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Post by sportbikeryder » Tue May 14, 2013 5:18 pm

lotw wrote:When I asked, quite a while ago, they told me they aren't going to be selling kits, at least upgrade kits. I would love being able to turn my AO-101 into one of those. I will eventually build my own printer when I feel more comfortable and really need to. So far my AO-101 does everything I want to do
Cconverting an AO-101 into a TKO / TAZ would be quite a chore. Probably better off just starting from scratch and making all of the parts with the 101.

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Post by Gemini64 » Tue May 14, 2013 8:03 pm

Hey guys,

Congrats on the new printer. :) So you renamed it from TK0 to TAZ uh?

I'm glad I could help with modeling the printed parts in FreeCAD. When the assembly module arrives (hopefully in v0.14) I'll update the assembly file.

In regard to upgrading an AO-100/AO-101 to a TAZ, IMHO it would not make much sense as most everything is different. You may salvage the stepper motors, the electronics board and the extruder but what else? All the extrusions are longer (500mm for all 10 of them).

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Post by lotw » Tue May 14, 2013 11:28 pm

The metal and electronics are the most expensive parts, that's why it would be nice to see an upgrade kit. This also breaks their mold of an upgradable printer.

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Post by jebba » Wed May 15, 2013 10:13 am

You could re-use a lot from an AO-101: the heatbed (if you keep it ao-101 size), the electronics, the motor, the hotend, etc. We have done a couple "TAZ Jr." which are TAZ at Prusa Mendel size. It may be possible to do a smaller TAZ from an AO-101, but I haven't looked at all the parts breakdown.

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Post by savorywatt » Wed May 15, 2013 11:27 am

Yeah, I printed all the new parts on my current printer, am ordering extrusions and nuts/bolts, and moving over everything else from my old machine, so steppers, electronics, hot-end etc. Or you could just buy a new set of electronics, motors, hot-end as well and build it on your own. The machine is competitively priced for something that is already assembled but if you're willing to cut corners you could build it on your own for a decent price.

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Post by BotLord » Wed May 15, 2013 3:40 pm

A coworker and I have been mulling over designing the parts to convert the AO-100/1 to a Taz style chassis to allow for taller prints, good to know others are interested in the idea :D
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Post by antfurn » Thu May 16, 2013 8:40 am

I would really welcome getting taller prints out of my AO-101 :D


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Post by Seesoe » Thu May 16, 2013 11:08 am

BotLord wrote:A coworker and I have been mulling over designing the parts to convert the AO-100/1 to a Taz style chassis to allow for taller prints, good to know others are interested in the idea :D
dito, what approach are you taking? im thinking to increase the width of the "upper_z_mount_idler_v2.1" part by 40mm, and then changing the "lower_vertex_middle" and "lower_vertex_right_left" angles from 60 degrees to 63. that way the extruder stepper and large gear can move up between the 2 horizontal frame pieces and gain about 2 inches. im still working on modifying the stl's in sketchup now, should have some results later today or tomorrow.

edit: sorry to hijack, ill make a new thread with the update

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Post by xMBliss » Sat May 18, 2013 4:02 am

Awesome design! Thank you for making it open source. Im looking forward to making one myself.
Would like to try those Igus bushing you are using since i heard many good things about them. Are they (RJM-01-10)? Could anyone give me a helping hand cause im really struggling to pick one of all the bushings they have. Thnaks

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Post by Couby » Sun May 19, 2013 3:44 am

Hi mates :).

As already said in another topic, I'm among TAZ fans :oops: . So great design, thanks Lulzbot :!:

I think a dedicated room for TAZ would be a good idea in order to open and developp exchanges, feedbacks, idea sharing, customization sharing...

Some questions I have in mind these days :oops: .

With the release in Lulzbot shop, it seems there are two repositories about TAZ (http://devel.lulzbot.com/TK-0/ and http://download.lulzbot.com/TAZ/). Wich one is the reference now ?

Something else I hardly identify, is the use of double_bearing_holder pieces. Possibly because I'm mainly using TK-0 assembly freecad file which maybe is not uptodate, yet till there I haven't seen double_bearing_holder in pictures.
Is it possible to have some details about that ?

I would have many many other questions both in order to advance in the build and in order to understand the design :oops: ...

Thanks again Lulzbot team, TAZ rocks :!: 8-)

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