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So I am finally building a RepRap Prusa Mendel

by on Jan.13, 2012, under Projects, RepRap

After I saw those RepRap things at shackspace, I simply could not resist anymore. I had to get one. So I ordered everything needed for a RepRap Prusa Mendel except fot the plastic parts from Cubic Print and the German RepRap Foundation Shop. The delivery from GRRF arrived this morning. As you can see in the picture, it contained the “hot end”, 2.2kg of black ABS filament and the kapton tape.

I was so excited that I wanted to do something with that stuff. So I started assembling the hot end. Pushing the resistor, wich is used as a heater, in the clamp block turned out to be more difficult than expected. Like their (GRRF) manual stated, I had to sand the resistor quite a bit so it could fit in. I was very surprised when I read that you actually don’t need any glue to hold the resistor and the thermistor in place. They wrote that it expands when heated up and then holds perfectly, also making enough contact to transport the heat. I think I can still apply high-temperature-glue at any time later if I really have to.

If you’re new to the RepRap project and want me to explain things more detailed, just leave me a comment and I’ll try to be more verbose on what I did and how.

I am expecting the second delivery to arrive tomorrow, let’s see how far I get with acquiring the plastic parts until then.

Oh and I guess there will be a timelapse of the whole assembly ;)

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