More Anet A8 problems
Printing on the Anet A8 last night I heard a thump from upstairs, where the printer is located.
Going upstairs, I found a pen on the floor – obviously not liking the vibrations of the printer. Thinking that was it I went back to what I was doing.
Later I checked how the print was going, only to see that there was a shift in one or both of the axis, arghh!
Oh well more Anet A8 problems.
Looking closer I found that the bearing cover which takes the gt2 belt on the Y axis had shattered and the belt was loose, still tight enough to print, but for me very loose.
The print was on 33%, do I kill it or let it go and try to break and glue it?
As it is part of a plane print I decided to kill it.
Taking the piece off the bed I noticed classic lines of loose belts.
So here is a picture of why you should tighten your 3d printer belt.
left tight belts – right looser belts.
As my last Y axis adjuster decided that force is something it didn’t want to deal with and broke I have just printed off another Y axis adjuster, the anet a8 Y belt tensioner – remix v2.
I have a piece of angle across the front of the printer so I am limited as to what I can fit.
I hope this one does – if not I will have to design one to suit.
Update: an hour of filing to clear the square holes and the adjuster is fitted.
I still need to add a bracket for the sd card extension, usb extension and now the led light switch, oh and I could add in a filament guide as well – it keeps knocking off the switch and sd card holder!
So what do you take away from this – add belt tensioners in the X and Y axis.
Don’t tighten too much but no slack.
Print a test piece with text – maybe the cal cube and see the difference in quality between slack belts and tightened belts.
I now use a baggage scale to check the tension on my belts.
At the center of the belt with the print head to the left and the bed to the rear, I try to get about 5mm movement with about 0.4kg force.
This is difficult to control but I will design something to make it easier.
So after carrying out this I will go through a cal print and check the level of the bed., if I need to adjust I will print one more to make sure, then back to it.
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Hopefully there will not be too many more Anet A8 problems.
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