Mosaic 3D printer birch plywood frame pieces

Step one: assembling the frame.
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Carefully labeled

Each piece has a corresponding letter burned into it, making it easy to follow the instructions.
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Steady...

The pieces fit together easily enough. We never had to force anything, and escaped with no broken pins, at least on this step.
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Drama amid the television boxes

Our lab storage room actually hasn't been this organized in over five years.
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Piece by piece

Coming together.
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Step one complete

The end result, sans hardware.
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57 screws

The next part called for sliding tiny nuts into the slots on each piece, and then screwing them into place with tiny bolts, 57 times.
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Hardware detail

Close-up of the nut-and-bolt layout. This step was a little tedious and challenging. It's also where any casual consumer might first find frustration. Some of those nuts were hard to put in place.
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Sturdy, but also fragile

The wooden assembly feels strong enough once it's all together, but you do need to be careful. This cracked pin is our one major casualty so far.
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Custom fit

Some of the slots for the nuts were such a tight fit that we had to scrap out a bit more clearance. This is the one time during the day where we had to alter the provided pieces.
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Y-axis assembly

Next step, putting together the Y-axis assembly. The wooden piece here came preassembled. This is the piece that holds the plate onto which we will eventually (hopefully) print our 3D objects.
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Linear rail assembly installed

We'll mount a motor and belt system on this rail, which will drive the build platform back and forth inside the main housing.
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Y-axis complete

The Y-axis is assembled, and eventually we'll attach the build platform to that metal plate.
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