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    Default Hypercube Evolution Printer Build

    I'm not sure if this should go in Tech or Projects, but I picked tech because it seemed more appropriate.

    Background:

    I built my first 3D printer a little over 3 years ago. It was a Makerfarm Pegasus 10" kit. Those are basically a Prusa i3 style printer that use delrin wheels in v-slot extrusion instead of linear bearings. It has been a good printer and I have made a few upgrades along the way, but it is time for a change. I had been considering upgrading the printer with a major overhaul, replacing the delrin wheel guidance with some linear bearings and whatnot, but I still felt like I would end up with a patched together bastard of a printer. I felt a fresh start might be better.


    Enter the Hypercube:

    The Hypercube Evolution, to be specific https://hevo.wiki/index.php/Main_Page . The original Hypercube was designed to use the guts and rails from a Prusia i3 to a Core XY (more on that later) style printer but had a limited build volume (200x200x300mm). The Evolution (HEVO for short) took that concept and scaled it up to make a larger format printer. The Core XY style printers take the motion out of the build platform for Y-axis which should make it more stable (especially for tall prints) and provide more accurate motion in x and y. Another advantage to the Core XY style is speed. Having a lighter carriage/print head allows for faster printing speeds while maintaining accuracy.

    Since it is cube shaped and scaleable, you can get some pretty large print volumes if you want. I am sticking with a reasonable 300x300x400mm build volume on mine. Also, due to it's cube shape, it makes it easier to build in an enclosure, which I think is pretty important for the overall print process.

    The other cool thing about the HEVO is that it is very much an open source type of build that has a large following, and gives you several options for building. You can build completely from scratch, source it yourself, buy a partial kit, or buy a complete kit. The sky is the limit, but the basic construction is the same. The HEVO uses lots of 3D printed parts, and assumes that you already have or have access to a 3D printer. There are sources for buying the parts printed if need be.


    Project Goals:

    - Bigger, better, faster printer.
    - Cleaner layout that is more space efficient.
    - Re-purpose much of my previous printer (electronics, motors, extruder, etc.)
    - Improved safety, primarily through air filtration.
    - Improved tech through, remote control, monitoring, auto power off, etc.


    Let's get started:

    After doing some homework, and evaluating my time availability, I decided to get a basic frame kit. It included all the aluminum extrusion, hardware, linear rails, lead screws, and bearings required for the build. Everything came already cut, so I just needed to put it together and go from there.

    This pile of parts is supposed to turn into a 3D printer eventually...




    ...and this collection of 3D printed parts is supposed to help make that happen.




    Stay tuned...
    -Jeff
    Mod19RC Shapeways Store
    IG: @RexRacer19

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    Nice! Following.,,


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    The frame goes together pretty easily with the pre-cut pieces. It's important to build on a flat surface and get everything as true and square as possible. One of the things that I really like about this design is that the frame ends up being very sturdy with zero flex.

    -Jeff
    Mod19RC Shapeways Store
    IG: @RexRacer19

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