Gather Your Tools

Tools You'll Need

Some common tools and supplies are required to build the Thing-O-Matic:

Soldering Iron

You'll need to solder a few connections for the electronics.

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Wire Cutters / Strippers

You'll need to cut and strip some wires.

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Electronics Solder (preferably high-temperature)

Only lead-free / silver-bearing solders can handle the high temperatures reached by the Plastruder MK5 and MK6. If you have the cartridge-based MK6+ Stepstruder then there are only a few low temperature solder connections and any solder should be a-ok.

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Super Glue

You'll need superglue to attach the bottom of the extruder's "feet".

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Glue Gun

You'll need a glue gun to attach the bearings to the XYZ axes.

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Hex Keys

Hex keys are included in the kit are for tightening bolts.

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13 mm or Adjustable Wrench

You'll need one of these to bolt your nozzle to your extruder.

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Scissors

These will come in handy during various construction stages, particularly the Plastruder MK5 build.

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Vise

A vise (or C-clamp) is required to make your stepper driver cables.

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Needle-nosed Pliers

These are useful for tightening nuts.

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Optional Tools

  • Tweezers are always useful for small things.
  • 3mm or 1/8" drill bit for widening any narrow M3 bolt holes or making new ones.
  • Reamer for widening M3, M4, M8 or larger holes.
  • Sharp carving knife (scalpel or X-Acto) for trimming sharp edges or other cutting.
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  • 3-in-1 oil for lubricating rods.
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  • Ruler with both metric and imperial scale.
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  • Digital multimeter for checking component values and machine calibration.
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