The next big step in 3D Printing is multi-extrusion prints, and with E3D that is now a reality. E3D have designed a range of modular dual extrusion hotends which opens up the realm of printing a wide range of different colours and materials in a single print.
E3D's multi-extrusion systems share the same core design principles:
- All metal high temperature performance, to print every material, every time.
- Adjustable height nozzles, making dual extrusion easier than ever.
- Light weight hotends that will not weigh down your printer or reduce performance.
The E3D Legends pack is the ultimate kit to buy for the most versatile dual-extrusion experience. The legend pack allows you take advantage of both the Cyclops and Chimera setups, by including both extrusion parts. Additional thermistors and heaters are included to make switching even easier.
Chimera is a very convenient way to add dual extrusion capabilities to your 3D printer. Chimera uses a simple air cooled heatsink, with two independent nozzle outputs. The height of each nozzle can be adjusted independently, and each have individual temperature control. Chimera uses the same heater blocks seen on the v6, with super fast heat up times, and tight temperature control. This combination, and a tiny 30x28mm footprint, makes a highly capable reliable hotend.
Cyclops 2 in 1 Out
Cyclops is breaking new frontiers with its hotend design. The Cyclops takes 2 input materials and prints them through a single nozzle. Because of this, ooze issues are eliminated which are seen on conventional dual extrusion setups. In testing this setup has been working really well, but this is entirely new, so a learning curve is expected.
Cyclops shares many similar parts to the Chimera. This means you can easily swap between the two with minimum hassle.
Dual Extrusion 3D Printing
Dual extrusion 3D Printing opens up brand new possibilities with 3D Printers not seen before. With dual extrusion you can print multiple colours, multiple materials, and dedicated support material in a single process. Multi-material printing is where dual extrusion really shines, imagine being able to print a wheel in a single print with a carbon fibre core, and rubber tyre. Support material will also be a thing of the past, no longer are the supports printed in the same material as your print, support material can now be printed in dis-solvable materials, picking away plastic is an ancient process.
Making Dual Extrusion Easy
Chimera brings an easy way to get into dual extrusion 3D Printing. Chimera can be mounted on the top or rear face using only 3 x M3 screws. The multiple mounting options available make is easy to design mounts for nearly every machine including deltas, horizontal carriages, and vertical carriages.
Sliding adjustable heat breaks makes setting the nozzle height amazingly simple. The height can be simply set with 2 grubs two make each nozzle precisely level with respect to each other. This simple process ensures that nozzles do not interfere with the object being printed.
Nearly every slicer and firmware now support dual extrusion out of the box. Repetier-host, Cura, and Repetier firmware have all been tested with great results. It is now standard for electronics boards to now have at least 5 motor outputs to support dual extrusion. The tried and tested RAMPS 1.4 will do nicely.
Although dual extrusion has been made as simple as it can by e3d, it is still a new thing. The software and electronics are simple to setup, but you should be aware that there is a learning curve with regards to the best techniques, settings, and procedures to produce them perfect prints. Cyclops also has an extra learning curve with regards to switching filament in a single nozzle. If you are looking for a more conventional setup, then the Chimera is highly recommended.
What You Will Be Getting
1 x Chimera Metal Kit
2 x 0.4mm v6 Brass Nozzles
1 x Cycops Heater Block Inc Heat-breaks
1 x 0.4mm Cyclops Nozzle
3 x 30W Cartridge Heater to chosen voltage.
2 x Thermistor Sensor Cartridge
1 x 100k Semitec Thermistor
1 x 30x30x10mm DC Fan to chosen voltage
1 x Cold Side Fixings Kit
1 x Hot Side Fixings Kit
A revolution is coming… one where our 2D thoughts are turned into 3D realities and where you have full control of your creative experiments, with a little help from an online expert community that loves to share what we do. Ooznest is a proud cog in that machine - supplying the 3D printing community with what they need to grow and thrive.