Naturally, many people are curious about how to connect the Discov3ry paste extruder to their particular model of 3D printer. In order to give a better sense of that, we've put together a short video tutorial outlining the process using one of our printers, a Felix 3.0.

The process will be very similar for the majority of printers of existing 3D printers, below the video we've included more information regarding compatibility with specific printers.

 

 

This tutorial has also been published in a detailed text format on our forum; we'd love to have your input there. 

The steps are:

1. Connecting the wiring; 
2. Making firmware adjustments; 
3. Mounting the Discov3ry extruder tip.

Number 2 might sound intimidating to some, but it's roughly equivalent to making a couple small edits to a text document.

Compatibility

The Discov3ry paste extruder has been designed, as much as possible, to be easy to connect to virtually any desktop 3D printer out there.  The main indicator of compatibility is the use of a RAMPS/Arduino control system, which includes the vast majority of existing printers. 

Some newer systems, which use more proprietary hardware might require further investigation to determine compatibility.

The following is a list of the most common printers, and their compatibility with the Discov3ry. If you don't see your printer listed, let us know and we'll find out what we can.

Easily compatible printers, using a RAMPS/Arduino control board

  • Makerbot*
  • Ultimaker
  • Printrbot
  • Type A machines
  • LulzBot
  • LeapFrog 
  • Felix
  • Deezmaker Bukobot/Bukito
  • Airwolf3D
  • Boots Industries
  • Solidoodle
  • Wanhao
  • QU-BD 
  • RigidBot
  • Pirate3D Buccaneer**

*The process will be slightly different for the Replicator 2 and  Replicator 2x, we will provide precise guidance for these specific models
**The Buccaneer is compatible, but will require slightly more modification due to the design of its frame.See the FAQs for more on the Replicator 2 and Buccaneer.

Printers using more proprietary hardware

  • Micro3D
  • New Matter MOD-t

We are confident that integration is possible with this second group of printers, but it will require more patience and technical consideration. We will continue to investigate these printers, and if possible, develop guidance around the installation processes required for each one.

If you don't see your printer in either of these lists, let us know and we'll look into it, or you can reach out to the manufacturer with these questions:

1) Are your electronics based off the RAMPs architecture? Are they accessible?  
2) Does your printer work with open-sourced software? 
3) Is the extruder motor a NEMA17 stepper motor?
4) Is the nozzle chassis easy to access in order add or change extruder tips?

Questions? Feedback? Share your comments below, or even better join the discussion on our forum.