Materials and Tools[edit | edit source]

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Final mechanical assembly materials.
Description Count
Print effector with magnets affixed 1
Printed quick connect thumbscrew 1
Assembled Hexagon hot end 1
Assembled 40mm fan 1
M3 x 12mm socket head cap screw 2
Reamed pneumatic quick connect fitting 1
2mm id x 4mm od PTFE tubing about 63cm
Small wire tie 1
Printed glass hold down 3
#6 x 1/2" sheet metal screw 8
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2.5mm hex key
Precision knife

Notes[edit | edit source]

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Snap carriages onto LM8UU bearings.
    Snap the carriages onto the LM8UU bearings with the magnets facing towards the printer's base. Secure the carriage to the fixed belt terminator with a M3 x 16 mm socket head cap screw. The head of the screw faces the exterior of the printer with the M3 nut and washer on the interior side against the carriage. Repeat with remaining two apexes.
  2. Attach vertical boards.
    Insert M3 x 50 mm socket head cap screws with M3 washers through the holes in a vertical board. Push the screws through their holes in the idler and motor ends. The holes will not align with the screws if the apex isn't properly assembled, e.g. the ends aren't fully pushed onto the guide rods. Secure the board in place with M3 nuts and M3 flat washers on the idler end and only nuts on the motor end (there is insufficient clearance for washer). Repeat with the remaining two apexes.
  3. Attach the assembled extruder drive.
    On the apex having all the limit switch wires, position the extruder drive about half way up the vertical board and with the fuel hose angled up and to the right (see picture). Secure in place with two #6 x 1/2" sheet metal screws.
  4. Attach quick-connect.
    With the precision knife, clean the thumbscrew so that it fits on the pneumatic quick-connect. Carefully thread the quick-connect on the outlet side (the side with the fuel hose) making sure it is threading squarely.
  5. Braid the extruder drive motor wires.
  6. Place a small dab of grease on connecting rod ends.
    Place a small amount of grease on the ends of the connecting rods.
  7. Engage connecting rod with carriage magnets.
    Engage the connecting rods with the magnets in the carriages.
  8. Attach the end effector.
    Engage the opposite end of the connecting rods with the magnets in the end effector. Note the orientation of the end effector - each pair of connecting rods must be parallel, otherwise the end effector is uncontrollable. If the end effector flops about and isn't rigid on the connecting rods, this requirement hasn't been met.
  9. Attach the Bowden sheath.
    Push the 4mm PTFE tubing into the pneumatic quick-connect on the extruder drive. Tie the fan, thermistor and hot end wires to the Bowden sheath with three or four small wire ties. Do not over-tighten the wire ties as they can constrict the Bowden sheath and block the movement of filament.
  10. Attach the spool holder.
    Run all of the wires down the right side of the vertical board, pulling them towards the bottom of the frame. Secure the wires in place with the spool holder, placed about halfway between the extruder drive and the bottom of the printer. Secure the spool holder with two #6 x 1/2" sheet metal screws.
  11. Secure wires at base of vertical board.
    With the wire retainer and a #6 x 1/2" sheet metal screw, secure all of the wires at the base of the vertical board.
  12. Secure the mirror to the base.
    The base is just large enough for the 10" mirror. Align the mirror and secure in place with the three printed glass hold downs and #6 x 1/2" sheet metal screws.
Assembled AthenaII sans electronics.
Assembled AthenaII sans electronics.

Navigation[edit | edit source]

Preparatory Materials
Printer Primer
AthenaII Printed Parts Glossary
Non-Workshop Tasks
Assembling hot end
Soldering and tinning
Workshop Tasks
Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Connecting Rods Frame Epoxying Magnets
Epoxying Magnets Connecting Rods End Effector
Extruder Drive and Spool Holder Epoxying Magnets Frame
End Effector Extruder Drive and Spool Holder Connecting Rods
Frame End Effector Extruder Drive and Spool Holder
Final Mechanical Assembly
Before 2019 Starting 2019
Wiring/Melzi + BB Wiring/Athena Board
Firmware and Calibration Firmware and Calibration - (Wireless Setup) - (Update Franklin)
Software and First Print
Follow-up information
Printing Basics
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Authors Jerry Anzalone
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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Created June 12, 2018 by Jerry Anzalone
Modified July 8, 2022 by Kathy Nativi
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