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Kickstarter link..

Hello Guys,

Here is the link to our Kickstarter. Please help support our project on the below link:

-CIRC3D


Kickstarter going live

Hello All,

There has been a lot of progress since my last update. My apologies for not being able to update as much as I wanted to with all that has been going on. Our firmware port of the project is almost complete. We have two extruder working with one hot end, therefore we are using an alternate dual extruder design that uses these features: The Cyclops Extruder.

Also, our project has finally gone live using the Kicstarter website to market our product completely. Please help supprt our cause by backing us on our project and stay tuned for more updates regarding the Cyclops Extruder.

Please enjoy a short preview of our video entailing the progress we have made so far. Thank you all for your continued support.

– CIRC3D


Demo of both extruders working

Hello Everyone,

Here is the much awaited video of both extruders working once the commands were sent from Repetier. Enjoy and stay tuned for more updates regarding what was done to make the firmware work.

-CIRC3D


Update on Firmware

Hey Everyone,

We just wanted to provide you all with some exciting news. We have finally modified the firmware to get the second extruder to work as well. We will be posting a video very soon with the progress of our project. Stay tuned!!

– CIRC3D


Senior Design 2 Kickoff!!

Hello All,

We are back to working on the project with this new semester. Our current goal is to actively work on the firmware to get dual extruder to work simultaneously, after which we will incorporate the third (paste extruder) as well to the project. Which simply means looking forward to coding, coding and more coding!

Stay tuned for more updates.

– CIRC3D


Senior Design I Presentation – UTD

Hello All,

At the end of our senior design semester 1 project we presented our project on May 1st, 2015  to corporate members, faculty and our peers. Here is a glimpse of our poster that was used for presentation purposes. Stay tuned to see our progress in Senior Design II which begins May 27th. We are currently working on the software part of the project to control the multiple extruders. We look forward to update you regarding our progress..

SDPP Team CIRC3D

-CIRC3D


Dual Extruder Design

We just wanted to provide an update regarding the Dual Extruder that was built using a 3D printer for the purpose of our project to be able to print dual thermoplastic materials,

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-CIRC3D


Update on Team XTRUDER

Hello Everyone,

We just wanted to provide an update on team XTRUDER regarding their progress on the project. Here is a short video where they have printed some copper traces and mounted some LED’s on them. The MSP430 Launchpad uses the Blink program to test the circuit out. Stay tuned for more updates.

-CIRC3D


Boosterpack Testing

Hello Again Everyone,

We just wanted to provide you a short glimpse into our testing process for the new boosterpack with a single extruder for the time being. Stay tuned for more updates..

-CIRC3D


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3D Printer Boosterpack

Hello All,

We would like to showcase our first part of the project which was developing the boosterpack to control the 3D Printer.

The objective of this part of the project is to design and build the boosterpack to be able to control 6 stepper motors to be able to move in the Cartesian axes as well as drive the dual extruders and paste extruder.

For this part of the project we used Eagle CadSoft 7.2 to design the board and route all the connections properly. We were able to reduce the complexity of the existing boosterpack by replacing the drivers with Palolu drivers which performed the same function.  Once the design was created, we sent the schematics to Oshpark for the board to be manufactured. Once the board was delivered all the parts were soldered onto it manually and tested for functionality which was a success!!

For this part of the project, the most crucial part was getting used to the Eagle Cad software. Since this was our first exposure to using the software, it was a learning experience for all of us. Several online tutorials were used to help us in our research in building the best possible design for our board. This included learning about the appropriate route thickness, current calculation needed to drive the motors and make the board running without any obstacles.

Posted below is the actual board after soldering the components and the Eagle schematic of the board we sent to OshPark.

– CIRC3D

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