Minnetonka, Minnesota Primo Build

And so the MPCNC Primo Build Journey begins. Good thing my Anet A8 does not mind printing through the night. I’m not sure how long I’ll be on this journey and I’m certain I’ll take some wrong paths but I hope there is a pot of man glitter Man Glitterwaiting for me at my final destination.


Any questions and this crew will be there for you


How do I time travel to the future to learn all my mistakes so I can come back to the present and avoid making them?

Easy. Check the grub screws on your pulleys.


THAT is the new answer for the question of “Life, the Universe and Everything”…

“Check your grub screws”


Just wate @jeffeb3will be there yesterday and answer everything :exploding_head::exploding_head: he knows his stuff.


You already did that and realized it was a mistake. Learning is the best part!


First Batch of prints completed, now on to the second batch. I hope I have enough filament on the roll. It’s going to be close. (fingers crossed)


Losing a hair off the tops of the feet is probably no big deal as long as the nut and bolt still works.

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The logical side of my brain agrees with you, however the perfectionist in me will forever regret it if I don’t reprint it. (let’s hope the filament gods are shining down on me tonight and grant me an extra few inches of filament.)

You have any build info on your printer? That’s a beauty

It’s a heavily modified Anet A8.
I’ve added a lot of stabilization components (everything inside that is silver) I’ve replaced the Y-Carriage with a milled aluminum one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R295GRY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I built the enclosure using an IKEA Lack table and printed leg supports. I printed the door hinges and had 1/4" plexiglass doors cutout to size. I wired up the (4) LED puck lights and the two on/off toggle switches on top one that is blue to turn the lights on/off and one that is Red to turn on the printer. I added a temperature controlled 120mm fan from Cooler Guys: https://www.coolerguys.com/collections/standard-temperature-controlled/products/coolerguys-single-120mm-fan-cooling-kit-with-thermal-controller-gt-series

All of this was in an effort to be able to print ABS in a temperature-controlled enclosure. It also cuts down on the noise.
The enclosure is removable to access the printer for repairs etc. I also added a MOSFET to wiring for the heat bed to prevent overheating and fire. I designed all the components to attach the 3D-Touch sensor and switched to the Anet A-6 LCD controller.

Thanks for noticing, It was a lot of work but anything worth doing is worth doing right.

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23.5 “C” version of the MPCNC parts Anet a8 printer with .4mm nozzle, .3mm layer height, Matter Hacker white PLA 200 degree hot end, 70-degree heat bead, 3600 mm/min print speed, 75% part cooling fan speed

First 3d Print Failure on the Truck!

The truck has an area with fairly thin walls (.5mm) thin walls

This happens first at layers 109,110,111 and up to layer 120 when using .2mm layer heights with a .6mm first layer.

I was able to change some thin wall settings in Simplify3d to overcome this issue:

Essentially you want to be able to have the printer lay down a bead of filament in the thin wall area even though the normal infill would exclude it. and you want to let the filament bead overlap the outer wall if necessary. In general the more filament you can get to flow in this thin wall the better layer adhesion.

my second print turned out great: I switched to .2mm layer height, switched to a brand new heat tempered .4mm nozzle, and bumped the extruder up to 210 degrees I also slowed the print speed down to 60% between layers 100-150

On the parts list page on the main V1 engineering website, it might not be a bad idea to review the thin-wall settings for printing the Trucks, Maybe it’s already there and I just missed it.

I’m just printing my first truck now - so hopefully won’t have the same issues. I’m printing with .1mm layer height and eSun PLA+ filament. Other than some nozzle issues (and a replacement), so far so good - I have the trucks and a few more “A” parts to go. Building for a FRC Robotics team.

My co-mentor of the team is printing the “B” parts. Different printer, but same settings. Hoping I won’t have dimensional accuracy issues :slight_smile:

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Good luck Rich I think there are a lot of variables that contribute to the issue. The quality of the PLA, THe moisture content of the PLA, Hot Ent Temp, Bed Temp, Fan Cooling, Enclosed versus open printer, etc.

My son was on the Minnetonka FRC team 3042 Chicken Bot Pie when he was in high school.

I hope your trucks turn out fine.

I seem to be going much slower than others…but slow and steady and eventually the Primo will be ready. All of the color A (White) parts are now printed. Now I can move on to the Color B Parts. I’ll be using a carbon fiber PLA for Color B.

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The first Color B parts came out nice. Can’t wait to hit print on the core in the Carbon Fiber PLA. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me but it gets cold here in Minnesota so I plan to spend a lot of time indoors playing with the Primo this winter.


Well, There has been a setback: The thermistor on the ANET had a loose wire that failed while printing the core, I thought it was just something to do with the height of the print. the Core came out (mostly OK) so I just adjusted the print temperature and tried printing some other parts. They failed miserably…so I replace all of the hot end parts and soldered the thermistor wire back together. Sadly though I no longer have enough Carbon Fiber PLA so I’ve had to switch color B to silver.

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