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Question #: 8001

Question: CONVERT BLACKFOOT 3D PRINTER

Current Solution

To convert our CNC machine into a 3D printer, an extruder would need to be attached to the z-axis. The extruder could be added next to the spindle, or the spindle can be removed and the extruder replace the spindle.

The former would be an interesting combination where you would be able to extrude plastic and then run the spindle afterwards to do some finishing passes; however, the weight of the spindle would reduce the performance. Without the spindle, the z-axis will move with reduced inertia.

The electronics would be mostly the same with the addition of an extruder controller and a main controller board to control the existing drivers.

You can find all of the 3D printer parts here:
https://buildyourcnc.com/3DPrinterComponents.aspx

If you need help with fashioning a mount for the FDM extruder, please let us know.



User response:
Yes what type of mount would I need for the FDM extruder ? Thanks Gary

User response:
Could you be a little more specific on what type of main board I'll need to purchase the board I'm using now for my router is a serial port interface purchased from you. Thanks Gary

BYCNC response:

The 3d printing board we sell works with an Arduino Mega 2560. We sell the Arduino here:

https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/3D-Printer-Component-electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-arduino-mega-2560-FDMElectronics

and the board here:

https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/3D-Printer-Component-electronicsAndMotors-3d-printer-mainboard-FDMElectronics-3dprintermainboard

We sell the extruder itself here:

https://buildyourcnc.com/item/3D-Printer-Component-extruder

You can manufacture the mount yourself using the BlackFoot, or you can contact us directly with your requirements and we would be happy to prepare a custom quote.

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Other Possible Solutions to this Question

  • What would be needed to convert my blackfoot 4x8 into a 3d printer ?

    To convert our CNC machine into a 3D printer, an extruder would need to be attached to the z-axis. The extruder could be added next to the spindle, or the spindle can be removed and the extruder replace the spindle.

    The former would be an interesting combination where you would be able to extrude plastic and then run the spindle afterwards to do some finishing passes; however, the weight of the spindle would reduce the performance. Without the spindle, the z-axis will move with reduced inertia.

    The electronics would be mostly the same with the addition of an extruder controller and a main controller board to control the existing drivers.

    You can find all of the 3D printer parts here:
    https://buildyourcnc.com/3DPrinterComponents.aspx

    If you need help with fashioning a mount for the FDM extruder, please let us know.



    User response:
    Yes what type of mount would I need for the FDM extruder ? Thanks Gary

    User response:
    Could you be a little more specific on what type of main board I'll need to purchase the board I'm using now for my router is a serial port interface purchased from you. Thanks Gary

    BYCNC response:

    The 3d printing board we sell works with an Arduino Mega 2560. We sell the Arduino here:

    https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/3D-Printer-Component-electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-arduino-mega-2560-FDMElectronics

    and the board here:

    https://buildyourcnc.com/Item/3D-Printer-Component-electronicsAndMotors-3d-printer-mainboard-FDMElectronics-3dprintermainboard

    We sell the extruder itself here:

    https://buildyourcnc.com/item/3D-Printer-Component-extruder

    You can manufacture the mount yourself using the BlackFoot, or you can contact us directly with your requirements and we would be happy to prepare a custom quote.

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    What would be needed to convert my blackfoot 4x8 into a 3d printer ?

  • how can I convert the whiteAnt from the 3D printer mode to the CNC milling mode?

    To convert the whiteAnt to a CNC machine, you will want to lower the upper structure to the lowest position to create the most rigidity overall. You will see that there are many holes below the sides of the upper structure that are evenly spaced. This is so you can adjust this lower. You will also want to fasten the lower sides to a substrate (piece of wood, or something) with l-brackets or something that has a bit of adjustment capability. This will keep the sides more rigid as well. Use a Dremel for the spindle. If you want to use a another spindle, let me know and we can product a mount for that spindle since the Dremel has poor runout (TIR). This is important if you are wanting really precise milling.

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    how can I convert the whiteAnt from the 3D printer mode to the CNC milling mode?

  • how do I build the blackfoot?

    the blackFoot is built using the online instructions found here: http://buildyourcnc.com/Item/cnc-machine-blackFoot-v4

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    how do I build the blackfoot?

  • CABLE LENGTHS FOR THE BLACKFOOT

    The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

    The X axis needs 15 feet
    The Y axis needs 17 feet
    and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

    These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

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    CABLE LENGTHS FOR THE BLACKFOOT

  • MOTOR CABLE FOR BLACKFOOT

    The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

    The X axis needs 15 feet
    The Y axis needs 17 feet
    and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

    These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

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    MOTOR CABLE FOR BLACKFOOT

  • BLACKFOOT SILICON TUBE FOR SPINDLE

    The Black foot requires 38 feet of 1/4 Inside Diameter and 3/8 Outside Diameter silicon tube for the spindle.

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    BLACKFOOT SILICON TUBE FOR SPINDLE

  • WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME FOR BLACKFOOT

    You can expect a one week lead time for our machines.

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    WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME FOR BLACKFOOT

  • BLACKFOOT SILICON TUBE

    The Blackfoot requires 38 feet of 1/4 Inside Diameter and 3/8 Outside Diameter silicon tube for the spindle.

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    BLACKFOOT SILICON TUBE

  • MOTOR 4 CONDUCTOR CABLES FOR BLACKFOOT

    The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

    The X axis needs 15 feet
    The Y axis needs 17 feet
    and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

    These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

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    MOTOR 4 CONDUCTOR CABLES FOR BLACKFOOT

  • HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE FOR THE BLACKFOOT?

    The motor cables for the blackToe are as follows:

    Total 30 feet

    X - 9
    Y - 10
    Z - 11

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    HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE FOR THE BLACKFOOT?

  • Is there an option for 4th axis on blackfoot?

    You can add a head stock and tail stock on the blackFoot by designing the table in a way the head and tail stock is positioned at the correct level so the end mill will be at the correct position. The correct position will depend on the end mills that you will be using. The end mill should be centered to the center of the head stock jaw near the lowest z-axis position.

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    Is there an option for 4th axis on blackfoot?

  • HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLACKFOOT

    The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

    The X axis needs 15 feet
    The Y axis needs 17 feet
    and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

    These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

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    HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLACKFOOT

  • can you ship a greenbull of blackfoot to japan

    You can determine if the country is serviceable by:
    - selecting the items you want to purchase on the website
    - go to the cart (shopping cart top left of any webpage)
    - log in, or register
    - Enter the address and click on calculate shipping.

    The webpage will return the direct rates and whether your area is serviced or not. Feel free to enter any address as long as you are able to receive the package from that address.

    Additional Information:
    I did that and got two options: UPS ($1400) or FEDEX ($3800). Maybe FEDEX is already including the customs fees and import taxes, I don't know. I am afraid of buying it and having problems with customs later. That is why I asked if you guys have ever sent any machine to Brazil just to check if everything went fine with customs.

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    can you ship a greenbull of blackfoot to japan

  • What is the z-axis max drop on the blackfoot?

    The Z-axis max drop with a table is 6", if you have a adjustable midsection or a hollow table, then your maximum is 6" - 3/4".

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    What is the z-axis max drop on the blackfoot?

  • can alphacam be used to program blackfoot cncs?

    any CAM software that can import a DXF file and create g-code can be used to program a blackFoot CNC.

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    can alphacam be used to program blackfoot cncs?

  • Will the Spindle Z plate fit the Blackfoot v4.1?

    The long wood piece that attaches to the Z-axis may have different dimensions on the newer blackFoot version. Take a measurement of your current length of the long wooden piece and tell us what it is so we can compare them. customerservice@buildyourcnc.com

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    Will the Spindle Z plate fit the Blackfoot v4.1?

  • my z axis action is reversed.help its a blackfoot

    If any axis is moving in the opposite direction, go into the Mach3 settings and first verify the hotkeys are set appropriately (example: Page Up for Z Axis up). If this does not solve the issue, check under Config>Ports and Pins> Motor Outputs: to verify all settings are correct (Pin and Port numbers and enabled/disabled signals).

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    my z axis action is reversed.help its a blackfoot

  • WHICH MACHINE SHOULD I BUY, GREENBULL OR BLACKFOOT?

    The greenBull can range is routing width sizes of 5 feet and 6 feet. The blackFoot has a 4 foot routing width.

    Previous Solution:
    The greenBull machine has a sturdier gantry than the blackFoot, so you can be more agressive with the cutting feedrate (cutting speed). The blackFoot is also a good machine, but it all comes down to the speed at which you want to produce the fabrication

    The spindle is also highly recommended for it's quietness and easier cleanup (no fan blowing the dust in the air)

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    WHICH MACHINE SHOULD I BUY, GREENBULL OR BLACKFOOT?

  • what's needed to add a 4th axis to a Blackfoot 4x8?

    You can add a head stock and tail stock on the blackFoot by designing the table in a way the head and tail stock is positioned at the correct level so the end mill will be at the correct position. The correct position will depend on the end mills that you will be using. The end mill should be centered to the center of the head stock jaw near the lowest z-axis position.

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    what's needed to add a 4th axis to a Blackfoot 4x8?

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