Building the frame is one of more enjoyable parts of the project. It is like working with a scaled up erector set. There is one catch…the frame is assembled using t nuts in the slots. The lower cost t nuts must be slid into the slots from the ends. Since many extrusions get covered on each end by other extrusions, you must plan ahead with the nuts. Many nuts are used to mount brackets and skins much later in the build so it is difficult to figure it out as you go.
We have tried very hard to document all the locations of the nuts, but you will forget some. There are two solution to this. The first is to disassemble one end and slide in the nut. The second solution is to use post assembly t nuts. These nuts drop into the slots from the side. The only problem is they cost quite a bit more. At some point you will be so far in your build that you not want to disassemble. Trust me, at some point you would be happy to drop $5 bills into the slots rather than disassemble. I would suggest buying about 20-30 extra drop in nuts. Some nuts with the spring loaded ball are already on the BOM. These are used when you need them to hold their position on vertical rails.
There are three different types of brackets used. Be sure to use them in the correct locations. Most places use the cast corner brackets, but those interfere with the Makerslide V feature.
Use the image below and the instructions in the table to build the frame. The drawing also shows the part numbers and the spacing of the parts that are not on the ends of other extrusions.
NOTE: This table also contains the number of EXTRA t-nuts that should be installed during assembly. It does NOT account for the t-nuts that are necessary to connect that piece other pieces of frame. Therefore, you should be looking carefully at the diagram above and include any t-nuts you will need to connect this frame piece and any frame pieces in a later step.
(Right, rear, etc are stated as if looking at the piece, after installation, from the front.)
The numbers represent the suggested order of assembly.
I have no doubts that some of these numbers are wrong. The table will continue to be updated as the new information is available.
Here is a link to an alternate t-nut table - link
|Step||Description||Part||Top||Right or Rear||Bottom||Left or Front|
|1||Assemble Left End|
|2||Assemble Right End|
|3||Front and Back Horizontal Bottoms (ties left end to right end)|
|4||Bottom Horiz(ties front to back)||2020-560||0||0||0||0|
|5||Bottom Horiz (ties left to other bottom hor. just installed)||2020-730||0||0||0||2|
|7||Bottom Skin and Feet||SEE STEPS BELOW|
|8||Mid Vertical (back of work area)||2020-160||0||0||0||0|
|9||Front Vertical (right side of work area)||2020-090||0||0||0||0|
|10||Rear Top Horizontal||2020-960||2||3||0||1|
|11||Top Horizontal (front to back - right side of work area)||2020-560||2||0||0||0|
|12||Front Top Horizontal (above control panel)||2020-230||2||0||0||0|
|13||Top Horizontal (left to right at rear of work area)||2020-730||4||0||0||0|
|14||Top Horizontal (left to right at front of work area below lid line)||2020-730||0||0||0||2|