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Posted by nicholas.seward 
Re: CoreXZ
March 12, 2015 10:27AM
Have the finished design files been posted anywhere yet? Also what's the configuration for the Y pulleys and string? Amazing design by the way. Thanks for sharing

Andy
Re: CoreXZ
March 12, 2015 01:13PM
There is a verified version that is almost exactly like my next version here. (I made small changes so that I could make it completely parametric. Give me the rod lengths and I should be able to output the design.)




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Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
Re: CoreXZ
March 26, 2015 05:08AM
Good morning Nicholas, I am in doubt about how to run wires on the table and lay down on the y axis the inventor is not showing as it does. Could you explain? Thank you.
Re: CoreXZ
June 02, 2015 03:47PM
Nicholas - I've looked at your Inventor files, and studied the YouTube videos, but I am unable to spot any suggestion of end stops on your machine. Are they well hidden, or non-existent? smiling smiley
Re: CoreXZ
June 02, 2015 08:19PM
No endstops. Everything can be driven by hand so it takes no time to manually home the machine. My theory is it is something else to adjust and something else that can fail. However, it would be easy to add stops.


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Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
CoreXZ
June 03, 2015 07:00AM
It strikes me that by building a longer bed, it would be entirely possible to print complete Frame Sides, Frame Bottom, and Frame Top. Not just as flat panels, but with included ribs that would enhance stiffness. Yielding a large-volume printer with a high proportion of printed parts. (Seemingly a sought-after goal within the RepRap paradigm, right?

Front and back might need to be done in sections. Hmm...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/03/2015 07:12AM by MacMarty.
Re: CoreXZ
June 24, 2015 12:51PM
Hi Nicholas - I love this design! However, I want to modify it a little bit to match the parts I have on hand. Please forgive my ignorance of physics, but when you say you have 3X resolution in Z movement, is that determined by the number of direction changes of the string (number of pulleys), or do I need to worry about ratio of string length? Thanks! - Scotty
Re: CoreXZ
June 24, 2015 05:55PM
You can just ask how many strings leave the gantry in the y direction (12) and how many strings leave the effector in the x direction (4). That gives you a 12/4 or a 3:1 ratio.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/24/2015 06:39PM by nicholas.seward.

ConceptFORGE
Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
Re: CoreXZ
June 28, 2015 05:51PM
Here's what I have so far on my modifications. The XZ stages are pretty much figured out. With the Extruder assembly I will use, the current design will have about 156mm print width (X), 194 print height (Z). I can make Y as deep as I want, but I'll probably fix it at 200mm because that's the size heater I have. I will also probably use a longer horizontal rail to get a full 200mm in the X direction (easy to fix in my drawing). Right now the back plate is 404X400. If I make it wider, it will probably go to 450X400 for a 200X200X195 print volume.

The bearings mounted to the back plate are double stacked 608zz's and 6000Z's (to form a groove where they join - like Nicholas' original design). The pulleys on the gantry are v625zz v-groove pulleys. They are mounted on the same bolt, but turn independently. The front ones ride on OpenRail, the back ones are to carry string.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/28/2015 06:20PM by scottyo.
Re: CoreXZ
July 09, 2015 12:32PM
I've made more progress on my adaptation of the CoreXZ. I put a rendering on Thingiverse so you could get a 3D view (not all parts of the scad file rendered - not sure why). [www.thingiverse.com]

Here are a few more screen shots. I will share the OpenSCAD files when I am a little bit farther along.



Additional notes:
The print area of the current design will be 200 X by 200 Z by 190 to 196 Y (depending on bearings used). [The cabinet is 446x360x406 (xyz).] One reason for the constraints is I'm trying to use easily obtainable parts for the build. Y is limited because I chose to use ready-made parts for the bed (OpenBuilds and EBay). I could design custom plates, but that would require a custom heater, etc. So far I have 4 unique custom aluminum plates (2 each for 3 of them), and 4 unique custom structural MDF parts (2 each for 2 of them - if you don't count holes to be drilled). I will have a small number of 3D printed parts (hot end carrier, extruder driver, and a couple of spacers). I have a feeling the biggest expense for the structure (less electronics) will be the laser cutting I need to have done.

Here's a little animated gif to show the range of motion:

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 07/11/2015 03:57AM by scottyo.
Attachments:
open | download - rangeofmotion.gif (440 KB)
About that String....
July 14, 2015 05:55PM
Today I'm tied up in a knot. Can someone point me in the right direction? [And tell me how to insert photos inline, while they're at it?? Click on "Open Image URL" in the error boxes to see my photos until then. *sigh*]

I'm partway through my CoreXZ build, using the design files that @Nicholas.Seward published in Feb 2015. Frame construction is from 1/4" plywood. I had to do a little fiddling with the front and rear panels to make them fit in the local Trotec laser - I divided them in half vertically, and nested the halves together. I thought I was going to need some mechanical reinforcement behind that seam, but everything seems stable even without that.



I bought a spool of multicolor Spectra line, and I'm putting a different color on each axis, to help people understand what's going on inside. The right-side tuner controls tension of BOTH strings. The left-side tuner is the Leveler. That much I understand. Sliding the Effector back and forth throws things out of level. I can see that things would be better if the strings stayed horizontal, instead of coming to a point on the tuner peg. The Inventor model, a thing of wonder, is mute on the subject. Actually, the strings seem to go right THROUGH the extruder motor. I haven't been able to source that special kind of motor. winking smiley The "CoreXZ Walkaround" on YouTube teases us, since the Effector is printed in black plastic, so the anchoring points are cast in shadow.

Can someone please disclose the Secret Anchoring Methodology? I can think of several ways to attempt it, but I would hate to invent a square wheel when a perfectly round one already exists.



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 07/14/2015 06:26PM by MacMarty.
Re: About that String....
July 14, 2015 07:41PM
I printed a square ring that slipped over the stepper. It ha 4 holes on two opposite sides. Two holes have string going to pulleys and two go to the tuner.

I wish I had a picture or a model right now but I am out of pocket. In two days I can give you a model.

However, I don't like this method and have gone another direction on my new ones. I will take a few pictures in a couple of days and give you lots of options.


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Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
Re: About that String....
July 15, 2015 06:38AM
Great! Thank you!
Re: CoreXZ
July 15, 2015 06:58AM
In case it's of interest, my fork of RepRapFirmware for 32-bit Duet electronics includes CoreXZ support as standard, although it's not been tested yet. I implemented it several months ago at the same time as CoreXY. I will be happy to support anyone who wants to try it out.


Delta printer calibration calculator, mini IR Z probe, and colour touch screen control panel: [escher3d.com]

Large delta printer, and other 3D printer blog postings: [miscsolutions.wordpress.com]

Full disclosure: I have a financial interest in sales of the Panel Due, Mini IR height sensor, and Duet WiFi/Duet Ethernet.
Re: CoreXZ
July 15, 2015 07:10AM
Dc42: Is the x to z drive ratio 3:1 or is it adjustable?


ConceptFORGE
Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
Re: CoreXZ
July 15, 2015 07:34AM
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nicholas.seward
Dc42: Is the x to z drive ratio 3:1 or is it adjustable?

Currently it's fixed at 1:1 as for CoreXY, however I can easily add another parameter to the M667 command (see [reprap.org]) to make it adjustable.


Delta printer calibration calculator, mini IR Z probe, and colour touch screen control panel: [escher3d.com]

Large delta printer, and other 3D printer blog postings: [miscsolutions.wordpress.com]

Full disclosure: I have a financial interest in sales of the Panel Due, Mini IR height sensor, and Duet WiFi/Duet Ethernet.
jnj
Re: CoreXZ
July 15, 2015 11:21PM
Hi all,

I'm planning to start a CoreXZ build in the near-ish future. The laser cutter I have access to can only do up to 5mm flatstock. Will that be sufficient? Would I be better off doubling up 3mm?
Or, I think I recall you (Nicholas) mentioning on Google+ that you can output files for different thicknesses? I don't suppose you have a 5mm version kicking around?

Thank you for your work on this and your other printers!

Jeremy
Re: CoreXZ
July 16, 2015 06:49AM
Hi, Jeremy -

I can't presume to speak for Nicholas's broader vision and plans, but I can tell you about my own experience to date.

The newest version of CoreXZ files (downloadable zip here) does appear to be set up for 5mm sheet stock. I've been successful in building a frame from these files, using some nominal 1/4" plywood that actually measures 5.4 mm, and everything fits together just fine.

The front and back panels measure 480 mm by 512 mm, which was too big for the laser cutter I have access to. (Trotec Sppedy 300, with a working area of only 726 mm bu 432 mm.) I modified the front-panel and back-panel files by splitting each part vertically, and nested the two halves together so that they fit onto split the front and back panel files in half vertically, so that they fit onto 600 mm by 310mm panels.
jnj
Re: CoreXZ
July 17, 2015 09:06PM
Perfect, thanks for the info!
jnj
Re: CoreXZ
July 19, 2015 05:35AM
Does anyone have the printed parts (just the extruder and effector plate I think?) in STL format? There's no inventor for Mac or Linux, and I don't have any access to Windows sad smiley

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/19/2015 06:38AM by jnj.
Re: CoreXZ
July 19, 2015 08:13AM
Hi, @jnj. I have STLs for the effector and the bed tensioner mount, I'll send them offline. Keep in mind that @nicholas.seward has indicated that there may be other approaches forthcoming for the effector. [hint, hint, please, please smiling smiley ]

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/19/2015 08:14AM by MacMarty.
Re: CoreXZ
July 22, 2015 10:13AM
Here are pictures for 3 approaches to the effector.

I attached the string redirect for the black version.


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Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
Attachments:
open | download - STRING REDIRECT.stl (32.9 KB)
jnj
Re: CoreXZ
July 27, 2015 06:37AM
Hey guys, just placing the last couple orders for my build...

Can I bug anyone for the lengths and rough quantities for the M3 and M5 screws? I can make a guess looking at the layout.dxf file but I'd rather be sure smiling smiley

Thanks!
CoreXZ - SO CLOSE TO WORKING!!!
August 13, 2015 05:56PM
SO CLOSE, but yet so far....

Everything is built, and powered up, and working (yay!) -except- for the Y axis, which is not even powering up. When I connect to Repeater-host, I can drive the Z axis up and down, and X back and forth, which (I believe) means that I have the right set of code from Github, and that software is mixing the X and Z axis commands properly. But the Y axis - nothing. The stepper motor is not being energized at all - I can turn the motor with my fingers.

If I re-flash a copy of standard RAMPS code into the Arduino Mega, all three stepper motors work as expected. (Which causes my printer to make interesting grunting noises as the steppers fight each other.)

I MUST mention that Nicholas' [Configuration.h] is set up for Motherboard = 65, ATzeeg X1
I changed that one line, specifying Motherboard=33 instead. (Ramps 1.4 with Power outputs: Extruder, Fan, Bed)

What am I missing?

I have a Smoothieboard on the shelf, and I'd jump to that in a heartbeat if it had CoreXZ support. :/

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 08/13/2015 06:59PM by MacMarty.
Re: CoreXZ - SO CLOSE TO WORKING!!!
August 15, 2015 07:00AM
Before I read the third paragraph, I would say it was a wiring issue or a bad driver. However, you say they make interesting grunting noises. With standard firmware the steppers should move smoothly. Y should work as it should and X and Z will cause weird diagonal motions. Is that what is happening? If not, it probably isn't a firmware issue and is probably a electronics issue.


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Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
New CoreXZ firmware in town! Meet MarlinKimbra
August 15, 2015 03:02PM
Hi, Kids!

While groping around the web trying to sort out my Y-axis issues, I discovered that there is a new Marlin branch that specifically claims to support CoreXY -and- CoreXZ!

[github.com]

At this instant I'm trying to sort it all out so as to work with my machine. (Can't figure out how it knows CoreXY from CoreXZ, and need to set endstops to N.O., but that's all part of the learning process.) I thought you'd all like to know that MarlinKimbra exists. Onward to world domination!
Re: New CoreXZ firmware in town! Meet MarlinKimbra
August 15, 2015 08:38PM
Keep in mind that they probably mean a 1:1 CoreXZ and not a 3:1 one. I really threw a wrench in the mix by not making it 1:1.


ConceptFORGE
Wally, GUS Simpson, LISA Simpson, THOR Simpson, Sextupteron, CoreXZ
Re: New CoreXZ firmware in town! Meet MarlinKimbra
August 16, 2015 10:18AM
Quote
nicholas.seward
Keep in mind that they probably mean a 1:1 CoreXZ and not a 3:1 one. I really threw a wrench in the mix by not making it 1:1.

I think a lot of us appreciate the way you actively push the envelope. No worries.

SO! The news for today is that with a bit of fiddling, I've gotten MarlinKimbra to move all three axes, and heat the nozzle, and extrude some filament. (Yay!) I'm going to have a go at porting your 3:1 mixing code, and then I'll be able to start the calibration process. I am a happy boy - it's nice to stop banging one's head against the wall.
Re: New CoreXZ firmware in town! Meet MarlinKimbra
September 02, 2015 04:04AM
Quote
MacMarty

SO! The news for today is that with a bit of fiddling, I've gotten MarlinKimbra to move all three axes, and heat the nozzle, and extrude some filament. (Yay!) I'm going to have a go at porting your 3:1 mixing code, and then I'll be able to start the calibration process. I am a happy boy - it's nice to stop banging one's head against the wall.

Any more progress with your printer?
Re: New CoreXZ firmware in town! Meet MarlinKimbra
September 03, 2015 10:09AM
Sorry, no progress lately on the code changes. I've studied it, but have not had the time to implement and test properly. Work's getting in the way of my fun!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/03/2015 10:11AM by MacMarty.
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