RUG/Pennsylvania/State College/Base Plate
Machining Extruder Base Plate
Although our end goal in the RepRap world is to have everything printed, there are still some things that have to be machined. This page will walk you through the base plate machining process step by step. If you are a professional when it comes to machining, then you can just download the base plate specifications at the end of this article.
1. You will need to turn your aluminium stock down making two sides parallel. Milling all 6-sides will make it overall nicer. 2. Clamp the part in the vice and zero the mill. 3. Drill set holes in the appropriate places using the dimensions on this page. Note the middle hole is offset from the other two. 4. Drill holes using drill bit. (The two outer holes may be bigger if need be) 5. Tap the middle hole. 24 Threads per inch, I found Tap H works the best. 6. Add a slot for wire if want/needed.