Duet effector + [curved] Haydn Huntley’s Magball delta arms
carl last edited by
I recently wrote a topic about bad accuracy of my delta printer. I tried my best to calibrate and adjust anything I could through the software, and realized it was a hardware problem after I measured the dimensions of the fisheye and the carriage I was using. The Chinese parts I had wasn't even close to be accurate. I'm not bashing China, I'm just sharing my experience/constant bad luck with their product in the pas month.
Anyway, I ended up ordering a Duet effector + Haydn Huntley’s Magball delta arms. They are high end product (compared to the average market), well, this is what I believe, but I had a surprise with my last order...
The Haydn Huntley’s Magball delta arms I received are literally curved, by a lot, and they aren't all of the same length.
3x 288.06mm and 3x 288.07mm
I know the difference is negligible, but I end up with 2 pairs of same length and 1 pairs with both rod of different length, which is odd, but the worst is their curvature... From one end to the other, following the center axis, they are all curved...
rod 1) 1.5mm deviation
rod 2 to 5) 2mm deviation
rod 6) 3mm deviation
I ordered the Duet effector and the Haydn Huntley’s Magball delta arms from a Genuine Reseller. I contacted the seller, 4 days ago, about the curvature and didn't had a feed back yet.
I just proactively ask if this kind of curve is considered normal ? and if not, it is guaranteed ?
Haydn last edited by
@carl I'm the chap who builds the MagBall Arms.
They are guaranteed to match within 50 microns. It looks like your set of six matched within 10 microns, which is pretty darned good!
You should split the difference tell your firmware that the length of your arms is the average: 288.065mm
Usually when people are printing the first layer, they can tolerate a variation of 200-300 microns over the surface of the bed, so ~5 microns is pretty small in comparison to that.
The most important features of the arms are that they are zero backlash and that the arms are the same length. Because they use ball-and-socket joints, it doesn't matter if the Delrin rod ends aren't perfectly co-linear with the carbon fiber.
You can demonstrate this for yourself by placing a sheet of paper on your print bed, commanding the tip of the nozzle to (x=0, y=0, z=0.1) and then trying to slide the paper. You should feel a small amount of friction. Now use your fingers to rotate any of the arms, and recheck the paper -- you'll notice that the friction is the same, because the length of the arms didn't change. This is what is important.
If you want to have fun, you can swap two arms, and you should still see that the friction on the paper is about the same.
I've experimented with a bunch of different jigs, and if I constrain things too much, then the accuracy of the lengths suffers. So that is why there is sometimes a slight lack of co-linearity between the Delrin and carbon fiber, however it doesn't affect the printing quality.
So, yes, it is within normal limits.
If you're upset by it due to aesthetic reasons, contact me directly, and I can build you a custom set of out 10mm CF tubing, and those always turn out perfectly straight.
I really try my best to make sure that every customer receives an excellent set of arms!
carl last edited by
@haydn Ok, I'll give it a try. Since I'm printing quite fast (60mm/s for bed adhesion is my "standard"), I was wondering if the high velocity of the head, while printing the part, could be handled without problem or any unwanted vibration that may be caused by that un-co-linearity.
I've contacted you in private chat for those custom made 10mm CF rod.