I was thinking about trying to construct a Mk3 extruder assembly, but I'm put off for the moment by trying to source the odd parts.
If I had planned differently and had not bought a 5th stepper motor and a hotend already then
I could order this kit from aliexpress which appears solves the sourcing problem
m10 threaded rod 1m
- m10 nuts x14
- m10 washer x14
- m8 threaded rod 1m
- m8 nuts x20 or maybe more
- m8 washers x20 or maybe more
- m3 self-locking nut x3
- m3 nut x 27
- m3 washer x6
- m3x40 screw x4
- m3x30 screw x7
m3x25 screw x2 (I have in another pack) m3x20 screw x4 (I have in another pack)
- m3x18 screw x24
m3x12 screw x6 (I have in another pack)
- m3x10 screw x16
- m3 square nuts
- m3 nuts regular
- m3nN nyloc nut
- m3nS square nut
So I'm making a sort of Prusa MK2 / MK3 clone-ish thing, not exactly a clone, but very close to a clone. So I need a bunch of nuts a bolts and things from a nuts and bolts hardware store. There is Bunnings everywhere across the Australian state of Victoria, sprouting up ahead of developments everywhere like some sort of weed, in empty recently rezoned farmland at a train line extension waiting for suburbia to catch up. I can go to Bunnings.
Also there is a competitor to Bunnings that may carry better quality stock that I'm patriotically disposed to, Mitre Ten, but basically it will be the same as Bunnings, a home improvement store/ light building supplies store.
Better yet it appears is a proper commercial nuts and bolts retailer, that has a good online store, not fast, but actually otherwise good, and a great deal of stock listed on line. I can buy nuts by the piece, not by the pack. So I'm probably going to do that and I'll save money vs Bunnings even including shipping, which is a modest $13.50, better than a 1 hour drive each way.
So I've found a new untried favourite vendor, bolt.com.au.
Now I have to do the slightly boring part of actually figuring out my order. I need some MK2 parts and some MK3S parts. So I'll need to go through the online Prusa MK2 and MK3S relevant sections to note down all the nuts and bolts I need, and then to make an order.