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Prusa Mendel I2 / V2 - 3D Printer Full Kit

Prusa Mendel I2 / V2 - 3D Printer Full Kit
Item# 3D-Printer-full-kit
Regular Price: $1,899.95
MakerGeeks Price: $1,250.34
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MakerGeeks Description

Prusa Mendel I2 / V2 - 3D Printer Full Kit
Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 is a simpler remix of normal Mendel. It is an improvement of the Prusa Mendel (iteration 1), and was released in November 2011. MakerGeeks.com has put this kit together so you'll have everything need to build and use a full feature RepRap 3D Printer... the Prusa Mendel V2 is one if not THE most popular DIY 3D Printers on the market and this kit will take you from un-boxing to 3D Printing!! Please note: This list is full kit for Prusa Mendel V2,UNASSEMBLED.This kit comes with almost everything you need to build your Prusa Mendel I2. You just need to assemble it after receiving. Please refer to "Prusa Mendel Build Manual".
The following is a list of the main improvements made on the original Prusa:
1. More parts are made to be push-fit
2. The carriages accommodate bushings and linear bearings
3. Nut traps were added to parts that were attached with M3 screws (e.g. endstop holders etc.)
4. The second bed plate was removed (The PCB heatbed is the second plate)
5. The belts were changed to GT5 belts - it is recommended to buy professional belt pulleys
6. Most M4 screws were changed to M3s
7. A printed plastic belt guide was designed to replace the large M8x30 fender washers
8. The belt clamp was redesigned

Features:
1.Printing area:200x200x100mm
2.New designed hotend version 2.0 with 2pcs 0.35mm nozzle,easy to disassemble and clean.
3.Perfect extruder with more durable X-carriage printed from 3mm ABS filament.
4.Universal Arylic controller board support plate makes your controller board selectable.Melzi Ardentissimo ,Teensylu 0.7,Sanguinololu v1.3a,Ramps 1.4,Generation 6, Printerboard rev D,Brainwave and Azteeg X1 to choose from.
5.Come with super smooth Borosilicate glass,easy to remove printing parts,print toys with flat bottom.
6.New stepper motors Nema17,large torque to print smoothly,avoid mistakes caused by friction.
7.Ultra smooth Z movement and couplings with revised X-end-idler.
8. Power supply S-350-12 12V 29A DC included.

The all new MakerGeeks.com Prusa Mendel V2 Kit Includes:

Mechanical Kit
M8 Threaded Rod 440mm 
3
M8 Threaded Rod 370mm
6
M8 Threaded Rod 294mm 
4
M8 Threaded Rod 210mm 
2
M8 Threaded Rod 50mm 
2
M8 Smooth Rod 420mm
2
M8 Smooth Rod 350mm
2
M8 Smooth Rod 390mm
2
M8 Smooth Rod 20mm(Extruder)
1
M8 Big Gasket(Washer)
8
M8 Nut
94
M8 Washer
97
M8 Nylock Nut
1
Thick copper wire(on MK2a) 50cm
2
Thermo-couple wire(on MK2a) 50cm 
1
Heatbed Spring 30mm(Wire diameter 0.5mm,Φ5mm)
4
Extruder spring 10mm(Wire diameter 0.8mm,Φ7mm)
2
X-end-motor large spring 40mm(Wire diameter 1mm,Φ12mm)
2
M3 butterfly nut (for fixing heatbed)
4
M3 Nut
38
M4 Nut
2
M3 Washer
53
M4 Washer
2
Little Washer(internal diameter 4mm,external diameter 9mm)
4
M3 Hex Socket Bolts 10mm
11
M3 Hex Socket Bolts 12mm
3
M3 Hex Socket Bolts 16mm
17
M3 Hex Socket Bolts 20mm
23
M3 Hex Socket Bolts 30mm
1
M3 Hex Socket Bolts 40mm
4
M3 Grub Screw 6mm(for fixing stepper motor)
1
M4 Hex Socket Bolts 50mm (Extruder)
2
M4 Bolt 20mm (Extruder)
2
M4 Nut (Extruder)
2
Hobbed Bolt (Extruder)
1
Hotend budaschnozzle 2.0
1
Rigid Coupler
2
LM8UU Linear Bearings
10
608ZZ Ball bearing
7


Electronics Kit
Stepper Motor Nema17
5
T5 belt pulley for Stepper Motor(+Screw)
2
T5 belt 950mm
2
End stop(with cables and 3pin Female port )
3
Heatbed MK2a
1
Aluminum plate
1
Borosilicate glass
1
Acrylic universal support plate
1
Controller Board-Sanguinololu(ATX Port)
1
A4988 Stepper Driver
4
Heatsink and set screws
1
Winding roll 3m
1
USB Cable
1
100k NTC Thermistor
1
Cooler Fan(12v,0.08mA)
1
SD breakout for Sanguinololu
1
Screwdriver set
1
Cable Ties
15
350W 12V 29A Power Supply and cable
1
Plastic Parts
Bar Clamp
8
Frame vertex with foot
4
Frame vertex
2
Y motor bracket
1
Z motor mount
2
Belt clamp
4
Belt clamp nut holder
2
y-bushing.stl
3
x-end-idler
1
x-end-motor
1
x-carriage
1
rod-clamp
2
endstop-holder
3
y-tensioner
2
acrylic sheet holder
4
wade_body (Extruder)
1
wade idler (Extruder)
1
biggearmod_fixed (Extruder)
1
smallgearmod_fixed.stl (Extruder)
1
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3D Printing Facts, Tips, Tricks & Other Bottom of the Page Nuggets
from MakerGeeks.com

What Temperature to 3D Print your Filament at?
While each 3D Printer is different and you will need to play around with the temps to get the best print here are some starter temps for you; these are all temperature profiles that are verified and confirmed print temps on the MakerGeeks.com 3D Printers (9 different machines from pre-built D3 and D4 to our own DIY custom Reprap printers) with the actual filament we sell to you... so they will get you 99% of the way there!
195c - 210c
210c - 215c
230c - 235c
250c
175c - Smooth
210c - Rough
165c (light colored wood)
210c (very dark colored wood)
210c
260c
210c
265c
How do I get my filament to stick and STAY stuck?
This one is a multi-faceted answer but here are the basics:
  1. Your print bed has to be level!! I mean, spend some time on this one... if it isn't level like a... well... like something that's really level - then your print won't stick and it won't come out looking right.
  2. Next... CLEAN, CLEAN, then RE CLEAN, have a sandwich and a soda-pop and then CLEAN again... use acetone and a lint free towel to make sure your print surface is clean and free from oils and dirt.
  3. If you are having a hard time printing on glass try using some Kapton tapeas that will give you a little better stick
  4. If you have a heated print surface... TURN IT ON!! Even when the filament used might not call for it, I always turn on my heat bed (who doesn't like a warm bed!!); even if it's just 40c it will really help. For PLA normally you'll want about 60c and for ABS you'll want 110c
  5. For ABS 3D Printing room temperature really matters... you need to keep your entire build warm; so if you can't print out in a warm room try putting a box over the printer to keep that build area as warm as possible.
  6. Try making "ABS Juice" - just add some scrap ABS filament to a bottle of acetone and let it dissolve and then use that to clean your print surface as normal; the dissolved ABS will give your printer extra STICK OR you can use "Aqua-Net Super Hold" hair spray (must be this brand to work right)... just clean your board as always and then lightly spray the Aqua-Net on the print board and print away (this method is my favorite as it seems to work best for me!)
  7. KEEP trying!! You'll get it and once you do have it dialed in then you have it forever... each printer is different; make sure you make notes of what works and what doesn't for each filament you use and each printer you have. So, in the future when you want to print out that EPIC "Yogi Bear" figurine in MakerGeeks.com Blue you know what to set up your GCODE for.
What is the main differences between PLA and ABS 3D Printer Filament?
The main difference between PLA filament and ABS filament is that ABS is produced from fossil fuels and PLA is derived from biological resources, which makes PLA plastic biodegradable. When it comes to 3D printing the key differences between ABS and PLA are:
  • PLA is a rigid liquid and ABS is a crystallized liquid, meaning that when heated ABS transits slowly from a gel to liquid and PLA transits direct from solid to liquid.
  • ABS is more flexible and PLA is more solid, meaning when stressed PLA will snap sooner.
  • PLA is more glossy looking consumable than ABS (see photos when selecting your material). 
Wow, you have a 1kg spool of filament... SO What! How much actual filament is that??
Big question of the day is... how long is a spool of 3D Printing Filament!? Hummmmm, I think even Blinky the wise old MakerGeeks.com owl might have a hard time with that question but never fear... we have the answer!!
1/kg Spool
PLA 1.75mm
PLA 3mm
ABS 1.75mm
ABS 3mm
302,000.00mm
120,192.30mm
245,000.00mm
147,732.30mm

... and what does that mean to me and you!! Well, check this out... if you are printing with 3.00mm filament for a iPhone case you need about 2,700mm of filament; for a EPIC Starship Enterprize Model you'll need about 12,000mm of 3D Filament and for a full Kossel 3D Printer Kit we normally use about 50,000mm of filament. Another way to look at it according to MakerBot is that 1 spool of 3D Filament produces about 392 full sized chess pieces. Whoa... that's a lot of chess!!

Don't forget... Print Happy @ MakerGeeks.comNow, go tell 5 friends and 3 total strangers that MakerGeeks.com is beyond EPIC!!! (thank you)

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