Belt splitter jig

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Mendel uses belts which are only 5 mm wide, but stock belts for the suggested pitch (5 mm) usually come in either 10 mm or 15 mm widths. The belt splitter jig is needed to split these wide belts.

The two RP part files (see BOM below) for the belt splitter can be found in the cartesian bot files. The spacer is used to split remaining 10 mm belt widths in half.

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BOM

Name Qty/assembly Total Qty Type
belt-split-jig-spacer-10mm-width_1off 1 1 RP
belt-split-jig-bracket-15mm-width_2off 2 2 RP
Box cutter/Stanley blade 1 1 Blade
M4x40 cap 4 4 Fastener
M4 nut 4 4 Fastener
M4 washer 8 8 Fastener


Assembly

BLADE WARNING: Use leather gloves or be prepared to loose fingers.

This is what it should look like, though the belt as been omitted for clarity ;-)

Belt-splitter.JPG


Operation

BLADE WARNING: Use leather gloves or be prepared to loose fingers.

Assemble with the belt in place. Tighten bolts. Work the blade into the belt.

Belt-splitting-first-cut.JPG

Insert blade fully. It is safest to clamp the whole assembly in a vice, then pull belt through.



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