The BI V2.0, a delta style 3D printer featuring widely available and self-replicating 3D printed components has been launched by Boots Industries. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to roll out this new 3D printer with its sturdy self-replicating frame that offers one of the largest 3D build volumes and outstanding print quality to the public.
With its reinforced frame and triple pulley system, Boots Industries BI V2.0 is built to offer a true 300 mm by 300 mm (diameter by height) build volume and features a self-replicating design that is all set to empower the public to print their own 3D printers.
Made of steel reinforced 3D printed corners and 3/4 inch anodized aluminium extrusions that act as structural and linear motion components, the BI V2.0’s has a clean, practical, and dual-purpose design. Its design can support up to triple extrusion and print virtually any 1.75 mm filament extruding at up to 240 degrees Celsius (PLA/ABS/Nylon/+).
Although the BI V2.0 is definitely ready for production, Boots Industries plans to offer it for $799 after their Kickstarter campaign that is geared towards acquiring the components in bulk, fine tuning the kits for packaging, and working with specialized local providers to explore new ways of product packaging that result in the lowest footprint and the highest safety during shipping. Kickstarter printers will be the first to ship even before they add the BI V2.0 to their online store.
Speaking about the successful concept development and creation of the BI V2.0, Jean Le Bouthillier said:
This version represents the evolution of our work and reinforces our core belief that with the right components and a little bit of ingenuity, there are no limits to creating a high precision, large build volume 3D printer at a relatively low cost. Our assembled components remove the longest and trickiest steps from the equation. With our simple to follow instructions, the partial assembly will conservatively take between 30 minutes and an hour.
The BI V2.0’s triple pulley system, which automatically keeps the delta arms of each tower level, allows for a large build volume and high quality 3D printed pieces. The result is a high precision motion accomplished with low cost and widely available components. High-powered NEMA 17 motors with 32x Microstepping ensure maximum precision using 3D printed linear bearings during vertical displacement of the delta towers. The 3D printer also features a non-stretch, 50 lb test spectra line that will never stretch during accelerations prompted by print requests.
The BI V2.0 can be controlled through the use of a conveniently positioned LCD controller with a large screen that features all the key functionalities such as moving the printer head, setting speeds and temperatures, and starting prints from a 4 GB SD card that comes standard with the LCD controller. All the 3D printers will also ship with standard features, including a heat bed featuring a triple point adjustment mechanism to make macro adjustments and an auto-level probe that ensures consistent layering across the entire 300 mm diameter.
Describing the self-replicating design, the most unique aspect of the BI V2.0, François Crête stated,
Developed using our innovative approach to offer the highest standards of print quality, the self-replication feature enables you to use the BI V2.0 to print it’s own core components. The result is that anyone can improve upon, share components and build their own printer at a very low cost.
BI V2.0 tech specs
- Physical dimensions: Approx. 60 cm x 52 cm x 95 cm
- True Build volume (D x H): 300 mm x 300 mm
- Minimum layer height: As low as 50 microns
- Frame material: Aluminium & Reinforced PLA plastic
- Maximum travel speed: 175 mm/s
- Maximum print speed: 100 mm/s
- Heated bed: YES
- Auto-level probe: YES
- LCD controller: YES
- Software: YES
Boots Industries will make all their 3D models open source by releasing the source files in the Sketchup format once their Kickstarter Campaign ends. They will also provide online videos, articles, a wiki, and dedicated support for all aspects of the BI V2.0. More information about the Kickstarter campaign and the powerful features of this one-of-a-kind 3D printer are available at: Kickstarter page