Post by Jorge Post by Stu M
Maybe someone in the community that has one could take some pictures so I know what I have to recreate?
I have one taken apart, will try to take some pictures tomorrow.
Stu, today is tomorrow :-)
Hope it helps. I was going to measure the diameter but my chinese caliper's battery has run out of juice. My printhead has a pixel almost dead and the flex ribbon is split in two... :-(
Thanks Jorge! I'm sorry to hear about your printer having trouble too. I think the printhead is just exposed contacts on a flex cable. If so, may just need cleaning. If the ribbon cable is cracking, then that's probably the source of the problem. You might be able to solder some wires to jumper over the cracks. I bought 10 ft. of silver plated Kynar wire, (blue, 30awg) paid $5 with shipping on ebay. I have found it to be great for jumping around bad traces on circuit boards. I haven't gotten to take mine apart as far as you have. I'll be sure to take care around the flex ribbon.
I'm excited because from the picture you took, it looks like it's just a simple metal rod with rubber O-rings, placed to match up with the rollers in the frame. Should be very reproducable. Hopefully nothing else is missing.
I've noticed that the gear on your motor is black. Mine is white, and has a crack forming. Seems you got lucky with the black gear. Luckily I have a friend that can probably reproduce the gear with 3D printing.
So as long as I can recreate that rod, rubber o-rings should be easy. The hand knob will be another issue, I'm sure I can fashion something like a replacement appliance knob on it for functionality until I can do better, or maybe Charles can print a knob too?
The belt will be the next issue, I promise once I find a proper replacement to post the part number and where to buy.
For now, I'm hiding in the mountains of NC until this hurricane passes!! Hopefully my home will still be standing and inhabitable next week when I have my return flight scheduled!