This update is pretty quick, as I’ve been swamped with all of my other classes. I’m putting the whole thing together this weekend (hopefully), and just have a few more parts to make sure will work together before I can be ready for expo. I’m certainly not going to be ready to demonstrate a functional printer by April 23, but I’ll definitely have enough put together to show the aesthetic I’ve explored and how it will function.
An interesting lesson I’ve learned is imperial and metric fasteners have their own characteristics beyond thread size and pitch. Most relevantly, metric hardware has generally smaller head and nut size. This wouldn’t be much of a problem, aside from all of the parts out there (the designs I’m adapting from and printing) use metric sizes and I have to completely redesign some parts to use imperial sizes. Turns out I’m just going to try to find metric parts, which unfortunately costs more and isn’t as patriotic.