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Monoprice Select Mini Maximum 3D Printer Mods

Low/zero cost upgrades for the Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer.

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This project is an effort to get the highest quality 3D prints possible on a budget. We decided to start with an inexpensive 3D printer and going on from there, attempting to maximize the quality without spending a lot of money. You can buy a very good printer for under $500 these days, so what's the point of buying a $300 printer and adding $200 in mods to it to get it working well? This project attempts to get best quality for as little money as possible.

The reason our team became interested in 3D printing was to more easily create custom parts for our high power water rockets, which you may remember featutred briefly in episode 42 of Mythbusters. We've been documenting our rocket experiments and now our 3D printing experiments on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/USWaterRockets. Check us out if you like these kinds of things!

Since we got the printer for $32 less than list price, our unwritten goal is to try and spend less then $32 on upgrades, and see what quality we can get. Consider that this printer has a small build area (which we will maximize in the project) we will not be printing huge projects with this printer. But that's okay, because it makes sense that a small printer should print small items and print them with exceptional detail, so our objective is to be able to print highly detailed models, and articulated models or functional mechanical designs, so detailed print quality will be our benchmark for the print quality we are shooting for. On a printer this small, we're not really trying to go for warp speed printing as the goal, so our upgrades will be focused on detail, over speed. It is very likely that anything we do for improved detail will also help at higher speeds.

8mm_Stabilizer.stl

This is a prototype 8mm version of the stabilizer for Michael O'Brien on the MPSM facebook group. He's modding the tower for 8mm rods and wanted a custom version. If you have a stock MPSM, go to our Thingiverse page for the 6mm version.

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  • X-Axis GT2 Belt Upgrade E3Dv6 Carriage

    U.S. Water Rockets05/23/2017 at 20:14 7 comments

    The purpose of this modification is to completely replace the stock Monoprice Select Mini V1/V2 X-Axis Carriage with a 3D printed replacement part, which will serve as a E3Dv6 compatible hot-end mount, but will also feature an integrated belt attachment and tensioning system for a GT2 timing belt. The X-Axis belt and pulleys will need to be replaced, and you will likely want to install fresh LM6LUU bearings on the new carriage, to obtain a smoother operation than stock, and avoid having to extract the existing bearings from the stock carriage.

    The 3D printable files for this project can be found at the following links:

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2353376 (Carriage and Belt Tensioner Clamps)

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2049820 (Optional X-Axis Idler Pulley Alignment Clip)

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1848402 (Optional Clip-On Fan Shroud part from our Zero-Offset E3D Adapter)

    To perform this upgrade, you will need the following hardware:

    2x LM6LUU Linear Bearings

    480mm (48cm) GT2 Timing Belt, 6mm wide with 2mm pitch

    1x 16T GT2 drive pulley for 5mm shaft

    1x 16T GT2 bearing idler pulley for 3mm shaft

    Before starting this project, go to our thingiverse page and download and print out the printed components associated with this project. You will need to print the new X-Axis Carriage, the Hot-End Clamp/Fan Shroud, the Idler Pulley Alignment Clip, and the Clip on Part Cooling Fan mount (This is identical to the mount used on the Zero Offset E3Dv6 mount, so you may already have this on your printer, if you did that upgrade).

    Make sure you have the parts printed and are satisfied with them before starting this mod, because you will not be able to print new parts once you have started this upgrade. Also, be sure you print the new X-Axis Carriage and Fan Shroud in a reasonably high temperature filament. Plain PLA has been known to melt in proximity to the hot-end components. Our example print is in carbon fiber filled PETG.

    You will also need some fasteners for this project. You will need one 25mm M3 socket cap screw, two 16mm M3 socket cap screws, and three M3 Nylock nuts. You can use standard nuts, but we strongly recommend the use of Nylock nuts because they will not vibrate loose.

    The first assembly step is to remove the existing hot-end, heather, thermistor, fans, and wiring from the stock X-Axis carriage. In these instructions the assembly instructions have been photographed with the complete X-Axis assembly removed from the printer for clarity, however, this upgrade can be done with the X-Axis installed in the printer with just the metal covers removed from the X-Axis and the Z-Axis gantry tower. The disassembly steps for the printer to get to this point have been omitted from this tutorial, because this is well documented in many other places, and is actually pretty obvious how to do anyhow.

    Remove the screw holding the X-Axis Pulley to the end of the X-Axis linear rods. Set this screw and pulley assembly aside for later. You will be reusing these parts.

    Gently tap on the inside of the plastic end cap for the X-Axis linear rods, until it pops off. It is just pressure fit on, and should come off relatively easily with a few sharp raps on the back side.

    Remove the four M3 screws holding the X-Axis stepper motor to the gantry. Make a note of how your wiring is installed and routed, and also the orientation of the connector. You will need to note this so you can assemble it back the way it was originally installed. This seems to differ between different revisions of the printer.

    Pry the plastic toothed pulley from the end of the stepper motor shaft using a thin flat screwdriver or similar tool. The pulley is just friction fit over the motor shaft, so it will just slide off with some prying force. If the pulley is very difficult to remove, you can try warming the plastic pulley with a heat source and it will expand and soften and more easily come off.

    Install a new metal GT2 16T drive pulley on the stepper motor shaft. Don't fully tighten...

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  • Upgrade the Z-Axis with a NEMA17 Stepper and TR8x8 Leadscrew

    U.S. Water Rockets03/24/2017 at 00:46 10 comments

    This mod breaks with the tradition in this project of doing everything at minimal cost. There's simply no getting around the fact that the Z stepper motor setup in the early Monoprice Select Minis which were produced, caused a lot of issues with Z-wobble and banding artifacts in prints. I was fortunate to come across a used Mini made in the summer of 2016 that exhibited some of these issues, and I was curious to find out if replacing the Z-Axis motor with a NEMA17 motor with an integrated Leadscrew would help. I also hoped that it would speed up the movement of the printer in Z moves, because the stock motor is so slow that configuring the slicer to perform Z-hops on retract actually makes blobbing worse because the Z movement time is long enough for the nozzle to drool. This project shows how the mod was done.

    The first thing you need is a NEMA17 motor with leadscrew with a matching nut. I was able to find several sets of them on Amazon.com, and they all seem to be made as upgrades for the Prusa I3 and clones. That means they all have a 300mm long lead screw. This value includes the portion of the screw inside the motor, so it's really about 260mm long. This is actually too long to fit inside the Mini. Note that you can probably get away with a separate motor and leadscrew using a coupler to join them. There should be plenty of room for the coupler under the X-Axis gantry. There must be a standard footprint for the nuts on these lead screws because the hole pattern in the new nut matched the holes in the X-axis gantry on my Mini exactly.

    Through some careful measurement and calibrated guesswork, I determined that the lead screw for the Mini with this modification should be 220mm in length, so I measured the correct distance from the top of the NEMA17 Motor, and marked the spot to cut with a piece of tape I happened to have laying around.

    I used a rotary tool with a cutting wheel installed to cut the leadscrew to the proper length. I tried to do this as carefully as possible and as straight as possible, by rotating the leadscrew by hand as I cut into it around the perimeter and toward the middle until the excess part fell off.

    The cut end of the lead screw was a little jagged and had sharp edges and it was difficult to get the nut to thread on, so I used a bench grinder to round off the end of the lead screw to get rid of the sharp edges. Now the not would go on and off easily. With the motor prepared, it's time to dig into the guts of the mini and swap the motors and lead screws. I've already detailed how to remove the existing lead screw in my previous project entry: https://hackaday.io/project/14823-monoprice-select-mini-maximum-3d-printer-mods/log/51880-dont-go-wobbly-on-me-now and how to remove the X-axis gantry and Z-axis rods in this project log: https://hackaday.io/project/14823-monoprice-select-mini-maximum-3d-printer-mods/log/45659-adding-3d-printed-z-axis-rod-stabilizers. You will want to perform the Z-axis stabilizers and install them with this upgrade because these mods compliment each other and most of the same disassembly steps are required for them both.

    The next step is replacing the lead screw nut on the X-axis gantry with the new one that came with the leadscrew. Take out the 4 screws from the existing nut and swap in the new nut. You will need some M3 screws to hold the new nut in place. Note that the nut can sit on top of or below the gantry. If you use a separate motor and leadscrew with a coupler, you will possibly have to put the leadscrew nut on the top of the gantry to leave space for the coupler under the gantry.

    You should have a printed NEMA17 mounting bracket for the Z-axis already printed and ready to install. If not, grab the file from our Thingiverse page here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2199805 and put your mini back together and print it out. ;-) The bracket plastic doesn't matter (as long as you don't use flexible filament) because it should not get too hot. You will want to use thick...

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  • Major Upgrades Begin Here!

    U.S. Water Rockets03/24/2017 at 00:41 0 comments

    At this point we've gone about as far as we can to make the stock MPSM as good as we can on a shoestring budget. At this point we want to do some more extensive modifications but we still want to keep the price reasonable, so what we do will be low cost. We've just lifted the artificial cap of $199 for the printer and all mods combined which we self-imposed when we started.

    Over the past few months, we've done over 20 modifications to a second Monoprice Select Mini that we purchased on the used market. We've taken the stock mini and added about $50 in upgrades to it and as you can see from the photo below, we had spectacular results.

    This was done on the same printer with the same filament at the same cura settings (except for a tiny difference in layer height due to different Z-axis thread pitch). You can see what a difference it makes!

    In the coming weeks, we will be releasing the files and instructions for these modifications, and will begin featuring some upgrade instruction videos on our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/USWaterRockets! We hope you can make use of these upgrades for your own mini, or just to learn about making your own upgrades for another printer. Be sure and follow this project, subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and follow us on thingiverse at http://www.thingiverse.com/USWaterRockets where we will be publishing the files!

    Enjoy!

  • Keeping the X-Axis Belt from Twisting

    U.S. Water Rockets01/20/2017 at 05:17 4 comments

    Over on the Facebook Group for the Mini, Brian Corbino started a flurry of activity when he posted a description of how he went about changing the plastic pulleys and cheap belts in the Mini with aluminum pulleys and GT2 belts. Quite a number of people were interested in this project, and have been having a lot of success with this upgrade.

    Seeing how many people are swapping the pulleys reminded me of something I wanted to fix on the Mini for a long time but never got around to it. What I'm talking about is the way the pulley bracket for the X-Axis idler pulley is fastened to the end of the gantry with a single screw on the center point of the bracket. This means that the pulley is completely free to twist out of alignment when you tighten the screw.

    See how the pulley bracket is twisted? This is really annoying, and every time you install this pulley you have to mess around and try and get it straight by hand. Because this annoys me, I created an Alignment Clip that goes between the pulley bracket and the plastic channel where the pulley sits, which keeps the pulley at a perfect right angle to the rods, which will make the belt perfectly flat and level.
    Here is what the Alignment Clip looks like before it is installed. To install the alignment bracket, you can clip it over the pulley bracket and insert it into the channel in the end of the gantry, or put the Alignment Clip in the channel first and then install the pulley bracket. If you want to print your very own Alignment Clip, you can get the model from my Thingiverse Page: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2049820

    Note the orientation of the Alignment clip. It should only clip on one way and should center itself once you install it on the gantry. It should fit snugly in the channel, and prevent the pulley from twisting.

    Here's the "After" photo, showing how nice and straight the pulley is now that it can't twist. Does this affect print quality or the life of the belt and pulley? I'm not sure. However, it takes only a couple of minutes to print, and makes working on the belt and pulley totally effortless. You don't have to fuss with the alignment of the pulley by hand any longer.


  • Don't go wobbly on me now!

    U.S. Water Rockets01/14/2017 at 23:02 0 comments

    Several people in the Facebook Group for the Monoprice Select Mini have experienced severe issues with wobble in their Z-axis that is not cured by stabilizing the rails. I have seen several people who have observed that their print quality suffers because the stock coupler between the Z-Axis Stepper Motor and the Threaded Rod is not aligning the two shafts properly, or the grub screw is shifting the rod to one side. I decided to make a replacement for the coupler that forces the threaded rod into perfect alignment with the motor shaft. Get the file on my Thingiverse page: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2038369

    Here is the coupler which I designed. On one side it has threads for the 4mmx0.7 Threaded Rod, and the other side has a hole to accept the 3mm Motor Shaft. Three clamping surfaces per side will be used to hold the coupler firmly in place and force the two shafts into perfect alignment.

    This piece will print perfectly fine with no supports and oriented so that the threaded hole is facing up. Please print with thick walls and a decent fill. I used 4 perimeters and 20% infill for this one. I do not think the plastic type is important because this part is not subjected to heat.

    Installation is very simple: Begin by removing the six screws that hold the black metal bottom to the mini and pull the bottom off the printer.

    Six more screws hold the metal cover to the back of the tower, three on top and three inside the base of the Mini. These screws may have small washers on them, so keep track of the screws with washers and where they were located.

    Remove the two screws holding the Z-Axis Stepper Motor to the underside of the tower. Also unplug the cable while you're in there. Note the position of the connector on the motor where the wires were plugged in. When you put the printer back together, you have a 50% chance of facing this in the wrong direction, unless you make a note this position now.

    Spin the Threaded Rod to unscrew it from the Gantry. If you are reading these instructions before you began working then you get a bonus! When you begin work use the move menu to raise the Gantry all the way to the top before tearing down the printer. It will save you a lot of spinning of the Threaded Rod in this step here.

    When you've unscrewed the Threaded Rod from the Gantry, it will come right off with the Stepper Motor. You need to remove the factory coupler from the Threaded Rod and the Stepper Motor, by loosening the grub screw or screws in the side of the coupler. There are often locked in place with a threadlocker, so use a flame from a lighter to heat the coupler very hot and the threads should come loose. Just be careful not to touch the hot metal. The coupler and the locking nut on top should come right off with a couple of wrenches now.


    Roll the Threaded Rod on a perfectly flat surface and look to see if it is warped or bent. If it is, you can try to straighten it by hand until it rolls perfectly, or obtain a replacement part.

    Push the unthreaded side of the New Coupler on the Motor Shaft until it just touches the spacers on the shaft. If you don't have spacers, don't go any closer to the motor than about 5mm. Then, thread the Threaded Rod into the threaded side of the New Coupler, and tighten it until it reaches the bottom of the hole. At this point you want to get a pair of Hose Clamps ready. The Hose Clamps should fit a 1" pipe and have a 5/16" wide band. Slightly smaller clamps should fit as well. Just prepare them by opening them up wide enough to fit over the New Coupler easily. DO NOT INSTALL THEM YET. If you do, you won't get the Stepper Motor back on.

    Now, insert the Threaded Rod through the hole and slide the Hose Clamps over the rod before you start threading it back into the Gantry where you removed it. Keep screwing the Threaded Rod into the Gantry until you can seat the Stepper Motor back where it belongs and screw it back in place, making note to get the connector back in the right position to reach the connector on...

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  • I have the Power!

    U.S. Water Rockets11/09/2016 at 18:11 4 comments

    Okay, so I screwed up. I was attempting to measure the power consumption of the Mini by putting a power resistor inline with the power supply and computing the power from the voltage across the resistor. That was the idea, but I was lazy and used clip leads to tap into the power at the barrel connector of the Mini, and I shorted the power supply by accident and it died. I should have opened the printer and tapped into the power wiring inside, but I was in a hurry because I wanted to get back to a big printing project and in my haste I killed the power supply. Thankfully, the Mini itself was fine when I tested with a benchtop supply. I only killed the power supply.

    The idea of using a bench supply every time I used my mini was bugging me, and I had seen other people replacing the supply and relocating it inside the Mini before, so I decided I would try to make an internal supply mod for my Mini as well.

    I hit the interwebs and tried to find a power supply that was small enough to fit inside the Mini, but had better specs than the stock supply. I wanted something with more current, so I could further mod the Mini and not run into power supply loading issues. The stock power supply is supposed to provide 10A of power at 12VDC, so the stock supply should be rated for 120 Watts (10A * 12V = 120W). By picking a higher capacity supply I would also be running it below spec and it should stay cooler as well. I settled on using a Meanwell LRS-150-12 supply. These are 150W at 12VDC, and sell for about $20 online, and my measurements indicated it would fit inside the Mini case.

    While I was messing around with the power supply, I decided I would add a switch and a fuse and when I was looking around I came across a nice little IEC320 C14 Power Socket with Illuminated Switch Fuse Holder on Amazon (Search for the part by name and several sellers come up). I did some measurements, and determined that the socket would fit in a hole that completely covered the existing power input and switch holes in the Mini, so it would look like it was a factory installed component.

    When I got the power supply I test fit it inside, and there was plenty of room. However, the supply covered the vents in the bottom of the case. The height of the supply is short enough that I decided to raise it up on metal threaded standoffs so that it would have ventilation under the supply. The problem with this idea is that there are only two mounting screw holes on the bottom of the supply. The holes are on opposite corners, so they could hold it in place, but it seemed a little unstable for my tastes. I ditched the standoffs in favor of some printed mounting brackets that would hold it in more than two points.

    While my mounting brackets were printing, I wired up the input wiring. Based on the test fitting of the power supply, I opted to directly solder the power wiring to the lugs on the power socket and switch, instead of using crimp on spade terminals. This allowed me to better insulate the wiring with heat shrink, and bend the lugs over to provide extra clearance behind the power supply. This is how the power is wired for use with US 120VAC power.

    My printed mounting brackets hold the supply on the bottom edge and side edges and provide attachment on all four corners, I also added some wire harness guide loops to assist in routing the wiring inside the Mini. I tweaked the size of the brackets for maximum clearance for the cooling air to come in through the vent holes below the power supply, and split the one bracket into two sections so there would be an air passage to flow from the vent to the CPU board. You can download these bracket files from our Thingiverse page at the following link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1881464 (see that page for printing instructions)

    When installed, they held the power supply firmly in place and had plenty of air gap over the vents to allow cooling air flow under the supply. I turned out great. The edge of the supply with the screw terminals...

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  • What to do if you're not a fan of constantly running fans?

    U.S. Water Rockets11/02/2016 at 18:50 3 comments

    I'm not a big fan of having the cooling fan for my hot end running all the time, or having the LEDs on my hot end running all the time, I also wanted to add a cooling fan to my control board inside the printer, but I did not want to have that fan running all the time either. Other printers solve these issues by using software controlled outputs to turn these various peripheral devices on and off only when the printer is printing. I wanted to do something similar, but because the firmware of the printer is closed source and there are no extra outputs on the board to use for this purpose, I had to add this function the old fashioned way: with a circuit hack.

    The general principle for this hack is to tap into the heater power and use the operation of the heater in the hot end to turn on and off the fans and LEDs. This is not nearly as simple as tapping into the heater power and using it to operate everything, since the heater is controlled by the software and it is pulsed on and off for various time periods to simulate an analog signal. By varying the amount of time the heater is on over a specific time period, a more precisely controlled temperature is achieved. For example, if you turn the heater on for 1 second out of every 10 seconds of elapsed time, the heater would be getting 10% of the energy it would get if it was on constantly. Therefore, the heater would be about 10% as hot. This pulsing of a digital value to simulate an analog value is called "Pulse Width Modulation" or PWM for short. This prevents us from using the heater control directly to control our fans and LEDs because they would be pulsing on and off as the controller tries to regulate the temperature of the hot end.

    The solution to this issue is to create a circuit that is essentially a delay timer that will start counting when the heater is pulsed, and stops counting when some time has elapsed without activity on the heater. This is certainly a trivial thing to do with an Arduino, but we're going to do this the old fashioned way, with whatever scrap parts we have in the lab. Here is our circuit:

    The operation of the circuit is quite simple: 12V is provided to the heater and the ground for the heater is connected by a FET on the control board, when the heater is turned on. We use this signal to monitor for the heater activity.

    When the HEATER signal is grounded (heater is ON), Capacitor C1 is discharged through Diode D1. This causes FET Q1 to turn OFF. This FET will stay off as long as HEATER is grounded. If HEATER is not grounded (the heater is pulsed OFF or shut down) then Capacitor C1 is charged very slowly through 15M resistor R1. Eventually, C1 reaches a point where it has charged enough to turn on FET Q1.

    What we have in the circuit right now is that Q1 turns off when the heater is pulsed by the control board at least one time, and it stays off for about 2.5 minutes if the heater does not get pulsed again for that time. This is almost what we want. We really want the opposite logic. To fix this, we add a second FET connected to the drain of Q1 and configured as an inverter. 10K resistor R2 is connected to the gate of FET Q2 so when Q1 is on, it is pulling the gate of Q2 low and turning Q2 off. When Q1 is off, R2 pulls the gate of Q2 high, and turns it on.

    Diode D1 is present to prevent leakage from the control board from charging C1 faster than we want, and diode D2 is present as a snubbing diode in case we power an inductive load with this circuit. D2 prevents the backflow of current when and load is shut off from damaging our circuit.

    The circuit was mocked up and tested on a breadboard kit, using through-hole parts I had not touched in a few years. It was fun going back and doing this for a change.

    The circuit was then transplanted to some perf board for installation in my Select Mini. Above you can see where I used an old wire wound 10 ohm resistor to simulate the heater. Grounding the center terminal on the right simulates the pulsing of the heater ground on...

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  • Fixing Heated Bed Heater Failure, Sensor Failure, and Y-Axis Wobble/Errors

    U.S. Water Rockets10/29/2016 at 20:07 2 comments

    While fixing issues with some wobble in my Y axis, I noticed an issue with the wiring that will cause many problems with the heated bed. I has seen on my prints that there always was a bit of slop in the layer alignment, especially in the Y axis (front to back). Nothing really that serious, but enough to be annoying. I thought it was probably due to the way the belt is attached to the bed, or something in the drive pulleys under the bed. I was going to look at it eventually, but I believe I discovered the cause of the error while I was working on a different modification I was doing.

    Check out the video below and see if you can spot the issue before I explain it and discuss my solution.

    As you can see in the clip above, the way the wiring for the heated bed is placed under the bed, as the bed moves back and forth, the wiring rubs on the belt and actually deflects the belt a couple of millimeters as it makes contact. The belt deflection in this way, is certainly causing the bed to shift slightly font to back as the belt tension changes. Fixing this issue can only make things better. This is certainly going to damage the headed bed sensor or heater wires, as them move back and forth.

    I was able to shift the position of the wires under the bed a little and get them to stop wobbling the bed, but after many prints the heater began to heat only intermittently, and it would stop heating if I pushed it all the way to the rear. Eventually it stopped heating, and I thought perhaps the wiring was coming loose from the movement under the bed. I used the printer without the heated bed for some time but then the bed temperature sensor started to report crazy values while printing.

    I was pretty sure it was the wires under the bed getting damaged from the motion. When I investigated the problem, I ran into an obvious broken wire under the bed. The thinner wires going to the thermistor were not visibly broken, but under the insulation the wires were failing and I could make the temperature on the screen change to crazy numbers by shifting the thin wires around. It looks like I would have to replace the wiring on the heated bed. But how would I correct the issue?

    My solution was to replace the heated bed wiring with better quality wiring and route it so that there would be no stress on the wires and no interference with any of the moving parts. For the wiring, I chose to use silicone jacketed wire which I had on hand for my rocket and quadrotor experiments, which I purchased in bulk from Hobbyking. I probably only used a dollar or so of the wire if I were to buy it separately.

    Soldering the wires to the heated bed proved to be a challenge as the aluminum would keep the iron from heating the solder. I ended up warming the whole bed up with a heat gun and then soldering the wires. Pre-heating the aluminum was enough to let the soldering iron work on the joints.

    While I was in there, I also reflowed the thermistor with some lead solder I had on hand. No-lead solder is notorious for being brittle, and other people have reported that their thermistors fail from heat expansion/contraction cycles of the board, or from flexing the board during print removal. By flowing the joints with more flexible lead solder, I hope to prevent any of these issues on my heated bed.

    I applied liberal amounts of Kapton Tape to make sure nothing would ever short out, or pull loose. I also dressed up the wires with more of the cable sleeve I salvaged from a discarded PC a while back. It dresses up the wiring, and probably helps with strain relief of the moving wires.

    To solve the original Y-axis belt rubbing problem, I re-routed the heated bed wiring through the slot in the Z-axis tower. The gantry never lowered enough to interfere with the wiring, and the new cable routing solved all the issues with the belt. The wire actually moves very little ones it is not confined under the bed. This wire configuration should be standard on the Mini.

    Ultimately, I decided I didn't like the...

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  • Zero Offset E3Dv6 Hot End and Part Cooling Fan Files are Now Available

    U.S. Water Rockets10/26/2016 at 02:06 2 comments

    The files and installation instructions for this setup are now available on our Thingiverse Page. To download these files, please go to:

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1848402

    Thanks for your feedback and comments! We appreciate the encouraging words!

  • A Really Cool Part Fan

    U.S. Water Rockets10/26/2016 at 01:51 2 comments

    The next improvement we are making to our Monoprice Select Mini is the addition of a Part Cooling Fan, which is a separate fan with directed air flow that is controlled by the Fan Output of the control board.

    This means we had to rewire the fan attached to the E3Dv6 Fan, so that it will run when the printer is switched on, and take the existing fan wires, and connect them to the Part Cooling Fan. This way, fan control options in the slicer will be able to change the fan speed of the part cooling fan and turn it off for better bed adhesion without causing heat creep leading to jams in or above the heat break.

    To make the fan attachment even cooler, a pair of 3mm White LEDs were built into the air duct to illuminate the print area under the nozzle. This is that the Part Cooling Fan looks like when it is removed from the E3DV6 Mount. Notice that it has a JST style connector so that I can swap in different fans and LED lights in the future as I design new styles. The outlet of this nozzle directs all of the air flow directly on the extruded plastic that has just exited the nozzle. This is intended for improving overhangs and bridges. You can also see the LEDs that illuminate the print beside the outlet.

    Here is a very short video clip of the Zero Offset E3Dv6 Mount and LED Part Cooling Fan in action.

    This modification was hard to put a price on because we had most of the parts laying around. The fan came from the E3Dv6 and the JST connectors were in an assortment we had, and the wire was salvaged from an old PC. Even if these parts were sourced new, the total would still likely be under $5.00US.

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Jakefuller79 wrote 01/15/2017 at 16:52 point

better late then never.....found this page subbed up here and already have most of this installed. much appreciated for this compilation of info in clear detail. kudos and cheers

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Jacob wrote 11/12/2016 at 06:03 point

By writing "our unwritten goal is to try and spend less then $32 on upgrades, and see what quality we can get." it has become a written goal. Just saying. Love The Project and will be duplicating on my Mini!

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Michael O'Brien wrote 09/21/2016 at 21:30 point

FYI, I've been on here documenting the printer too ;)

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U.S. Water Rockets wrote 09/23/2016 at 19:51 point

I subbed your project. :-)

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Michael O'Brien wrote 09/23/2016 at 19:58 point

I do recall. Wasn't sure if you knew it was me since you referenced the Facebook group for that part :p

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