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Mendel Ball Chain

Posted by ziplock 
Mendel Ball Chain
October 24, 2009 02:02AM
Is it possible to use a ball chain to drive Mendel's axes, instead of a belt?

Just wondering.


Thanks to MotorAssist for the tip about the plural form of axis!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/24/2009 02:02PM by ziplock.
Re: Mendel Ball Chain
October 24, 2009 04:29AM
no technical reason why not that I can think of, just need different wheels to drive it, and maybe different clamps on x and y (z is continuous)
Re: Mendel Ball Chain
October 24, 2009 05:15AM
There is one small problem which is easily fixed, that being the Y axis belt comes really close but not touching one of the cross beams, using ball chain would gradually weaken the chain over time, as well as causing some unwanted noise.
The workaround is just drill another hole, or print the part with the hole for the idler bearing shifted down a bit


I can't see to much of a problem on the X axis, maybe just a small change in


To clamp the chain down firmly.

Just ideas from observation of Mendelssohn
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