my 3D printing journey continues…

I’ve learned a lot in the two years since I decided to get a 3D printer. At this point, I believe I’m ready to take on a greater challenge. One the biggest reasons I purchased the Prusa MK3S was the fact that it pretty much ready to print out of the box (other than having to assemble it). At the time, it was important to me to get printing right away and focus on design rather than troubleshooting and upgrading parts, when I didn’t really know that much. That proved to be a good decision and as a result, I was able to design and create a variety of 3D printed projects.

Now, I’ve come to a point where I want to step up my 3D printing game. After some research, I decided to build a Voron. Voron printers are known for speed, quality, and aesthetic design. While it’s not a commercial company, I wasn’t worried about having problems with no customer service to turn to. There is a large community of Voron users with experience and expertise to help if my own experience and knowledge fall short. With that in mind, I opted to go with a Voron 2.4 350mm as my first Voron build (more on that later).

The dilemma now was whether to self source or buy a kit. That dilemma was short lived as I quickly decided to order a kit, which would save money and time on shipping costs, extra tools, and having to cut and crimp a lot of wires. I ordered my kit from West3D (highly recommended), a vendor of LDO Voron kits and after a long wait due to Covid delays, I received it a few days ago!

LDO Voron 2.4 350mm kit

After such a long wait, I am excited to get started with assembly. But unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way. I’ll be sure to post updates as I make my way through this assembly process. I am planning to take my time and enjoy each step. I printed all the necessary parts on the Prusa MK3 using PolyMaker PolyLite ABS. While Vorons give a great opportunity to flex your creativity and use fun colors, I opted to go with an all black theme and add some flair with custom skirts. Below is a quick summary of my Voron 2.4 build.

  • LDO Voron 2.4 350mm kit
  • E3D Revo Voron hotend
  • StealthBurner toolhead with ClockWork2 Extruder (Release) with 2 piece SB toolhead PCB
  • Mods & Upgrades
    • BigTreeTech Pi TFT50
    • Z Joint mod by hartk
    • Klicky by jlas1
    • VEFACH by KevinAkaSam
    • FilamentLatch by richardjm
    • Nevermore V5 by 0ndsk4
    • Delta 5015 blower fans in the toolhead
    • Custom skirts
    • Custom case and hinge for the BTT TFT50
    • RGB LED chamber and skirt lighting
    • DIY Filament runout sensor
    • Larger heatsinks for stepper drivers
    • Sorbathane isolation washers for vibration and noise reduction
  • Future plans
    • Enraged Rabbit Carrot Feeder
    • DIY Filament dry storage with motorized rewind

As I mentioned above, the Voron 2.4 will be my first Voron. The plan is to build a Voron Trident 250mm at some point in the not too distant future. The smaller Trident will take the Prusa’s place as my rapid prototyping printer since it’s smaller size and bed starting at the top of the chamber, allow it to heat up faster than the much larger V2.4 at 350mm.

That’s it for this post. I hope you’ll follow along as I build my first Voron. I’ll try to post after each stage of the build is complete. Hopefully, when it’s done, it’ll look something like the render below. Wish me luck!

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