All of the STEPCRAFT machines can be configured to 3D printer mode! Take advantage of the modular design and simply swap the Proxxon spindle (or other) adaptor from the 43mm mounting collar on the machine, and put the 3D printer module in instead.
STEPCRAFT 3D printer operation
The STEPCRAFT 3D printer uses an extruding system to push a 1.75 mm PLA, ABS or HIPS plastic filament through a heated nozzle. The machine moves the nozzle to print a plastic layer. The layers must be generated by specific 3D printer software that is provided with the STEPCRAFT 3D printing system
What do you need to use your STEPCRAFT as a 3D printer?
You will need the STEPCRAFT 3D printer tool as shown in the image. This consists of the 3D print head that sits in the 43 mm 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 (WinPC USB full version, Mach3 or other).
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. WinPC USB full version, Mach3 or other software.
How does the STEPCRAFT 3D printer work?
The STEPCRAFT 3D printing system feeds a filament of 1.75 mm PLA 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. A test report can be found here (only German language). Note: The control software WinPC-NC Starter does not support the configuration of the 3D Printing Head. You are in need of an upgrade to the USB full version or the control software UCCNC.
Technical Specification (Control Box):
Universal-filament holder, width adjustable from 68 to 90 mm, diameter of filament coil up to 200 mm Temperature control between 150 to 250 degree Celsius (equals 300 to 480 degree Fahrenheit) Integrated system control to handle print temperature, filament feed and fan speed Dimension of control box: 163 x 158 x 73 mm, height 282 mm Sub-D connector for Stepcraft mainboard (Plug-and-Play) Possible connection to other CNC machines due to documented interface
Technical specification (Printing Head):
Integrated, infinitely adjustable speed Circular air nozzle to cool the applied filament down Possible diameter of filament: 1.75 mm Filament material can be ABS, PLA or HIPS Nozzle diameter 0.4mm, optional nozzle diameters available from 0.3 to 1.0 mm Pressure roller for filament infinitely adjustable Easy to clean and to maintain due to exchangeable filamnet guidance 43 mm mounting collar 40 Watts heating cartridge Temperature control with two sensors to enhance control accuracy Feed of filament (nozzle output) can be controlled with an accuracy of 0.02 mm then using the 0.4 diameter nozzle Length of flexible hose connection: 0.8 m
- Scope of Delivery:
- 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
Additional 4th axis module to control the printing head is not required For operation via USB-interface the control software of the Stepcraft must be Win PC-NC as a full version, newest release with 3D printing functionality Existing Win PC-NC installations can be easily updated free of charge Any other CNC control software with 4th axis capability can be used
- Operating instructions 3D Printing Head
- First steps 3D Printing Head WinPC-NC
- First steps 3D Printing Head UCCNC
Shipping weight: 4,00kg