Since I’m actually printing parts now I figure it’s time to get a proper build thread going…
The story so far
I designed a plywood shelving unit early in 2018 and had a friend cut out the pieces on his own homebrew CNC router table. The whole thing fit together perfectly and I started wanting to be able to do that myself without having to borrow time in his shop. Around that time (July 2018) the LowRider2 was announced and I started sourcing parts. I pieced together the necessary hardware and electronics over the next (checks notes) six months and then the project stalled. First it was because my printer was acting up, then I had to tear apart and reorganize my work room because it had gotten out of hand, then it was summer. Now that fall is upon us and I’ve got a functional printer, a little bit of clear space on my desk the scarcest bit of free time at home I’ve started actually printing parts after only 14months.
Plan is to make a full-width gantry but mount it initially on a shallow (3-4’ deep) table mounted permanently to the wall in the garage. When not in use the gantry will be parked against the wall and covered with a plywood box allowing the table to also serve as a work surface.
For larger jobs I plan to build a full-sheet table that will be stowed either flat against a wall or ‘flown’ up to the rafters for storage and set up in open parking bay when needed. Nearly everything I’d care to do can probably be done on the small table, but I’ve got a few projects which would benefit greatly from the extra length or the ability to make multiple cuts without having to first break down the sheet goods.