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Just arrived. Something to do over the holidays :)
Still waiting on mine. Should be any day now :)
Yay! Thanks for this great machine. It is working just as perfectly as expected!
It's great that the machine is coming. WE would like to know if you have material that we can use, as we plan to do a presentation in the local Fablab with maker and industry companies. Any recommendation is welcome :)
Any further updates?
Maybe there's a T-Shirt coming with your machine ;)
Happy with the updates! Say, Stephan where can us desktop backers get your awesome T-shirt? Would love to buy one!
Congratulations! Looking forward to owning this great machine!
Congratulation team BlackBelt! Keep up the great work.
@ Markus: High-Five, buddy!
@ William: Thanks, good input!
What an exellent design for an FDM printer! *high-five* I guess it is the belt design that is patented?
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Hi Stephan, in your last message, you talked about slicing software. We (Polar3D.com) have already developed a cloud based solution and slicing engine for printers like yours. I'd love to chat with you about it. (I developed a concept printer using a conveyor belt as well, which we showed off at Rapid 2016 in Orlando, Florida last year and earlier this year at MRRF2017 in Goshin, Indiana. You can see video of it running here: https://www.youtube.com/watch….) The software would need no modifications to work with your machine and supports multiple users. (You can learn about our cloud here: http://cloud.polar3d.com.)
Thanks for backing our project!
Sure, I can give you an update:
The T-Shirts will be produced here in the Netherlands by a big company that can deliver by July.
The first printers are going to be shipped October this year.
Once the Kickstarter Campaign has ended, we can order the right amount of parts and start with the first production batch.
Right now, we are preparing everything to set this up. We’re in touch with several suppliers of individual parts and assemblies and working on a CE/UL certification.
We're also in touch with several software companies, that can build our slicing engine. No official agreement yet.
Also, we’re doing a lot of printing projects. Mostly for customers, so we can't be too detailed about those.
Sorry for being so silence about the updates.
Can you post updates and pictures of the machine working live. A live session will be helpful. Assembly videos or procurement of parts/ design collaborations or industry production collabs you are worknig on to make this possible- any info?
Just 9 days left and i strongly urge you as a backer to update regularly to prevent last minute pullouts from backers due to less info that could short live the campaign. such investments require fiercer campaigning
Could you please share how will you manage to deliver in the month of JULY,17 to super early birds? Do you already gave a production batch ready? If so can you lease post pictures of them to reassure us of timely delivery. From all updates and information you post, I somehow feel the timelines are highly unlikely
Are there any refunds offered if the project goes astray by a big margin of say 6 months more than the given deadlines? this is a huge investment being asked on kickstarter
There needs to be some kind of assurance unlike other products on kickstarter
Good question, Thanks!
The BLACKBELT 3D Printer is a modular design, meaning, it is possible to upgrade the printer with different components.
A dual extruder is definitely something to look at in the future.
We're planning to do first tests end of this year!
Check out our YouTube channel to see how we print stuff:
Stay tuned about updates via Twitter:
The Output is highly dependent on quality and material chioce.
However, it is faster in series production than regular FFF technology, due to no machine down time in between prints.
Apologies for the poor word corrections...
It's interesting that you can manage some overhangs. But I would still see advantage in working with duel heads.
It looks like the design could accommodate she'll heads relatively easily, is it something you have considered?
Also, could you post some times to produce for the examples posted ? In curious hire the throughput compared to conventional smaller devices when looking at 'series' production.
This is Junhwan Paul with Opencreators that developed 3D printer with auto build plate changer. Even though My team is also doing the campaign on Kickstarter,
I'm glad for us to see the same direction and just pledged to Your campaign.
Let's talk later in the same way.
Hi Jon Raymond,
Thanks for your questions.
Control Board : UltiMachine RAMBO 1.3
Interfaces : SD / USB
Stepper Driver : on board
Voltage : 110 / 220 V
Max. current draw : 1,5A / 3,5A (110 / 220V)
CE / UL Certificate : To be established after campaign
Firmware : Marlin
Max Speed : X = 220 mm/s Y 150 mm/s Z (belt) : 50 mm/s
Warranty : To be determined
Thanks for you question. If you are VAT registred in EU, most likely no VAT is applicable.
Any further technical specifications available? What control board does this printer use? What interfaces are available, SD, USB, Ethernet, Wifi? Which stepper drivers does it use? What voltage does the system run on? What is the maximum current draw at 120v/220v? Is the printer CE/UL certified? What control firmware does it use? What is the maximum speed this printer can run for reliable 0.2mm layer height prints? What warranty does the printer have?
I've just pledged, but wanted to know how you are handling the VAT. I'm in the process of registering for VAT and am told that if you are VAT registered, you should be able to ship to another EU coutry without charging the VAT ?
Thanks for your questions!
We work hard to file our supply chain and find the best partners for hardware and software right now. We're making good progress here!
The nozzle temperature is limited to 295C due to the temperature sensor. This works for most plastic types, however, if you require a customized print head for even higher temperatures, please send us a request to email@example.com.
We are constantly developing new features for different applications. An enclosure is definitely something to look at during the next year.
The current slicing procedure is based on Simplify 3D right now. In order, to print a geometry properly, it is necessary do warp the geometry before slicing. However, we don't want to stick with this method, but rather develop our own software with more functionality and better UI.
We'll keep you updated about the Progress here!
Any other questions?
Please give us an update and more technical details. Still couldn't find any information about the nozzle temperature. Can you please show us the slicing process in more details? Is it possible to build a closed and heated build chamber around it? Any plans to offer that as an optional kit?
Interesting. An operating cost of €500 - €1,000 a year in "consumable" and proprietary belts is something to be aware of. Glad to hear there is a method of heating the belt.
To Jon : Also wondering about heating the cf belt. What is the life expectancy of the cf belt and how much is it to replace?
Life expentancy is being tested. Depending on print hours and material being printed, we see a very good durability of the composite belt. At least 3-6 months. Belt materials are typically not very expensive. Depending on quantity we see these selling under 250 euro / piece. Under development and continuous improvement.
To Robotic Industries LLC : Thanks for the questions : Yes; the belt is heated on the printing area, to as much as 180C. The hotend is standard E3D technology / modified nozzle and heater block.
@Robotic Industries LLC, their previous tweets about it indicate it is a heated bed, had replaceable nozzles (there is a holder in the side of it for them) and uses standard parts.
Awesome idea! I'd also love to hear about whether the belt is heated and the hotend temperature - also does the hotend use any standardized parts (nozzles, etc) and is it changeable to something like an E3D hotend?
It's a really beautiful design!
They can't really patent it... there are a few pieces of prior art.
Hope you guys patent this, I thought this tech was patent by Makerbot where belong to stratasys 3d.
Funded in record time! Good luck with the rest of the campaign, Stephan!
Great job team BLACKBELT!
Good luck with the campaign! It's a great start.
Also wondering about heating the cf belt. What is the life expectancy of the cf belt and how much is it to replace?
Congratulation! You have reached your coals in just 12 minutes!
Congratulation! Very innovative concept. What is the max. nozzle temperature? How long does the carbon belt last? Is it possible to heat the belt as heated bed? Please give us some more technical information.
Great i'am backer one.