The 3D Print Head is a very exciting addition to the Stepcraft product line, because it will allow you to quickly turn your Stepcraft from a milling (or subtractive) to a 3D printing (additive) system.
3D Printing System
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Every Stepcraft machine (versions 1 and 2) can be converted to a fully-functioning and highly accurate 3D Printer. Take advantage of the modular design and simply swap spindle (or other) adaptor from the 43mm mounting collar on the machine, and attach the 3D Print Head in its place.
The Stepcraft 3D printer is designed to work with standard 1.75mm PLA, ABS and HIPS filament. The included software will turn your designs into a machine-readable file that the Stepcraft will use with the 3D Print Head to make your part.
- Integrated system control for print temperature, filament feed and fan speed
- Plug and Play using the Sub-D connector to the Stepcraft’s main board
- Stepcraft’s documented interface allows for possible connection to other CNC machines.
- Integrated, infinitely adjustable speed
- Circular air nozzle to cool the applied filament
- Stepcraft version of Repetier Host slicing software included
- Filament Spool Size: 2.7″ to 3.5″ (68 to 90mm) wide; Max diameter of filament spool is 7.8″ (200mm)
- Nozzle Temperature Range: between 300 to 480 degrees F (150 to 250 degrees celsius)
- Dimensions: (Control box) 6.4″ x 6.2″ x 2.8″ (163 x 158 x 73mm); Max. height 11.1″ (282mm) with spool attached
- Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
- Filament material: ABS, PLA or HIPS (Newer, more exotic materials being tested)
- Nozzle diameter 0.4mm (.015 in) (Optional nozzle diameters available from 0.3 to 1.0mm)
- Pressure roller for filament is infinitely adjustable
- Easy to clean and to maintain due to quick-release filamnet guide
- Mounting Collar Size: 43mm
- Power Consumption: 40 Watts
- Temperature control with two sensors to enhance control accuracy
- Max Resolution: 0.02mm (20 microns) (.00079 in) (with 0.4mm nozzle)
- Additional 4th axis module to control the printing head is not required
- If you are using WinPC-NC to control the Stepcraft, you MUST use the Full Version (latest release with 3D printing functionality)
- If you are using Stepcraft version of UCCNC, then you should have the profile for 3D printing, if you are using another verison of UCCNC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the correct profile.
- Existing Win PC-NC installations can be easily updated free of charge
- Any other CNC control software with 4th axis capability can be used
- 1 x Control box with 3D printing head with 0.4 diameter nozzle
- 1 x Power supply (110-240V, 50-60hz)
- 1 x Filament holder
- 1 x Sub-D connection cable
- 1 x Printing table 150 x 250 mm (unheated)
- 1 x CD with parameters, sample files, download links etc.
- 1 x Operating manual
- 1 x First steps manual
What do you need to use your STEPCRAFT as a 3D printer?
You will need the Stepcraft 3D Printer System, which consists of the 3D print head that sits in the 43mm collar of any of the STEPCRAFT machines, and the thermal controller and spool mount for the plastic PLA/ABS/HIPS material. You will also need the Slicing software (that comes with the Stepcraft 3D printer package) and a Gcode based machine controller (UCCNC, WinPC USB full version, Mach3 or others). And lastly you will need a design to print (draw your own with your favorite design software or download a design from a site like Thingiverse.com)
What software do I need to use the Stepcraft 3D printer?
The Stepcraft 3D printer comes with its own “slicer software”. The software can be used to import 3D files (in STL format). The 3D file is then sliced into layers and toolpaths are generated to allow the machine to reproduce the 3D part – layer – by layer. The output from the slicer software is 4 axis Gcode. Therefore you will require a full machine controller / Gcode interpreter to use the system; UCCNC. WinPC USB full version, Mach3 or other software.
How does the Stepcraft 3D printer work?
The Stepcraft 3D printing system feeds a filament of 1.75mm plastic through a brass nozzle that has been heated to the melting point of the plastic. The machine is used to move the nozzle to where the plastic is needed. Typically 2D layers are built up in stages using the printing nozzle until your 3D part is finished.
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