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Ultimaker assembly with second extruder

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Well, I am happy to say I just ordered my Ultimaker printer, the controller and the second extruder kit (pre sale). After reading for many months and many questions and answers...I finally did it.

Now I see the directions for the assembly and my coworker and I are excited to get building! What I would like to know is if the assembly wiki documents has been altered for a first time build adding the second extruder (versus build, take apart, add new component)

Thanks!!

Paul

 

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Hi Paul, congratulations, welcome to the community! :)

The regular build instructions are meant for single extrusion.

If you have the time and patience, i would recommend to get familiar with single extrusion first as this

will give you better results at start and it is the basic set up you will get familiar with.

Once you get the hang of it and you know your way around Cura, i would add the dual extrusion.

The downside is, that it requires some patience (but single extrusion is no less fun, especially in the beginning i must add), and it would mean you have to take the print head apart again to install dual extrusion.

It may not be the most convenient path to follow, but i think it will be the most motivating and rewarding path.

Of course, it is totally up to you :) In any way I/we are available for guidance.

 

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That thought crossed my mind, since the addition of a second extruder, and using it, is extremely new to everyone

I know there are many threads to scroll through....and I intend to check them out...I think there were a few part (screws) changes people made for better results. Especially dealing with the limit switches? I will have to dig some more.

But if other Ultimaker owners can chime in suggestion on this upcoming build, I would appreciate it :cool:

 

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Another question...

I've been reading thru the instructions in ancipation of receivingh my kit soon.

One area I am unclear about...the software install. I ordered the Ulti Controller options and just downloaded Cura. I see the opening wizard wants to connect with the printer as well as asking me about firmware. When I refer to the wiki instructions, it seems to skip past this and straight to doing the first print.

Do I need to connect to the printer from the computer for the setup process?

 

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plug in your ultimaker with usb to your computer. turn on your ultimaker !

install cura... then start cura and that will ask you to update the firmware for your ultimaker. cura will send the latest version onto your ultimaker.. then finished.. go through the start setup with cura and you should be ready for hours, days and months of fun...Ian :smile:

 

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Yes... the initial connection to the computer and Cura can be used to check out some basic assembly issues, and is the simplest way to load up the latest firmware onto the printer.

Once you've done it the first time, then you can print from the SD card without needing a computer connection. (Except when it's time to install a new firmware).

 

Ian,

Even if I have the Ulticontroller ?

 

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Question:

Unfortunately I cannot build my dual extrusion kit (some parts are definetely missing).

When going through the manual at the wiki I came across the following section, when connecting the temperature cables to the circuit boards at the printhead.

4. Now you can also connect the temperature cables to the amplifier circuit boards on the print head. The one with the yellow/red/black wires needs to be placed in the front one and the cable with the green/orange/brown wires need to be placed in the amplifier circuit board at the back of the print head.

I only have a single temperature cable (I have a Ultimaker version 2 and this cable is actually green/red/black). I have the feeling that the second temperature cable is missing in my kit as I cannot find it anywhere in my package. Can anyone please confirm that there need to be two connectors and cables for the printhead temperature cables. Maybe these cables were included in the Ultimaker 4 revisions but not in Ultimaker 2 . I cannot find anything about that in the manual and also the photos for the kit do not show any cables/connectors..

Thanks in advance,

greengecko

 

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Hi Greengecko,

I have just read your post + support ticket, and i can confirm you indeed need a signal cable with 2 temperature cables, 3 connectors in total. (also 1 for the fan).

I do know that it was also already included in rev3, not sure about rev 2.

Anyway, i will sent you a new one, which will hopefully arrive within a day or 2.

Have a nice day!

 

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Btw also 2 white threaded spacer are missing for rev 2 as rev two had only black unthreaded spacer to fix the circuit boards on the print head. Therefore it is not possible to fix them as described in the wiki and they cannot be easily removed because the bolts cannot be reached once the top plate of the print head has been mounted.

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Hi There,

While I'm awaiting the yellow DHL van, oh oohw :shock: , a question mark?

the dual extr. setup needs room I guess, so what will be the max printing size?

Anybody knows?

Some of my prints are maxed out on 200x200, should I print some extra for stock, before I put the new printhead in?

Thanks Kees

 

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