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MendelMax 1.5 RepRap 3D Printer Kit


MendelMax 1.5 RepRap 3D Printer Kit

MendelMax 1.5 RepRap 3D Printer Kit
Item# MendelMax
Regular Price: $149.95
MakerGeeks Price: $105.95
Availability: Usually ships in 5-7 business days

MakerGeeks Description

RepRap MendelMax 1.5 Printed Parts Kit

MendelMax (MM) is an Open Source RepRap 3d printer designed by Maxbots in December 2011. It is a true reprap, using printed brackets, but instead of using threaded rod for the structural elements it uses inexpensive aluminum extrusions. This gives a huge increase in rigidity for a minimal extra cost. The required extrusions are available world wide from a variety of suppliers. In addition to greatly increased rigidity, this design is faster to assemble (probably 4 hours for most users), easier to print, has a larger build volume (~215x235x190 if built at the standard dimensions), and is easier to hack on.

Our MakerGeeks.com Kit includes ALL the printed parts you need to build your MendelMax 1.5 RepRap plus we include a Wade Reloaded Extruder at no extra charge!! Don't forget to tell us what color you would like - we have more colors of filament than anyone in the USA so get CRAZY and pick a cool color!! 

Here's what ya get....
  • 1x - Wade Reloaded Extruder (a $30+ value FREE from MakerGeeks.com)
  • 1x - Full MendelMax 1.5 kit of printed parts built for LM8UU/LM10UU Bearings
    • x4 Lower Vertex Lower
    • x4 Lower Vertex Upper
    • x4 Top Vertex
    • x1 Y Motor Mount
    • x1 Y Idler Mount
    • x1 Y Idler Tensioner
    • x2 Z Lower Motor Mount
    • x4 Z Lower Motor Mount Support
    • x4 Z Rod Clasps
    • x2 Z Top Vertex
    • x2 Y Rod Mount
    • x4 Y Rod Clasp
    • x1 Top Rod Jig 70mm
    • x1 Y Rod Setting Jig
  • 100% FREE FAST Shipping inside the USA!! 

MendelMax is based on the Prusa Mendel, and keeps its best parts. The Prusa Mendel kept the frame of the Sells Mendel, but fixed the problems in the X,Y and Z axes. MendelMax 1.0 builds on that by largely keeping the current XYZ axes, but completely redesigning the frame.
In addition to the increased rigidity, the printer is much easier to assemble than a standard Prusa. Even an inexperienced builder should have no trouble building the whole frame in an evening, two at most. And along with the easy assembly comes easy hackability. Almost any part on the bot can be removed with just a few screws, so swapping out literally any part on the bot is now a trivial operation.

The X axis is taken stock from the Prusa Mendel, in fact we don't even specify a specific X axis design, there are several good ones available, including the various vertically-oriented X axis designs that many people are exploring lately. As long as it sticks to the defined standard spacing between the Z rod and the Z leadscrew, it will work fine with MendelMax. We also use the standard Prusa Y design (For version 1.0), though we simplify it just a bit by making it easier to get everything aligned right. Z adds optional thrust bearings to support the weight of the axis (greatly reducing the problems with printed couplers), but this is a purely optional upgrade, and you can easily use the old design if you prefer.

Because MendelMax is primarily defining a new frame design, it is linear-bearing agnostic. I have used both LM8UU's and PTFE bushings and both work just fine. Brass or even printed bushings could be used, though I recommend avoiding the latter for highest reliability.
The current revision as of July 17 2012 shipping as kits from the official MM store is conisidered the MM 1.5+. It uses a linear slide for a Y axis rather than polished rods to give the heaviest axis a smoother motion and seems to have cleaned things up greatly. Also different from earlier models the steppers controlling the Z axis have been moved from the top of the printer to the base.

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