A friend of my ask me if I could repair his anycubic delta kossel xl.
It’s not an expensive delta kossel. It was a 180$ kit. One of the chepest one I think.
I never had the chances to work on a kit like this… I always build my printer by myself. But I said yes… and the works begin.
- The delta kossel that I have to repair
So… what are my impressions?
At first look the printer is quite WEAK and LIGHT. The weight is somenthing like my mini delta printer, made completely form iron plate and aluminum profile. The frame isn’t very rigid too.
In this model there isn’t a belt tension system… you have to tension the belt manually… and it’s very easy…
The delta arms/rods are quite good: 3mm ball joint and carbon fiber rods.
- Kossel effector. With just one fan, and the hotend-micro switch probe system
The effectr is light too. One hotend (E3D clone?) with just one fan (ONLY ONE?!?!) and it has a probe system too. When the hotend touch the plate it will rise a little bit and it will hit he z.min hotend mountend on the effector. Easy.
But I don’t like it very much… I always afraid to ruin the nozzle.
- MK8 bowden extruder clone
- MK8 bowden extruder clone
The extruder is quite a standard and quite good. I have used this before and I like it. Can’t print flexy materials, but for PLA, ABS and other standard filament will be ok.
Now lets start with the broken part.
The fan mount on the effector was broken. Anycubic… you CAN’T mount only one fan (just for the hotend body) and with a weak piece of plastic…
The carriage tower where broken. ALL OF THEM.
- delta carriage. The are tooooooo weak
- It can afford to sostain the pressur of the wheels witout broken itself
IMHO they where printed with a low quality parameters, and with a low quality plastic. The model itself as some weak point:
- The plastic in the curve is too thin, and it as much less pressure force.
- the wall for the screw to regolate the pressure is to thin too
And it was really light. Like it was printed with low infill…
Come on Anycubic… ok this is a cheap kit… but you come from a country that produce a LOT of filament. You can afford to put some more plastic inside them!
i have to admit that this in one of oldest kit I think. Now they ship kit with plastic pieces made by injection mold.
- the plastic is really cheap. Too light.
So I started printing some other carriages, stronger and easy to mount.
- There will be 2 pieces for each carriage. One for the joint arms
- One for the wheels
- Fully assembled
The design are not mine. I have downloaded them from thingiverse. You can find a lot of these model from thingi. And you’ll find one for your needs.
- Nice pressure
The wheels now have a nice pressure. The movements ares really good. But I don’t love very much these wheel. I have used only gslot wheels (they are V shaped wheel like openbuilds wheels and they perfectly fit in they special profile), but these wheels has a round shape… and thei don’t fit 100% in the profile… But it can work fine.
- All the carriage mounted
One ce all the carriage are in their place it’s look better than before 😀
Now it’s look alive again.
Once of the weak poin is the rigidity of the upper triangle… I can bent it only looking at it… Just Jocking…
But ok I need to fix that to… I want it more rigid… but how?
- Before the mod
- A piece of MDF
- After the mod
Now the upper triangle is more rigid. The towers can bent quite a little… But I can’t fix that… becaouse the fault is in the plastic corners.
The last think I have to do is the fan duct for the hotend.
- Need to add a fan duct
Lucky of me I still have one of the old fan duct that I printed when I built my first version of the delta. It fits perfectly. And I could add 2 more fan to cold down the printed piece.
- Fan duct added! It’s magic
So… now the calibration and tuning.
The printer come with an Arduino Mega 2560, with ramps shield and 4 A4988 stepper driver. The bed will be controlled by a car 12V relay.
I have installed a MKduo for this printer, and it works like a charm. First I have calibrated manually but than I have set up the delta auto calibration geometry and now it can calibrate itself quite easly.
But the final question is… CAN IT PRINT AGAIN?!?
I have downloaded and printed a little statue too. A little jack reaper.
Printed at 0.1mm layer height.
It come out really well. It has some strings effect. Well.. I have printed it with no air flow on the piece… so I think it’s normal.
These anycubic delta printer is above my expectations. It can print really well. The frame is light, soo light that it has some really evident weak points. But the light frame and structure is one of it’s advantage. It’s so light that it can go quite fast. Really fast for a cheap printer like this.
Well it not like the TEVO little monster that I saw on the internet (yeah I know there is some issue with TEVO in these period, but I like the design of the Little monster). Just to be clear I don’t have one Tevo Little monster, I don’t have ever see one of that in real life, just look at the printer online.
I will but a kit like these? I dont’ think so… I want a stronger frame. But I admit that it print well.