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Why timing belts instead of threaded rods?

Posted by devijvers 
Why timing belts instead of threaded rods?
September 11, 2011 12:17PM
Just a question that's been on my mind. Why do mendel/prusa/huxley have timing belts for X and Y carriages instead of threaded rods? Wouldn't threaded rods be equally reliable, not more complicated and cheaper?
Re: Why timing belts instead of threaded rods?
September 11, 2011 12:38PM
I believe the advantage of belts is that of speed.


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Re: Why timing belts instead of threaded rods?
September 11, 2011 01:27PM
Regular threaded rod is held to very low tolerances and is subject to a lot of backlash. It is also slow compared to belts.

Switching to an acme rod fixes the accuracy problem, but requires more expensive nuts to reduce backlash. The cost for all that is greater than for belts. It is also relatively slow, and precision acme rods/nuts are harder to find than belts/pulleys in my experience.

I use acme threaded rod for the Z instead of a belt only because it keeps the z axis stationary when power is off to the machine.
Re: Why timing belts instead of threaded rods?
September 11, 2011 04:16PM
Speed is the real concern. My RepStrap ran on threaded rod for a bit, but it is very slow. Acme rods would be ideal but as mentioned are quite expensive.


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