Planning and preparing for a build
- Read the " The Cathedral and The Bazaar", which is an excellent article describing how the Linux development model works. RepRap is currently almost as excellent an example as Linux in bazaar-style development.
- Decide whether to solder the boards, or to acquire them prefabricated.
- Although most steps are absolutely harmless when done right, you still might want to take a look at Health and Safety.
You will need a "standard" toolbox to build a Mendel. That includes, but is not limited to:
- Metric allen key / hex wrench set
- Soldering iron and associated consumables (solder, sponge, wick, etc). This assumes that you will be wiring your own connections. Some 'out-of-the-box' electronics kits & motors still need some connections made. My motor wires came pre-cut, however I extended them for clean routing & strain relief.
- Dikes/needle-nose pliers/small vice grips. A few different size 'grabbers' will make you a happy hobbyist
- Measuring device, preferably a set of calipers , but a decent ruler will work
- Wire stripper
It is recommended to also have:
- Small files &/or a dremel
- Drill & common bit sizes
- Loctite (I used 'red' on my frame to keep those big M8 nuts in place)
- Diagonal pliers (side cutters )
- Hacksaw (if you buy uncut smooth rods or support rods. Also may be useful if you need to modify your bolt for wades extruder--but you'll cover that later!)
- Multimeter for checking connections if your electronics do not come pre-setup/configured