The 3D Potterbot Scara Elite v2 is their largest model for 3D cement and ceramic printing. Built with cement printing in mind, it comes with a distal arm fitted for a pump. The Scara Elite is designed to work with a pumping system.
The versatile Elite v2 has the option to be fitted (at the time of sale) with one of our extruder systems giving you the best of both. The additional extruder arm must be included when you order the printer. It is not possible to retrofit the printer for the additional arm unless the printer is sent back to our factory.
NOTE: 3D Universe is authorized to sell this product in the United States of America, only.
The Scara Elite v2 is 3D Potter's refined viable large-scale ceramic 3D printer. The Elite prints with clay or cement and has a much larger build volume than the Scara v4.
The advanced design and substantial construction can handle onboard loads like the 3D Potter 4000ml clay extruder or a hose assembly. Where the v2 really shines is when it's coupled with a large capacity continuous high-pressure hose extrusion system which can deliver clay loads between 85 - 250 lbs of continuous extrusion.
The Scara Elite v2 is capable of extreme speeds however speed is relative when it comes to ceramic 3D printing. Realistically you won’t want to exceed 130 mm/s. Many factors determine the speed like nozzle size, layer height, and achieving a good adhesion on the interlayer of the clay.
Even with a fast printing speed the printer maintains low noise, which allows operation in any area without disturbing the surrounding environment.
3DPotter was able to achieve high precision and accuracy with this large Scara arm robot only through diligent design and robust construction techniques. The majority of this printer is crafted out of heavy aircraft grade 6061 aluminum utilizing CNC and welded components for maximum strength and rigidity. The main rail components are from IGUS* which is one of the leading German manufacturers of precision guide rails.
The drive motors are a brand very sophisticated hybrid closed-loop stepper motors. These have onboard computers with telemetry that continually update their position for zero error positioning.
This is a dedicated heavy-duty purpose-built robot.
The main drives are sophisticated harmonic drive units**. These are the same drives used on large industrial robots similar to the ones that are now in many large manufacturing facilities. These drives are extremely heavy-duty and capable of precision movement down to fractions of a second of a degree.
This means very precise prints with no backlash or jittery movements at realistic speeds. These drives are designed for maximum rigidity with extreme accuracy.
The advantage of this machine is that when it is mounted on a sturdy tabletop you can start printing right away within a limited envelope area. Or you can give it its own dedicated space for a partial or full envelope. The space needed is determined by the end-user and how much of the print envelope they choose to use. Whether on the tabletop or the floor, the Scara Elite will require direct mounting for maximum stability.
This is achieved with multiple screws to secure the printer to the surface it is mounted on. If you choose to use a tabletop it must be of substantial construction, the minimum is 1.5" thick heavy plywood or wood construction. Not securing the printer appropriately will result in the printers diminished performance depending on the build envelope and speed at which the prints are created.
None! The only requirements is a web browser interface.
For object generation, the Scara Elite is similar to the rest of the 3D Potter line ceramic printers. Like any other 3D printer it requires an STL file to be sliced by a third-party program. We recommend using Simplify3D. Then transfer the file onto the printer’s SD card via WiFi.
Duet Web Control is a fully developed UI for the Scara. Opened in a web browser, it can be used on your laptop, tablet, phone, or other WiFi capable device.
Once a print is started, it shows information about the model being printed. Layer times, estimated time remaining, file information and more are available for view. It also allows for print and extrusion speed control to be adjusted in real-time.
The G-Code Files page allows g-code files for printing to be uploaded, edited, or downloaded. A summary of the file is given such as size, layer height, and what the file was generated by.
The Scara Elite offers 68 inches in Z height and 112 inches in diameter.
The build envelope is quite unique because it's capable of printing 360 degrees with continuous rotation. This means you can create a huge vessel with the printer initially residing inside the vessel or structure. This opens up the possibility to print small habitats and structures (houses). Larger printers are available for this potential habitat project.
Another unique ability is printing multiple objects within the specified envelope in a sequential mode. For instance, you could print a particular vessel starting on the far left side and continue to print these vessels until there is no more space left.
1. Scara Elite v2
2. Pump Arm with Hose Adaptor
3. Additional Parts included: Gearbox Cover, Allen key set, Lithium grease syringe, Floor Screws, Z Rail Adjuster
4. Power Supply
Included only with the optional extruder and arm:
1. 3600 or 4000 Extruder Assembly
2. Elite Extruder Arm
3. Set of 5 Anodized Aluminum Print Nozzles (sizes: 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm)
4. Driver tool, Anti-Rotator, Extra Seal, Nozzle and Piston, and a second - Polycarbonate tube
X/Y- 115" Diameter Circle (2921mm)
Z- 68” (1727mm)
The printing envelope for a clay extruder on the Scara Elite will be similar to the Scara v4
Minimum Printing Envelope:
X/Y- 37" Diameter Circle (940mm)
W-32” L-40” H-86”
Normal operational space needed: W-~48” L-~60” H-~90”
Maximum operational space needed: W-118” L-118” H-~100”
Height to the top of the extruder fully extended is H~100” (2540mm)
Weight with extruder: 100 lbs. (45kg)
Average speed: 1.2’’ to 3.9’’/s (30 to 100 mm/s)
Power Supply: Output - 24V ~15 amps, Input - 110-220V, 50-60 Hertz.
Power consumption: 24V ~8 amps, ~192 Watt
Main controller board running Duet3D with Atmel SAM4E8E: 120MHz ARM Cortex-M4
Full control through web interface, no apps or software installation. Non-WiFi versions are available, please contact us if you would like this type of connection (Ethernet connection).
The easiest way to load extruder tubes is with a pugill. For best results, a de-airing pug mill and a double auger will give you better performance than a single auger.
Although a single auger is adequate, the consistency of the clay is more critical when it comes to loading the tubes. The consistency of the clay should be similar to standard throwing clay, but wetter. This can be accomplished by running the clay through the pug mill and adding a small quantity of water. If too much water is added to the clay the pug mill can actually not function sufficiently enough to load the tubes. This happens because the auger has no traction against the side of the pug mill as the clay mixture becomes too loose. It also depends on the pug mill and its ability to forcefully push the clay. It is necessary to have an adaptor for the nozzle of the pug mill to attach the polycarbonate tube for loading.
Using a 25 lb. bag of prepared clay, cut the clay into 4 pieces and put a microfiber towel in between the 4 pieces. Add 15 ounces of water to the bag, close the bag and make it airtight. Wait until the water has penetrated the clay, approximately one to two days. Now using the moist clay roll it into a cylinder a little bit smaller than the inside of the tube you are loading.
Put the nozzle on the tube with tape over the end and gently tap the clay into the tube. Make sure to tap the tube and nozzle on a soft surface. This is the best method to load your tubes without a pug mill.
We now offer an easy way of handloading tubes without the added expense of purchasing a large pug mill. Although a de-airing pug mill is by far the best way to load the tubes, this wall-mounted loader is a very good second choice.
Nothing will impact your 3D printing results like the kind of filament you use. Good filament is highly consistent in diameter, is wound evenly onto the spool with just the right amount of tension, and will not tangle when being unwound. 3D Universe offers a wide range of high-quality filaments to choose from. We provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all filament we sell. If you have any problems, just send back the unused portion of the spool for a full refund. Check out our filament collection...
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