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Zion16 Affordable Large Scale 3D Printer - Lets Dream Bigger

The Zion16 is a quiet, affordable, and large scale 3D Printer that can take your ideas to new limits.

Zion16 Affordable Large Scale 3D Printer - Lets Dream Bigger

The Zion16 is a quiet, affordable, and large scale 3D Printer that can take your ideas to new limits.

$4,846
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 16 2014 9:47 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 31, 2014

About

Background:

3D printing has come a long way. Many are using it to be innovative and create new things. One thing I noticed is the lack of large printers to make bigger objects. So I set out to create a bigger printer that could handle much larger designs. By expanding a printers build area there is an almost infinite number of possibilities to what you can design and build. 

This printer that I have designed will be the first printer to be able to create objects over 8 cubic inches that is under $1000! This revolutionary design will help spark a new generation of innovation by allowing for the creation of larger inventions.


What we plan to do:

Rendering of the initial 16x16 Zion Prototype
Rendering of the initial 16x16 Zion Prototype
Zion16 Release Canidate - Updated as of 1/4/14
Zion16 Release Canidate - Updated as of 1/4/14

The goal is to create and mass produce large scale 3D printers in a sort-of self replicating fashion.  I am working on completing the 16" prototype which will be capable of printing enormous objects up to 16"x16"x32"(see below).  I want to keep these printers affordable because I feel they need to be in the hands of creators and people who would use them to innovative. Unfortunately 3d printers of this size cost around $1200 so I want to do better. I want to make and produce these printers for under $800 and make it so that they are both easy to use and affordable. I have been working with 3d Printers for about 2 years now and it has consumed all of my time. I am constantly tweaking or coming up with a new way of doing something with 3D printing.. 

Below is a comparison of the build area of common 3D printers and their associated cost:

Comparison of 3D printers
Comparison of 3D printers

There are only a few large 3D printers available currently so to provide a comparison was difficult however it appears that the Zion12 and Zion16 are both more cost effective than the large scale alternatives.

Large Scale 3D printers
Large Scale 3D printers

Updates/Blog:

Update: 12/22/13 - Creation of the Zion 16 3d Printer.

16x16x32!!!!  Ready to wire up and Rock!
16x16x32!!!! Ready to wire up and Rock!
The Prototypes Frame has been Printed!!
The Prototypes Frame has been Printed!!
Printing the X Carriage
Printing the X Carriage

As the project progresses I will be updating a blog and posting updates here to keep everyone informed. I believe that you should be updated on every step of the project. 3D printing is very exciting to me and I want to share that will all of my backers. So I will send you all updates and pictures/videos from time to time to show you the latest and greatest from this project.

0.3mm layer height test print
0.3mm layer height test print
High speed 50micron print
High speed 50micron print
Back Zion16 you should
Back Zion16 you should
Rose - Clear Filament printed at 0.3mm layer height with Red LED
Rose - Clear Filament printed at 0.3mm layer height with Red LED


Why I need Kickstarter?

I have invested a lot of time and resources into this project and I have come to realize I cannot do it alone. I need your support in order to continue creating these massive printers so I can put them in the hands of those who need them most. I already have partnered up with a supplier for all of the components and I have built a working prototype.

I even have a reseller to distribute these printers upon completion.. 

www.makergeeks.com
www.makergeeks.com

The only thing missing is your support.

 Imagine the new generation of creativity that can become reality when the boundaries of what you can create becomes limitless.


Technical Specifications

(Some are subject to change)

Desk Footprint : Zion 16 takes up approximately 22"x22" however the bed itself extends beyond this during prints as the Y axis moves. so estimate and extra 6-8 inches during printing.

Filament Supported: PLA 3.0mm or 1.75 depending on your preference. (There are plans for a interchangeable bed which will allow support for a ABS heat bed for ABS Support)

Motors: The Motors used are higher end Nema17 hybrid stepper motors.

Extruder Hotend: Currently we are using a J-Head Hotend which has had great success at lower temperatures (189 degrees C ).

Extruder Cooling Fan:  Each extruder will have a 80mm fan for cooling attached to the X carriage.

Electronics: Currently using the Printrboard  Rev. D, I have plans however to begin working with a Ramps board that supports an LCD display for future upgrades to the Zion Printers.

Power Supply

A standard Desktop ATX power supply is used to provide 12volts to the Printrboard and also for the cooling fan.

Build Platform: 16x16 Clear Acrylic for Limited edition printers, 16x16 MDF boards for regular Zion16 and Zion12 printers. MDF is resistant to warping and is heat resistant.

Threaded/ Smooth Rods: The Rods used are standard 5/16" smooth and threaded rods. M8 rods can be used to replace the 5/16" if needed.

For questions or comments please email me at: xaberx@gmail.com  and I will be happy to reply and update this section.

Project Timeline

2013

December

  • Creation and demonstration of the Zion16 prototype.

2014

January

  • Initial setup of workshop to house the large scale 3D printers.
  • Build, Assemble, and Calibrate - 4 additional Z24 printers to support production of the Zion16. ( At this point I will have 5 total I will add more based on the number of 3D Printers that are chosen as a reward.)
  • Release a Zion16 prototype to a test group for review and to get feedback.

February

  • Printing of Rewards for Backers.
  • Revise and perfect the Zion16 Prototype based on feedback from backers and from test group.(This includes adding Additional Features such as interchangeable build platforms)
  • Ordering of initial supplies and plastic needed to build the Zion16's allowing extra time to avoid delays.
  • Perform Testing of all Z24's to ensure all of the printers can safely be ran for extended periods of time.

March through May

  • Begin Production of the Zion16 printed parts for Kick starter Rewards, this will take on average 24 hours per printer so it will be important to have a number of the Z24's primed and ready.
  • Assembly of the initial set of Zion16's. Once assembled and calibration is complete begin printing the Zion12 as a way to test the printers and produce the Zion12 kits.
  • Package the completed printers in the staging area (may hire additional help to assist with packaging and testing).
  • Shipping of Completed Printers and Kits.
  • Printing of the Zion Limited Edition 3D printers. These Printers will definitely have some style. More pictures to come.

Thank you

Thank you again for visiting my Kick Starter page. 3D printing is very exciting and to be part of building larger printers to inspire more creativity is very motivating to me. I appreciate all of my backers and I know together we can make this happen. Please check out all of the cool rewards I have planned for this revolutionary new 3D printer.

Risks and challenges

Obstacles I have already encountered was the overheating of the motors on the larger printer. The motors got so hot they melted the mounts( PLA Plastic has a lower melting point than ABS Plastic) they were on and caused the print to fail. This was resolved by adding 80mm fans to cool the motors as it is printing. I havent encountered too many problems other than the one issue of the cooling of the Z24. I know that space will be an issue in the short term however I have made arrangements to relocate the production of the Zion 3D Printers to a larger facility where a large number of printers can be going at the same time.

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