Thing-o-Matic Arrived!! - Assembly Blog

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Thing-o-Matic Arrived!! - Assembly Blog

Post by robosavvy » Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:41 pm

Post by robosavvy
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:41 pm

Hi,

We received our Thing-o-Matic last week but only started to assemble it last Wednesday, it took me two days to assemble.

Nothing really hard to assemble, only the solders where there is a need of extra careful, Check some photos below.

There is some things that are not in the manual that you have to take in consideration like wash your hands time to time, otherwise the machine will start to be black from the ash deposited in the wood laser cuts.

You need to sand some wood and acrylic, buy one sheet of 240 and another of 120 sand paper.

Get SuperGlue in the nearest shop and some high temperature soldering, like this one that melts at 227º (Celsius), the extruder heats up to 220º so you need a solder that melts over that temperature. If you have a better one just use it.

Sand the edges of the wood that will be on the exterior so the machine will have a nice and cleaner look.

DO NOT force the acrylic parts otherwise they will be broken, just sand the joins first so it will fit nice without lot of pressure.

It took me two days, in the first day I just built the Automated build everithing except the extruder (I forgot to buy the super glue) and the electronics, in the second day I took all morning just to assemble the extruder and after lunch just assembled the electronics and put all together so in hours was like:
Day 1: 9:30AM to 1PM and 2PM to 6PM
Day 2: 9:30AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM
Totaling 14hours of work

This is without the adjustments needed to print perfect objects (maybe more 3 or 4 hours).

So the assembling process, I started to take some photos, but then realized that were the same photos that are in the Thing-o-Matic assembling page so went straight to assembling.

Here are all parts (except for the wood) needed to build the Automatic Build Platform
Image

After soldering the wire to the motor
Image

Gluing the Aluminium sheet to the platform
Image

The platform base assembled (after this just wash your hands :D )
Image

Platform already assembled
Image
Image

Putting the rods on the machine
Image

How it look like with the platform inside
Image

SAND the acrylic!!
Image

The first extrusion
Image

The first printed blocks
Image

There is also a movie, it's processing and will be here today :)
Hi,

We received our Thing-o-Matic last week but only started to assemble it last Wednesday, it took me two days to assemble.

Nothing really hard to assemble, only the solders where there is a need of extra careful, Check some photos below.

There is some things that are not in the manual that you have to take in consideration like wash your hands time to time, otherwise the machine will start to be black from the ash deposited in the wood laser cuts.

You need to sand some wood and acrylic, buy one sheet of 240 and another of 120 sand paper.

Get SuperGlue in the nearest shop and some high temperature soldering, like this one that melts at 227º (Celsius), the extruder heats up to 220º so you need a solder that melts over that temperature. If you have a better one just use it.

Sand the edges of the wood that will be on the exterior so the machine will have a nice and cleaner look.

DO NOT force the acrylic parts otherwise they will be broken, just sand the joins first so it will fit nice without lot of pressure.

It took me two days, in the first day I just built the Automated build everithing except the extruder (I forgot to buy the super glue) and the electronics, in the second day I took all morning just to assemble the extruder and after lunch just assembled the electronics and put all together so in hours was like:
Day 1: 9:30AM to 1PM and 2PM to 6PM
Day 2: 9:30AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM
Totaling 14hours of work

This is without the adjustments needed to print perfect objects (maybe more 3 or 4 hours).

So the assembling process, I started to take some photos, but then realized that were the same photos that are in the Thing-o-Matic assembling page so went straight to assembling.

Here are all parts (except for the wood) needed to build the Automatic Build Platform
Image

After soldering the wire to the motor
Image

Gluing the Aluminium sheet to the platform
Image

The platform base assembled (after this just wash your hands :D )
Image

Platform already assembled
Image
Image

Putting the rods on the machine
Image

How it look like with the platform inside
Image

SAND the acrylic!!
Image

The first extrusion
Image

The first printed blocks
Image

There is also a movie, it's processing and will be here today :)
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Post by billyzelsnack » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:49 pm

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Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:49 pm

The rods sticking out is fine.

I can't tell from the pics, but did you guys end up with an MK6?
The rods sticking out is fine.

I can't tell from the pics, but did you guys end up with an MK6?
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Post by robosavvy » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:52 pm

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Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:52 pm

No, it's still the MK5, only from this next batch will come the MK6

We are planing to order a upgrade kit here to office and document the differences
No, it's still the MK5, only from this next batch will come the MK6

We are planing to order a upgrade kit here to office and document the differences
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Post by MikeH » Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:12 am

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Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:12 am

If the Rods for the Y-stage seem to be too long, it most likely means that you have used the Rods from the Z-Stage. I made the same mistake before realising the the other ones are slightly shorter.
If the Rods for the Y-stage seem to be too long, it most likely means that you have used the Rods from the Z-Stage. I made the same mistake before realising the the other ones are slightly shorter.
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Post by Gort » Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:33 am

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Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:33 am

Very cool!
Very cool!
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Post by Gort » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:45 am

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Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:45 am

Servo brackets?
Servo brackets?
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Post by robosavvy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:35 am

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Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:35 am

MikeH wrote:If the Rods for the Y-stage seem to be too long, it most likely means that you have used the Rods from the Z-Stage. I made the same mistake before realising the the other ones are slightly shorter.


No, I checked that, the Z-Stage rods are even bigger than this ones.
MikeH wrote:If the Rods for the Y-stage seem to be too long, it most likely means that you have used the Rods from the Z-Stage. I made the same mistake before realising the the other ones are slightly shorter.


No, I checked that, the Z-Stage rods are even bigger than this ones.
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Post by robosavvy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:37 am

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Gort wrote:Servo brackets?


Still have to adjust the printer, the raft is not perfect yet, and still need to do the Fine Tuning and Advanced Calibration step before try to print more refined objects
Gort wrote:Servo brackets?


Still have to adjust the printer, the raft is not perfect yet, and still need to do the Fine Tuning and Advanced Calibration step before try to print more refined objects
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