Getting started :)

Hi guys & gals!

I’m a crusty old machinist and just taken the plunge with the Snapmaker A350 YaY!

First job was to get a nice machine table.

And my first question before I assemble and kick off with the journey.

I think my table is overkill but I’m very happy.

How important is the machine table? Being predominantly manual machinist there is a feel that does not transfer with CNC/gcode dynamics :thinking:

Genuine question tho, I am commissioning my machine in my spare room on carpet which seems odd

Pug

You’ve already got a better setup than many of us, I think (my A150 is sitting on an old cabinet door on a wooden crate in the one corner I had available to tuck it into, and it probably isn’t very level). For the most part, what seems to be most important is getting the frame of the Snapmaker itself properly and firmly assembled, with the linear modules square and the bed as flat as reasonably possible. Table itself shouldn’t matter much as long as it’s solid enough not to vibrate apart.

The next most important thing to keep in mind is ventilation (out that convenient window, ideally :wink:) and dust handling, which I’d guess you know more about than I do.

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I made the mistake of putting something just a bit taller than the bed near the right side of my v1. During startup, the X axis was lowered on to it, which lifted the base of the machine off the desk about 1cm on that side. I didn’t notice it, and it didn’t affect the results.

So it seems that as long as all the axises are perpendicular to each other, it doesn’t really matter how they are oriented. Although if you do it wrong enough, you might have issues with cable tension or filament feed tension. Some users have had issues with cables rubbing during movement, and getting caught on the Y axises. A lot of users have issues with filament getting snagged and not feeding properly.

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And we are off and running the spiral vase for calibration!

I have the enclosure but thought it prudent to wait until I’ve proven the machine has been assembled to spec.

Very nice quality components :slightly_smiling_face:

Pugs

I have the enclosure but thought it prudent to wait until I’ve proven the machine has been assembled to spec.

Good plan. There are a lot of potential assembly issues we see in the forums. Not to mention the calibration steps are easier to do outside. Although some of the final calibration (like temperature towers and stringing towers) should be done inside the enclosure.

Thankyou for the kind welcomes.

I can only say this is a quality machine so far.

PLA print settings were spot on but I had a few false starts with PETG (printing beautifully with a few adjustments) CF filled etc to come…

I’ve purchased a POP 3D scanner and will be leveraging the SM CNC capabilities extensively :wink:

Be interesting the CNC cycle times, the 3D print seems long when choosing highest quality :slight_smile:
Much funs

Pugs


Very snazzy! Slides could use some lube…

I think I’ll do some modifications to the enclosure tho :joy:
Such as flipping the controller mount to the top and also re using the angled mount for use with the side door open :slightly_smiling_face:

Pugs

I would be curious about the placement of the printer within the enclosure. Can you reach in from the side towards the back for changing modules? Are there two doors for access with this enclosure?

The enclosure has a front door and a side door (exact construction varies depending on the size). It isn’t ideal for module swaps, but you can make things more bearable by jogging the head downwards before you cut power in order to perform the swap. The feet of the printer are mounted to the enclosure in such a way that the whole thing becomes a unit.

Pugs,

Perfect set up for the A350, I have done 4 of the vase’s and no problems so far. I will be looking for a model to hold the spool of filament better or maybe design one. As a long time machinist myself this is all new. Machinist for over 45 years and still learning. I will post my set up, using an Ikea computer desk for now.