Thursday, March 18, 2010
Assembled the base frame last night. The PVC ends seem to be more than up to the task, and everything squared up nicely.
I am playing with square rails on the bottom axis. It should allow for floating trays, and when I have a functional printer I will upgrade to a rack and pinion configuration. My goal is to produce a repstrap that has removable trays that can be fed into and out of the machine automatically.
Auto feed trays open many possible avenues for production. Secondary machines can be added to perform subsequent steps in manufacturing as we produce more complicated designs. Simple examples would be a pick and place, or tray sorter.
This would allow for many different build surfaces quickly interchanged or longer rails clipped onto the ends to allow for longer build surfaces.
Thoughts? I am not very far along yet, so if anyone has concerns please raise them now.