Place to show off PCB Effector assemblies

  • Hi

    Just to kick off I have assembled my PCB Effector (Release Version) this morning and thought I would post some images of it.

    Mine is having a Zesty Nimble mounted to it and the Adaptor is already fitted to the effector assembly and the whole thing weighs in at 124 grammes total add another 27 for the nimble and we are at 151grammes not bad I reckon.

    Apologies re the lighting on the second image


  • I'm jealous - mine got delayed because of the PT100 sensor issues…

  • Already had a bunch of spare E3D Parts so no delay here I am Glad to say got a PT100 sensor in the bed as well may as well seeing as I had a spare port on the Daughter board and the sensor was like less than £2 IIRC from RS


  • @DADIY:

    I'm jealous - mine got delayed because of the PT100 sensor issues…

    PT100 sensor issues?
    Is this the reason my order has not shipped yet?


  • It does seem that the PT100 sensors have gone out of stock don't imagine it will take long to get them in unless E3D have also got problems with them?

  • For anyone doing the same as I am and putting a nimble on it be careful with the 6 pin microfit connector it is a very tight fit against the nimble adaptor and it may foul the retaining clip?

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    I'm jealous - mine got delayed because of the PT100 sensor issues…

    me too…...

    Mine was promised to be out yesterday or the day before but it appears that my order which was promised as a priority wasnt....

    i always rated the service as exemplary up till this point where it fell down.

    We are very sorry about the PT100 delays, it was a bit of perfect storm with e3d's new website changeover happening at the same time as we released this meaning a delay to out PT100 order. I thought we had PT100s in stock for the initial batch of orders but was mistaken.

  • @Dougal1957:
    If I recognized it right you cutted PTFE tube flush out with Nimble adaptor top. My adaptor is on the way to me yet. But as I saw at its model the hole for the tube is stepped: 4mm dia from the sitting plane up then 2mm dia up to the top of the adaptor. Was something changed or did I just misinterpret the model?

  • No both myself and Rommie drilled it out all the way thru that way we know that the PTFE is all the way into the heatbreak properly. We also found that the hole for it was very tight and needed reaming out any way.

    Whaen did you order yours if it was before today you will need 3 washers under each of the 3 legs and you will need some M2.5 x 16 or 18 long screws and I would suggest Nylock nuts or std ones with thread lock 16 long is just enough it is very tight getting the fan shroud on with nylocks as well so std nuts with 16 long screws and threadlock would probably be the best option.



  • Thank you for your advices! And what retains PTFE in place, Nimble itself? What is the right size for drilling bit? Will 4mm be enough, maybe 4.1mm?

  • 4mm is perfect, just snug enough to hold it all in and then the nimble makes certain that it stays where it needs to be

  • Thanks!

  • @CaLviNx:

    Just a thought but would a button headed allen bolt run through from underneath to a locknut or brass insert embedded into the nimble adaptor provide a little more clearance ?

    It may well do but it is very minor and just forces the fan shroud slightly out of line. so don't think it would make that much difference to be honest a std nut rather than a nylock on that one side would solve the issue.


  • @CaLviNx:


    Just forces the fan shroud slightly out of line.

    That's the bit that would bug the engineer in me though !!!

    I know what you mean and I have just repositioned it and it is now flat but it is close rotate it just a little and it would foul std nut and threadlock is the answer to this one

  • Completed setup:

    Smart Effector
    E3D V6
    Zesty Nimble Extruder
    Custom hotend fan shroud with Sunon Maglev 30x10mm Fan
    Sunon 30mm Radial fans x2 B0503AFB2-8 (DHGate/Aliexpress);searl|3693541275 with custom brackets (see listing above). They are 5V but can be powered via the 5v rail with PWM provided by grounding to the PWM Fan GND pin of your choice. I thought I'd try diffuse air flow for a change, although you can bond ducts onto them.

    Wiring 2x ethernet cat 5e cables for sensors/fans, two heatproof original hotend heater cartridge cables for hotend heater (using 40w 12v so 3.33A means network cables are not really suitable using the spare 6 cores I had. Planning to get some 50w 24v heaters over from china, at 2A network cables might be able to handle it.

    Notes, the hotend fan is located further out from the heatsink to prevent interference with the nozzle contact sensor.
    The print fan when running completely ruins the sensor output, but then I can't see a case for probing with print fans on.

    Calibrating to 0.006 deviation.
    Interestingly my G31 z offset is actually 0.1mm (not -0.1mm) which I tuned using babystepping.

  • Looks good DjDemonD! I'm looking into using cat6 (or cat5e) cables for my printer. Do you think 6 pairs would be enough for 40W 24V?

  • Well according to this guide 24 AWG cable with 7-24 cores should be able to handle 1.4 amps, but this seems a lot to me.

    In that case 1 pair would give you 1.4A, 2 paris 2.8A and 3 pairs 4.2A.

    So yes I suppose it would, its only during initial heat up that a prolonged period at max PWM occurs, after that its going to be less to maintain the temperature.

  • I do believe cat6 is supposed to be 23awg (altho Im sure there are some 24 or even thinner cat6 cables out there). 1.4A per pair sounds a bit much tho…

  • Well could you measure the resistance of the run of cable you intend to use, then use
    W=I2R to calculate the expected wattage of heat generated?

    You're using 24v so you are only looking at 1.66 amps total. Although measure the resistance of your heater cartridge as my recent experience has shown they are rarely the capacity they are claimed to be even from e3d et al (30w heater was only 24w calculated by resistance).

  • Don't have any equipment that can measure resistance that low… I found talking about different PoE standards. They have the current from 350mA to 960mA per pairs of pairs. So 960/2*3=1444mA for three pairs…

    Sorry for the off topic, I'll stop this line of discussion an let you guys show of you new effecors 🙂


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