Moore 1 from Tronxy
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The Gadget in detailFigure 1:
With the TronXY Moore 1 I received my first 3D printer for clay and similar ceramic materials. Compared to classic pottery or modeling these materials can be shaped in a completely new way with the device. Of course, the printer can only be used to produce blanks that have to be fired in a subsequent process in order to obtain ready-to-use ceramics. The Moore 1 is a fairly compact device that occupies little space on your workbench and can be quickly put away after use.
Package contentsFigure 2:
The delivery includes the tools needed for the assembly, as well as accessories and spare parts.
The Moore 1 is delivered almost completely assembled. Only the mechanism for feeding the material has to be assembled from a few parts, the extruder must be attached to the X-axis and a few cables have to be plugged in.
The axes are guided by steel rollers along round steel rods. The X and Y axes are driven by timing belts, the tension of which is adjusted by moving the Y axis motor or the deflection roller on the X-axis. The Z axis is driven via a spindle. If everything is adjusted correctly, all axes run smoothly. The maximum working area is 18x18x18cm.
The extrusion takes place in two parts:
The large extruder motor uses a piston to press the material from the storage container through a transparent hose towards the print head. There is a conveying screw in the print head that then presses the material out of the nozzle.
The mainboard is located in the base of the printer. The stepper motor drivers are soldered to the circuit board. A total of 5 pieces is required: one each for the 3 axes and the other two for the material feed and the extruder.
The microcontroller is of type STM32.
The power supply delivers an output voltage of 24V at up to 4A, corresponding to 96W.
Test printsThe test prints were created with G-Code files that were on the included Micro SD card.
File "Corrugated vase.gcode".
File "Sashimi vase.gcode".
I printed this and the following two objects using an overhead film on the build plate, which turned out to be a mistake!
The clay shrinks when it dries in the air and the overhead film cannot shrink in the same way. Therefore, stress cracks appear at the bottom of the vase, as can be seen in the last photo in the series. It is therefore essential to use the thin cling film on top of the build plate!
Datei "Water drop pattern vase (high).gcode".
Datei "Bubble bowl.gcode".
My conclusionThe Moore 1 from Tronxy is a compact, affordable ceramic printer that's great for getting started with the world of machine-controlled pottery. There is hardly a more environmentally friendly and recyclable material for 3D printing than clay - so you can experiment without harming your environment.