broken X axis plate
March 31, 2014 09:21PM
Ahoy folks! I have run into some difficulty while assembling my new Ormerod printer. As I was tightening down the four M3 x 25mm screws that hold the X motor bracket to the X axis plate, I heard a *pop* and the X axis plate cracked right around the steel rod. The break is a clean line all the way from the bottom of the motor to the radiused corner inside the L shape. I'd attach a picture but the forum apparently doesn't like any of my photos. It didn't feel like I had over-tightened them, but... oh well.

The question is, where do I go from here? Right now I am planning to get some acetone to solvent-weld the acrylic plate back together. Will the re-welded joint be strong enough? Will it last long enough for a replacement plate to be ordered? Also, will the 3d printed components be damaged by the acetone? I'm not sure what material the parts are printed from, but they are green, if that helps.
Re: broken X axis plate
April 01, 2014 02:37AM

that acrylic is fragile stuff, I broke a lump off mine too while building.

If you didn't object to a small investment, I have laser cut aluminium replacements coming Friday/Monday, should be a vast improvement.

Alternatively contact RRP for another acrylic part.

It can be glued but is never totally successful, cyano / superglue is as good as any.

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CNC Machined Mk1 aluminium bed support plates for the Ormerod
CNC machined X-plates and ribs for Mk1 & Mk2 Ormerods
CNC machined bed support arms for the Mk2 Ormerod.
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Re: broken X axis plate
April 01, 2014 05:57AM
Hi kotori87

Email me on support at reprappro dot com, and we'll send you a replacement. We don't have access to the RS database, so please send your full name and address, RS order number, and let me know if you have a kit with red or green printed plastic parts.

RepRapPro tech support
Re: broken X axis plate
April 01, 2014 07:13AM

go for it with the super glue depending on where you live it can take some time to get replacementparts.
and you will have enough to do learning how to calibrate the axis.

Re: broken X axis plate
April 01, 2014 07:35AM
..I'd attach a picture but the forum apparently doesn't like any of my photos...

There should be no problem attaching photo's smaller than 614,4 KB, "Choose File" -> "Attach" -> "Create Link in message"

Re: broken X axis plate
April 02, 2014 10:29PM
Thanks for the advice! I have contacted support. Until a replacement part arrives, I will make do with a superglue repair.
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