, as well as offer the best kit price possible, I wanted to feel you guys out a little bit in terms of the number of people that would be interested in these kits. Currently I have been budgeting material and time based on making a a campaign to produce 25 kits.
A few of you have already expressed interest which is great! I just wanted to make a dedicated thread to both field questions and input or comments relating to this specific kit and project.
As you can see in the attached pictures the kit has been produced from 6061-T6 Aluminum stock. The finish will remain as machined. It would be too costly to anodize all the kits in an assortment of colors to match your existing Simple's factory color. That being said, with enough interest, if the volume of the order becomes high enough, It IS something that could be addressed.
The Kit would include the following:
1x 3/16" Thick build plate (6061-T6 Alum Printable area of 8" x 8", overall dimensions 12.75" x 8.625")
1x 1/4" Y axis extension plate (Also alum.)
4x Extended 8mm Rods. Precision ground Oil Hardened (2" longer than OEM rods)
3pcs X axis belt mount/tensioning system (Alum)
2x GT2 Timing belts (2" longer than OEM belts)
1x Bag of required hardware (mostly M3 SHCS and Nuts)
This Kit is a direct bolt on replacement and is designed to work in conjunction with the existing parts currently installed on the metal simple. It does NOT require any irreversible modification to your existing machine.
The build plate incorporates a recessed pocket on the underside of the table with 4 countersunk mounting holes (maintains flush build area) to accommodate the standard "6x6" printrbot Heat bed. The table can be mounted both upside down and right side up depending on your preference to either build on the heatbed directly or build on the aluminum plate.
Currently with a run of 25 kits, I would be able to have a very fast lead time (shipping all units roughly 1-2 weeks from the end of the campaign barring any unforeseen material procurement problems)
The cost of the kit would be $80
Please feel free to contact me either through the forum or by email ( email@example.com
) with any questions/suggestions or concerns,
Here are some initial "in process" photos of the prototypes while under development
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