A Mendel built in sketchup

By using the supplied STL files, a few hours of my time and the mechanical construction  instructions I was able to make a fairly accurate representation of the Mendel in sketchup.

Mendel built in sketchup.

You can also see a rather nifty interactive 3D view at this link.

Most of the detail is there including nearly all the printable parts, studding, PCB holders, and the squashed frog. The details missing include all nuts, bolts, washers, bearings, motors, electronics and the M8 thred.

The print bed, squashed frog and PCB holders were designed in sketchup by James.

If you would like to take a look at the files you can grab them from the Google 3d warehouse here. I have done my best to make it to scale, but always check the dimensions are correct before you use this to design any Mendel based components or you may find things dont quite line up.

I also spent some time taking an STL file that contained all the parts in one sheet and adapting it to sketchup.

All printable parts shown in sketchup

The changes I made included deleting all duplicate parts and then turning the originals into components before recopying them. This halved the file size and allowed it to also be uploaded to Google’s 3d warehouse, which has a 10Mb file limit.

In future when I really have nothing better to do I might add some more detail. That is unless someone can get a hold of the 3d model that was used to make this image, as it already has much more detail.

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About Richard

I am a PhD candidate in Materials Engineering located in Melbourne, Australia.
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6 Responses to A Mendel built in sketchup

  1. In your drawing the Y-Bars are above the frame studding instead of below.

  2. Richard says:

    Thanks for pointing that out, I have fixed it up.

    There is likely to be more mistakes like that but at least its a start.

  3. I think your whole Y-Chassis is upside-down aswell, the squashed frog should be below the Y-Rails.

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