Jan.1, 2013

(Image credit: MendelMax)

MendelMax has announced the MendelMax 2.0 3D printer, a complete reinvention of the MendelMax. It makes the MendelMax faster to build, easier to source and even better looking than before.

The MendelMax 2.0 has a right-triangle design which could gain ~50mm more z-axis movement. It includes a completely redesigned aluminum frame and flat aluminum plates. The plates are not only printable and machinable, but you can also make the parts at home with readily available home-shop tools, no CNC equipment required.

The z-axis stepper motors and lead screws have been moved to the inside of the frame and it results in a larger build volume relative to the overall footprint of the 3D printer. The power supply and electronics are mounted within the frame, under the printbed.

The MendelMax 2.0 has a linear rail-based axes for both the x and y. This makes movements smooth and quiet and requires much less maintenance. Switching to rails ensures a faster assembly and configuration times. For the x-axis, a key design goal was maintaining backwards compatibility with older extruder designs. The y-axis features a new rail and a new three-point bed leveling system, making for easier bed leveling.

The MendelMax 2.0 is an Open Source project. It is currently in private beta, with a selective release to key testers to work out any bugs. The source code will be released when MendelMax 2.0 is released to the public, probably in early February.

MendelMax team will release the printer alongside a set of tutorials and videos providing the basic assembly, configuration, and calibration of the MendelMax 2.

Stay tuned!

 

 


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