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Most of this info is OUTDATED. This information pertains to JellyBOX Original, which has been replaced by JellyBOX 2. Please head to the docs homepage to see the latest info, if that's what you're after.

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Jellybox Anatomy & Glossary

We talk about the JellyBOX Anatomy, go through the basic glossary of terms, and present the plan of attack = plan of build

(1 min)

Easy Kit Unboxing

Workspace Setup

An organized workspace will

  • make the build more enjoyable. You can focus on the build instead of searching for tools 60% of the time
  • make it all go faster
  • reduce the potential for breaking things and making mistakes

(True story: we have had a maker burn his control electronics because a stray screwdriver shorted the contact on the back of the board. A high price for mess on the table.)

(30 sec)

Tools of the Trade

We demonstrate how to use vise-grips to properly tighten zip ties.

Peel the Acrylic Protective Film

Pre-Assemble the Y Axis

The first bigger piece of the puzzle.

Y Motor Bracket

Y Assembly

Pre-Assemble the X Axis

The secong bigger piece of the puzzle.

X Assembly

Build the Basic Frame

We'll only build a part of the JellyBOX frame (bottom, inner back, left, right), so that we have better access to the innards as we'll add additional components, and all the electronics.

In fact, we'll get the JellyBOX all the way to printing before we close it up completely. (You didn't expect that, did you?)

The Power and The Brains

We'll safely hook up the control unit (RAMPS) and the controller, and verify everything is alive and kicking.

Install the Y and Z Axes

Time to incorporate the Y Assemly!

We'll also install and wire up the Z Axis because the Y and Z wires run along in many places. Efficiency shall be our nickname.

YYZ - Y+Z Motors + Y EndStop

Install Y Assembly

Install the X Assembly

Time to incorporate the X Assemly!

Hook Up the Z Axis



Checkpoint: It's Alive!

(In our Quick Build classes, we do this together.)

Let's test all the major components before closing closing the JellyBOX up. In case there is any problem, it will be easier to fix now than later.

!! Make sure to first put the build plate onto the Y assembly, and lower your proximity sensor down or you risk hitting the build plate with the hotend nozzle !!

  • Home X, Y, Z.
  • Z led light.
  • Verify the hotend fan.
  • Heat up the hotend.
  • Extrude some filament.
  • Test the filament fan.

Finish the Frame

The printer is ready to print, but to secure the geometry, protect the electronics, and get some nice built-in filament spool rollers, let's put the BOX into the JellyBOX.



Before Your First Print ... and Your First Print

We're actually going to get the JellyBOX into a printable state now. Yes, even before it's finished!

That's because many issues we could discover when we try to print for the first time will be easier to fix before we close the frame up.

Insert the Extruder

X Homing Offset

First Layer Height Setup

Final Touches

We got the JellyBOX moving, and all seems to be well.

Let's zip tie it all together for ultimate strength.

What Next?! READ THIS

Congrats! Your JellyBox is all built and beautiful, but it's NOT ready to be routinely printing yet.

Indeed, you are just now at the beginning of the long and rewarding journey of 3D printing mastery.

HowTo Guides

Head over to the JellyBox HowTo Guides = Post-Build Guides to learn how to set up and calibrate your brand new machine.

This is not a suggestion. This is a kind imperative!

PS: Unfortunately, you will be leaving the slick environment of IMADE3D Docs. The HowTo guides are still in pdf form.


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