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For this part you will need:

  • 28x M8 Nuts
  • 28x M8 Washers
  • 6x M8x370mm, Threaded Rods
  • 4x frame-vertex-foot printed pieces
  • 2x frame-vertex printed pieces
  • 2x bar-clamp printed pieces


You will need something to measure with or you can use a jig that's 290mm long.  You will also need a couple 13mm wrenches to tighen things up.  We will be making two of these equilateral triangles:


 Take one of the 370mm threaded rods and thread an 8mm nut about halfway onto the threaded rod.  Right now it's not that important to have exact placement.  Somewhere near the middle will be good enough.  Slide an 8mm washer onto the end with the most thread, then slide on one of the bar-clamp printed pieces and another 8mm washer.  Now, take another 8mm nut and run it down to where all the pieces are close to each other like in the picture below.  Do the same thing to another one of the 370mm rods.


 Thread some 8mm nuts onto each end of the six 370mm threaded rods a few centimeters(a couple inches), including the two that you just put the bar-clamps onto.  Take one of the threaded rods that you put the bar-clamps onto and put a washer onto one side, then slide one of the frame-vertex-foot pieces onto that side through the hole near the foot with the angled part pointing outward(see the first picture for orientation).  Slide another washer on, followed by a nut.  You don't need to tighten it down yet, but it should be positioned towards the end of the rod.  Do the same thing to the other end of the rod, referring to the first picture again for alignment.  Lay this piece down on the table so you can see both arrows pointing up.  Take one of the threaded rods without the bar-clamp on it and add a washer onto one of the ends down to the nut, then put that end through one of the frame-vertex-foot pieces that you just put on the threaded rods.  You can see which holes you should be going through in the first picture.  Once it's through, put a washer on, then a nut, and position the frame-vertex-foot so it's toward the end of the rod.  Again, it should not be tightened down yet.  Add another threaded rod to the other side in the same way.  Put a washer onto the end of one of the rods pointing up, then put a frame-vertex piece onto the end.  Make sure that arrows point up(the same direction as the others) when you put the piece on and lay it flat like the other pieces.  Put a washer, then a nut onto the end of the rod.  Slide a washer onto the other rod pointing up, followed by the other hole on the frame-vertex, another washer, then another nut.  Right now, the assembled piece should resemble the first picture except that nothing is tightened down.  We will now take our jig(or measuring device) and space out the distance between the plastic pieces so that they are all equal.  It's not vitally important that the distance is 290mm, but it is very important that the distance is all exactly the same.  If you are using a jig, it should be positioned between the plastic pieces like in the picture below.  Tighten down the nuts against the plastic pieces as you go around verifying the distance between them.  Once they are tightened down, use the jig or measure again to make sure that the distance is correct.  Once all the nuts are tightened down and you are sure all sides are the same length between the frame-vertex and frame-vertex-foot pieces, complete another triangle just like it and move on to the next step.


Continue to the the next step where we get the front part of the frame ready