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The Creality CR6-SE Kickstarter

Creality CR6-SE

Creality has released yet another 3D printer and named it the CR6-SE. This Chinese manufacturer is well known in the 3D Printing Community all over the world and sold a massive amount of machines to makers and professionals everywhere. Normally Creality sells their 3D printers via platforms like AliExpress, BangGood, or the Creality website but this time they choose a completely different path.

Creality chooses to do a Kickstarter for the Creality CR6-SE which makes this the first-ever crowdfunded 3D printer for the Chinese manufacturer. Some members of the online community were complaining a little bit about this move from Creality but after only two days they managed to get funded over ten times the set goal of €90,817. So many other 3D printing enthusiasts do not mind that Kickstarter is the chosen path for the CR6-SE. At this point, the new 3D printer got funded for €3,039,671 by 8,795 Backers which is pretty amazing.

About CREALITY Official

Shenzhen Creality 3D Technology, founded in 2014, focuses on design, research, and production of 3D printers, and 3D printing-related products. Consisting of professional researchers and skilled engineers, the Creality R&D team constantly strives for creative function and excellent user experience. The company’s R&D investments on 3d printing cover FDM/resin 3D printers, 3D scanners, filaments, resin, as well as 3D printed drones and robots that back up STEAM education.

CREALITY CR6-SE Specs & Other Information

The Creality CR6-SE is built from Aluminium and very easy to set up because of the modular design. The frame is simple yet robust and holds a handle on top for easy transportation. The CR6-SE is easy to use and is equipped with leveling-free technology for superior accuracy. The printer has a nice 4.3″ inch Full-Color Touch Display and uses the latest silent Trinamic drivers for noise reduction. Feeding filament into the hotend is simple with the new reliable extruder, and the printer is equipped with an easy to maintain modular nozzle.

The brand new Creality CR6-SE

Specifications

We can see that the Creality CR6-SE has a nice large build-volume of 235x235x250mm, it needs 1.75mm filament, and has a maximum nozzle temperature of 260°Celsius. It has a 32Bit Motherboard and silent Trinamic TMC2209 stepper motor drivers. (These are installed because Creality already exceeded some of their goals) The heated-bed can be heated up to 110°Celsius and the printer can reach a max print speed of 80 to 100mm/s. According to Creality, it is possible to print almost any material on the CR6-SE like PLA, PETG, ASA, ABS, Wood, and even flexibles like TPU. I wish I had a unit to test all this for myself but we have to believe our friends from Creality for now. The printer also comes with a filament sensor and can resume printing after a power outage. The supported languages are Chinese and English and you can use every Open Source Slicer on the market like PrusaSlicer, Repetier Host, Cura, and many others. 

On the right side of the printer is where you can see the 4.3″ inch touch screen, and on the right side sits the spool holder. Another cool thing about the Creality CR6-SE is that it is equipped with an embedded tool/nozzle drawer under the build platform. And I also think that the leveling-free technology on this new Creality 3D printer must be something similar to the Automatic Mesh Bed Leveling on Original Prusa 3D printers and if that’s the case I am sure I would love to use this printer myself. The CR6-SE comes with a carborundum glass build plate which is similar to the Anycubic Ultrabase system. I personally never used a build plate like this but I’m sure it performs very well. When I started 3D printing I used glass build plates most of the time and they worked great also.

Should you back the Creality CR6-SE on Kickstarter?

I clearly can’t answer that for you but what I do know is that I am pretty certain that you will get a very good 3D printer for a very good price. The final retail price of the Creality CR6-SE will be around €400,- but if you are willing to back this printer on Kickstarter now you will pay a lot less and will be rewarded for your support. The Early Bird price is only €290,- or $319,-.

If you would like to support this project after reading this blog post then please be so kind as to use THIS LINK. This will take you to the Creality CR6-SE Kickstarter campaign page and when you buy something you will also support me a little bit in my work and I will be very grateful for that. The link will be available until June 6, 2020, so better decide quickly.

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#Shields4NL – Printing Prusa Face Shields to help fight the coronavirus

Around the world, we all have to deal with the effects that the Coronavirus brings with it. Like many other countries, here in the Netherlands, we have to deal with the virus too. And we all have to deal with the shortage of personal protection equipment these days. It was amazing to see how fast some members of the community started to think about solutions for this problem. Some designed new valves or other parts for breathing equipment in hospitals, others worked on hands-free door openers. Czech 3D printer and filament manufacturer Prusa Research came up with a great idea. Josef Prusa and his team started to design Protective Face Shields that are cheap and easy to print. A large part of the Prusa print farm in Prague is now used for the production of the face shields and they managed to make 55000 pieces in under 3 weeks. Prusa Research is donating the masks for free to people in the frontline, fighting Covid19.

ColorFabb’s first delivery of 12,5Kg PETG Economy

I also started a campaign and I’m currently printing the Prusa Face Shields around the clock for over three weeks. First, I contacted the Dutch Red Cross to ask if they required face protection in the fight against the coronavirus. They told me the idea was great but they can’t take them in because of European Laws. However, they did point out to me that local organizations would be able to make good use out of the shields. The next thing was searching for sponsors. I contacted ColorFabb filaments and they were more than willing to help out and offered 17,5 kilograms of PETG Economy. Leiden’s H.L. Druckerfonds offered me their maximum of €250 to help me buying the needed supplies like Bio-Ethanol for disinfection, and elastic bands. And De Laser Frezer donated 500 PETG custom made, laser cut visors to finish the shields.

I already handed out over 400 Prusa Face Shields to doctors’ offices, pharmacies, dentists, a home for the elderly, tattoo shops, beauty salons, police, and our Royal Military Police. So the first 500 Shields are almost finished but after some attention from our local newspaper Leidsch Dagblad, and national BNR Newsradio, I get more and more requests from all over the country. I’m now shipping boxes all over the country and even one to the other side of the world.

All of the face shields were handed out for free so far. This was only possible because of the help of the sponsors named earlier in the story. Luckily, some of the people who received the shields were so kind as to make a small donation. I’m very thankful and this is the only way to keep going after the 500 shields are distributed. My friends from HooksInk079 also needed shields for when they are allowed to open their shop again and offered me a huge donation of €100 to help me buy new materials. A huge thank you is the least I can do.

With reporter Martijn de Rijk from BNR Newsradio

I will keep making as many shields as I possibly can. Because of all the help, I am still able to print on my two Original Prusa i3 MK3S printers using the materials I still have. In the beginning, I was able to run one more printer at the same time but all my PETG spools went into the project so at this point I’m down to two. I am receiving a new 4.5Kg spool of ColorFabb PETG Economy, and 2Kg of Orange Prusament for PPE soon. I also ordered a new spool of elastic band and contacted De Laser Frezer to see if we can make new PETG visors. There is a huge shortage of PETG sheets in 0.5mm at the moment because the whole global 3D printing community is using the Prusa Face Shields, but we are looking into other options.

I hope you and your loved ones will be spared all the misery that the coronavirus brings with it. We all have to deal with what probably is the most difficult time in our lives. But you need to keep in mind that for many of us this outbreak might be even worse. Think about the people that actually have to deal with the virus face to face. All the people in the supermarkets and other businesses that keep our communities going. I am doing everything I can to help as many of these heroes as possible and many others in the 3D printing community with me. If you would like to support this project and help me out by doing a small donation, then please send me an email at info@de3dprintman.nl and I will send you all the information you’ll need.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe!

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FELIX BIOprinter

FELIX BIOprinter

Dutch 3D Printer manufacturer FELIXprinters released their desktop BIOprinter this January and I am delighted to tell you more about this amazing new product that literally can save lives soon. The greatest importance of bioprinting lies in the resulting tissue-like structures that mimic the actual micro- and macro-environment of human tissues and organs. With this new technology, we can reduce the need for animal trials for example. The main goal is tissue repair and organ replacement using BIOink. Using BIOink instead of donor material also have the benefit of being much more ethically justified. 

So what is BIO printing?

Bioprinting is a 3D printing process where biomaterials such as cells and growth factors are combined to create tissue-like structures that imitate natural tissues. The technology uses a material known as BIOink to create these structures in a layer-by-layer manner like the FDM 3D printers you already know. In this instance, however, a living cell suspension is utilized instead of a thermoplastic or a resin. When working with BIOink and BIO 3D printers, having a sterile printing environment is crucial for maintaining accuracy in complex tissues, requisite cell-to-cell distances, and correct output. The process principally involves preparation, printing, maturation, and application. 

BIOprinted human ear.
Source: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

FELIXprinters approach to BIOprinting

The FELIX BIOprinter can be used for medical, scientific and research applications. The FELIX BIOprinter is flexible and adaptable and is characterized by: 

1. Dual head printing: The FELIX BIOprinter operates a dual syringe system that allows the users to print with two different material types within the same print. Alternatively, this system set-up also permits Petri dishes to be filled with multiple objects using different materials in a single print run, which can speed up specific research activities and avoid time-consuming material changeovers. 

2. Retraction mechanism: High precision motor offers significantly improved material dosage and more accurate material flow vs traditional air pressure systems. 

3. Build plate: specifically designed to secure Petri dishes and wells for stability and accuracy. 

4. Compatibility: compatible with all viscosities and wide range of materials

FELIX BIOprinter printing BIOink

5. Open source system: The FELIX BIOprinter consists of a flexible & adaptable ecosystem to ensure it can meet the needs of a wide range of research applications without generating unnecessary costs. The FELIX BIOprinter has been designed to use any standard 5 ml syringes, meaning it is not restricted to expensive branded products that drive up operating costs. Similarly, standardized Petri-dishes and culture plates are easily accommodated ensuring no limitations on the type of instruments and materials to be used. Modular system – caters to your needs (e.g. the UV light, bed add-on, cover unit) 

6. Automatic bed leveling: The bed leveling system works via physical probing of the nozzle against the print surface. Different lengths and size nozzles/needles can be used and easily exchanged to meet specific needs. A perfectly calibrated print bed results in a perfect first layer, leading to accurate results. 

7. Sterilization protocols: Print heads are easy to clean, keeping them sterile, for the ideal environment that you demand. The heads are modular units that can easily be exchanged. Additional print heads on-hand simplify quick change-overs to print different materials in quick succession.

FELIX BIOprinter complete with optional enclosure at Formnext 2019.

The FELIX BIOprinter frame and functionality is based on the existing and established FELIXprinters product line. FELIXprinters leveraged the current trusted technology to minimize the cost of development, making the FELIX BIOprinter accessible to a wider user base to deliver exceptional value. The FELIX BIOprinter is launched with the same reliability and strong 9- year reputation FELIXprinters has earned. The user-friendly touch screen provides intuitive navigation of each print job and project. 

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The Zodiac Nozzle by RevTec3D

The last couple of months were interesting for me when it comes to nozzles for your 3D printer’s hotend. I’m printing quite a few very abrasive filaments from time to time, and a regular brass nozzle is not a tool to be used when it comes to these products. When using carbon or glass filled materials you need something stronger. Luckily some manufacturers make specialized nozzles for the job. The E3D v6 hotend with the standard v6 brass nozzle is one of the most commonly used hotends on the market, and already there are solutions on the market like regular E3D hardened steel nozzles and the new coated Nozzle-X. Other manufacturers came up with great inventions too like 3DVerkstan with the Olsson Ruby nozzle and P3D with their coated aircraft aluminum- and hardened steel nozzle.

Zodiac – High Performance 3D Printing Nozzle

Today we will talk about a new player in the field. I found out about this nozzle on Instagram. I was browsing through my timeline and found this beautiful picture of a v6 style nozzle. The Zodiac high-performance extruder nozzle for 3D printing. It looks great but after some research, I found out it performs great as well. Zodiac is a brand of RevTec 3d, an Austrian based 3D printing service and they were so nice to send me one of the Zodiac v6 nozzles for testing purposes. The nozzle comes in a beautiful, jewelry type of box and ones you’ve opened the box you will find the nozzle, a small sample and it’s number. Every Zodiac nozzle is inspected and numbered before it leaves the factory. My nozzle is number 0201.

The Zodiac has a hardened tooling steel body with a micro-polish finish on the internal bore and is finished with a base- and top-layer coating for adhesive strength, high abrasion and wear resistance. I installed my Zodiac nozzle on my Original Prusa i3 MK3S with MMU2S (Multi-Material Upgrade) by Josef Prusa. The MK3S already is equipped with an E3D v6 hot-end so I only had to change the nozzle and calibrate the first layer again. I did do an additional upgrade to the MK3S and installed a hot-end heater by Maxiwatt but more on that in another blog post.

First I tried some regular materials. I used some PLA, PETG, and ASA to see the performance of the nozzle with these filaments and all prints looked amazing. The only thing I always change with any steel nozzle is the print temperature. I tend to set it around 10 °Celsius higher. Regular brass nozzles are better in heat transfer than steel nozzles. The results were impressive so time to use some more abrasive materials.

I started with PA-CF Pro from FiberThree. A carbon filled filament with major PA 6 content, with very high tensile strength, low warping effect and chemical resistent to many chemicals. This material is printed in high temperatures, around 275 °Celsius and the Zodiac nozzle handles these well. The nozzle can handle temperatures up to 300 °Celsius without problems which is great for most materials on the market. I choose to print all the new extruder parts for my Original Prusa i3 MK3S and the quality of these parts is amazing. They are super strong and look great. And the Zodiac still looked like new after printing 100 grams of this wearable material. I could find NO damage on the outside of the nozzle tip. I do have to push much more material through the nozzle to see how much it does to the outside, and more importantly, the Zodiac® bi-Layer coated inside of the nozzle. So I suggest I use the Zodiac for a couple of months before I report back with more information about the wear and overall performance of this nozzle. I do have some highly abrasive and mostly carbon- and glass-filled materials waiting to get printed so after a couple of hundred hours I will place the nozzle under a microscope to see the potential damage on its inside. I do already recommend this nozzle. The service these guys provide is great. And I am more than sure you will have many hours of pleasure with this upgrade.

Press HERE for Zodiac v6 Technical Data Sheet in my Knowledge Base.

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Visiting Prusa Research in Prague

This trip was on my bucket list for a while already. Visiting Prusa Research in Prague, the factory where all the awesome Prusa printers and the spools of Prusament come from. I’m a huge admirer of what Josef Prusa and his team did and does for the international 3d printing community and obviously, for the city of Prague. Many people don’t know this but Josef actually started with 3d printing because he wanted to build his own designed add-ons to his Dj set and because he needed a 3d printer for the job he also builds his first Mendel. In 2010 he made his own heated bed and finished the design of the Prusa Mendel, a simpler design of the normal Mendel 3d Printer. In 2011 he had designed and built the second iteration of the machine called Prusa Mendel I2 and in February 2012 the time had come to start his own small business and Prusa Research was founded and the rest is history! From Hanka, the first Prusa Research’s employee to now a large 3d printer and filament manufacturer with over 450 employees. That’s pretty impressive in my book.

In front of the Prusa Research facility.

We (Me and my wife Erica) arrived in Prague early in the morning on Monday, August 26 and because we couldn’t check-in in the hotel until midday so we decided to go to the center of Prague for some breakfast. We took a long walk through the old center and after that, we walked to the Prusa Research building for a picture. It was great to see the headquarters in real life for the first time and after the photos were taken we walked all the way back to the hotel for some well-deserved rest.

The second day we had an appointment with Jennes de Schutter from Prusa Technical Support. I got to know Jennes after I contacted Prusa for a minor issue I had with my Original Prusa i3 MK3 and after that first talk we had on the chat we became friends and had several long conversations about 3d printing related stuff. The crazy thing was that when I told him that we were coming to Prague he shared the news with us that he was going to leave Prague after two great years at Prusa Research. He is born in Belgium and it was time for him to go back and start a new career back home so it was great to meet him in Prague in his final week there. He gave us a tour through the awesome PrusaLab, the incredible maker space with everything available from the Prusa SL1, Prusa i3 MK3, CNC machine, laser cutter, and more impressive tools.

The lab was closed for a renovation during our stay but we could have a tour around the place anyway which was really cool. After the Lab, we went up in the building to the Prusa Print farm where over 500 Original Prusa i3 MK3’s print all the parts for the new machines. The Print Farm is one of the most incredible places you can visit if you love 3d printing (and Prusa Research) as much as I do so a dream came true for me. He also showed us the top-level where Prusa Technical Support is based and all the cool stuff he printed while working there. I’ve seen some amazing prints during my stay and a couple of my favorites were the awesome weaponry Jennes printed.

The cool thing is that next to the amazing 500 printers in the print farm, there are another 400 Prusa i3’s placed throughout the building, and Prusa employees are free to use them whenever they like. Obviously a great way to test new printers and materials too. And with the in-house Prusament production lines there’s always enough material to test and use for awesome projects. They also print many cool things for events like MakerFaire which is awesome. I would be so happy to work in a place like that. It’s like Charlie’s Chocolate Factory but even better.

After we saw the Technical support department it was time for us to leave so we went back to the hotel for some food and went back to visit some beautiful sites in Prague. From Prague Castle to Charles Bridge and from the Jewish Cemetary to Vyšehrad we have seen it all. But thats another story! Also, I highly recommend to visit Prague yourself one day if you haven’t done that already. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to and I want to go back so bad.

On the third day, we had to return to Prusa Research ones again for a meeting with Josef Prusa himself. When we arrived at the HQ we went up to the 3rd floor to meet Josef in his office. We shook hands and he introduced us to his personal assistants and after that, we went for a drink on the rooftop terrace and enjoyed the views for a bit. After that, he gave us another tour through the complete factory and showed us everything. I also finally met a couple of people I got to know during the Prusa SL1 beta testing which was great. We were in contact for quite some time already but never talked face to face. I can’t show you anything more about the tour because some parts of the factory are closed off for the public but luckily the amazing Joel Telling aka. The 3D Printing nerd made an awesome video for his YouTube channel during his stay in Prague for the Prague Maker Faire. He had kinda the same tour so please take some time to check out his video if you would like to know what ive seen. Joel is much better at video’s than me and he’s more handsome too.

Prusa Factory Tour with Joel Telling aka. 3D Printing Nerd

We also went to the studio where the guys at Prusa Research shoot all their awesome content for the websites and social channels. I think you’ve seen the studio on video a couple of times before like myself but being there in person is just something else. Great time for a photo with Jo.

De3DPrintman & Josef Prusa in the studio at Prusa Research

After the tour, we had seen the Filament production lines, SL1 department, Development, PrusaLab, The Prusa i3 manufacturing facility, Technical support and everything else in the building so it was time for us to say goodbye.

We had the greatest time in Prague and the Prusa Research building and I’m sure we will go back next year to visit Prague Maker Faire and our friends over at Prusa Research. We want to thank Josef Prusa, Jennes, Ondrej, Simon, Lubomir, Vladimir and all the other great people who took some time to meet us. You guys are the best at what you do and it was an honor for us to come and have a look at your work. I became even more obsessed with the Prusa brand and have mad respect for these guys.