Oct.22, 2013

QU-BD team launched the 'Open Source Universal 3D Printer Extruder' campaign last year and managed to secure $73,361 based on a $5,000 goal. The team hopes that adoption of the new hardware will lower the price of 3D printers worldwide. This week, the company announced their newest product: open source QU-BD One Up, a production ready 3D printer kit that breaks the $200 barrier.

The QU-BD One Up features Melamine coated MDF frame, which is rigid and low cost. The Arduino based electronics used on the QU-BD One Up are referenced off the Open Source Printrboard electronics and they include 4 integrated Allegro 4983 stepper drivers. The extruder is called the Anubis and is based off an industry standard PEEK barrel with a groove mount with a PTFE liner which is used as a lubricious insulator. The extruded filament exits through a machined brass nozzle with a .40mm orifice. The extruder is designed for printing only in PLA to keep the cost low. There is also an SD card slot to allow computer free printing.


  • Minimum Layer Height: 50 Microns (Lower is Better)
  • Frame Material: Black Melamine MDF
  • Max Travel: Approximately 100x100x125mm (One Up) / 175x175x125mm (Two Up)
  • Maximum Travel Speed: 150mm/s
  • Maximum Print Speed: 100mm/s
  • Bed Material: Acrylic
  • Heated Bed: No, electronics support it so it can be added later
  • Linear Motion Type: X/Y Belts and Linear Bearings | Z Precision ACME Screws / Linear Bearings
  • X-Motor: NEMA 17 Motors w/ Up To 16x Microstepping
  • Y-Motor: NEMA 17 Motors w/ Up To 16x Microstepping
  • Z-Motor: NEMA 17 Motors w/ Up To 16x Microstepping
  • Electronics: Printrboard Style Electronics
  • Firmware: Marlin
  • Extruder: anUBIS w/ PTFE Liner for Reliable Printing
  • Filament: 1.75mm PLA Only (for now)

QU-BD team has also released a QU-BD Two Up, the difference is that the Two Up has larger build area than the One Up, they are identical in every other way.

Here are some sample prints made on QU-BD One Up and Two Up:

Make Torture Test @ 60mm/s / .1mm Layer Height in Fandango PLA

Twist Gear Vase @ 60mm/s / .1mm Layer Height in Natural PLA

Owl Feet Closeup @ 60mm/s / .1mm Layer Height in Fandango PLA

20mm Calibration Cube @ 60mm/s / .1mm Layer Height in Inferno PLA

All the machined components, motors, belts, ball bearings etc. are already machined in house, and the team has launched the QU-BD One Up and Two Up 3D printers on Kickstarter in order to purchase in sufficient quantities to bring the price down. The QU-BD One Up 3D printer kit is priced at $199, and for $279 you can back a QU-BD Two Up with larger build area. The estimated delivery time is Dec. 2013.

According to the QU-BD team, the source files will be released a couple days before the Kickstarter campaign ends. Check out more here on Kickstarter. Watch below QU-BD One Up's Kickstarter promo video:

Thanks to Paul for the tip!

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J wrote at 3/16/2014 6:28:29 AM:

still waiting for mine from these a**holes. ordered it from kickstarter in November and now its March and still nothing

jasonatepaint wrote at 1/3/2014 11:45:51 PM:

Avoid these guys at all costs. After MONTHS of lies and broken promises to send my RXL printer, it finally arrived.... broken. After weeks of trying to get answers/replacement parts. Those parts arrived in a faulty state. I asked for an RMA. The printer was sent back via Fedex and signed for by them. That was a month ago. I haven written them several times and they are aggressively ignoring me. You have been warned.

Daryl wrote at 11/18/2013 4:28:05 PM:

inb4 christmas shitstorm qu-bd has been churning out bad product after bad product. and an even cheaper product from them? don't expect a bang for your buck, i would think the end product to perform so badly theuser would have to end up salvaging half of the parts to build their own 3d printer, ending up with a reprap project since they have too many complaints to answer to.

rambo wrote at 10/31/2013 5:24:30 AM:

Customer service is very bad. Just try to find their phone number if you can... I try solve an issue with them since weeks and they didn't even answer their emails once.

Proteus wrote at 10/23/2013 1:52:31 AM:

The bucaneer has been owned.

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