3D Printer Designs
The Model 3 is a large format 3d printer that was influenced by the fact that I had a waterjet and didn’t want to do a lot of folded metal parts. It does have over 200 little tweaks in the design, so it is quite mature. You can’t appreciate all the decisions that went into this design until you build one all by yourself. It takes many many hours to build. Simple is hard.
This is designed to be a flat-pack printer to save shipping cost and for my main client that uses these (Nia Technologies) it is transported flat packed as baggage on international flights.
Build Volume: 18” x 12” x 24”
First released 2017
The Plus Pro was an exercise in imagining what a fully enclosed, “dropping-Z” would be like all dressed up in a business suit. The AC heat bed on this is extremely powerful - it heats the entire inside volume to the point that you sometimes have to print with the door open. Thats a new one for me. With the 24V, 90 Watt Ubis High Temp. hotend, this printer can handle anything, even PEEK and Ultem. It is a workhorse.
Build Volume: 10” x 10” x 14”
First released 2017
It’s called Big-E, because its a “biggie” and it was built to accept a big pellet extruder. Di I ever put one on it? No. It was the first printer to get a Ubis 24V hotend, which blew me away. This one was a lot of fun. I built a huge box - a room, really - out of thousands of styrofoam packing trays that my steppers used. I put a space heater inside and wrapped the whole thing in plastic sheeting. It was so cheap to make, it was embarrassing. So I gave a few away and let others have fun with it. As they all learned, printing HUGE is hard. There were a lot of learnings that went along with printing 1.75mm filament with a 2mm tip, resulting in 1mm layer heights. This printer represents an ah-ha moment for me… that large format printing was a real niche requiring very specific design choices and a tremendous amount of user knowledge.
First released 2016