I’m on a quest to optimize the amount of X-travel I can get from my SO3, so I knew I needed to change something in the attachment scheme for my Suckit dust shoe: the ears/brackets and arms just wasted way too much width.
I don’t like spindle-attached dust shoes, so I needed a way to hold the suckit shoe to a fixed (but adjustable) Z-height, that would be as narrow as the HDZ itself.
Perfect opportunity to practice my nascent Fusion360 skills, so this is prototype v0 of the beginning of something:
The top part is attached using two of the threaded holes in the back of the HDZ, the lower part slides onto the bottom of the HDZ, and is secured with two screws that come and push against the ones that hold the lower HDZ plate (if that makes any sense). The front plate has an array of through holes, and recesses for captive hex nuts on the inside.
A few nights of 3D printing later I assembled it:
There are a few captive nuts on the sides too, in case I ever need to attach something underneath the lower piece of the frame:
At the lower back of the HW, the plate doubles as a cover for the bottom V-wheels. I still need to insert a small strip of bristles in that small vertical slot (directly inspired by DIY Engineering’s wheel covers), which should hopefully keep my bottom wheels/rails clean.
And now…I still don’t have a dust shoe mount, but now I have a nice set of fixed height points that I can use to attach the (future) central arm of my dust shoe, hose clamp, mister, laser module, etc…
To be continued !