I know Ryan designed this to be affordable, but I couldn’t help but be ostentatious. This is my first post sharing some previews of what I’m doing with mine. This of course comes with the caveat that much of this could be a horrible idea, so feel free to weigh in with thoughts or criticisms.
I printed my parts with an infill multiplier and cubic subdivision.
I am using Atomic Filament CF PLA at a 120-micron layer height. Parts are very rigid and light.
Since I’ll be saving weight with the carbon fiber, I just went with the steel XZ plates. I might change this later to have a quicker Z movement. The XY plates are just the standard MDF ones from the shop. I might change this to something heavy and make the XZ ones skeletonized 7015 Aluminum. Not sure if that’s a good idea to expose the rails to all that dust though.
Here is something I am experimenting with. I had the beam rails made out of 25mm 3K carbon fiber. I’m not sure how the wheels will wear on it, but I might switch them out for polycarbonate wheels or something of the same diameter. The beam is crazy light though. It’s probably like 1-2lbs, I’ll have to measure it when I get all the hardware on it.