TEVO Tarantula replacement parts

TEVO Tarantula replacement parts
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As an early-generation 3D printer, the TEVO Tarantula will need repairs and maintenance. Here the TEVO Tarantula replacements parts are listed and discussed.

Parts are generic and will work on many other printers too. Product links are available from BangGood, where I bought my TEVO Tarantula from.

Introduction

Although the 2018 TEVO Tarantula 3D printer is long gone and not commercially available anymore, many of us still owning one will need parts to keep it in tip-top shape.

The 3D printer’s parts can get old, wear and tear, rust, overheat and/or simply break.

The list of TEVO Tarantula replacement parts is ordered alphabetically. Parts can either be ordered upfront or when needed. For the TEVO Tarantula, it is usually more budget-friendly to replace the broken parts than to replace the entire printer.

This list of TEVO Tarantula replacement parts can also be used as a reference for building your own 3D printer.

Cable ties

Cable ties (also called zip ties) are always handy when it comes to organising wires. With the TEVO Tarantula, they were also used to secure belts and group wiring together with the filament feeding tube towards the extruder.

The TEVO Tarantula has many cables to organise. Appropriately colour themed cable ties help make the printer look fancy.

Suleve 100x2mm Self Locking Nylon Cable Ties
Suleve 100x2mm Self Locking Nylon Cable Ties
6 colours, 900pcs
900pcs, ZT01 100x2mm self-locking nylon cable wire zip ties. 6 Colors — white, red, yellow, green, blue and black.
Available from BangGood

Cooling fan

The TEVO Tarantula came with one brushless cooling fan directed to the mainboard. Other than ware and tare where the fan needs to be replaced, an additional fan might also be required as a  — especially when the original fan was used as a filament layer cooling fan.

12V Brushless 4010 Cooling Fan
12V Brushless 4010 Cooling Fan
For TEVO Tarantula (40x40x10mm)
Replacement/upgrade fan for 12V 3D printer. Perfect for TEVO Tarantula. 40x40x10mm with 30cm wire.
Available from BangGood

Corner brackets

The stock TEVO Tarantula shipped with two types of aluminium frame corner brackets, the AJ28 corner bracket and the LJ20 T Slot corner bracket. The TEVO Tarantula uses 2020 and 2040 aluminium frames (aka corner extrusions according to the assembly manual).

If for whatever reason any of these two corner brackets break, replacement brackets can be re-ordered.

AJ28 corner brackets

Although they can be 3D printed, aluminium AJ28 corner brackets (also called angle corner joints or right-angle brackets or 2028 corner connectors) were used in the original TEVO Tarantula. Unlike the LJ20 T Slot corner brackets (see below), these brackets sit on the outside of the aluminium frame.

AJ28 2028 Aluminium Corner Brackets
AJ28 2028 Aluminium Corner Brackets
10pcs. 28 x 28 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Suleve Aluminium AJ28 corner brackets/angle corner joints/right-angle brackets for 20mm aluminium frame.
Available from BangGood

LJ20 T Slot corner brackets

Where the AJ28 corner brackets sit on the outside of the aluminium frame, the LJ20 T Slot corner brackets (also called L shaped corner brackets or L corner connectors) are hidden on the inside of the frame. They are fastened with grub screws.

LJ20 T Slot Corner Brackets
LJ20 T Slot Corner Brackets
5pcs, includes 10 grub screws
Suleve Zinc Alloy LJ20 T slot/L shape inside corner connector brackets for 2020 aluminium frame. 5pcs.
Available from BangGood

Filament feeding tube

The stock TEVO Tarantula had more than enough filament tube for at least one replacement. Not knowing what I did at the time of assembling, I used my spare length in less than no time.

These tubes have a tendency to pull back onto the filament feeder gear where they get damaged. Make sure it’s a PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) tube and that it is indicated for 1.75mm filament.

Tubes are available in white, black, red and blue colours.

TEVO PTFE Filament Feeder Tube
TEVO PTFE Filament Feeder Tube
For 1.75mm filament, 10m long, white
TEVO 10m long 1.75mm filament PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) tube for 3D Printers. 2mm inner and 4mm outer diameter. White colour. Perfect for TEVO Tarantula.
Available from BangGood
PTFE Filament Feeder Tube
PTFE Filament Feeder Tube
For 1.75mm filament, 10m long, black/white/red/blue
1m long 1.75mm filament PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) tube for 3D Printers. 2mm inner and 4mm outer diameter. Black/white/blue/red colours. Perfect for TEVO Tarantula.
Available from BangGood

Hex Allen keys

Being a DIY 3D printer, the TEVO Tarantula was mainly assembled using Allen keys. Allen keys are supplied with the stock TEVO Tarantula. In the case where you might have lost the stock Allen keys, or they degraded, you will need a new Allen key set to do most of the replacements on this printer.

Mini Hex Allen Key Set
Mini Hex Allen Key Set
7pcs. Black alloy steel
7pcs mini hexagon Allen key set. 0.7mm, 0.9mm, 1.3mm, 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm and 3mm.
Available from BangGood

Limit switches

The TEVO Tarantula came with three limit switches. Two of my limit switches (aka end-stop switches) broke. One from wear and tear and the other by me trying to relocate it to a better position.

When looking for limit switches, you can either replace the switch-housing itself, or the switch including the wiring that connects it with the mainboard. Wiring is included with a replacement kit. Both these options have their pros and cons, but for me, the best solution was to replace the entire unit.

Elevated 3 Color Limit Switch Kit
Elevated 3 Color Limit Switch Kit
For TEVO Tarantula and other 3D printers
Elevated 3 colour limit switch/endstop switch kit for 3D printer. Red (60cm), blue (60cm) and black (30cm) wires with mainboard connectors.
Available from BangGood

Power supply

The TEVO Tarantula used a generic 12V 25A power supply with a variable input (110V/220V). 3 outputs were supplied. The outer box of the power supply is prone to rust and the connectors can wear and tear and/or break.

Switching Power Supply Driver
Switching Power Supply Driver
AC 110V/220V to DC 12V 30A 360W
Switching power supply driver. Input AC 110V/220V, output DC 12V 30A 360W.
Available from BangGood

Screw terminal block connectors

Screw terminal connectors should be replaced in the case where current terminal block connectors do not screw tight enough, the connector broke or in the case of a connector burnout.

If cables are tied together these connectors take a lot of Amps.

As a tip, the wiring should not be tinted and should be crimped properly to prevent overheating. Look for block connectors with a power rating of at least 10 Amps. An external MOSFET should be used between the heat bed power connectors and the power supply.

Excellway DR22 PCB Screw Terminal Block Connectors
Excellway DR22 PCB Screw Terminal Block Connectors
10pcs, 5.0mm pitch, 2 or 3 pins, 10Amp power rating
10 x Green Excellway DR22 2 or 3 pin PCB screw terminal block connectors. 5.0mm pitch. Works on TEVO Tarantula mainboard.
Available from BangGood

Screws/bolts, nuts and washers

The stock TEVO Tarantula had lots and lots of screws/bolts, nuts and washers. Socket screws used ranged from 16mm M2 right through to 35mm M5. Nuts ranged from M2 to M5 and included plenty of M4 T nuts and M5 locknuts. There were normal M4 washers and M5 spring washers.

TEVO Tarantula nuts, screws and bolts
Screws/bolts, nuts & washers included with the stock TEVO Tarantula.
Suleve M2 Stainless Steel Socket Machine Screws (variable sizes)
Suleve M2 Stainless Steel Socket Machine Screws (variable sizes)
4mm-16mm, 30pcs each, total 180pcs
180pcs. Suleve M2 stainless steel hex socket machine screws assortment kit. 30pcs. x 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 16mm. Excl. nuts.
Available from BangGood
Suleve M3 Stainless Steel Socket Machine Screws (variable sizes)
Suleve M3 Stainless Steel Socket Machine Screws (variable sizes)
6mm-40mm, 20pcs each, nuts & Allen keys, total 442pcs
442pcs. Suleve M3 stainless steel hex socket machine screws assortment kit. 20pcs. x 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm and M3 nuts. Incl Allen keys.
Available from BangGood
Suleve M5 Stainless Steel Socket Machine Screws (variable sizes)
Suleve M5 Stainless Steel Socket Machine Screws (variable sizes)
6mm-35mm, 10pcs each, total 120pcs
120pcs. Suleve M5 stainless steel hex socket machine screws assortment kit. 10pcs. x 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, 18mm, 20mm, 22mm, 25mm, 30mm and 35mm. Excl. nuts.
Available from BangGood
Suleve Stainless Steel Nuts (variable sizes)
Suleve Stainless Steel Nuts (variable sizes)
M2-M5, 50pcs each
50pcs. Suleve stainless steel nuts. 2M, 3M, 4M, 5M or 6M. Excl. bolts.
Available from BangGood
KINGROON Aluminium T Nuts (variable sizes)
KINGROON Aluminium T Nuts (variable sizes)
M3-M6, 20-30pcs each
20-30pcs. KINGROON aluminium T Nuts. 3M, 4M, 5M or 6M. Excl. bolts.
Available from BangGood

Apart from screws/bolts, nuts and washers, make sure you have a diverse Allen key set (see earlier).

If all else fails

In the case where you cannot find the correct TEVO Tarantula replacement part, it might be cheaper to replace the entire 3D printer.

As mentioned earlier, the TEVO Tarantula (and its successor) has been discontinued, but here is what I believe is the next, budget 3D printer from BangGood.

Creality 3D Ender-3 3D Printer
Creality 3D Ender-3 3D Printer

The first version of the Creality 3D Ender-3 3D Printer Kit. 220x220x250mm printing size. Power resume function. 1.75mm 0.4mm nozzle. Assembly required.
Available from BangGood

Conclusion

Being a DIY budget 3D printer, older TEVO Tarantulas will start to need replacement parts. The more common parts, especially those that I had to replace on my own printer, are listed and discussed here.

If all else fails, it might be better to get a new budget 3D printer instead.

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