1st February Development Update

Dual Z System 

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Over the last few months we have extensively tested our new Dual Z system, we are happy to say we have finished our testing. So why did we change the design and what were we going after?

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Before we began selling the D2880 to the public we designed and sold “Built to Order” units, which varied in size and features. From those orders we were able to see what our customer base was really looking for in a printer. We found that most customers were looking for a large format printer that can be upgraded with new hardware as it become available. We took all of this information and decided to build the first concepts of the D2880, a standardized base model that will fit most needs while still being easily modified. The first of these printers were sold to Universities with the understanding they will be upgraded with new hardware as it come and in return we would be given feedback.

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So what did we find? With the first versions of the D2880 the were not equipped with the Flexplate system, due to the part sometimes needed to be removed with force. Due to these forces and some user error we didn't account for the bed system could sometimes become skewed. This was mainly due to the cantilever design. Even though all printers sold after public release were equipped with the removable flex build plate, which makes the issues highly rare, we decided improve it.

What has changed? With the new Dual Z system, the build plate is supported on both side securely. We have added a second stepper and lead screw to ensure precise movement across the entire build plate. This new system is much more ridgid while being able to support and move much more weight, which will be needed in the near future (update coming)

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As of Midwest RepRap Fest all printers will be shipping with the new Dual Z system and all previously sold printers will be able to be upgraded. If you would like the upgrade please let us know at info@projectr3d.com and we will let you know when the upgrades are available for purchase.

 

Print Service

We have recently made our print service available to the public, letting everyone utilize our fleet of D2880 printers to print their largest jobs. Our print farm is capable of printing the strongest engineering plastics available, such as our Carbon Fiber Reinforced Ultem. Our farm of printers is large enough to fulfill your largest orders with a rapid turn around. If you have any question please let us know at info@projectr3d.com or request a quote here

 

New User Manual

We will be dedicating the majority of our R&D time in February to building our new User Manual. We are working to build a modular manual that will easily transform as your machine is upgraded throughout its life.

With the user manual we will be working on the user workflow as well. We will be rolling out our Simplify3D, Slic3r and Cura profiles at the end of the month. We have received a large assortment of filaments from vendors to test and build profiles for and the testing is well underway. We are striving to build the simplest start up process for new uses while giving you the tools to troubleshoot any issues that may arise. We will be posting Profiles and sections of the User Manual for feedback over the next month.

Development Update!

Project Likia will become the D2880 v1.2 @MRRF

Ever since the D2880 what released, we have been taking all feedback to heart. We have spent the last six months finding ways to improve the printer. We are proud to announce we have made a great printer even better!

With new firmware and hardware tweaks we have been able to add Power Loss Recovery (PLR) to our printers. With PLR if a loss of power has occurred the bed will lower to ensure the print is not damaged and the position will be saved. Once power is restored the printer will home to the Z max to not crash into the print and print will resume.

After extensive use and testing we have found a more stable Z axis system. With the D2880 v1.2 we have transitioned to a dual z system. With this the system will be more rigid and resilient pressure applied to the build surface. We found that in some academic situations, unneeded pressure was applied to the unsupported front of the beds. After repeated situations the system may become tweaked causing the printer to compensate more aggressively during auto tramming. With our new solution we expect a longer life out of the Z axis system as a whole.

The full enclosure has been modified. All printers will come with a bottom, back and two side panels like before, but no longer a door or top. The door and top will be sold separately due to modifications needed for the Dual Extrusion upgrade. We are working to keep the price down on the Enclosure add-on. As MRRF nears we will be releasing more details about pricing and changes.

While we have designed several parts of the printers we are happy to say we have held true to our promise. All D2880 printers purchased before the next release will be able to be upgraded with the new parts. If you would like the upgrade please contact us. We will be working to have the upgrade kits ready upon the release of the D2880 v1.2.

 

Project Belka

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We have taken everything we have learned from the D2880 and have developed a companion for it. We have found that some users don't have the space for the D2880, so we shrunk it down. Project Belka will have a 12”x12”x12” build volume with all the new features of the D2880 v1.2. As you know we have kept the D2880 at an unbeatable price and Project Belka will be no different. We will have more details on price and development leading up to MRRF.

 

Under Development

New Manual

We are currently working on a new manual for both new printers and for the original D2880. In this manual it will have a large amount of additional information and will be sent with every printer along with the firmware to match any additional modifications you request upon purchase. We are building the new manual to be able to be added to or amended with each upgrade. In the manual sent with each printer will be all of the results from the testing and calibration. With this new manual you will have everything you need to modify or troubleshoot your printer in all aspects.

Dual Extrusion Upgrade

We are currently testing the Zesty Nimble to be used in our Dual Extrusion Upgrade. Due to the way the Nimble works we will needed a taller enclosure to accommodate the drive shafts, this is why the enclosure will be sold as an add-on. We will be posting pictures and updates as development continues.

Liquid Cooling Upgrade

We the release of the Titan Aero Aqua, we have been testing the system to see how we can incorporate it into our printers. Due to the additional hoses needed the extended enclosure is needed. We are also sourcing thermal insulation for the printers to come with this upgrade to hold more stable temps when printing with high temp materials.  

Filament Monitor Upgrade

At the end of the year we had finished developing a simple way to mount the Duet Filament Monitor into our systems. Sadly we got the news that they will be pursuing development on a new monitor so our release of our system had to be pushed. We are currently working with a new system while Duet develops theirs. Once we can get our hands on the new Duet Filament Monitor we will be testing it. At the current time we do not expect to be able to release this upgrade at MRRF but we will be trying anyways.

 

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Production Has Begun

Hey everybody, its been a while and a lot has been happening on our end.

Why has it been so long?

We were on track to do a large unveiling at the Chicago Maker Faire April 21-23 and we were working to have five printers production ready to present. Due to throwing our full weight behind this event, our stride became thrown off when the event was postponed until and undisclosed later date. Sadly we were given this news just four days prior to the Midwest RepRap Festival and with five 3D printers nearly complete we were stuck in a difficult situation. We did not want to present the printers in a state that the end costumer wouldn't receive it. So we chose to attend the event without the printers and meet with large and small YouTube channels and spoke with them about reviews in the near future. We made the most of a bad situation and the connections we made with other people in the industry have already paid off. This has been part of the reason we have been radio silent, we have finished bringing the printers to production ready and have been preparing for our crowdfunding campaign.

 

What has Project R3D been up to?

Production has begun! Since our last update we have continued to push forward and we are now into production on an order that has been placed by a University in Chicago. We have finished assembling our production floor and ready to produce large orders. We are waiting on some final parts to come in for the first batch and as we complete them we will be sharing photos of them with everyone.

Crowdfunding?

When we started looking into crowdfunding a platform caught our eye, it seemed to have everything we needed and would protect all parties involved. Since then we has issues with communication and we found that they could not help with some of the hurtles we had to overcome. So we began searching for the proper fit and we believe we have found it. Arrow Electronics offers a certification program with Indiegogo, Arrow reviewed our designs, photos and BOM and have chosen to grant us their Certification. What this means it they acknowledged we are well on the path for production and will assist us if we have any supply issues. We felt it best to go this way to give our backers some confidence that this project is being produced and we are working hard at it. At the end of the day the largest hurtle in crowdfunding is building trust. We will be launching a “Coming Soon” campaign this month on Indiegogo and we will be following up with the full campaign soon after.

Why do a crowdfunding campaign?

With the R&D already paid for we understand why this is asked. The funding from a campaign will be to purchase the bulk supplies to produce the printers. We are currently purchasing the parts as the order comes in, raising the overall production cost and lead times. With this funding we will be able to purchase all components in bulk lowering cost bringing down production to two days. Currently assembly of the printers takes three man hours but we run a handful of small calibration prints and a large “torture test” to ensure the printer you receive is in top working condition.

If you have any question please reach out to us on Twitter or email at info@projectr3d.com

Let the fun Begin

March 9th 2017                                                              Update 1           

                Hello, welcome to the first update on Project R3D. Over the last year we have been working to create a machine that eliminated the major pitfalls of current printers on the market. After several prototypes, each with their own trials and errors, we can say we have done it. Now to the specs:

Build Volume: 304mm(x) x 304mm(y) x 457mm(z) / 12”x12”x18”

Controller: 32bit processor with build-in Wi-Fi and up to 1:256th micro-stepping

UI: 7” color touch screen

Build Plate: Heated aluminum bed

Automatic bed leveling with an IR sensor

Genuine All Metal Hotend

CoreXY kinematics

Further details to come.

                We have extensively researched how we should launch this, some crowd funding platforms have left their backers high and dry. Many of our team have personally taken hits from campaigns that have turned sour, we will not put you or our team through that. We have found a platform called Crowd Supply, they vet all projects prior to accepting them. They are the only platform we could find with a 100% delivery rate of successful campaigns. This week we have submitted our initial project to them for approval. We believe this is the best path to take to ensure all of our backer get what they pay for.

                We will continue to give weekly updates on our progress and we will begin posting photos and videos on our twitter and Instagram.

 

                                                                                                                 Project R3D Team