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Idler, Motor Bracket Threaded rod help

Posted by scubi 
Idler, Motor Bracket Threaded rod help
April 09, 2015 02:46AM
I am building the Mendel90 and busy with adding the Threaded rod through the Idler Bracket and Motor bracket.
Instruction says add one Brass M8 Nut to the threaded rod and insert into the Bracket. Is it correct that only ONE nut per threaded rod ?
Will it not be too loose etc for the threaded rod. I see older versions had two nuts and a spring ?

Also why a Brass Nut and not a steel nut ?

Thanks for awesome forum.
Re: Idler, Motor Bracket Threaded rod help
April 09, 2015 03:46AM

Yes, just one nut.

The idler and X motor brackets rest on the single nut (you need to remove the single layer membrane in the bracket if you are using self-printed parts).

The looseness of the fit is a mechanism to prevent Z-wobble. The rods are permitted to move a little in X and Y and the nut follows this motion but the bracket remains stable due to to slight oversizing of the nut cavity.

Brass on steel is a commonly used combination. I have seen it referred to as "self lubricating" which is probably incorrect as you still need to lubricate the rods. Apparently it smooths the motion somewhat.

Neil Darlow

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/09/2015 03:49AM by neildarlow.

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Re: Idler, Motor Bracket Threaded rod help
April 09, 2015 04:01AM
Hi Neil,

Thanks for the reply, I understand now. Was worried I was missing something. I could imagine that the brass is softer so it moves better over the steel thread.

Can not wait to get my Mendel90 up and running.

Re: Idler, Motor Bracket Threaded rod help
April 09, 2015 04:02AM
Brass on steel has less friction that steel on steel and if there is any wear it will be the brass nut. If the steel thread wears it would affect accuracy because it might wear unevenly, whereas any wear on the nut has the same effect all the way up.

Springs aren't needed unless you want to print upside down as gravity holds the axis down normally.

The nut trap should be a tight fit, not loose. Any wobbly in the rod is allowed for by the flexible couplings.

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