I have upgraded my RapMan with a heated print-bed and needed a modified z switch holder (the z switch normally is mounted directly on the print bed, which is not a good idea if it is heated). I tried Laszlo’s one, it works, but I had problems with it. It is attached to one of the 3 screws the print bed is hold by. These 3 screws are equipped with a spring mechanism, allowing the print bed to back down if the print head by error tries to go down below the print bed surface.
When attaching Laszlo’s z switch holder, this spring has no effect any more. Laszlo says he doesn’t have the problem and I think the reason is that I have a RapMan version 3.1 while he has a previous version. My RapMan z stage platform has threaded holes for the 3 screws I was talking about which seem to be the reason for problem.
Anyway, I designed a different solution, where the z switch is not attached to the print-bed but to the z stage platform instead. This also makes fine-tuning the print-bed/extruder distance easier. You can do that with the 3 screws now and you get direct feedback about the new distance. Before you had to turn the distance screw at the print head and run a home sequence to get the new adjusted distance.
With this new mechanism the z switch is not pressed directly, but there is a arm which presses it. The arm reaches up where the distance regulation screw comes down during the home sequence.
Here you see my RapMan with the heated print-bed and the new z switch mechanism in the left back corner:
Here a couple of close-up photos. In case you wonder, I added a bit of duct tape because I needed a M3 screw to hold the arm and the only one I had left was a bit too short, so the duct tape holds it in place :-)
The OpenSCAD and STL files for the 2 printed parts can be found on thingiverse.