NEXT 1.0 - NEXT Level Filament Extruder (Canceled)
3D printing. Redefined. Produce, recycle and customize outstanding quality 3D printing filament.
NEXT 1.0 - NEXT Level Filament Extruder (Canceled)
3D printing. Redefined. Produce, recycle and customize outstanding quality 3D printing filament.
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WHAT KEEPS THE EVOLUTION OF 3D PRINTING ON HOLD?Are you getting the best experience out of your 3D printing? Have you ever considered that the quality of your 3D prints is greatly influenced by the filaments you are using as a prime matter? Overcoming common problems associated with 3D printing such as high production costs, lack of custom material types and a high waste factor can put on hold the evolution of 3D printing.
Filaments can make the difference between a roaring success and a flop; we know it well, since we are engineers producing 3D designs for a living. Going through the trials and errors of 3D printing and filament choice is time consuming, ecologically daunting and expensive. If you want to be in full control of your 3D printing, you might consider producing your own custom filament.
This is why we have developed the NEXT 1.0, a professional and affordable solution to creating your own 3D printing filament.
SEARCHING FOR PERFECTION… OR CREATE YOUR OWN ANY PROFESSIONAL DESKTOP FILAMENT EXTRUDERS OUT THERE?
NEXT 1.0 is a professional desktop filament extruder that was specifically created to optimize the 3D printing process by delivering industrial quality filament. As engineers working with 3D printers on a daily basis, we were looking for an affordable, fast and easy to use filament extruder for our 3D printing needs. So...we started searching and searching for the right filament extruder. What a frustrating journey!
The existing filament extruders that were able to deliver industry quality filaments were expensive, difficult to operate or not as advanced in terms of technology. We were looking for top notch quality filaments without having to trade a leg and a hand. Therefore, we decided to take faith in our own hands and develop a filament extruder that would deliver the industrial quality without compromises.
Now we are eager to share what we have learned along the way and welcome everyone interested in joining the 3D printing revolution!
NEXT 1.0 - THE PROTOTYPE OF IMPECCABLE 3D PRINT FILAMENT PRODUCTION WITH A TWIST
Currently, there are no affordable professional filament extruders that can deliver the highest quality standards for 3D printing filaments.
We wanted something compact, fast and easy to use. A filament extruder that would allow us to experiment with material colors and composites whilst enabling us to recycle our enormous pile of failed 3D prints sounded like Mission Impossible. But most of all, we wanted a filament extruder that would deliver the quality and the versatility we were looking in our filaments.
There was no turning back. We wanted such a filament extruder, so we decided to develop it; for out benefit and for all people searching for flawless 3D printing supplies. After 1 and a half years of hard work, planning, designing and experimenting, we finally got there. NEXT 1.0 is our best accomplishment (so far anyway :) ). We created an advanced filament extruder that we're proud to put our name on.
NEXT 1.0 is a revolutionary filament extruder that features:
- Superior filament quality;
- Ease of use;
- Unparalleled performance;
- Unlimited 3D printing filament;
- Environmentally friendly solution to recycle failed 3D prints, plastic bottles and many other plastic items that would irresponsibly end up in the trash.
A REVOLUTIONARY AND AFFORDABLE APPROACH TO FILAMENT EXTRUSION: NEXT 1.0.
So…here is it: a professional and affordable filament extruder that enables you to create, customize and recycle your own high-quality filament at the fraction of the price offered by current retailers. A small step for us, a huge step for 3D printing!
NEXT 1.0 is a solution that combines three key aspects of filament production: industrial quality, recycling and easy customization.
Produce (industrial tech)
3D printing filament can turn out quite costly, especially if you are a regular filament consumer (such as print shops, schools, universities and engineers). Ok, so let’s do the math. A spool of filament costs about $40,-/Kg (€35,-/Kg). One kg of plastic pellets (PLA/ABS) used as prime matter for the NEXT 1.0 costs about $5,-/Kg (€4,5/Kg). That’s 8 times cheaper! The NEXT 1.0 offers unparalleled convenience by enabling automated extrusion, measurement and spooling. Every time you use NEXT 1.0, you save time and money, on each and every spool you produce. The industrial grade components and automated extrusion measurement and spooling process generate industrial filament quality, durability and no efforts whatsoever.
Recycle (full circle)
3D printing is poised to revolutionize manufacturing. However, will it also change the ecological impact of making things? NEXT 1.0 aims to contribute to diminishing the ecological impact of manufacturing by enabling users to recycle plastic waste. With the NEXT 1.0 filament extruder, you can recycle an array of plastic waste, such as plastic bottles, cups and many other plastic items that would surely end up in the bin. It’s an excellent start for a greener planet and a cleaner environment! Think about the pile of failed 3D prints that can be re-used to create amazing 3D prints. Recycle, re-use, re-create with an ease.
Customize (future materials)
Do you want to experiment with producing your own 3D printing filament? The current market of 3D printing filament is changing rapidly. There is a lot of research and development into new materials that can be used in 3D printing. The NEXT 1.0 filament extruder is a relative small desktop version of the industrial filament extruders. Don’t be fooled by its size – it’s quite a smart and powerfull device, packed with the latest technology. Users can play with low entry testing and can experiment with new materials, while having the unique opportunity to recycle.
The revolutionary tri-zone and quad-zone heating systems enables extreme accuracy and control during the development of new filaments.
NEXT 1.0 is suitable for commercially aimed filament development such as in filament shops, schools and universities, or home based customization for hobbyists and artists.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – 7 SPECS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT NEXT 1.0 LIKE…NOW.
Designing NEXT 1.0 wasn’t easy; but boy, it was such a rewarding experience to be able to develop such an advanced solution. We were completely dedicated to creating something that would benefit everyone involved in the 3D printing industry and we paid attention to every little detail. This is the first filament extruder loaded with industrial technology, automated extrusion, measurement, spooling and much more. Check out our full list of features below.
High quality (industrial) extruder
NEXT 1.0 was developed in co-operation with specialists in extruder production. A high quality, industrial strength extruder screw with specifically designed pressure zones was implemented in the prototype version of NEXT 1.0. The extruder screw was manufactured with the same precision as industrial extruders, and hardened by nitriding for durable use. The extruder is powered by a regulated drive-system, which enables precise RPM control and therefore precise filament.
Tri-zone heating system
The NEXT 1.0’s extruder barrel has no less than three independently heated zones, each with their own heat sensor to regulate exact temperatures. It allows our filament extruder to have more control over temperatures and create higher quality filament. Ideal for experimenting with new material types. In the ADVANCED models this is expanded to the quad-zone heating system with four independent zone's.
Hopper refill sensor
The hopper is the funnel that stores the plastic pellets before they are extruded into filament. NEXT 1.0 has a built-in sensor that triggers an alarm when the hopper level gets below a certain level. This lets the user know they should refill the hopper. In addition to this, the sensor will automatically shut down the filament extruder when the hopper gets too empty. This prevents low-quality filament from being produced and prevents possible wear to the extruder by running the machine on empty.
Diameter control system
NEXT 1.0 uses a diameter control system which analyses the filament dimensions and adjusts machine variables in real-time to create ultra-consistent filament.
Another important aspect of the measuring system is the ability to change the filament diameter for use with different 3D printers (or other applications).
The NEXT 1.0 filament extruder adjusts the diameter of the filament by regulating the speed of the puller so you can seamlessly swap between diameters without changing hardware.
Automatic winding system with slipper clutch
Our main goal from the start was to drastically improve the way manufacturers can produce their own filament. Having an automated winding system was an important part of the process. Therefore, we developed NEXT 1.0, a solution that enables users to start up the machine, set the desired settings and relax – the filament extruder will do all the work.
Easily swappable spool mount
Mounting and setting up your spool can be a hassle. In order to make this as easy as possible we designed an easily swappable spool mount. Our spool mount design allows the spool to be changed within a matter of seconds.
The NEXT 1.0 features a high torque DC electromotor. The motor, combined with the gearbox is able to deliver a high torque range of 160Nm to 24,8Nm with an rpm range of 1 Rpm to 35 Rpm.
And if that wasn’t enough, the drive-train has Rpm feedback - the microcontroller measures the extruder screw Rpm with a precision of 300 pulses per rotation. Afterwards, it simply adjusts the power going to the electro motor to ensure a consistent Rpm even when the resistance changes.
Our user-friendly interface features a clean design and simple navigation, allowing different levels of control over the filament extruder.
- Clear OLED display
- Simple rotary button control
- Custom material settings
Over the past 1 and a half years NEXT 1.0 has been through 5 prototype phases, each one allowing us to learn and adjust each version in order to turn NEXT 1.0 into an astonishing product. We are very proud and happy of the result and we are eager to share it with the world.
OUR VISION: IRREFUTABLE BENEFITS FOR 3D PRINTING FILAMENT PRODUCTION ON ANY SCALE
The vision behind our filament extruder corresponds to the overall vision of 3devo: “Create future-changing solutions with passion and commitment”. We tried to offer the best solution with limited resources. Therefore, we empower our customers to obtain the best possible results for themselves with less expense when it comes to extruding their filament.
NEXT 1.0 provides irrefutable benefits for 3D printing filament production on any scale:
- High quality (industrial) extruder screw
- Three zone heating control system
- Diameter control system
- Automatic winding system
- Easily swappable spool mount + slipper clutch system
- Hopper refill sensor
ARE YOU READY TO JOIN US AND CHANGE THE FUTURE OF 3D PRINTING?
The past few years we have been working very hard, submitting our product development skills and expertise to a pressure test. Today, with your support, we are ready to put the NEXT 1.0 in production. By supporting this effort, you will have the opportunity to be part of the evolution of 3D printing whilst militating for a cleaner environment. In addition, you can be the very first to own our filament extruder. Ready to change the 3D printing industry where unlimited customized industrial quality filament is within reach?
ABOUT US3devo is established as a new venture of Devoteq, a Dutch mechanical engineering company Co-founded by Tim Wesselink and Lucas van Leeuwen. Devoteq created a solid base of knowledge and experience by doing various projects across industries.
Special thanks to:
Jerry van de Bunt
Sjors de Klein
Abdul Raheem Bah Traoure
OUR PROGRESS SO FAR
We are ready for production with your support! What have we been doing so far?
- Formed a great team of very talented and motivated people
- Engineered a product that is ready to go into production
- Developed 5 generations of prototypes
- Tested a range of user compatible materials
- Developed and improved thousands lines of code
- Intensive testing ALPHA models
- Fabrication of BETA models
- Setting up supply chains for all components
We have been implementing production and manufacturing techniques quite seriously in the development process form an early stage. Our design that is nearly ready to go in production, so we would like to get the NEXT 1.0 to you as soon as possible. We want this to be done the right way, so we started this Kickstarter page to get the things up and running!
If you have already assessed the benefits of NEXT 1.0 and you want to be part of this campaign and pitch in, you will get a discount and be one of the first owners of NEXT 1.0. But more importantly you will play a key role in a game-changing way filament production takes place.
The NEXT 1.0 ADVANCED models
For those of you who want to be even closer to the industrial filament extrusion experience. We developed the ADVANCED model, these include a mixing section built into the extruder screw.
This feature can be found in many extrusion machines across the industry. And results in creating a highly homogenized melt. Which improves the filament quality even more, especially when using mixed polymers.
The ADVANCED + model is equipped with mixing section and a QUAD-zone heating system (4 zones instead of 3). All zones can be regulated separately. This will give you more control of heat input across the extruder, which can be essential when experimenting with special materials.
Risks and challenges
Our dedication to providing you the quality and service you deserve doesn’t end with the NEXT 1.0 design. We strive to give you the best quality & performance on all fronts. The delivery and fulfillment of this project is no different.
Providing you with the best quality possible comes at a price. We have meticulously tested the quality of each component implemented in NEXT 1.0 to ensure we deliver the highest standards of quality.
To minimize any possible setbacks we are working with the best professionals in the industry. And if there are still some surprises along the way, we can assure we’ll do more than our best to solve it. We also promise to keep you up-to-date with all the latest developments along the way.
Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us turn the 3devo vision into reality and allow us to deliver on our quality promise by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page. Moreover, we appreciate you spreading the word by sharing our page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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