Large scale FDM manufacturer Modix has just launched three new 3D printers intended to address the needs of its automotive, aerospace, and prosthetics customers.
The smallest of the bunch, the BIG-40, features a not-so-small print volume of 400 x 400 x 800mm. It’s disproportionately tall body is specially designed for narrow objects like full-scale prosthetic limbs. The second largest is the BIG-Meter, with a print volume 1000 x 1000 x 1000mm while the largest is named the BIG-180X, sporting a colossal 1800 x 1000 x 600mm. The extra wide body on the 180X has been designed with large-scale single-piece automotive parts in mind.
John Van EL, CCO at Modix, states: “Modix is extending its offering and providing better solutions for several new vertical niches. This effort will help our reselling partners to win more deals than before. Modix’s reseller network is constantly growing.”
The BIG six
The addition of the new printer models has doubled Modix’s product portfolio from three to six. The original trio comprises the BIG-120Z (600 x 600 x 1200mm), a tall-format prosthetics printer, the BIG-60 V3 (600 x 600 x 660mm), a general purpose mid-range printer, and the BIG-120X (1200 x 600 x 660mm), the predecessor to the newly developed 180X. Each of these printers is delivered as a self assembly kit so there’s a bit of elbow grease required during setup and they all have optional add-on features such as secondary printheads and enclosed build chambers.
Large, Larger, Largest
Many of the features in the new printers are identical or, at the least, very similar between models. They all feature a 32-bit controller, Wi-Fi and web capabilities, a 7” touchscreen, an enclosed aluminum composite build chamber, and dual printheads. The printheads themselves feature E3D Aero extruders and high flow E3D Volcano hotends as standard. They also have a number of quality-of-life features such as power-off resuming, a filament runout sensor, 100-point automatic bed leveling, and stall detection.
Much like the older machines, the new models come packaged as self-assembly kits with everything you need right in the box. This includes all of the extrusion components, linear motion rails, wiring, belts, and power supply. Users also have the option to throw in a few add-ons such as an air filter device, a V6 detailed hotend, and a Super-Volcano hotend (for that super flow rate).
Technical specifications and pricing
Below are the technical specifications for each of the new Modix 3D printers. The BIG-40 is priced at $4,500, the BIG-Meter is priced at $10,500, and the BIG-180X is priced at $12,000. They can all be ordered on the Modix store page.
|Print Volume||400 x 400 x 800mm||1000 x 1000 x 1000mm||1800 x 1000 x 600mm|
|Machine Size||870 x 720 x 1520mm||1300 x 1470 x 1830mm||1300 x 1470 x 1830mm|
|Z-axis Guides||Hiwin rails||Hiwin rails||Hiwin rails|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, USB, SD||Wi-Fi, USB, SD||Wi-Fi, USB, SD|
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Featured image shows the new Modix BIG-40. Photo via Modix.