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Hi, I was wondering whether there was any way to extend one of the axis of the ultimaker original to make bigger prints? And whether anyone has done this before and posted plans.


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Posted (edited) · UMO build platform extension

There is no logical reason why it shouldn't be possible (within reasonable size additions of course) but...

You would probably be better off just building a machine from scratch, borrowing ideas from the ultimaker design (or even directly altering the design files that are available as open source on GitHub).

While you would be able to keep motors, feeder, hotend etc. of an UMO (a lot of the components not directly related/attached to the axis) a conversion like the one you mention would as a minimum require new smooth rods, new belts, new frame, new build platform and possibly wires and bowden tube that would now not be long enough to reach out to the extends of the printer.

Modifying the opensource drawings (eg. extending the front, back and build platform pieces to fit a longer x axis) having those lasercut and ordering parts to fit will be a bit time consuming, but will end up being as cheap (or cheaper) than a used UMO and I don't think it would be more difficult when it comes to the assembly part.

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