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A Snapmaker 2.0 Overview – 3D Universe

Just a few months in the past I acquired a Snapmaker 2.0 A350 which is a 3-in-1 machine. It’s a modular machine that may act as a 3D printer, a laser cutter/engraver, in addition to a CNC carving and milling machine.

I used to be slightly uncertain of what to anticipate after I acquired this unit. First, it’s a multi-function machine, and in my expertise, numerous the time when you’ve a multi-function machine, it doesn’t actually do any one of many features practically in addition to a machine that’s devoted to that particular objective. Secondly, this product got here out of a Kickstarter marketing campaign. Now, that was the unique Snapmaker and that is the second technology of this product, however nonetheless, figuring out that it initially got here via that Kickstarter course of I simply wasn’t fairly positive what to anticipate when it comes to manufacturing high quality and software program integration.

I’ve acquired to inform you although, after I acquired this machine proper from the minute I opened the field, I used to be shocked and impressed. And I continued to be shocked and impressed all through the method of testing every of those three totally different modules. Now that’s to not say that this machine isn’t with out its downsides. Definitely, there are shortcomings when you’ve a multi-function machine like this, however general I used to be pleasantly shocked and I’ll inform you extra about why within the video under.

Snapmaker 2.0 Overview Video with Jeremy Simon

Unboxing the Snapmaker 2.0

When my colleague and I opened the field for the Snapmaker 2.0, the very very first thing that we have been introduced with was a fast begin information. This fast begin information is packaged in a means that it’s flush-mounted with the customized foam packaging in there so you’ll be able to’t fairly see till you’re taking it out that it’s truly 90 pages lengthy! We had a little bit of a chuckle over that, however it seems, after all, it’s largely footage and it was precisely what we wanted. It’s fantastically achieved, has nice photographs, and has step-by-step directions that supplied all the things that we wanted to get via the meeting course of with out concern.

After you’re taking off that prime layer the place the fast begin information is, you begin to see the remainder of the packaging, which actually blew me away! The whole lot is completely fitted collectively in customized bins and every field is labeled to let you already know what’s within it. Even the elements inside these bins are labeled, so you bought all of the totally different screws and little baggies which can be labeled with the sorts of screws and all of the equipment, and all the things is simply fantastically laid out and arranged.

I used to be actually fairly impressed as I went via the unboxing course of. As we proceeded, the subsequent factor that shocked me was the standard of the components themselves. I instantly related it with Apple merchandise as a result of these are the merchandise that actually have impressed me probably the most when it comes to the standard of the elements used, the packaging, and the entire expertise of unboxing and getting began with the product. Snapmaker actually achieved that stage of their product high quality and packaging. You’ll see that in all the components and you’ll actually really feel that high quality as you place the machine collectively as a result of it’s very strong.

The whole lot goes collectively properly and it simply feels prefer it’s a secure, strong, machine. The meeting course of took me about an hour to an hour and a half for the machine itself however I used to be sort of taking my time. The enclosure took most likely one other hour or so to place collectively. So the meeting course of just isn’t troublesome. Once more, the directions are actually wonderful each for the machine itself in addition to the enclosures.

3D Printing on the Snapmaker 2.0

3d printing on the Snapmaker 2.0

As soon as we had the machine collectively, the primary check I did was the 3D printing operate. That’s the place most of my background is. I’ve numerous expertise with totally different 3D printers, so I had foundation for comparability, and it made sense to start out there.

As I discussed earlier, if you’re coping with a 3-in-1 machine, the expectation is that it’s not going to do as effectively in any of those features as a machine devoted to that objective, and that definitely was the case right here utilizing the 3D printer. There are quicker 3D printers in the marketplace, and there are printers with higher-end options, akin to twin extrusion and different extra superior capabilities, however for a primary 3D printer, this machine carried out effectively.

The Snapmaker 2.0 does have a pleasant construct quantity, particularly with the mannequin A350 that we have been testing. You’ve acquired a heated mattress so you’ll be able to work with a variety of various supplies. The efficiency of the printer was very dependable, and the standard of the prints was superb. Actually, surprisingly good. A number of the calibration prints that I did got here out higher on the Snapmaker than some rather more costly printers that we’ve examined.

The one noticeable draw back was the velocity. It took about three and a half days to print a big bust of Darth Vader that we did for an extended stress check (see photograph above). We didn’t have any points by any means with the print. It got here out flawlessly, however that very same print with related settings on among the different costlier printers might have most likely been achieved in a few days. So this machine is definitely not as quick as among the different printers in the marketplace, however in any other case, I had no complaints in any respect in regards to the efficiency of the 3D printer.

It was very straightforward to make use of and I’ll present you their software program in this video. Snapmaker’s “Luban” software program, a free obtain, has come a great distance even since we began testing. It provides you all the things that it’s essential to do so far as primary 3D printing, simply as you’d anticipate. All of the settings are customizable, and all the check prints that we did full efficiently with out concern.

Laser Cutter Operate on the Snapmaker 2.0

3 different laser etched projects

Subsequent, we moved on to testing the laser slicing and etching operate. I had an identical expertise right here. It was very dependable, very straightforward to make use of the software program, which could be very highly effective and makes it straightforward to get began. The one draw back as soon as once more is, comparatively talking, it’s not as highly effective a laser as others that we provide and that you will discover elsewhere.

It is a 1.6-watt laser, whereas numerous those that we provide listed here are 30, 40, or 50 watts even, and so the thickness of supplies you can minimize via and the variety of passes that it’ll take to chop via supplies goes to range in comparison with these higher-end laser cutters. Apart from that, I discovered it very succesful and you are able to do fairly a wide range of initiatives with this laser cutter and engraver.

Observe: Since we produced this video, Snapmaker has launched an upgraded 10-watt laser module, which is on the market right here.

Once you’re working with the laser cutter operate, you’ll be able to work in one among two modes. You may both use the work origin level mode the place you specify the place to begin for the job after which your graphics are positioned in relation to that start line, or you should use digital camera seize mode. Now should you haven’t used a laser cutter with the digital camera seize characteristic earlier than, you’re in for a deal with. It truly is a pleasant option to work together with your laser cutter and it makes it very straightforward to get your jobs going.

Close up of an overhead laser camera for the Snapmaker 2.0

Say you’ve an unusually formed piece of wooden that you just wish to etch one thing on and also you wish to place your graphics so they seem in a sure place on this piece of wooden. Properly, you’ll be able to lay that wooden on the platform after which use the digital camera seize characteristic (there’s a digital camera constructed into the laser head). You may set off this via their software program, and it’ll take photos from straight above. It’ll undergo and take photos of the entire work space after which sew these photos collectively and provide you with a single view of that whole work space with no matter you’ve sitting on there. Then you’ll be able to visually lay your paintings on prime of that and simply drag it round and rotate it and place it in order that it matches proper the place you need it on that medium.

It’s very correct in order that wherever you place your graphics in relation to that media, that’s precisely the place that etching or engraving or slicing goes to occur, inside a really small distance. I don’t know precisely what the tolerance is however I’d say most likely a fraction of a millimeter. It’s very correct, so it makes it very straightforward to get began with laser slicing and engraving.

CNC Operate on the Snapmaker 2.0

Multiple CNC machined wood designs created by Jeremy Simon at 3D Universe

Final, I moved on to the CNC operate. I saved this for final for a few causes. Initially, my background is in 3D printing and laser slicing and I’ve had expertise with numerous machines in these classes, however I don’t have a lot expertise with CNC.

That is all new territory for me, so I’m studying as I am going. This was actually an ideal machine for me to get began with. Similar to the 3D printer and laser cutter features, I’ve little question that there are way more highly effective CNC machines, and if I used to be to spend money on a devoted CNC machine, it might have rather more superior capabilities. However so as to study the essential rules and the workflows concerned with CNC, I’ve discovered this an incredible device. I feel it’s capable of open up all kinds of undertaking prospects with the ways in which you should use this CNC operate.

A wooden owl design created on the cnc machine

This CNC machine can function at spindle speeds of six thousand to 12 thousand rpm. It has a typical ER-11 collet that accepts bits as much as a quarter-inch diameter. That features a enormous number of bits you can select from, and the supported supplies embody wooden, acrylic, PCB, carbon fiber sheet, jade, and much more supplies are being examined. We’ve had reviews from the person group of every kind of supplies you can truly get away with slicing and carving and milling with this machine, however I gained’t point out a few of these as a result of they’re not formally supported by Snapmaker at the moment.

In the video, I present you among the initiatives that I’ve achieved all through my testing of the CNC operate simply to be able to see the sorts of outcomes you can get from this very inexpensive machine. I used to be blown away fairly frankly. I had no concept that I’d be capable of obtain this stage of element with wooden carving and milling operations.

A bust of Harry Potter created on the CNC machine

What I’ve been all for doing particularly are third-dimensional CNC milling operations. I wish to do detailed carving, and to try this, you wish to do a number of passes with totally different instruments. I often do a primary move that’s type of a roughing move utilizing a quarter-inch flat-end mill. That permits me to do away with numerous the unneeded wooden in a short time. It will take an entire lot longer if I used to be utilizing a type of finer bits that include the Snapmaker 2.0, so for this, I like to make use of a bigger bit first.

A variety of different drill bits

So I begin with a quarter-inch flat finish mill, simply to tough out the piece and do away with as a lot of that unneeded wooden as attainable as rapidly as attainable. Then I change to a finer bit, and in that finer move, you undergo and carve out all the main points. Typically chances are you’ll wish to use a number of passes for that, so I would do a 3 move job or a 4 move job, however generally, two passes are sufficient. You are able to do one simply as a roughing step after which the second as your detailed step. However for this to work, every of the device paths that you just’re producing wants to concentrate on the device path earlier than it.

It must know what that earlier device path did, how a lot materials was eliminated, and from the place in order that it may possibly then begin from the suitable level, figuring out what’s already been cleared, and simply work on taking away further new materials. That type of connectivity between totally different device paths just isn’t but supported inside the Luban software program. It’s one thing referred to as “relaxation machining”.

For that, I needed to flip to some barely extra highly effective software program. I went to Autodesk Fusion 360. In case you haven’t used Fusion 360, it’s a extremely popular and really highly effective CAD program. It’s what’s thought-about a hybrid answer – that’s, it operates partly within the cloud however largely it runs domestically. You do must have some fairly vital computing assets accessible to run it effectively, however there are free licenses accessible for college kids and educators in addition to for private use below sure circumstances. Undoubtedly take a look at their web site for the present phrases on that, however you may be capable of get entry to a free license to this very highly effective platform.

Fusion 360 isn’t just a CAD platform – it is usually a CAM platform, which is what you utilize for CNC. That’s the place you do the device path technology and it does have full help for a number of device paths linked to one another. I’m going to be sharing a really detailed tutorial later to indicate you ways that works, and in that tutorial, we’re going to indicate you all the things it’s essential to get jobs arrange in Fusion 360 for multi-tool machining. We’ll undergo all of the totally different settings, provide you with all of the information that it’s essential to get that began, and we’ll present you some ideas and methods to get the very best outcomes. You’ll want to subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you don’t miss that.

Snapmaker 2.0 Add-ons

Products for the Snapmaker

The Snapmaker 2.0 isn’t just a modular machine – it’s extra of a modular platform. You should buy non-compulsory equipment, add-ons, and elements to increase the capabilities. For instance, you will get totally different sizes of the linear rail modules and you’ll truly assemble the machine in numerous methods to offer you various kinds of work areas and format layouts.

Parts laid out to build the Snapmaker

I’m not going to spend time going via all of those choices right here, however I do wish to contact on only a few of them, particularly the air air purifier, the enclosures, and the rotary add-on.

Enclosure Possibility

An enclosure for the Snapmaker 2.0

In case you plan on utilizing the CNC operate of the Snapmaker 2.0 in any vital means, I undoubtedly suggest that you just contemplate the enclosure.

I used to be truly shocked to search out that this isn’t only a easy enclosure that gives a bodily barrier. It truly is related to the machine and the software program is built-in with it, so from the contact panel you’ll be able to activate the built-in LED lights which can be contained in the enclosure, and it supplies nice, even illumination inside so you’ll be able to see what you’re engaged on.

You may also regulate the fan velocity on the enclosure (there’s an exhaust with a fan on the again). The enclosure actually helps to maintain that sawdust contained, so should you’re working with the CNC mode in any vital means, it truly is a should, or your entire room goes to get stuffed with salt mud. In case you’re working with CNC and doing issues like wooden carving and milling like I’ve been doing, you’re undoubtedly going to need that enclosure. You’ll be completely satisfied that you’ve got it.

Air Air purifier Possibility

Snapmaker air purifier

The air air purifier is a reasonably current addition. That is very nice to have should you’re going to be doing numerous laser slicing and engraving. You undoubtedly wish to just remember to have exhaust system. The enclosure does have an exhaust port with the fan that I discussed and it has an exhaust tube you can connect with an present air flow system, or you might run it out of a window utilizing a booster fan if wanted. However should you don’t have entry to a window or present air flow system, then you should use the non-compulsory air air purifier.

It’s a self-contained unit with a number of layers of filtration, and it supplies a really excessive stage of security to work with this type of machine inside an enclosed atmosphere. If it’s essential to use the Snapmaker inside a classroom or inside an workplace atmosphere or one thing like that, you’ll be able to simply put this air air purifier subsequent to it and join them up, and also you’re good to go.

Rotary Add-On Possibility

A rotary tool showing a chess piece being created by the Snapmaker 2.0

The opposite factor price bearing on is the rotary add-on that’s accessible now. That is one other pretty current launch. I’ve been testing it and have been very impressed to date. It’s numerous enjoyable, and their newest model of the Luban software program is totally able to help the rotary add-on and makes it very straightforward to get your jobs going.

The rotary add-on is suitable with each the laser module in addition to the CNC module. With the laser module, for instance, you might do engraving on a cylindrical object. I’ve not had an opportunity to check this add-on within the laser mode however I’ve examined it within the CNC mode and it labored fairly effectively.

The most recent model of the Snapmaker Luben software program makes it very straightforward to make use of the rotary add-on. It’s just about drag-and-drop to rearrange your mannequin to the place it would match over the thing that you just’re carving. It’s very straightforward to get arrange and working, and it really works very easily. I’ve solely achieved a few checks to date, however I stay up for doing extra with it, because it provides an entire new dimension to your making. Basically, it’s taking it from a three-axis CNC machine to a four-axis CNC machine with that axis of rotation being the fourth axis. It opens up some fascinating prospects on the subject of the sorts of carving and sculpting that you are able to do.

Software program Choices for the Snapmaker 2.0

Software used with the Snapmaker 2.0

The most recent model of the Snapmaker Luban software program consists of a number of nice options. It has all the things it’s essential to function the Snapmaker machine in all three modes (3D printing, laser slicing, and CNC). In the video, I present a demo of the software program so you’ll be able to see the way it works.

General, the Luban software program has actually impressed me. It’s very straightforward to make use of, it’s very secure, and I haven’t had a crash but, even when working with massive and sophisticated jobs. It really works very effectively, and the tutorials included inside the software program are wonderful to information you step-by-step via every of the totally different processes. They’ve achieved a pleasant job right here. The one limitation I’ve run into is within the CNC module, the place I wished to have the ability to do multi-tool jobs that want the remainder machining operate mentioned earlier. For that, I used Autodesk Fusion 360, and the main points of that can be coated in a later tutorial.

Study Extra or Ask Questions!

Snapmaker 2.0 with completed projects

I hope this overview was useful for you! You probably have any questions in regards to the Snapmaker 2.0, please go to our web site or be happy to e mail us at information@3duniverse.org!

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