Hello! This time, we’ll tell you everything there is to know about professional large scale 3D printers from Modix3D and the brand itself. As always, we’ll also dwell upon the product features and the application range, as well as demonstrate some of the most peculiar use cases.
Modix3D is relatively new to the 3D printing market. It was founded in 2014 by Shachar Gafni with the headquarters in Tel Aviv. Even though being Israeli-based, the company’s main markets are North America and Europe.
The business started with the development of Agam — a small desktop 3D printer that’s still being used by local educational institutions, service centers, and a number of individuals. Ever since its establishment, the company earned a reputation of an excellent manufacturer and continues to satisfy the customer needs in a top-notch manner.
Modix Tango was the prototype of the company’s first large scale printer and was presented in 2016 when the company rearranged the production to manufacture such sizeable devices. The printer was equipped with independent dual extruders that could simultaneously operate on a printing bed as large as 400 x 400 x 400 mm. Unfortunately enough, the device hasn’t been commercially launched. Nevertheless, it laid the foundation for Big60 and Big120 — the company’s current lineup.
At present, the Modix 3D printers are available in more than 40 countries all around the globe.
The devices offered by the company are of great interest to start-ups and research centers, due to their ability to create a lot of large scale prototypes in a cost-efficient manner.
Different generations of Modix 3D printers. Source: facebook.com
Currently, the company offers two different device models.
Modix Big60 V3 is an improved version of Modix Big60. The most distinctive features of the new version are its premium components. Namely, the printer is equipped with a powerful 32-bit controller Duet 2 WiFi by Duet3D, advanced RepRap Firmware supplied by the same company, and a high flow E3D Titan Aero Extruder. Moreover, the device features the automated bed leveling function. You can see the interface of the calibration process in the image below.
The printer is supplied unassembled, with a DIY kit and a thorough guide, including video materials and interactable 3D models. All and all, the assembly can be finished in 16 to 30 hours.
This model is available for purchase both as an independent printer, and as an add-on for Modix Big60 (including 1st and 2nd generation devices). In essence, it’s a larger version of Big60 that features all the high-quality details of the latter, including Hiwin MGW12H linear guide rails and a direct drive extruder E3D Titan Aero.
Being the latest addition to the Big series of large-format 3D printers by the Israeli manufacturer Modix, the Big-120Z shares many similarities with the Big-120X. More vertical space of the Big-120Z is the main difference between the models.
Available as a DIY kit, boasting the massive build volume of 600 x 600 x 1200 mm and having features meant to accommodate for the printer’s size, the Big-120Z is a durable device producing high-quality large-sized prints.
The Big-120Z is equipped for multi-material printing by utilizing dual direct extrusion and dual E3D Super Volcano hotends. They can heat up to 280 °C by default, but some modding and swapping can make them able to produce up to 400 °C. Thanks to a fully closed print chamber, a rigid construction, and powerful blower fans, the machine can work with high temperatures, which significantly increase the number of supported materials, including exotics.
The print bed has auto-leveling capabilities and can also heat up to 120 °C. A built-in PID controller provides a consistent temperature across the platform.
During Formnext 2019, an annual exhibition of additive manufacturing technologies, the company presented five new devices that will become available before summer 2020:
Big-1000: new version of Big-120X with a build volume of 1000 x 1000 x 600 mm;
Big-180X: featuring an outstanding height and a build volume of 1800 x 600 x 600 mm, this 3D printer is most likely to be employed by professionals of the car industry;
Big-40: a smaller device with a 400 x 400 x 600 mm build volume, intended for printing of narrow and elongated parts (e.g. prosthetic implants);
MODIX MAMA: Modular Additive Manufacturing Assembler designed for the car, aircraft, boating, and other industries that specialize in the manufacturing of large scale details. The device features variable build volume between 1 x 1 x 1 m and 2 x 5 x 1 m (XYZ), and an enormous print chamber of 2000 x 5000 x 1000 mm. In our opinion, this is a truly magnificent XXL 3D printing solution.
All of the new products are based on the quality tested a prototype of Modix’s modular 3D printer. Further product information, such as tech specs and pricing will be available near the release.
Titan International is a US-based company that also owns Titan and Goodyear Farm Tire brands. The company specializes in the manufacturing of wheels, tires, and undercarriage products for a wide range of agricultural and off-the-road vehicles.
Zach Pope, the tire design engineer for Titan International Inc, commented upon the Modix Big60 V3’s performance:
“The printer has been doing well. We have at least 72+ days of print time on our machine and it’s still doing great. We’ve printed with PLA 100% of the time and only yesterday successfully printed a grommet for the factory using some flexible TPU filament.”
When it comes to bronze sculpting proficiency, a Turkey-based company Efes Bronze stands out as one of the undeniable leaders, with their art pieces presented in a number of countries all around the globe. Efes employs the large build volume provided by Modix Big60 in order to create large scale models. The models are then used to create the sculptures — they are covered with plaster, burned, and then the metal is cast inside.
Serdar Eraol, the head of Efes Bronze elaborated on the process specifics: ”We print with PLA and use PrintinZ bed sticker instead of PEI. The bed temperature is 55c. The print layer is 0.3mm in the base, body parts 0.2mm, and face 0.1mm. We use 0.4mm nozzle and 7-8% infill. After 100-150 layers we change infill to 2-3% only. Some parts are 3 perimeters and some just 2″.
A + A Schoenmakers is a Dutch company that uses 3D printers offered by Modix in order to manufacture 10 mm-wide shoe lasts. In addition, they print variously sized prototypes and different jigs for their machines.
“The printer is pretty much awesome all around. The automatic bed leveling works like a charm!… The instructions are pretty good.”
If you find yourself in need to manufacture a number of large scale details, we wholeheartedly advise taking a closer look at the devices offered by Modix3D. With such specifications and a wide range of applications, these 3D printers tend to be one of the most optimal solutions for the production of large objects.
You can purchase any 3D printer offered by Modix3D at Top 3D Shop. This exceptional and high-quality device comes with the manufacturer’s warranty. In addition, our team will make sure to provide the best service possible, just like we always do.