After searching through thingiverse for examples of rostock / delta bot 3D printer belt tensioners, I initially considered mounting the belt idler wheels on an arm that could rotate and thus tension the belt, but as the idler would move in an arc, the belt would possibly rub against the side of the idler mount. Instead of trying to concoct a four-bar linkage that would keep the idler moving in a straight line up and down, I went with a much simpler concept. The idler will be mounted on a plaftform that is moved up and down with three screws, thus tensioning the belt.
All parts are printed with a 0.5mm nozzle, 0.5mm layer height, and 50% fill density. I chose the big nozzle and layer height to maximize part strength. I think fewer layers = better strength, less chance of delamination.
|Idler carriage printed and assembled|
|bottom view- note M5 captive nuts pressed into place|
|New upper corner bracket installed and belt fed through, ready for idler carriage|
|idler carriage in place and ready for tensioning|