The Even Better Modix 3D Printers

By on February 13th, 2020 in printer

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 The Modix Big-60 large format 3D printer [Source: Modix]
The Modix Big-60 large format 3D printer [Source: Modix]

In 2016, Israel-based Modix made a transition to focus on developing large scale 3D printers such as their Big60 and Big120. 

We visited Modix at Formnext in Frankfurt November 2019 and saw their premium version 3 equipment. They just announced the release of version 3 for both Big60 and the even larger 120X. This will be quickly followed by new models that will be available before the summer of 2020: 

  • Big-180X  – Print Volume: 1800 x 600 x 660 mm

  • Big-120Z – Print Volume: 600 x 600 x 1200 mm

  • Big-Meter – Print Volume: 1,000 x 1,000 X 1,000 mm

  • Big-40 – Print Volume: 400 x 400 x 660 mm

Modix Version 2 Vs. Version 3

What is the difference between their new Version 3 compared to the Version 2? Model had several objectives for the new version, including transforming the “premium” components to “dream team premium” components. They also wished to dramatically simplify the assembly process, as their machines have been traditional shipped as large-format kits. They also wanted to provide a better control interface, both at the machine and through remote access. Modix also designed the system in a modular way to allow for customization. 

Modix Version 3 Improvements

 The huge Modix Big-120X 3D printer, version 3 [Source: Modix]
The huge Modix Big-120X 3D printer, version 3 [Source: Modix]
  • Larger print volume – 10% bigger in both the Big60 and the 120X

  • Big60: 600 x 600 x 660 mm

  • Big120X: 1200 x 600 x 660 mm

  • Duet3D controller that includes a 32-bit advance controller board and WiFi.

  • Digitally controlled, quiet and stronger motor driver (Trinamic TMC2660)

  • User interface — 7-inch touchscreen & web remote management for both PC and mobile phones

  • Higher grade, wider linear rails and carriage for higher accuracy and smoother operation

  • Z Axis has 4 ball screws (instead of 3) for better bed stability during printing

  • The extruder on version 3 is shorter and stronger design to reduce potential clogs with a stronger cooling fan providing better quality prints

  • Cable management is more efficient with easier access to print head wiring

  • Both the primary and secondary extruders are mounted on the print head allowing better dual-color and soluble material printing.

  • Three hot ends: The E3D Volcano is the default hot end and also the shorter V6 hot end for high detail and smaller prints and the new Super Volcano for very high flow rates

  • The extruder mounting, probe and blower fan are fully adjustable for all three hot-ends

  • IGUS Chainflex for motors as well as IGUS cables

  • A new manual for assembly with lots of assembly tutorial videos

 Touch screen on the Modix version 3 equipment [Source: Modix]
Touch screen on the Modix version 3 equipment [Source: Modix]

Finally, Version 2 had acrylic sheets for both the enclosure and door, but Version 3 has a rigid black enclosure made of aluminum composite panels. The panels provide better heat and noise insulation with no cracks. You even can drill into it to add any of your custom fixtures or add-ons. The doors and top lid are made of 3mm polycarbonate sheets attached to a solid frame. 

Modix 3D Printer Cost

Modix 120X Version 3.0 Base Kit is US$6,500. The Closed Enclosure add-on is US$1,500. The secondary print head add-on is US$400. Modix Big60X base model price is US$3,700. 

Modix has a reseller network that consists of 20 resellers covering all major countries. For those customers who may not be able to or interested in building the printer themselves, their resellers can provide this value added local assembly service. We suspect Modix is seeking additional resellers, if you happen to be one looking for a large-format option for clients. 

We intend on visiting Modix at the upcoming RAPID + TCT tradeshow April 19 – 23, to see to some of their new and future models.

Via Modix

By Marney Stapley

Marney is Fabbaloo's busy business manager, who normally works on marketing and sales - but occasionally writes a story for the blog itself.

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