BIQU BX, World’s First OctoPrint Integrated FDM 3D Printer

BIQU BX, World’s First OctoPrint Integrated FDM 3D Printer

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Big BigTreeTech is not fond of rushing products to you every month, with their last 3D (BIQU B1) printer having released in July, you can tell they try to deliver meaningful reasons for you to update your 3D printing setup. With the announcement of the new BIQU BX 3D printer, described by the company as “exceptional printing made for creators”, is it the one for you? It certainly is worth checking out!

At first glance, you will feel that this 3D printer is relatively small but sleek, where the carbon-looking frame gives it an appealing look, along with the massive 7 inch LCD touch screen. The enclosure is made of aluminum extrusions, 2040 on both sides and 2020 on top, where the wider base for the Y-axis contributes for more stable 3D prints. For the Z-axis, a dual stepper motor setup is used in combination with a timing belt on top. On the top, you will also find a holder for the filament spool, since we are dealing with a direct drive 3D printer. The bottom heat bed uses the BIQU SSS (Super Spring Steel) technology, guaranteeing that the model is stable when the bed is heated  and does not fall off, while being easy to take when the 3D printing is done. The power supply is located under the Y-axis frame, hiding it from sight and therefore contributing to its simple and appealing appearance. On the front side, you will find not only the touch screen but also an SD card slot.

The direct extruder itself is one key differentiator between this and other 3D printers as it is the world’s lightest (219g), paired with a Ra0.4 nozzle to reduce inertia and clogging to its minimum, providing the maximum accuracy improvement. The 7:1 torque transmission ratio ensure outstanding printing performance. Instead of a 1.8º standard stepper motor, the BIQU BX is makes use of a 0.9º degree motor, doubling the precision, which greatly improves the fineness and accuracy of your 3D prints.

The BIQU BX All Metal Extruder
The BIQU BX All Metal Extruder, one of the stars of the show

The heart of this 3D printer is the new powerful BigTreeTech motherboard, containing their new 32-bit 400MHz chip, enabling it for bigger complexity when it comes to 3D printing. The beefy motherboard also offers some interesting safety features, such as reverse plug protection, heating overload protection and real time monitoring of the power supply voltage, which will result in a more robust and longer-lasting product.

There are 3 operation modes available for this 3D printer: Marlin mode, the BigTreeTech touch screen mode and the Plug & Print Raspberry Pi expansion mode, making it the world’s first laptop-free OctoPrint integrated 3D printer.

The powerful BigTreeTech board with Raspberry Pi integration
The powerful BigTreeTech board with Raspberry Pi integration

Some other interesting specs are:

  • Printing volume: 250 x 250 x 250mm
  • Printing speed: 100mm/s
  • Printing accuracy: 0.1mm
  • Power-loss recovery
  • One-cable extruder-to-board solution
  • Proximity sensor for auto-levelling
  • Capable of handling PLA, TPU, PETG, ABS and nylon filaments
  • Silent printing with a trinamic stepper driver
  • MEAN WELL 24V/350W PSU

The firmware of the BIKU BX is open source and highly expandable, with new updates coming regularly to GitHub and hardware expansions, such as a breaking and blocking detection module and reserve interfaces for the Wi-Fi printing module and the CAN bus.

But how can you get one? Easy. The printer is funded on Kickstarter, through the ogatget website, where you can get a huge discount, acquiring it for $249.

From what we have seen so far, this printer seems to be a no-brainer if you want to get great quality 3D prints. Will you pick it up?

Ogadget Link: https://www.ogadget.com/x/biqu-bx#CTA

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