Prusa Mendel (iteration 2)

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Prusa Mendel Documentation
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Prusa Mendel

Release status: working

Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 is a simpler remix of normal Mendel.
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The Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 is an improvement of the Prusa Mendel (iteration 1), and was released in November 2011. This version precedes a third iteration (i3) which can be found here: Prusa i3


The external dimensions of the Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 are approximately 44x47x37 cm.

Main improvements

The following is a list of the main improvements made on the original Prusa

  • More parts are made to be push-fit
  • The carriages accommodate bushings and linear bearings
  • Nut traps were added to parts that were attached with M3 screws (e.g. endstop holders etc.)
  • The second bed plate was removed (The PCB heatbed is the second plate)
  • The belts were changed to GT2 belts - it is recommended to buy professional belt pulleys
  • Most M4 screws were changed to M3s
  • A printed plastic belt guide was designed to replace the large M8x30 fender washers
  • The belt clamp was redesigned


The development of the Prusa Mendel is hosted on github:


Printed Parts

The [Github repository] for the iteration 2 has all the STL files you need in order to make the printer. Run "generate-metric.bat" (or one of the batch files for the linear bearings) and it'll generate all the STLs needed. You will need OpenSCAD installed and it will need to be in your path.

The following is a list of what needs to be printed:

Quantity STL file Comments Picture
8 bar-clamp.stl I2-bar-clamp.png
3 bearing-guide.stl 2 for y axis idlers, 1 for x idler I2-bearing-guide.png
4 belt-clamp.stl I2-belt-clamp.png
4 belt-clamp-nut-holder.stl I2-belt-clamp-nut-holder.png
2 coupling.stl Two parts are in one STL, print twice. I2-coupling.png
3 endstop-holder.stl I2-endstop-holder.png
2 frame-vertex.stl I2-frame-vertex.png
4 frame-vertex-foot.stl I2-Frame-vertex-foot.png
2 rod-clamp.stl I2-rod-clamp.png
1 x-carriage.stl Pictured part fits LM8UU bearings I2-x-carriage.png
1 x-end-idler.stl Pictured part fits LM8UU bearings I2-x-end-idler.png
1 x-end-motor.stl Pictured part fits LM8UU bearings I2-x-end-motor.png
1 ybrac-t.stl I2-ybrac-t.png
3 y-bushing.stl Pictured part fits LM8UU bearings I2-y-bushing.png
2 z-motor-mount.stl I2-z-motor-mount.png

Parts for Wade's extruder are also included with the iteration 2 STLs:

Quantity STL file Picture
1 wade.stl I2-wade.png
1 wade-big.stl I2-wade-big.png
1 wade-small.stl I2-wade-small.png

Non-printed parts

Derived from parts list by Kliment

Quantity Description Comments
100 M8 nut Easier to buy a box of 100, spares are handy. Enough for Wade's extruder too
100 M8 washer Easier to buy a box of 100, spares are handy. Enough for Wade's extruder too
50 M3×20 bolt Enough for Wade's extruder too
50 M3 nut Enough for Wade's extruder too
50 M3 washer Enough for Wade's extruder too
6 M3x10 bolt
2 M3x8 grub screw
1 M8x50 grub screw
6 M8x30mm fender washer Used during assembly instructions, but not necessary if bearing-guide.stl is used instead.
10 LM8UU (Asia) or LME8UU (US, Europe) linear bearings OR
8mmx25mm brass bushings
If using linear bearings, don't cut costs here. Cheap ones can damage the smooth rods. (check plastic parts, in some cases could be required 11 pieces)
3 608 "roller skate" bearings "6082RS" for sealed, "608ZZ" for shielded. Again, don't skimp.
Rods - threaded lengths can all be cut from 6x1m lengths of M8 threaded rod

( 370 + 370 +210 ) * 2, ( 294 + 294 + 370 ) * 2, 440 + 440 , 440

6 370mm M8 threaded rod Three per side
4 294mm M8 threaded rod Front/rear. Can use 300mm too
3 440mm M8 threaded rod Top/Bottom. Can use 450m too
2 210mm M8 threaded rod z-axis lead screws. Can use 300mm too
2 350mm 8mm smooth rod
2 405mm 8mm smooth rod
2 420mm 8mm smooth rod
1 840mm GT2 toothed belt T2.5 can be used as well. Be sure to match the pulleys.
If you really want you can use T5 but it's not advised.
1 900mm GT2 toothed belt T2.5 can be used as well. Be sure to match the pulleys.
If you really want you can use T5 but it's not advised.
2 16-tooth pulleys to fit GT2 belts Can be 12-tooth, but 16 is advised for less backlash. Bore diameter should be 5mm.
2 1.5cm vinyl tubing, 6.35mm OD 4.32mm ID (3cm total) Used to attach motors to the Z axis threaded rods. Can be found at most hardware stores, typically used in toilets to connect refill tube to outlet.
1 6 mm thick MDF (dimensions unknown) Used as the bottom print bed
1 Glass surface or mirror Used as the top print bed. Small, cheap Ikea mirrors work well

If using Wade's extruder as included in the STLs:

Quantity Description Comments
4 M8 washers Included in count above
2 M8 nuts Included in count above
6 M3 nuts Included in count above
3 M3x10 bolts
3 M3x40 bolts
1 M3x8 grub screw
1 M8x20 grub screw
1 M8 hobbed bolt
3 608 "roller skate" bearings "6082RS" for sealed, "608ZZ" for shielded.


Stepper Motors

The Prusa iteration 2 uses 5 NEMA17 stepper motors, including the extruder. Two of these motors, the Z axis motors, are connected to the same stepper driver of the electronics. If using Wade's Extruder, its stepper motor needs a minimum holding torque of 40Ncm (0.4Nm or 57Oz*in). More information can be found on the Stepper Motor page.

Controller Electronics

About any RepRap controller works for the Prusa iteration 2. Required features: 4 stepper drivers, 1 thermistor input and 1 heater output for the extruder and optionally another thermistor/heater pair for the heated bed. Choosing the best one for your printer is mostly a matter of taste. For comparisons, see List of electronics, Comparison of Electronics and Alternative Electronics. Remember you will need a power supply unit (PSU), as this is not included with most assembled boards. Also remember that some electronics (RAMPS first and foremost) need an Arduino as well.



Heated Bed

Heated Bed