It has been a hectic few weeks as you know but the sun is starting to shine again (literally here).
Most important news is that all orders have been shipped or will ship today! So backlog is gone. Pfiew!
Secondly, the Kossel XL is now available to order again!
The remoddeling of the workspace is also done. That will help with speeding up orders as well.
The printed parts kit has changed it’s content a bit. Most orders that have been sent out the past week have this new content. The J-head hotend will no longer be available through the site. I feel it has to many issues. So all kits are E3D hotend only. That saves 1 extra part that needs to be printed. The Extruder mount has a new orientation so it will be printed much cleaner than before. All kits will get a set of 6 printed vibration dampening feet!
The carriages for the vertical movement have had a redesign. Functionally there is no difference but the nut traps are larger so they are much easier to install. You can identify them by the rounded corners that they now have.
The printed groovemount for holding the hotend has been replaced by a wooden one. It is made by a CNC machine from aircraft grade plywood and allows for printing in much higer temperatures then with the printed one.
There are no changes in pricing with these added parts.
Nuts & Bolts
This is such a time-saver. We have contracted a company that will gather and pack the required nuts & bolts for us. Every different bolt or parts is packed in it’s own little plastic bag and labeled. The entire kit is shipped in a nice plastic container. As a bonus we include 2 Allen keys that fit the M3 & M2.5 bolts!
As a second bonus we will drop the price a bit when the new site goes live. They are however already shipped with each order that comes in now.
The new site is almost done with just the remaining products that need to be added. Hopefully we will migrate to the new site within a few days. The printer selection has been simplified to make ordering easier and less cluttered. Most importantly due to the decent stock options we will switch to a new way of processing orders. We will print kits to and place them in stock. Same goes for the other modules like a motor kit. Then we will enter the amounts in the software and it automaticly calculates how many complete printers can be ordered. That way we only sell stuff that is in stock. It means faster packaging, faster shipping and less backlog and waiting. We are so looking forward to it!
Soon after we launch the new site we will also ship and print in a new material, PETG. PETG filament is a close cousin to PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) filament. PETG is a new updated version that has enhanced properties. The optimum print temperature is between 215°C – 235°C. Another reason for ditching the J-head hotend. PETG filament has minimal shrinkage and warping. The filament has easy adhesion, so it can be printed on acrylic, glass, polyimide (Kapton) tape, blue tape, and others. A heated bed is not required but as always it does make life a lot easier. These colors are also semi-transparent and we will offer them in black, red, green, blue, yellow and natural. Off course under the awesome Octofiber brand.
Well that’s it for now. Thanks for reading this massive update. Double thank you for all the support and kind words that you have shared with me and triple thanks for your patience when waiting for your orders!