The FolgerTech FT-6 3D Printer Kit Build - Part Five! Y Assembly and bed install
I did a marathon build this Saturday afternoon so don't let the 7 hour long video scare you...skip along as needed to get to the part that helps your build!
Things to take note of...
Holy cow the build plate is 12 pounds!! But I digress...
Read the directions completely so you know what's coming up. There are a few areas in the instructions I would like to see changed, such as installing Idlers while they are not installed in the frame. If you know that step is coming up, you can save some frustration.
A lot of really great support from the chat stream from fellow FolgerTech FT-6 Builders. Towards the end, you will see John Folger himself joined in and gave some pointers, as did Chris Sorrows, who wrote the manual!
I made a few boo-boos along the way. Attaching the heated bed to the wrong side of the aluminum bed! It SHOULD be on the side with the countersunk openings. If you make this error, just use a countersunk drill bit and carefully make your own!
A great suggestion was made about the bed thermosistor and adding back up ones, in the event the included bed one fails. I used two from some clone E3D v6 hotends I had available and are the "bulb" type. If, in the future, my bed thermosistor fails, two back ups are already installed and just need to be wired into the electronics bay!
Adhering the heated bed wasn't too bad but if you have a wallpaper seam roller or even a huge socket head...or a can of beans, use steady pressure to roll that around and help add pressure to get that bed to stick really well.
The belt tensioner I suggested people use and print works super well! I wish the documentation told you how far to press the lead screw into the KFL8...I was guessing how far under the hole in the ACM it should sink. (Recall the pulley attaches to the bottom of this)
As you can see at the end, I am battling binding, which seems to be caused by a faulty KFL8 not flexing at all. This is where the lead screw slides into. I removed it and as the chat shows, we tried to get it moving with WD40 and then dupont teflon silicone lubricant. It's still creaking so a new one is being shipped. I'll press on with the next steps until the new part arrives.
So as you can see...a lot got done!!
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