Instructables

Cheap Linear Guide

Picture of Cheap Linear Guide
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1:

Picture of
I went to a local savers and went to there electronics section found 2 scanners and 2 printers one having a scanner on the top. I took all 4 apart and took the linear rods, all the belts, gears, and stepper motors.

Step 2: Scanner Linear Guide Belt And Motor

Picture of Scanner Linear Guide Belt And Motor
13, 7:32 AM.jpg

Step 3:

Picture of
The 2 white blocks are nylon and you can find them online, i found mine at my jobs shop from parts to a electronic wall track system

Step 4:

Picture of
13, 7:32 AM.jpg
Drill a hole of the sized rod you have through the nylon block then cut it all square to what size guide you want (recommend that you use a drill press and a speed square for precision). My mistake was making the blocks to small so it was harder to attack the aluminum angled extrusion it can be found at home depot (wider sized aluminum recommended)

Step 5:

Picture of
13, 7:32 AM.jpg
Pre drill aluminum and nylon and use self tappers to attach nylon to aluminum adjust nylon until rod slides smoothly through.

Step 6: Another Way To Make Ur Own Track System

Picture of Another Way To Make Ur Own Track System
13, 7:32 AM.jpg
13, 7:32 AM.jpg
You can do this by going to two stores a local skateboard shop and a home depot or lowes ext. Materials Square aluminum tube (hardware, home depot) 5/16" bolts. - 5/16" washers. - home depot 5/16" nuts. - Skateboard bearings (skateshop) Please comment with any comments questions or more information needed to help make my posts better and easy to follow
reardon4767 (author) 10 months ago
No problem and if you need nylon i found them under cast nylon plates home depot has steel rods in the hardware next too the aluminum angled extrusions
jew9910 months ago
Hi reardon4767,

I interested in these. I will try with my old 2 printer.
thank for your idea.
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!