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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Bruce wrote at 1/17/2015 10:55:45 PM:
don't buy there 3d printers. no support and 6 month or more on delivery. lots of problems
Zeek_911 wrote at 9/22/2014 1:49:51 PM:
Ordered my two up on July 8th, received sept. 8th without heated bed. A few issues with missing washers and belts too small, but it managed to get it up and running in 2 days. Requires lots of tinkering, but otherwise a great product for the price. My brother also ordered on July 8th, with heated bed, he IPAs a tracking number but it hasn't shipped yet!
pissed of Person wrote at 7/27/2014 1:00:02 PM:
What's the deal man. I am waiting months for a printer from these jerks. Now the website says August delivery? Is anyone actually getting their kits? Looks like the company is just taking order and not actually sending out products.
Irritated Techy wrote at 6/27/2014 10:59:57 PM:
Now the website says July delivery. What is with this company. Can't they get their sh!t together? This is no longer a Kickstarter campaign. They need to do business at the same standards as any other company. Get the products shipped or stop taking orders!
corthew wrote at 6/9/2014 10:26:09 AM:
I ordered mine in April. Perhaps some didn't notice the bold letters on the one up/two up pages that informed us that orders for those machines placed at that time would ship in June. I didn't until I went back later to recheck the specks and show them to my son. Of course, its June now and it still says "Pre-order for June delivery" so I'm less certain of that...certainty. ;) I am aware though of the conditions they are working under, having watched several videos and read several blogs on the subject. I'll be patient. I've waited my entire life for something this awesome. I can wait another few weeks or months. I just hope the one I get won't have faults to be dealt with. Even at that though, this is cutting edge tech at bargain prices. Anyone who expects no problems is a moron. Even Makerbots have issues. Hell...Even my computer has issues from time to time. if you can't handle tech problems you need to go live in a cave.
Dave wrote at 6/5/2014 4:39:17 AM:
Not acceptable delays. I am waiting since just after Maker Faire in May. I was told they were in stock and normally ship within 24 hours. Here it is June 4 and still nothing received. That is now over two weeks for something that should have been a week, 10 days tops. This is no longer a kickstarter, and customers should not be having to put up with these kinds of delays. If it is not ready to ship within 24 hours, DON'T SAY IT ON YOUR WEBSITE!
Brad wrote at 6/4/2014 10:15:56 PM:
Bull. I can completely understand them being a small company, being behind, having trouble with this and that. But this is much worse than any of that. If they've been this behind for this long, they should have adjusted their shipping dates for new orders accordingly. I ordered mine in March because the site said, "Shipping in April" When you know you're behind, and you put an obviously unrealistic advertised shipping date, that is a blatant lie. That's selling a product with full well knowing that putting the realistic shipping date on the site would turn away customers/money. Plop on top of that the lack of customer support/correspondence. I know people have been waiting much longer than me, and good for them for being able to, but I'm a much less tolerant person when I'm being lied to, and ignored, about a product that I paid over 300 dollars for. Then I read about the runaround people are getting from even trying to get refunds. Nope. We'll see what they say to Chase.
Johnnie Taylor wrote at 5/23/2014 12:58:52 AM:
I am still waiting for mine and though I have not had any communication I believe that they have not forgotten about me. Running a small business is tough and considering it was a start up that means that they prolly have two guys assembling it, one guys building a website, one answering phones, one shipping and one guy as an investor/monies. Take the time you need guys I can not wait till i get mine.
Doug wrote at 5/18/2014 9:00:55 PM:
I got mine in my mail yesterday. Time to start assembling it. I don't know about their past business, but keep in mind, this was a kickstarter campaign. They didn't have a bunch in stock that they could start shipping as soon as the campaign ended. Kickstarter is NOT a store. Too many people seem to forget that. Yes, they needed more frequent communication and they were too optimistic on delivery times. Mistakes most companies make.
chris wrote at 5/12/2014 5:40:41 PM:
Agree with everyone above. Ordered a printer, didn't get it. Didn't get any email or correspondence regarding where it went. If you use their unadvertised ticket system on the website, you can get Paula to eventually answer your question. Paula is an inept customer service person, though, so expect issue resolution to go slowly and to be left in the dark. Paula told me after I complained that the printers weren't being shipped because some of them broke in transit. Would have been nice to hear that prior to the estimated delivery window elapsed, right? Duh? I asked for a refund and she said "I'll forward this to our accounting department" and closed the ticket. o_O I guess it goes without saying that I haven't heard from them in over two weeks. Don't buy stuff from this company.
RAN wrote at 5/11/2014 3:03:47 PM:
Forget it this company is a scam I ordered mine in January 2014. QU BD SHAME ON YOU
ran wrote at 5/11/2014 5:14:45 AM:
this company is a scam I ordered my qu bd two up in January I was supposed to receive it in April 2014 they don't answer to my emails nothing SHAME ON YOU
Ran wrote at 5/11/2014 4:54:29 AM:
cette compagnie est une arnaque j'attends la mienne depuis Janvier 2014
CHRISTOPHER S. wrote at 5/4/2014 6:54:52 PM:
THEY ARE CROOKS, THEY HAVE AN RPM PRINTER THAT CAME OUT WAY BEFORE THEIR KICKSTARTER MODELS AND NOBODY HAS RECEIVED THEIR RPM. THEY DO NOT REPLY TO EMAILS ASKING FOR A REFUND OR EXCHANGE THEY SIMPLY BLANK YOU AND TAKE YOUR MONEY... ABSOLUTE CROOKS! STAY AWAY FROM WWW.QU-BD.COM
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.