The question then is, what is tool changing on a 3D printer good for? There are three current methods of printing in multiple materials. The first is putting two nozzles on the same extruder, but this has the downside of one nozzle interfering with the other.
The third method is simply using multiple carriages on the same machine, such as the lovely stuff from Autodesk or Project Escher. This last method is horrifically complex. The prints that are coming off of this printer are spectacular. Though I had the extruder motor mounted on the X carriage — I hate long Bowden tubes too! I vaguely remember getting a mail about it. It produces really nice results but wastes a lot of material.
The same method is used in Stratasys F series. It wastes material but gives nice results with simple design. If Stratasys does it then why not Prusa. F even has special place on the build plate for the purge block. It also builds massive raft to deal with bed leveling problems.
No need to wait or pay for E3D to to make you one. I did. They also require a space-consuming sideways movement resulting in fewer tools per machine. You may disagree. I like E3D and have their gear in my printer but a cynic might observe that it would be harder for E3D to sell you a tool changer system you can make yourself. Just drawing attention to some alternative approaches, related to the topic of the post.
Their system looks like I could make it myself, that lock just needs to be a little bigger.
E3D said they will open source it. They tend to open the sources after release. You could read it that way, true.Joined: Apr 9, Messages: 1 Likes Received: 0. Hi there, I am currently thinking about buying a tool-changer. In the documentation I saw that the Z-Probe was only implemented using buttons. Would be happy if someone could help me out? Krayn Active Member. Joined: Aug 11, Messages: 38 Likes Received: 9. I can't speak for the precision of the BLtouch, but the button is pretty good on its own.
I usually set my relative tool heights with a dial indicator and its pretty repeatable. I just measured an arbitrary height with my dial indicator between three Z homing cycles and it was always spot on to within.
It's probably better than that but that's as good as my dial indicator will measure. My understanding is that the reason most printers don't just use a button is because there is no way to move the button out of the way during printing as the button has to be below the nozzle Z height in order to touch off on the bed. The BL-Touch exists to move the probe up out of the way while printing, and down while probing.
The toolchanger probes without a tool in the holder so there isn't a need to use a servo simply to move the probe out of the way.
That's not to say the switch used in the TC is more or less precise than other methods but its not as terrible as it sounds. Nibbels Well-Known Member. Joined: Dec 12, Messages: Likes Received: I did read about this some days earlier. Afar from that I agree to Krayn. These buttons are quite precise if not damaged but I do not know the BLs.
Tom tested probes once. You must log in or sign up to post here. Show Ignored Content. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Forgot your password?The product includes an improved motion system which has its roots in CoreXY and features a single plate of aluminum with a moving cross-bar, currently made of carbon fiber to reduce weight but keep stiffness and strength.
The Z-axis has a single thick Hiwin rail and single high-quality leadscrew motor screwed directly to the above mentioned aluminum plate. The star of the show, however, is the tool-changing system where a single XY head mount picks tool heads up to four and returns them to storage incredibly quickly.
This allows printing with multi-color, multi-material, and even use of non-hotend heads. E3D made a kinematic coupling system that uses a servo to turn a cam-shaft that locks the head into place with better than 5um accuracy. Unused heads are held in place with a magnetic dock. As this system does not come with electronics you will have to purchase a compatible board s which, at this time, only include Duet3D.
In the future, however, it sounds like there will be options from other electronics manufacturers. You will also need hotends and extruders for as many tool heads as you want to use, up to four. I have yet to find out if the power supply and heated bed are included so keep that in mind as well when calculating costs.
I have purchased my place in line and will continue to post updates on this site of my progress building a tool-changer printer once I get a hold of one of these E3D systems.
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Learn how your comment data is processed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.So, without further ado, let us update you on what's been happening over these past few months. This means you will receive the X-Y motion system completely pre-assembled as a single unit, along with the Z axis as a separate self contained assembly. Assembly will be vastly simplified.
No tramming, aligning or tensioning of belts as this will all be done for you. We appreciate both your patience and support with this project, and with plenty of orders we are now committed to bringing this project to life. We have now achieved design lock for the machine and as I write this blog post the orders are being placed for the first 30 machine Beta run.
We anticipate having these in hand within 8 weeks. Our plan is to first manufacture 30 machines and offer these to early adopters and trusted Beta testers. We do not anticipate having to make any substantial changes to this design as it is thoroughly design reviewed and tested. However, we think it prudent to start with a small run to ensure everything meets expectations.
Once we have verified the design we will start to order in batches of machines, and we will offer these to those who have reserved machines, in the order that they have reserved them. We will ship these out on a rolling basis as they become available to us and we hope to be putting the first production run machines up for order 15 weeks from now.
Please take the following as indications, not final pricing:. These modular parts will be sold separately so you can order precisely what you want and need. If you just want to buy a motion system without the Tool-Changer to make a very fast precise single extrusion machine you can do that.
If you want to just buy the Tool-Changing mechanism and tools to add to your own existing machine that is fine too. Other parts which are yet to have their design and price finalised:. The ToolChanger is available to buy now! Z axis Earlier versions shown in some videos had 2x 12mm rails which have now been replaced with a single double wide Z axis rail. This makes Z smoother and simpler. The stiffness of the connection between rail-carriage and bed has been improved with a machined part and more optimal bed design that is very stiff indeed.
The Z-motor is now mounted to the Z-axis extrusion with a bracket allowing us to assemble the entire Z-axis as a self-contained unit. The Z-axis integrated leadscrew-motor has been improved with axially pre-loaded bearings to stiffen Z further and improve repeatability.
The new Z-axis takes up much less space in X, leaving more space for larger tools - this should enable direct extruders to be used instead of bowden where desired. This gives smoother more accurate motion and longer belt life.
The carbon-fibre X-member is made from an even stiffer carbon-fibre laminate. The cantilevered idler posts are now stiffer and use larger M4 threads allowing for higher belt tensions. This should give us enough space to create direct-drive extruders and generally more capable tools.Siril Teja Member.
Joined: Jan 9, Messages: 9 Likes Received: 0. I am designing a new tool for the toolchanger. Can someone guide me where do I have to swap the values of the tool offsets. Joined: Sep 5, Messages: Likes Received: In your config. Jason Chodakowski likes this. If yes, I understood this part. But what about the tool station offsets. I had to extend the tool dock in my design. I suppose you understand what I mean. I believe they are relative to the probe switch that does the z-homing and bed probing.
My approach always was to get the tool pickup to work, then manually jog a tool close to the bed surface piece of paper methodtaking note of the displayed Z position. Then I'll adjust the Z offset of the tool, restart the printer. That gets you in the ballpark. Second step, I verify by printing 1 layer and measuring the thickness of the test surface with calipers, fine tune Z offset and run it again. Repeat until the first layer has the exact length you have specified in your slicer.
Edit config. By doing it all in that order, you should always end up with aligned toolheads, irrespective of how different the particular printheads are. Paul Meyer Well-Known Member. Joined: Dec 18, Messages: 49 Likes Received: 8. I just went through this. Adjust those as needed.
As for tool head offset in config. I then manually moved the z-probe directly over that point and down until it clicked exactly on that spot. The difference between them was my starting tool offset in config. That makes the above method much more complicated as the z-probe coordinates and the tool-tip coordinates when both are on the dot are in shifted coordinate systems.
Nibbels Well-Known Member. Joined: Dec 12, Messages: Likes Received: And I got awesome results using a cheap usb microscope.
First I did center the microswitch of the coupler and marked the exact position on the screen using a piece of tape. I adjusted the Z-coordinate by driving at a edge of the heated bed. So both of the nozzles are equal. I will add the compensation offset tomorrow. Because the z homing position is not at the edge where I did the z-probing today.This may have taken a little while but we are so excited and proud of this machine and cannot wait to start shipping them out into the wild.
So, without further ado let us get you up to speed with the final changes we've made to the machine Once we reached thecycle mark we took the motor apart to check for wear. Which, after a thorough inspection, turns out was non existent! Another benefit of swapping the two?
The Stepper Motor is totally silent. The stiffer the better, right? Additionally, it solves the issue with the differences in the coefficient of thermal expansion between carbon fibre and steel. The carbon fibre bar expanded at a very different rate to the Hiwin Rails and consequently we were seeing bending that caused issues with calibration and bed leveling; this has now been eliminated.
Oh and just quickly on the topic of stiffness, your Motion System will now come with clear acrylic side panels!
E3D Tool Changer
The ToolChanger is available to buy now! Available to buy now! Posted By: Georgia Willans. April 18, at pm. Georgia Willans. April 23, at pm. Hi Pete, Yep the ToolChanger is coming with us on the weekend :.
Accuracy of the Tool-Changer z-probe compared to BL-Touch etc.
April 19, at pm. Luke C. Ruppersburg, Jr. April 20, at am. Do you think you could share some of the dimensions of the toolchanging hardware? I'm designing a printer of my own and the release of the ToolChanger is one of the things I've been waiting on. I want to buy the toolchanging hardware for my own printer, but I need the dimensions to make sure they'll work in my design and I'll have a place to mount them.
I understand you don't want to share specifics or drawings at this point in time to avoid copycats. Hi Luke, Unfortunately we won't be releasing any of this information until we begin shipping, expect this info late July.
April 21, at pm. Hey E3D First of all great work on the tool changer and motion system, I've fill in the survey, and will purchase my place in the queue soon. I have a couple of questions. Will the tool-changer system be compatible with the Titan Aqua and Super Volcano?The E3D Motion System fitted with the E3D ToolChanger is an advanced research platform that, thanks to the precise kinematic tool changing mechanism, allows up to four multi-function tools to be utilised during a single print.
It features a Fabtotum inspired CoreXY Motion System which delivers a fast, precise, and sturdy platform, with no flying motors, no crossed belt paths, and an incredibly lightweight moving mass. This machine is set to change the future of manufacturing and has already won several awards for innovation.
E3D ToolChanger and Motion System The future of manufacturing starts here The E3D Motion System fitted with the E3D ToolChanger is an advanced research platform that, thanks to the precise kinematic tool changing mechanism, allows up to four multi-function tools to be utilised during a single print.
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