Auto-centering shaft coupler

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Auto-centering shaft coupler

Release status: Experimental

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This should reduce Z motor movement when moving the Prusa leadscrews
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This is my attempt at reducing z motor oscillation. Instead of a single clamp this shaft coupler uses two parts which zip tie together, aligning the two shafts by pressing each shaft between a pair of triangular slots which serve to center them.

I've yet to finish my Prusa Mendel to really test this out but from initial testing this looks to give a decent improvement over the original coupler in terms of wobble-reduction without any major reduction in axial holding force.

The new coupler does have some difficulty fitting into the Prusa Mendel's motor mounts so I've had to drill mine out for it. It should not be too difficult to change the Prusa mounts to accept the new coupling.