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Transporting a Big 3D Printer
September 23rd, 2012

I have almost lost count of how many times I have had to move my printer since I built it. To get it out of certain spaces and for clearance in my car, I need to remove the Z axis beam with the stage still connected. It takes two people to move the main portion of the machine and does require some angling to get out of rooms/hallways as the build base is solid 2 x 4 foot [.6 x 1.2 m] aluminum plate. I typically tape all wiring and electronics down with painters tape so nothing catches or moves around during transport. Reinstalling the Z axis beam is easy, as it is only a handful of screws and I made little spacer blocks so I know exactly how far back on the 80/20 extrusion to secure it. Being that this machine is so rigid, nothing has come out of alignment during transportation.

Ready for the back of my car

Ready for the back of my car

Packed up again

Packed up again

It fits perfectly into a ProJet 3000 shipping crate!

It fits perfectly into a ProJet 3000 shipping crate!

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12 Comments:
  1. Nacera
    December 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi Jim,

    Nice day to you!!
    I have seen your machine, need to get in touch with regarding your machine. Please let me know your contact details.

    Best regards
    Nacera

    • Jim
      February 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

      …go to the contact page…

  2. Tony Wright
    January 16, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Jim, Nice machine you have built. In ver. 2.0, would you have used the larger plate as a build platform ? I’m seeing the need for parts getting to about 3 feet cubed, and in some cases even 3′ x 3′ x 6′. Are you going to combine cnc and wood routing with abs part printing ? Another consideration would be to add a 3d scanner to the unit for input. Finally, what about scraps and stuff from the the abs: can it be recycled for the printer, by putting through a grinder ?
    Keep on printing, Tony

    • Jim
      February 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

      Anything is possible Tony

  3. Paul Purdy
    February 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Very interesting printer you have made. I am working on somthing of similar size but need to use multi materials so will be using a moving head to acomodate the nozzle wipe.

    Have you had any problems with ABS warping? I am currently using a BFB3000 and ABS is warping all over the place!

    • Jim
      February 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

      No, I have not as I am using a heated build plate

  4. Maxx
    March 12, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    hallo Jim

    I sent an email to the contacts made ​​this site
    aspect reply

    thank

  5. Terry W Rhuebottom Jr.
    May 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I’ve become very interested in 3d printing over the past year or so. Your printer is quite amazing and I was wondering if I could get the machining specs for the metal components I would like to build something similar but with quite a few tweaks.

    Thank you.

    • Jim
      July 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

      Still working on it!

  6. Bill
    September 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Are the plans and BOM available for the large 3D printer.

  7. DavidCary
    April 30, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Wow, that’s impressive.
    I copied your photo of the crate with your big printer inside to . I hope you don’t mind. :-)

  8. 김대성
    May 3, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    안녕하세요 짐,

    나는 당신의 3D 프린터를 구입하고 싶습니다.

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