Printrbot Upgrade time!

posted 18 Jan 2015, 11:30 by Colin Bell   [ updated 18 Jan 2015, 11:30 ]

As you've probably gathered from the last three months worth of posts, I'm having a ball with my Printrbot Simple Metal, and have enjoyed trying to push it to its limits - in some cases I don't actually think I've even come close in pushing it yet, being the very capable machine that it is.

I did a few back of the envelope calculations, and estimate that my PBSM has seen around 400 hours active printing based on my record of print times - I actually do a fair bit of printing that doesn't appear here in this blog, mainly little custom parts, materials testing, the odd commission piece and also failed prints of course, of which there are several. Four hundred hours service seemed like a good time for a major service of the printer, and seeing as I would have to put up with printer down time for several days, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a few upgrades. In wife language, that's 'necessary repairs' in case you were wondering...

Over the next few posts, I'll be going into detail on the following activities (documented here to remind me to write them!):

  1. General servicing
  2. Power Supply upgrade
  3. Additional cooling
  4. Heated bed
  5. All metal hot end
  6. Print head illumination
  7. Additional external controls
  8. Firmware bootloader jumper extension
  9. Taller chassis feet
10. Power wiring...lots of wiring...and diagrams!
11. Z-Axis flexible coupling troubleshooting
12. The quest for better quality OctoPrint time-lapse movies
13. Enabling encoder use on the Panelolu2
14. Troubleshooting a strange layer shift issue