So I decided to upgrade to a larger printer. My Ender-2 is a fantastic little machine, but the print area is rather small. This is not a review and I simply sharing my experience. The printer was paid for by myself.
I wanted something, open source, direct drive for TPU printing and a large printing area.
- The Sidewinder X1 the Marlin firmware has been provided. (Although the firmware related to the touch screen has not)
- It has a direct drive extruder based on the e3D Titan Areo (So easier to buy replacement parts if needed)
- A large printing area of 300 x 300 x 400 mm
These photos below are ones I took.
A strain relief was one the first things needed to made.
To improve my prints, I had to adjust the X gantry in relation to the Z extrusions on the advice of their support. To make sure the rollers on each side of the X-carriage moved evenly and smoothly. Use a ruler to make sure everything is even and tighten the bolts on the bottom accordingly.
Prints improved after this. Until….
I had big issues with my Z-steppers motors not working correctly. Support was very helpful in trying to diagnose the issue. We only just worked it out tonight, as a faulty stepper driver. Supposedly this part of the machine is their own unique design. I have requested replacements.
To be honest, being asked to pull apart a brand new machine and go into the electronics was not the best feeling.
Tracy the support lady that I’ve been dealing with the most, has been supper helpful and pretty quick to respond to things. I added her to my wechat to make things easier. Facebook is blocked in china and they have to use a VPN, which is a bit of a pain for them.
My part cooling duct is available on thingiverse. I was working on this before my Z axis movement decided to go full retard. Once I receive new stepper drivers to get my printer running again, I’ll continue to develop it. At the moment, it’s not blowing air in the exact centre and evenly from each side. Also, in my test, I think I had it a tiny bit to low, as the air is blown down on an angle.
The other thing I’ll change out is the volcano nozzles with a clean brand new one.
So once I have my slicer profiles all optimized, I’ll share some more prints.
The hope with this printer is being able to print full size garden related products and parts for my aquaponics.