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3D Printing 4mm Models on Home
Fused Filament Printers

A look what can and cannot be done


The notes and jottings recorded here are the result of my experiments with 3D printing on 'RepRap' type Fused Filament Printers I use as an aid to developing my kits and chassis. They are intended to neither enthuse or dissuade but rather enlighten the reader to the possible application of home 3D printers to our hobby.

Brian Madge 2013

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Last updated 3 June, 2014
©Brian Madge 2013
Testing the theory Page 3

Fig.6 My RepRap Huxley printer

installed in a cupboard to preclude the effect of drafts. This is a small printer with a 140 x 140mm platen. The fan is my own adaption for forced cooling of tall thin structures. The rolls of tape are 'Kapton' film used on the platen to aid adhesion.

Fig.7 Chassis Block

I start all of my designs with the chassis. This chassis block is one of my standard belt driven pieces. It has been printed at 0.1 layer height; double that at which the rest of the components will be printed. The top hat main bearing have been fitted in this picture. Details of assembling as a complete mechanism will be shown in a separate article.

Fig.8. The running plate and main frame. The running plate and buffer beams are 1mm thick. The side frames are 0.6 mm. The top of the running plate is flat and smooth as it was against the platen when printed.

All content ©Brian Madge 2014

Last updated 3 June, 2014