This is my 1st submission to openbuilds.com and my 1st venture into building a 3D Printer.
This build will chronicle my experience with the Phoenix 3D Printer kit from Ez3D.
The Phonenix 3D printer is 20" wide by 20" deep and 19" tall with a build area is 250 mm wide, 215 mm deep and 200 mm tall (9.8" wide x 8.5" deep x 7.9" tall) with a heated build platform and a print resolution of 0.1 mm.
The Phoenix 3D printer uses a RAMBo controller board with a timing belt/gear system with what looks to be NEMA 17 stepper motors for the linear motion.
I do not have the kit yet because currently there is a 10 to 12 week back-log of orders. I placed a down payment on April 15th so as of today (June 24th) it has been exactly 10 weeks so I am hoping that my kit will be ready sometime soon.
The structure looks to be made up of metal rods and custom plastic connection pieces with a moving heated build bed on angled bearings. The Phoenix kit can be bought and setup with either a single or dual extruders (I opted for the single extruder for now, a 2nd extruder can be added later) and has a really cool integrated spool holder on top.
The software provided with the Phoenix looks really unique to me and was one of the main reasons I choose this kit. Ez3D uses a modified version of the open source Marlin firmware (since the printer is Arduino based it can be re-flashed with most any other firmware). Ez3D's software is available for Windows (XP, 7 & 8), Mac OSX and Linux.
Built into the provided software is a "Parts Library" that can group .STL files into "assemblies" and "projects" that allows the tracking of what needs to printed. There is also a "Print Recovery Mode" that I do not see listed in many other software packages that can "rewind" a print in the case of any errors like tangles or calibration/print errors.
The software also supports a mobile app that allow the monitoring of print progress and estimated time remaining from a iOS devices. An Android version is in the works. I have Android devices and won't be able to take advantage of this option as of yet. There is also a set of integrated diagnostic tools that can "exercise" each axis, print test patterns, calibrate the Z-axis, nozzle flush, etc.
The Phoenix 3D printer is available as a kit for $374 or fully assembled for a mere $25 more plus shipping (looks like shipping will a little less that $100 for me). An 2nd extruder is available for an additional $100 and Ex3D sells some filament rolls (PLA, ABS & HIPS 1 kilogram/2.2 pounds rolls) for $29.99 plus $5.01 shipping.
Here is the spot on my desk reserved for my Phoenix 3D printer.
The laptop will be relocated once the build begins.
Updates will be posted as often as I can once my kit arrives.
Ez3D - Phoenix 3D Printer Build
This is my 1st submission to openbuilds.com and my 1st venture into building a 3D Printer. The Phoenix 3d Printer is a kit from Ez3D, a company based out of Colorado, started and backed by successful Kick-starter and IndieGogo campaigns. The Phoenix 3d Printer kit is currently backlogged 10 to 12 weeks which means quite a wait. I will be chronicling my experience with this kit as I get it done.
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Reason for this BuildI am building this 3d printer to create parts for other build projects, prototypes, etc.
Inspired byI am inspired by many other builds on this and other sites.
Qty Part Name Part Link Comments 1 Ez3D Phoenix 3D Printer Kit, Single Extruder https://www.phoenix3dprinter.com/buy-a-phoenix.html Link I am not associated with this company or site I just want to provide all relevant information.