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  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The completely assembled printer complete with custom parts

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The completely assembled printer complete with custom parts

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - Closeup of cable chain assembly on the X axis

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    Closeup of cable chain assembly on the X axis

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The X axis cable chain assembly at its maximum extension

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The X axis cable chain assembly at its maximum extension

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The cable chain at its junction with the base of the printer

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The cable chain at its junction with the base of the printer

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The cable chain on the left side of the printer showing its connection to the X axis

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The cable chain on the left side of the printer showing its connection to the X axis

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - Filament tube guides fitted to the existing extruder assemblies

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    Filament tube guides fitted to the existing extruder assemblies

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - Closeup of the electronics panel at the base of the printer showing the mass of connections

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    Closeup of the electronics panel at the base of the printer showing the mass of connections

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The custom made LED controller box containing power convertor and slave arduino

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The custom made LED controller box containing power convertor and slave arduino

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The lower multi-colour LED panel, removed to show detail, is attached with magnets to the front baseplate

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The lower multi-colour LED panel, removed to show detail, is attached with magnets to the front baseplate

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The upper multi-colour LED panel with diffuser

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The upper multi-colour LED panel with diffuser

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The upper multi-colour LED panel with diffuser

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The upper multi-colour LED panel with diffuser

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The custom heated bed wire cable guide in position inside the printer base

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The custom heated bed wire cable guide in position inside the printer base

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The right side of the printer showing the attachment points for the smart controller and LED work lamp

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The right side of the printer showing the attachment points for the smart controller and LED work lamp

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - A closeup of the back of the LED lamp head

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    A closeup of the back of the LED lamp head

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The LED work lamp showing the effect of the front diffuser to spread and soften the light

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The LED work lamp showing the effect of the front diffuser to spread and soften the light

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The filament spool holder with filament reel installed

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The filament spool holder with filament reel installed

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The filament spool holder with retaining nut partially screwed in

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The filament spool holder with retaining nut partially screwed in

  • The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The custom filament guide tube bracket

    The MendelMax 3 3D printer

    The custom filament guide tube bracket

The 'MendelMax 3' 3D Printer

The MendelMax 3 is the latest generation mid-volume 3D printer supplied in kit form. Read my review and progress during customisation, including the 3D files required to print some of my custom parts

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MendelMax 3 Review

I was asked by Makers Tool Works to review the MendelMax 3. This is the review I sent them, written with prospective buyers in mind, particularly those based in Europe, and contains information about importing and assembly that you won't easily find elsewhere

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - Closeup of the manufacturer's logo at the top of the machine

Spool Holder

Makers Tool Works supplies a long bolt in their kit to hang spools of filament. Does the job, but here is a better solution. Requires M8 threaded rods and 22mm skateboard bearings.

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The filament spool holder with retaining nut partially screwed in

Smart Controller

An alternative to the smart controller supplied by Makers Tool Works is one supplied by Geeetech and is very modestly priced. This enclosure is designed specifically for that board, together with an elegant and unobtrusive method of attaching it to the machine.

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The right side of the printer showing the attachment points for the smart controller and LED work lamp

Filament Spool Guide

Makers Tool Works provides some basic parts to attach the filament tube to the frame, but on the left hand side it interferes with the cable chain. This more elegant solution is provided for both sides of the machine

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The custom filament guide tube bracket

Tensioner Tube Holder

An area overlooked by Makers Tool works, these simple plug-in holders secure the filament guide at the extruder end

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - Filament tube guides fitted to the existing extruder assemblies

LED Controller

The MendelMax 3 is supplied with some pretty LED indicator lights fitted to the top crossbar and in the printer base. The controller unit contains a power convertor and an arduino CPU. This modification provides a housing for these components attached to the base frame.

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The custom made LED controller box containing power convertor and slave arduino

Upper LED Housing

The MendelMax 3 is supplied with some pretty LED indicator lights fitted to the top crossbar and in the printer base. The upper enclosure I've designed includes a printed diffuser and is designed to attach using the pre-cut holes in the crossbar

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The upper multi-colour LED panel with diffuser

Lower LED Housing

The MendelMax 3 is supplied with some pretty LED indicator lights fitted to the top crossbar and in the printer base. The lower enclosure I've designed includes a printed diffuser and is attached using 8x3mm magnets

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The lower multi-colour LED panel, removed to show detail, is attached with magnets to the front baseplate

Cable Chains

The cable chains are an integral part of the printer but not supplied with the kit. Makers Tool Works are vague about the parts required, so I've re-supplied the components clearly marked so you can build the assembly more easily

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The cable chain on the left side of the printer showing its connection to the X axis

Heated Bed Cable Guide

The cables connecting the heated bed to the controller run loose underneath the printer and can become snagged in the frame. This solution provides a channel to secure these cables to the existing support structure of the machine

The MendelMax 3 3D printer - The custom heated bed wire cable guide in position inside the printer base

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