Archive for May, 2022

Voron 2.4 Build — Mains Power Panel

Monday, May 30th, 2022

Two styles of Voron 2.4 mains power panels

The 2.4r1 assembly manual only shows assembly for the plug_panel_filtered_mains.stl (lower), which is what I printed while waiting for my kit to ship with the power inlet that fits the plug_panel.stl (upper). Don’t be fooled like me.

Mains power panel with switch removed

On the subject of the power inlet … the default configuration puts the power switch oriented with off up and on down, which I cannot abide. A small prying tool on the switch’s latches frees it from the inlet housing to be reinstalled in the One True Orientation. Just take a snapshot of the power wiring on your switch before undertaking such shenanigans.

Voron 2.4 Build — Printhead Assembly

Monday, May 30th, 2022

A few notes on assembling the printhead:

The 2.4r2 assembly manual has much more detail than the 2.4r1, very much appreciated.

Even the 2.4r2 manual leaves it to you to figure out how to assemble whatever hot end you have. Because my kit came with an E3D-v6 clone hot end, I found these self-proclaimed outdated E3D-v6 assembly instructions that direct you to better-maintained instructions that no longer exist, and followed the link within these instructions to another set for installing the old-style thermistor.

Voron 2.4 printhead without fans

The 2.4r2 instructions and their diagrams don’t speak to this detail, but later assembly makes it clear that one does leave the (here black and barely visible) plastic ring that guides the PTFE tube into the cold end but one omits the (here blue) clip that in some uses locks the ring onto the PTFE tube.

After measuring and marking the PTFE tube length, I should have cut it with my PTFE tubing cutter but I was impatient and cut it with diagonal cutters, then mashed it round again. I look forward to regretting that later.

I’ve completed the printhead assembly and have yet to figure out what is meant by this instruction when mounting the hot end to the X carriage:

The bolts are used to index the tool cartridge. Leave them slightly loose so that the cartridge can be slid out.

The 2.4r1 instructions make no mention of where the pinion gear should be positioned on the motor shaft. The 2.4r2 instructions give a dimension and also appear to show a printable shim that will position it correctly, which is a fantastic idea (though I didn’t download the STLs and print it myself).

Voron 2.4 clockwork filament motor assembly

The white nylon drive gear in my Fysetc kit wasn’t installed fully into position at the factory; you can see a bit of splined shaft between the hub of the nylon gear and the Bondtech-style filament gear; and you can see that the filament groove is misaligned between the Bondtech-style gear and the housing. I took it back out, supported the back end of the nylon gear with a large nut, and pressed it the rest of the way into position in a bench vise.

Voron 2.4 part-cooling fan with broken wire

There’s just barely room between the 4020 blower fan and the printed housing to leave the fan wires routed through their factory strain relief, differently than shown here. You should do that. So you don’t break off the fan wires. Like I did. And have to solder one back on.

After reattaching and routing the wires back through the strain relief, I covered the solder joints with hot glue to provide extra strain relief. I did note first that the black surface immediately beneath the wires is the fan and that it’s probably counterproductive to fill the whole cavity with glue.

Since I’d removed the sticker to have a teence more room to solder, I added a couple of drops of lightweight oil to the fan shaft before closing things back up.

Voron 2.4 fan assembly

The instructions and diagrams are hard to read regarding the orientation of the (lower) 4010 fan; but sticker-side-in blows air onto the cold end rather than sucking air past it, and more importantly, looks better.

Voron 2.4 afterburner printhead with cable ties

I presume the little notches in the toolhead housing are for cable ties (which I have since trimmed).

Voron 2.4 Build — AB Belts

Friday, May 27th, 2022

I took a break from Voron assembly last November due to being quite vexed at crucial information omitted from the assembly manual and the extra effort in interpretation and rework it caused me.

With a little one on the way [that is, I just ordered a Voron 0.1 parts kit], I figured it was time to get the 2.4 assembly finished; and thankfully, since November the assembly manual has been overhauled from r1 to r2 and is much, much, much better. If you’re assembling a Voron 2.4 and you don’t already have the r2 assembly manual, go download it right now. You can thank me later.

Voron 2.4 AB belt drive

Before my hibernation, I had assembled and installed the gantry. All of my frustrations about the instructions that drove me away at the time have now been addressed, save one, presented here for your sanity:

The instructions say to route the AB belts by clamping one end onto the carriage, then threading them through the entire gantry, then clamping the second end onto the carriage. I tried that at least twice and found it difficult each time to fish the belt ends through the AB blocks in the back corners. It was much easier for me to start in the middle by pushing both ends of each belt through this opening and around their drive pulleys, then threading the belts outward toward both ends.

As I resume assembly, I’ll compare 2.4r1 and 2.4r2 instructions, only calling out issues with the r2 instructions.