12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

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12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by drifter57 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:55 pm

Has anyone yet attempted a 12 mm rod upgrade for the x and/or y axis of the TAZ 4 or 5? Am I correct in understanding the x axis on the TAZ 6 are 12 mm rods? If there are some modded files out there for this upgrade please share.

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by piercet » Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:56 pm

The taz 6 x rods are 12mm, I have a 12mm rod modification set to swap out the y axis ones. It is here www.thingiverse.com/thing:1549505

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by drifter57 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:01 am

Piercet, you up for tackling a 12mm update to the x axis too? You are quite adept at upgrading the TAZ, and this mod might be a less expensive alternative to your awesome Openbuilds update. Or are the TAZ 6 parts available and will they work on the TAZ 4/5?

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by piercet » Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:14 am

Someone already beat me to that. Billyd has a mod that will fit a stock Taz 4/5 on X, though you will have to drill out the rod holes in the end plate to fit it (not a big deal) http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1392011

As an added bonus, my anti-wobble will fit that design.

The Taz 6 axis and carriage is also usable, and the part files or even the parts themselves are open source and available. The trick with them is that you are basically committed to going with auto bed leveling if you go that route, since there is no Z endstop target mount on the Taz 6 parts. You can get a bed plate and the parts needed to convert for around $70 or so from Itworks3d.com though. That also includes the need to swap out the idler mount to get the front Y axis limit switch mount location.

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by paulmorley » Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:19 pm

I've done the 12mm rod X axis upgrade using the Billyd mod. Drilling the plates was no big deal especially if you have a drill press. I'm very happy with the results and WAY less sag when using the dual extruder.

Shameless showoff pic with my other latest mod (holders for my toolheads) and my Lulzbot logo. :)
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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by Brent.I » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:39 am

That work station looks great. We may have a spare tool head or two that could use some storage around here.... Any chance you can share your tool head holder hooks?

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by paulmorley » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:59 pm

Brent.I wrote:That work station looks great. We may have a spare tool head or two that could use some storage around here.... Any chance you can share your tool head holder hooks?
Absolutely Brent.I. Thanks for noticing.

I went ahead and posted it under the user gallery topic here.

And here's the Thingiverse link.

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by Brent.I » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:10 am

And licensed openly as well! Thank you very much!

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by drifter57 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:05 am

Thank you gentlemen for sharing! This is what I was looking for!

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Re: 12 mm Rod Upgrade for TAZ

Post by discojon » Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:48 am

I haven't priced it but surely the open builds conversion is less expensive than buying new linear rods.
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