New Printer Build
During its time the old Anet A8 has taken on many variations and performed well considering the cheap initial cost. In fact we would recommend it to all as a good entry level printer to learn about the process and settings before moving onto something special. We have produced many parts using both direct feed and Bowden in PLA, PETG, ABS and Flexible filament with good results.During these times we had many late nights filled with ups and downs but enjoyed every minute.Sadly we now feel we have taken our old Anet A8 printer as far as we can and the time as arrived to add a new printer. Our initial question was not which printer should we purchase but what our new printer must be capable of completing.
Here are some of our targets that are included on our printer specification sheet
- Core XY Printer
- A Solid Frame For Good Support, Easy Transportation & Allow Panels To Be Mounted
- Minimum Print Area of 300mm x 300mm x 250mm (XYZ)
- Multi Colour Blending (4) Head
- Bowden Extrusion
- 3D printing/Laser Engraving/CNC cutting head
- Multi Voltage Control Board (24V, 12V, 5V)
Our next task was to look at what was available that would meet our demands. We sort of already knew that a printer that was to match our specifications would not be available on the market so the answer was to build a printer ourselves. While we were researching the different printers available we did come across one that we thought would be a solid base to add our ideas onto. The printer design was available on the ‘Thinkiverse’ website and was called the ‘Hypercube’.The original hypercube printer had been designed by a very clever chap who’s operates under the username of Tech2C. The printer design was then further improved by SCOTT_3D and it became known as the ‘Hypercube Evolution’.Both designed had all the parts in STL file formats that were ready for printing. They also had a shopping list for the parts that required purchasing and build instruction videos available. What a great start they have given us and are proof that open source sites on the web are such wonderful places to visit.
The Hypercube Printer build by Tech2C is available at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1752766
The Hypercube Evolution Printer build by SCOTT_3D is available at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2254103