M2 Assembly Instructions
M2 Animated Assembly Overview:
These animations provide an overview of how the M2 is assembled. However, the steps in the following instructions vary from the animations in order to simplify the process. Use the animations as a reference but please follow the assembly instructions carefully. Additionally, wait until the frame is fully assembled before adding motors, end-stops and wiring.
Every part in the kit should fit together. You may need to finesse them but at no point should brute force (using a hammer) be necessary. If you find that you need brute force check the instructions carefully or ask for assistance on IRC or the MakerGear Google Group.
You are probably really excited and want to jump in but PLEASE watch the videos and read through the guides before starting your assembly. Attaching the Z-Stage/Platform is the most involved part of the assembly - the instructions for that step are at the bottom of this page. At least go though those before starting your build.
You can access the higher resolution animations by clicking on the video and going directly to our Flickr site.
M2 Assembly Instructions:
The following 'Assembly' links open PDFs that provide detailed, exploded assembly diagrams.
Belt Clamp Assembly
Upper Spool Holder Assembly
Lower Spool Holder Assembly
Upper Shaft Clamp Assembly - remove the bearing while mounting the Z-stage.
Lower Shaft Clamp Assembly
Filament Drive Assembly
Z Stage/Platform Assembly
There is a latex coating on the outside of the flange bearings. The coating may cause a tight fit and/or get scratched off when they get attached to the Z stage. You can get matte latex spray, to replace/repair the coating, at craft stores.
Mount the Z Stage/Platform - this is the most involved part of the assembly process. Please follow the instructions carefully.
Final Frame Assembly - the steps related to mounting the Z-Stage have already been completed. Skip those items to complete frame assembly.