Jeandre’s Voron Build

Hey Makers. We know it has been a while since we featured a Maker on the blog so we decided to feature Jeandre Groenewald. This post will be slightly different from a detailed breakdown and will be more of a visual walkthrough of how the Voron assembly.

If the name Jeandre sounds familiar to you then it is probably due to the 3D-printable shoes called Sloffies. Jeandre designed these shoes to be fully 3D printable, including the packaging, and this caught the attention of various Maker communities on the internet. Jeandre was encouraged to contact Jason on X (formerly Twitter) and Jason, together with LDO Motors, assisted Jeandre with obtaining a Voron kit. With the Voron kit obtained, and with some filament sponsored by us, the 3D printer assembly journey began.

If you want to try the Sloffies out for yourself then find them on Thangs.

If you are not aware of what a Voron 3D Printer is then let’s take a quick look at the history. The Voron project began in 2015 with the goal of creating a no-compromise 3D printer that was visually appealing, reliable, quiet, and avoided the constant fiddling that other printers on the market required. Over time every aspect of the Voron kit has been refined to provide the best experience for Makers. Voron kits can be found as pre-compiled kits or Makers can source the parts themselves. You can find out all you need to know about Voron printers on the Voron Design website.

Assembly

Now that we understand a bit of Jeandre’s story and what a Voron is let’s take a look at how assembly of a Voron went for Jeandre.

The journey started around April with Jeandre updating us on the 3rd of April that they were working with their father on assembling the printer. Some Voron kits require you to print parts so keep that in mind if you are considering building one. The Voron website even encourages Makers to assist those who don’t have a 3D printer. This does allow you to add a personal touch to your Voron with some interesting colours.

The first day of building was focused on the assembly of the frame, installing the deck, and installing the linear rails. This is the skeleton of the printer and in Jeandre’s case, the colour is a lovely blue. The printed parts were done in blue and black to match the overall look of the printer frame. Day 2 was dedicated to assembling and installing the Z-Drives and Z-Idlers.

As with any project sometimes things get sidelined for a bit so the next update we received was in May. Jeandre managed to get the firmware installed and did the first print. The first print is always the most exciting part of assembling a 3D printer rather than putting together a pre-assembled printer such as a Creality. Seeing all your hard work culminate in a successful print is so rewarding as a Maker. After this initial success, it is on to fine-tuning to get the most out of the printer. Voron printers that have been properly tuned are capable of high speeds and highly detailed prints.

Jeandre had a lot of fun with the build and really enjoyed how high-quality and well-organised the LDO kit was. We appreciate them sharing this experience with us and wish them all the best for their future projects.


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Updated 18/06/2024 – Corrected an error about how the Voron kit was obtained.

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