lost pla casting

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  1. Jan 26, 2014 #61




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    Hey Ron,

    The original Tantillus had a plastic case that was printed on (another) 3D printer, in sections, that were then interlocked together. Each section is small enough that it could be printed on a another tantillus which has a 100mm x 100mm x 100mm build envelope. The outside dimensions of the case are 8" wide x 8" long x 12" high.

    There are a number of variants of the Tantillus which use laser cut acrylic panels or plywood panels. There are also some variants made from extruded aluminum beams and printed plastic joints and bearing carriers.

    Here is a thread with a number of pictures of my Tantillus from when I was restoring and modifying it:


    And here are a few threads in the same forum for some variants of the Tantillus, including one I started but haven't finished. On some of these topics, you have to click on the picture to open it and view it




    The outside rods that support linear bearings also turn to provide motion to the opposing axis. The rods on each side are connected with fishing line wrapped about 10 times to act as a belt. Seems crude but works amazingly well and is a whole lot cheaper than timing belts and pulleys. The rods around the outside are 5/16" drill rod and the linear bearings they support are solid, either bronze bushes, printed plastic bushings or, in my case, turned UHMW. The two crossed rods in the middle are hardened 8mm rods, since they support 8mm linear ball bearings in the print head. These do not rotate.

    Happy to answer any other questions. By they way, if you have access to a 3D printer, there are lots of free printer files for the parts to the Tantillus as well as other 3D printers.

    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014

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