E3D's BigBox 3D Printer

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E3D's BigBox 3D Printer by Bigbox3DP Apr 27, 2016


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The BigBox is a no-compromises, high specification 3D printer. It combines immense print resolution, huge print volume and an extrusion system capable of almost every material on the market. Presented in a neat, clutter free package with an easy to use toolchain, BigBox offers great quality at an even greater price.

Version 1.1 (includes previous STL files for older versions).

Download STL.zip for printable parts.

Join in at E3D's Forum | http://forum.e3d-online.com/

Firmware | https://github.com/BigBox3D

Build Manual | http://wiki.e3d-online.com/wiki/BigBox_Build_Manual

Be sure to check through Greg's Thingiverse for BigBox mods | GregoryHolloway.

Have you made modifications to your BigBox which you want to share? Create a Remix and it will be linked directly from this page for others to see | Add A Remix.

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Printed best with E3D's Edge at 50mm/s.

Frame is laser-cut from 5mm acrylic or plywood.

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how much does it cost to make?

Hey fellas, I am late to the party and all, but why doesn't anyone ever dovetail the wood in the 3d printer space, that would make the strongest boxes and would reduce the need for so much hardware maybe only connecting at each corner with a brace. I am not a designer, I am a printer, but does anyone have the skill to dovetail this bad cat? Maybe it is already dovetailed on the exterior, but minimally so, more for alignment?

What is the total price to diy

Depends, do you want a Rumba/Duet, wooden frame, acrylic frame, metal frame. There's a lot of variables which impact the cost quite a bit

Did I hear metal frame?

i would ask the same but exclude steppers and electronics as i have plenty of that

dont have the bed and extruder thou

EDIT: and are there versions of the sheets that are either 3 or 6 mm? my thought was to use dibond and expoxy glue to sheets of 3mm together. but just a thought

How loud is this when printing?

Not loud at all if the steppers are tuned correctly and you fit a dampener to the Y axis

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I love E3d for doing this.

can I just order the frame rod kit the board and LCD power supply and the bed ? ok, almost everything,
but not the hot end and the printed parts. ?

All but the frame can be bought.
Laser cut your own frame
And... if you make the math, you'll soon discover you need way more than what you thought.
Add to that that the price is very sharp, so... buy a complete kit and be sure everything works as expected before altering it.

Those are only my 2 cent

what was the total build cost anyway?

Can you give me what the laser cutter colours mean? Some of the settings you use would be great!

Black | Raster Engrave
Green | Vector Engrave
Blue | Cut First
Red | Cut Last

There appears to be a problem with the hybrid hotend STL file. Have tried to repair to no avail.

I had an issue with 3 attempts of the hybrid hotend STL file until I found out about this one from Alex9779:

E3D BigBox - Hybrid Extruder Body Plus

What's the problem? Have you looked at the STEP file?

no but I will do, the STL has lots of artefacts when slicing, all appears externally fine. I did re-download but will look at step and export from there.

5mm acrylic is extremely difficult to get in the US, it can be obtained in 4.5mm and 6mm however. How close are the tolerances for construction?

You'll get away with 4.5, but it will very a very loose fit and 6mm will be too big.

Anything i should watch out for if i made the frame out of 7 gauge (4.7625mm) sheet steel ?

The sheet being too thin, but you should be ok.