Makerfarm 12-Inch Pegasus 3D Printer
Using the Printer
Consult the 3D Printing page.
Still to do
It is worth noting that, despite being in working order, the Pegasus 12-inch 3D printer is an ongoing project, with constant room for improvement. Here is a list:
- fine-tune slicing settings
- put the octoprint server on the same power supply as the printer
- build a switchboard for the power supply, the AG150, the printer, and the extruder fan
- convert to dual bowden extruders
- The printer currently prints everything left-right reversed. This needs to be fixed in firmware.
a power supplyWe are using the power supply from Avh.on1's Reprap Prusa Mendel 3D printer.
We need a 12" square of glass or PEIWe are using a 12-inch mirror as a build surface
Some items that could improve capabilities or ease of use:
- PEI sheet to act as the build surface, laminated to the glass bed.
- Flatter glass bed, probably thicker glass
- Some sort of bed insulation for underneath the heating PCB. Either a fairly thin layer of cork, or a sheet of something like polyurethane foam, with some degree of compressibility to allow the bed height to still be adjusted.
The Makerfarm 12-inch Pegasus 3D printer kit was received on Thursday, the 20th of October, 2016. It was shipped in a 22-inch by 14.25-inch by 7-inch box weighing 26 pounds. Inside were 3 cardboard boxes, 1 styrofoam box, one paper package, the aluminum extrusions, a packing slip, a makerfarm sticker, and a gambody.com promotion code. There were also some packing peanuts and sheets of thin packing foam. The boxes were not labeled, and there wasn't anything saying what should have been in each box.
The Large Box: Print Bed
The largest box contained the aluminum print bed and the heated print surface.
The First Small Box: Electronics
One of the smaller boxes contained more of the packing foam and 2 antistatic bags of preassembled electronics. One bag had a LCD control panel and cable. The other contained a preassembled Robotale RAMPS 1.4 board, complete with stepper drivers and an OSOYOO MEGA arduino clone.
The Second Small Box: Extruder Parts
The other smaller box contained
- a tube of ball bearings wrapped in packing foam
- 2 lasercut wooden sheets (which may have originally been 1 sheet, broken in two during shipping)
- a bag of 3D printed parts
- a white plastic bag with
- 2 pulleys
- 9 set screws
- a hex key
- a clear plastic bag with
- a 5.25-inch long PTFE tube
- a clear plastic bag with
- a heater cartridge
- a thermocouple with a modular connector
- a pair of 2-wire cables with a modular connector on one end and two 0.1-inch pin sockets on the other
- a 30mm computer fan
- a 4-inch zip tie
- a rubber (silicone?) hot end nozzle insulator
- a clear-red indecton-molded plastic piece
- a clear plastic bag with hotend hardware. Inside was another bag labeled "V6 UNIVERSAL FIXING KIT".
The Styrofoam Box: Stepper Motors
The styrofoam box contained 5 NEMA 17 bipolar stepper motors. The axles are 0.85 inches long and they all have flats ground out of them.
The Paper Package: Small Hardware
The paper (tyvek?) package contained
- 3 individually bubble-wrapped stepper motor mounts made of welded, black-painted steel
- a clear plastic bag with
- 7 corner inserts
- 35 corner brackets with nubs
- a clear plastic bag with 4 corner brackets that had no nubs
- a clear plastic box with a label:
50-M3 Nut, 40-M3 Nylock Nut, 25-M3x10mm Bolt, 65-M3x16mm Bolt, 15-M3x25mm Bolt, 18-M5x30mm Bolt, 35-M5x12mm Bolt, M3,M5 screw Wrench, 04-M5 Nut, 17-M5 Nylock Nut, 25-M5 Washer, 25-Zip Ties, 04-Spring, 04-Binder Clips, 03-Endstop Switches, 05-MR125ZZ Bearings, M3,M5 Nut Wrench
The box seemed to contain all of these. It also clearly contained even more hardware, such as:
- 3 different cut black steel sheets
- a 6-mm wide toothed belt
- 2 more springs of a different type than the 4
- a brass filament drive pulley
- a full-size skate bearing
The Loose, Large Hardware
The aluminum extrusions:
- 4 20mm x 20mm x 19.75-inch 8020-style
- 14 20mm x 40mm x 19.75-inch 8020-style
Last, there are 2 16.5-inch long 3/32-inch diameter threaded rods.
There are several manuals and sub-manuals. The URLs were all easy to find, but they are listed here for convenience:
- build guide
- frame kit version 2
- E3D-Lite6 Assembly Instructions
- Pegasus single extruder
- Firmware Manual
General Assembly Notes
Theg guide opens up with a visual giude to all of the hardware components. This is followed by a couple of "if you have this stuff, you have version 1. If you have that suff, you have version 2." The kit we received has Frame Kit Version 2, and requires instruction pages 19-21 rather than pages 22-23.
The instructions are generally in the form "Here's a paragraph of instructions, and here's a picture of the results". Be sure to read all of the paragraphs; there are some details that are not obvious from the pictures.
Kit Complaints and "Gotchas"
- Reversing front and back
- Out of order - put top on
- 30 mm 3M screws?
- Different Z nut traps from picture
- "just press the nuts into the nut traps" - nope! (Z axis and Extruder)
- Difficult to put zip ties on the belt tightly
- Belt is BARELY long enough
- No pictures of assembled screen from front - difficult to tell if oriented correctly
- No screwdriver included for fan on hot end
- Extra hardware from hot end - did I miss some steps?
- Wooden extruder mount was too thick. It was very difficult to puton (required C-clamp) and bent to the point of snapping.
- 1 of the printed electronics mounts is different - made it difficult to align with picture to put nuts in right place
- 3D printed electronics mount doesn't fit over through-hole pins of arduino's DC barrel jack. Fixed by cutting gouges into 3D printed part.
- Through-hole pin of power supply connector on RAMPS interfered with DC barrel of Arduino, preventing shield from being flat on Arduino, also preventing the same screw from reaching into the electronics mount. Fixed by using cutters to trim the one pin.
- Earlier instructions said to connect the screen, but it has to be disconnected to screw down the electronics
- Instructions do not say where to plug in fan for hot end
- The heater cables from the heated build platform were too thick to fit into the connector on the RAMPS
- Extruder heater wires needed to be manually stripped
- Needed to provide 16 gauge wire to connect power supply to RAMPS
- The arduino came pre-flashed with firmware, but it had some sort of bug where it crashed during firmware retraction. This was fixed by re-flashing the firmware.
Nice Things about the Kit
- RAMPS board was completely preassembled
- all necessary hex keys were included
- carefully following the instructions does result in an assembled 3D printer