Jump to content

Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited


Recommended Posts

Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

You should buy one and/or back me...!

As you can see in the https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1661525705/z-unlimited-add-on-for-ultimaker, a self made cheap hack is very well possible, but that is not the quality i would like to sell. I do promote that people make that kind of versions themeselves!! Please share your experiences.

I already wanted to make some noise here.

This is the official press release i sent out:

I was just about to make some noise here on Talk, but you already started a topic.

Please spread the word and back the project to make it a successful campaign!

This is the official press release:

- PRESS RELEASE -

Ultimaker add-on creates unlimited print length

Ever dreamed of printing larger objects with your own Ultimaker 3D printer? The Dutch inventor Joris van Tubergen just published one of his latest 3D Print projects on Kickstarter: Z-Unlimited. With this amazingly simple add-on you convert your own trusty Ultimaker into a 3D printer with an unlimited extended print-area in height.

Last summer Joris executed the first project with his Z-Unlimited invention. Live at Schiphol airport he 3D printed a life-sized elephant as a 3D petition against elephant abuse. The installation with five Ultimakers combined with Z-Unlimited was only actively printing when people signed the petition. Since more than enough people signed the petition the life-sized 3D printed elephant was completed within two weeks!

The Z-Unlimited basically flips your 3D printer upside down and moves it all the way up along a wall while it is printing. To convert your 3D printer to reach unlimited height will only take you 10 minutes. And this operation is just as easy to undo.

The basic Z-Unlimited package comes with a carriage set and a rail of 1.2 meters. This will extend your print-area in Z to 65cm high. If you wish to go even higher you easily mount extra length of rails to the system. To get high quality prints all the way to the top Z-Unlimited features a very simple support mechanism that can be adjusted to any height.

 

http://www.rooiejoris.nl

- END OF PRESS RELEASE -

- More detailed information on Joris van Tubergen and/or Z-Unlimited you will find on the following pages:

http://www.rooiejoris.nl/z-unlimited

http://www.facebook.com/europerminutedesign

minidoc about the elephant ampaign:

 

cheers joris

 

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    I was hoping you would respond :)

    I do have some questions

    ,

    - how does the z-axis move.

    - how is the bowdentube mounted.

    - does it need adjustes firmware.

    I have already remade my Ultimaker into a higher printer, and I don't see any problems to adjust my frame to your setup

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    the answers:

    - the z-axis is a new motor with gear box. It is not really a axis, it pulls itself up with a toothed belt

    - there is no change in the extruder drive chain, but you have to find a solution to place the drive gear on a different spot [and upside down]

    - i adjusted the firmware so one of the axis is swapped otherwise you get mirrored objects, but with the first tests i did all the changes in cura and gcode. [Change steps per mm in z and mirroring]

    cheers \ joris

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    When I was watching the elephant being printed, I noticed you had a water bottle hanging on the back of the frame,

    was that a counter weight for the Ultimaker, so less force is put on the z-motor ?

    and do we still need a counter weight ?

    I don't think I can mount the system to the wall, I am afraid noise would resonate through the wallsand disturb the neighbours :)

    so I will probably have to create a frame, so it can stand on it's own.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    The bottles where for lifitng the network cable and the power cable. I think it won't resonate that much, maybe place a little bit of foam behind the rail...

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    Aww, just when I received my heated bed kit... Any reason why this would not work with a heated bed? Extension cables would be needed somewhere I guess.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    it can work with heated bed, why not?!

    but you have to make your heated bed yourself and find a way to extend your cables indeed

    For taller prints i need sometimes more adhesion, then i print some parts direct on the acrylic bed [without tape] and the first layer a lot hotter like 235-240 degrees. That stick very well...

    cheers \ joris

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    On my non-heated bed, I often fix a print with instable (thin, high) parts to the bed with a couple of blobs of PVA glue after a couple of layers. Works a treat.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    Is there a plan to keep this going after the kickstarter or is it just a one time thing?

    Also wondering if you would feel good about having a pledge level for just a BOM and some instructions.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    Don't know yet. My first impression is that this product is not worth a real business model. Maybe I will do a new kickstarter again : )

    A pledge for a BOM and some instructions is a good idea, i cannot change that anymore i think. But you can pledge for less than 15 euro, but then you [officially] don't get a reward...

    there are some hint in the video and i will document more, but now the focus is on some other things.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    I might do that. Don't have a need for this right now, but it would be nice to have a starting point for building one later.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    This setup is brilliant, quite cheap also.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    @rooiejoris, I don't know if you can edit the body text of the kickstarter page once it has launched, but I noticed it has a different price in the text for the XXL early bird option.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    @ahoeben

    Thanks for the remark, i did change the tekst..!

    And thanks for backing [or are you another 'hoeben'].

    cheers \ joris

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    Backed, but still need to let the wife know. Fortunately she doesn't keep an eye on the bank account and the delivery date is a ways out.

    Take your time with shipping.

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    Would there be any advantage for turning the assembly upside down, and/or maybe lifting the print bread instead of the UM?

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    @ aviphysics, interesting, but you need a very good bed adhesion...!!

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    @ aviphysics, interesting, but you need a very good bed adhesion...!!

     

    Yeah.

    I am gonna have a lot on my plate when this thing arrives. It will mean moving my UMO out to the garage, which will also probably mean building an enclosure for it (which might as well be heated), which will mean finding a way to cool the steppers and electronics. That last one seems like it will either require keeping the machine thermally separated from the print some how, or some sort of water/air cooling lines. Both of those would be easier if the printer stayed in on place. If the printer is at the top, I would need a ladder for a lot of stuff, so having the print at the top would really help.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    I guess that it would be easier to just add watercooling to the board and steppers of the UMO and using the Z-unlimited as intended, printing with the print upside-down and really big prints does not feel like a good idea printing-wise... :/

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    @ahoeben

    And thanks for backing [or are you another 'hoeben'].

     

    Yeah, that's me :). Looking forward to screwing my printer to the wall!

    cheers \ aldo

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    I love the setup you have created and was wondering if you could fill us in on your print settings for such a large print?

    What brand of filament did you use to print the elephant and how much filament was required to print that behemoth?

    Also what size nozzle, layer resolution, print temp, and speed?

    This information will help backers get off to a good start in the large scale 3d printing realm and help reduce time and filament waste.

    Thanks

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    Not quite sure how much Joris used, but it was Colorfabb Dutch Orange in 2.2kg spools :) Knowing Joris it was probably a .6 or even .8 nozzle. But I agree with you that it would be nice to have an idea of the settings on the Elephant!

    If I weren't a student with limited time/money I would definitely get one. When you have this on your wall and you can go up to 60cm, you can make crazy things, but also the same things you'd normally make :D

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    Hi @Renthal,

    short reply:

    >>What brand of filament did you use to print the elephant and how much filament was required to print that behemoth?

    colorfabb, i ordered 56 spools of 2.2kg

    >> Also what size nozzle

    0.6-0.8

    >> layer resolution

    0.3

    >> print temp, and speed?

    variable, depends on the shape

    for some columns i combined 7 different profile settings

    cheers \ joris

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Put your Ultimaker Upsidedown with Z-Unlimited

    I guess, I am one of the first users of the THING.

    First impressions:

    1. it works!

    2. it is quite useless with standard 0.4 mm nozzle (printing smth with height larger than 300 mm with layer thicknesses lower than 0.2 mm if not takes forever, then makes the chances of successful printing very low). I have installed 'olson block' and 0.8 mm jet nozzle and now can print large objects within reasonable time.

    3. The spiralizer (aka joris) works nice with shell objects. Yeah, the z-drive constantly and smoothly rising the whole ultimaker!

    • Like 2
    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
    • Our picks

      • UltiMaker Cura 5.3 stable released
        In this stable release, Cura 5.3 achieves yet another huge leap forward in 3D printing thanks to material interlocking! As well as introducing an expanded recommended print settings menu and lots of print quality improvements. Not to mention, a whole bunch of new printer profiles for non-UltiMaker printers!
          • Thanks
          • Like
        • 56 replies
      • Here it is. The new UltiMaker S7
        The UltiMaker S7 is built on the success of the UltiMaker S5 and its design decisions were heavily based on feedback from customers.
         
         
        So what’s new?
        The obvious change is the S7’s height. It now includes an integrated Air Manager. This filters the exhaust air of every print and also improves build temperature stability. To further enclose the build chamber the S7 only has one magnetically latched door.
         
        The build stack has also been completely redesigned. A PEI-coated flexible steel build plate makes a big difference to productivity. Not only do you not need tools to pop a printed part off. But we also don’t recommend using or adhesion structures for UltiMaker materials (except PC, because...it’s PC). Along with that, 4 pins and 25 magnets make it easy to replace the flex plate perfectly – even with one hand.
         
        The re-engineered print head has an inductive sensor which reduces noise when probing the build plate. This effectively makes it much harder to not achieve a perfect first layer, improving overall print success. We also reversed the front fan direction (fewer plastic hairs, less maintenance), made the print core door magnets stronger, and add a sensor that helps avoid flooding.
         

         
        The UltiMaker S7 also includes quality of life improvements:
        Reliable bed tilt compensation (no more thumbscrews) 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi A 1080p camera (mounted higher for a better view) Compatibility with 280+ Marketplace materials Compatibility with S5 project files (no reslicing needed) And a whole lot more  
        Curious to see the S7 in action?
        We’re hosting a free tech demo on February 7.
        It will be live and you can ask any questions to our CTO, Miguel Calvo.
        Register here for the Webinar
          • Like
        • 18 replies
      • UltiMaker Cura Alpha 🎄 Tree Support Spotlight 🎄
        Are you a fan of tree support, but dislike the removal process and the amount of filament it uses? Then we would like to invite you to try this special release of UltiMaker Cura. Brought to you by our special community contributor @thomasrahm
         
        We generated a special version of Cura 5.2 called 5.3.0 Alpha + Xmas. The only changes we introduced compared to UltiMaker Cura 5.2.1 are those which are needed for the new supports. So keep in mind, this is not a sneak peek for Cura 5.3 (there are some really cool new features coming up) but a spotlight release highlighting this new version of tree supports.  
          • Like
        • 29 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...