Back in 2015 I bought a Wilson TS kit that, believe it or not, I am still in the process of completing. My excuse for the time lapse is work, learning ViaCad and refinishing the house area by area.
Every time I get back into this 3D printer project and start to read more articles I see something new that I would REALLY like to add to my printer before I complete it. I first added Marty's angle braces which I made for a wonderfully rigid frame, and then I changed to the Bowden feed. I am going for less weight to move on the Y axis without having a motor on it. I'll get to the Bowden feed concerns at the end.
I now really would like to use 8 mm lead screws on the Z axis instead of the 5 mm threaded rods. In addition, I would not mind just changing the Y axis to use 10 mm smooth rods. My theory there is that the LM8LUU rod bearings seem to be so small that a high percentage simply feel rough rolling. The 10 mm equivalent smooth rod bearings just seem to just roll better. Perhaps it is my imagination / perception. I was on Thingiverse and another STL site last evening and I saw a number of files and many I recognized as being from you Wilson users that I see! These seem available to help me achieve my desired changes but I could not tell if the files I found are "successful" files or experimental or if perhaps there might be updated files somewhere. Any thoughts, advice, links for these changes would be would be appreciated...or if any of you have created such STL files and would just be able to sell me yellow printed parts that would work as well.
The other thing I want to accomplish is incorporating auto bed leveling. With the Bowden change then the lead screws now the bed leveling and perhaps, eventually, a full Wilson II sized print bed if I do change to the 10 mm smooth rods I realize I will need to scour these forum comments completely to then make the Marlin changes to accommodate my new mongrel machine.
My 3 hopes to achieve: 8 mm lead screws - 10 mm bed smooth rods and bearings - bed leveling
Back to the Bowden feed: I now wonder if by placing the Bowden feed on that back angle brace if I may have made the feed tube simply too long. I saw a filament guide item on Thingiverse that will probably help unless, again, my feed tube is just too long. Any thoughts from Bowden users?
I want to include photos but I do nto see a way to do it in this "start a new topic" format I am writing this in. I thought it would be helpful for you experienced users to see where I am "restarting" from and for you to comment on anything that looks potentially problematic and that cna be improved upon.
I will likely get back onto this forum three times a week and I will read every reply and comment and get back to all thoughts or questions. Again, when I can see how to do it I will add photos so you can see what I am going on about with this build.
Thanks in advance,