New Module IDEAS

Hi @Rainie @noah @whimsycwd

After using all three modules now for a month albeit once on the CNC. I have a few suggestions for future modules.

  1. Improve the ability to swap heads; maybe some form of slide mount with a locking arm.
  2. Improve the filament feed button on the 3D print head, it is so hard to use. There are many older users who would struggle with the button as it is, I am one of them.
  3. Improve the base-plate mounting system. I have found that the 4 mounting screws vibrate loose and you only notice that when one drops out. This causes base-plate movement that users may not be aware of.
  4. improve the bit holder on the CNC, a chuck or collet head to hold the cutting bit would be great. I lost my tiny grub screw and I need to find a replacement.

I hope this helps towards to melting pot of ideas.

I am extremely happy that I backed the Snapmaker, you have made a great start with a quality device and I can only see it improving in the future.

Keep having fun.

Doug

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So here is an IDEA:
Carve a mold out of Teflon, (Graphite could be a candidate too)
then use the Printer as a Plastic Injector to fill up the mold.
This would likely only work for small parts.
The Teflon could handle the temperatures without melting and let the plastic fill the cavity before it cools too much. I don’t know just how fast the Printer can flow material. You would want it to heat as high as possible without burning the material.

So some questions are:

  • Whats the fastest the print head can flow material?
  • What’s the highest temperature it can heat to?
  • Can the nozzle heater be controlled to heat more when flowing more?
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Calligraphy like this: https://gfycat.com/RipeFrailHydatidtapeworm

But: With a tilt-head control for three distinct purposes:

  1. Calligraphy, so the line thickness would vary based on pen angle.

  2. Mimic writing. More or less pressure to alter thickness of line/pressure on the paper. Mechanical writing is easily detected when the line thickness never varies.

  3. Drawing on non-flat surfaces

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I would like to see a solder paste dispenser. I have bought one of these , and it is awesome. He even includes instructions on how to set up a 3D printer/cnc for automation.

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Cool. We could use something like that for glue dispensing.
How hard would it be to tie it into the SnapMaker Control?

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I want to see hammer module with 0.5-1mm amplitude and about 1000 knocks per second, as hammer drill.
I need it to make leather embossing
If someone has any variants I open for discussion)

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I wonder if the Z axis could exert enough force to support that hammering?
How about using the hot nozzle to do the embossing? Of course that would likely void you warrant on the printing module. Perhaps you could build your own module that only has a heated point.

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@Tone

I agree the vibration from the hammering would move the axis too much. I would mount a small impact driver on a drill stand and move the leather under it and raise/lower as required,

Doug

About own modules:
How to connect own heater and thermistor?
Someone has pinout?

Did you ever get your hands on a schematics? I would really like them too!

I was keen to use something like this but it looked like a lot of parts to print so i created a simpler version that seems to the job

if of interest have a look at

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SLS might be nice to have as well.

My dream machine would be CNC, Laser, 3D print and finally UV surface printing. My research tells me right now a UV print module would be far too crazy expensive. Not sure an INK jet would work but I love the idea of being able to “Paint” color an object just created on CNC or Print. Game changer!

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The latest blog post mentions an LCD module that is compatible, and there is a picture of what looks like an A350 doing SLA printing.

Is this something we could expect? Being able to do SLA printing with the Snapmaker? That would be awesome

For me it´s a module to get a turning machine.
Like the scheduled rotary axis, but i would rotate it about 90°, so it´s parallel to the z-axis.

It´s controlled like the spindle now (rpm) and normaly uses Z and Y as infeed axis (both have double drives).
Probably it´ll need an own power-supply.

It’s interesting to read the various ideas about modules here.

It occurs to me that, unless I’ve missed it, there’s no discussion around a “platform” module.

What I mean by this is a module that you can use to build your own module on. It might contain standard I/O pins that can be controlled by GCODE. It could be as simple as an angle mounting bracket with a SOC, an ESP32, Raspberry Pi, whatever, that interfaces the control cable that comes from the controller and provides I/O ports.

You could then do what ever you wanted to make the module you desired.

For my money, I’m looking for a continuous tramming indicator that could feed a mesh (and suggest corrections) so you could both fix hardware alignment issues and correct for unevenness in software at whatever resolution you needed.

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how about a 3D-Scanner?
Most times you´ll need a rotating table, but maybe there is way to solve it?

Exactly what I was thinking. What attracted me to the snapmaker platform wasn’t “this is a 3D printer that can do laser engraving”, but “this is a modular 3D printer with a CAN bus”. In a year or two, I’ll be wanting to build modules for it.

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You might be interested in this topic then by @Streupfeffer :

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I was reading a post (I think by WB) about the changes needed to print TPU with the Snapmaker2 (dual-gear extruder was one of them, as I recall).

This got me thinking that an ‘exotic materials’ 3-D print head would be good. Hardened nozzle by default, maybe a hotter extruder, dual-geared as mentioned to handle the more flexible filaments, better fans for cooling.

To cut down the design/manufacturing time, this could be a kit that is applied (destructively if need be) to the existing print-head. User then purchases a second 3-d print head and the kit, swaps it in when printing non-PLA/ABS filaments.

There are clearly a lot of tinkerers in the userbase, so providing at-your-own-risk kits seemingly has a ready market, even if it does run counter to the “no fuss no muss” presentation of the main Snapmaker product.