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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 a bit uncertain of what to anticipate after I acquired this unit. First, it’s a multi-function machine, and in my expertise, plenty of the time when you will have a multi-function machine, it doesn’t actually do any one of many capabilities almost 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 era of this product, however nonetheless, understanding that it initially got here by means of that Kickstarter course of I simply wasn’t fairly certain what to anticipate when it comes to manufacturing high quality and software program integration.

I’ve obtained to let you know 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 will have a multi-function machine like this, however general I used to be pleasantly shocked and I’ll let you know extra about why within the video beneath.

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 manner that it’s flush-mounted with the customized foam packaging in there so you possibly can’t fairly see till you are taking it out that it’s truly 90 pages lengthy! We had a little bit of a chuckle over that, nevertheless it seems, after all, it’s largely footage and it was precisely what we wanted. It’s superbly carried out, has nice photographs, and has step-by-step directions that supplied every part that we wanted to get by means of the meeting course of with out problem.

After you are 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! All the pieces is completely fitted collectively in customized containers and every field is labeled to let you recognize what’s inside it. Even the parts inside these containers are labeled, so you bought all of the totally different screws and little baggies which are labeled with the varieties of screws and all of the equipment, and every part is simply superbly laid out and arranged.

I used to be actually fairly impressed as I went by means of the unboxing course of. As we proceeded, the following 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 basically have impressed me probably the most when it comes to the standard of the parts used, the packaging, and the entire expertise of unboxing and getting began with the product. Snapmaker actually achieved that degree of their product high quality and packaging. You’ll see that in the entire components and you’ll actually really feel that high quality as you set the machine collectively as a result of it’s very strong.

All the pieces 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 shouldn’t be tough. 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 take a look at I did was the 3D printing operate. That’s the place most of my background is. I’ve plenty of expertise with totally different 3D printers, so I had a superb foundation for comparability, and it made sense to start out there.

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

The Snapmaker 2.0 does have a pleasant construct quantity, particularly with the mannequin A350 that we have been testing. You’ve obtained a heated mattress so you possibly can work with a variety of various supplies. The efficiency of the printer was very dependable, and the standard of the prints was excellent. In actual fact, surprisingly good. A few of the calibration prints that I did got here out higher on the Snapmaker than some way 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 take a look at (see photograph above). We didn’t have any points in any way with the print. It got here out flawlessly, however that very same print with related settings on a number of the different costlier printers may have most likely been carried out in a few days. So this machine is definitely not as quick as a number of the different printers available on the market, however in any other case, I had no complaints in any respect concerning 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 good distance even since we began testing. It offers you every part that you want to do so far as fundamental 3D printing, simply as you’d anticipate. All of the settings are customizable, and the entire take a look at prints that we did full efficiently with out problem.

Laser Cutter Operate on the Snapmaker 2.0

3 different laser etched projects

Subsequent, we moved on to testing the laser chopping and etching operate. I had an analogous 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’ll find elsewhere.

It is a 1.6-watt laser, whereas plenty of those that we provide listed below are 30, 40, or 50 watts even, and so the thickness of supplies which you could minimize by means of and the variety of passes that it’ll take to chop by means of supplies goes to fluctuate 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 variety of initiatives with this laser cutter and engraver.

Be aware: Since we produced this video, Snapmaker has launched an upgraded 10-watt laser module, which is accessible right here.

If you’re working with the laser cutter operate, you possibly can work in considered one of two modes. You possibly can both use the work origin level mode the place you specify the start line for the job after which your graphics are positioned in relation to that start line, or you need to use digicam seize mode. Now if you happen to haven’t used a laser cutter with the digicam seize characteristic earlier than, you’re in for a deal with. It truly is a pleasant strategy 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 will have an unusually formed piece of wooden that you just need to etch one thing on and also you need to place your graphics so they seem in a sure place on this piece of wooden. Nicely, you possibly can lay that wooden on the platform after which use the digicam seize characteristic (there’s a digicam constructed into the laser head). You possibly can set off this by means of their software program, and it’ll take pictures from straight above. It’ll undergo and take pictures of the entire work space after which sew these pictures collectively and offer you a single view of that complete work space with no matter you will have sitting on there. Then you possibly can visually lay your art work 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 chopping goes to occur, inside a really small distance. I don’t know precisely what the tolerance is however I might say most likely a fraction of a millimeter. It’s very correct, so it makes it very straightforward to get began with laser chopping 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 chopping and I’ve had expertise with plenty of 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’m going. This was actually an important machine for me to get began with. Identical to the 3D printer and laser cutter capabilities, I’ve little doubt that there are much more highly effective CNC machines, and if I used to be to put money into a devoted CNC machine, it could have way more superior capabilities. However with a view to be taught the essential rules and the workflows concerned with CNC, I’ve discovered this an incredible software. I feel it’s in a position to open up all kinds of mission potentialities with the ways in which you need to 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 which you could 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 neighborhood of all types of supplies which you could truly get away with chopping and carving and milling with this machine, however I received’t point out a few of these as a result of they’re not formally supported by Snapmaker right now.

In the video, I present you a number of the initiatives that I’ve carried out all through my testing of the CNC operate simply as a way to see the sorts of outcomes which you could get from this very inexpensive machine. I used to be blown away fairly frankly. I had no concept that I might be capable of obtain this degree of element with wooden carving and milling operations.

A bust of Harry Potter created on the CNC machine

What I’ve been serious about doing particularly are three-dimensional CNC milling operations. I need to do detailed carving, and to try this, you need to do a number of passes with totally different instruments. I normally do a primary go that’s kind of a roughing go utilizing a quarter-inch flat-end mill. That permits me to do away with plenty of the unneeded wooden in a short time. It will take a complete 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 doable as shortly as doable. Then I swap to a finer bit, and in that finer go, you undergo and carve out all the small print. Typically it’s possible you’ll need to use a number of passes for that, so I would do a 3 go job or a 4 go job, however typically, 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 software paths that you just’re producing wants to concentrate on the software path earlier than it.

It must know what that earlier software path did, how a lot materials was eliminated, and from the place in order that it could then begin from the suitable level, understanding what’s already been cleared, and simply work on taking away extra new materials. That kind of connectivity between totally different software paths shouldn’t be but supported inside the Luban software program. It’s one thing often known 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 highly regarded and really highly effective CAD program. It’s what’s thought of a hybrid answer – that’s, it operates partly within the cloud however largely it runs regionally. You do have to have some fairly important computing assets out there to run it properly, however there are free licenses out there for college kids and educators in addition to for private use beneath sure circumstances. Undoubtedly try their web site for the present phrases on that, however you would possibly be capable of get entry to a free license to this very highly effective platform.

Fusion 360 is not only a CAD platform – it is usually a CAM platform, which is what you utilize for CNC. That’s the place you do the software path era and it does have full assist for a number of software paths linked to one another. I’m going to be sharing a really detailed tutorial later to indicate you the way that works, and in that tutorial, we’re going to indicate you every part you want to get jobs arrange in Fusion 360 for multi-tool machining. We’ll undergo all of the totally different settings, offer you all of the information that you want to get that began, and we’ll present you some suggestions and methods to get the very best outcomes. Make sure 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 is not only a modular machine – it’s extra of a modular platform. You should buy non-compulsory equipment, add-ons, and parts to increase the capabilities. For instance, you may get totally different sizes of the linear rail modules and you’ll truly assemble the machine in several methods to present you several types of work areas and format layouts.

Parts laid out to build the Snapmaker

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

Enclosure Choice

An enclosure for the Snapmaker 2.0

In case you plan on utilizing the CNC operate of the Snapmaker 2.0 in any important manner, I positively advocate that you just contemplate the enclosure.

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

You can even 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 if you happen to’re working with the CNC mode in any important manner, it truly is a should, or your complete 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 positively going to need that enclosure. You’ll be completely happy that you’ve got it.

Air Air purifier Choice

Snapmaker air purifier

The air air purifier is a reasonably current addition. That is very nice to have if you happen to’re going to be doing plenty of laser chopping and engraving. You positively need to just remember to have a superb exhaust system. The enclosure does have an exhaust port with the fan that I discussed and it has an exhaust tube which you could hook up with an present air flow system, or you would run it out of a window utilizing a booster fan if wanted. However if you happen to don’t have entry to a window or present air flow system, then you need to use the non-compulsory air air purifier.

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

Rotary Add-On Choice

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

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

The rotary add-on is appropriate with each the laser module in addition to the CNC module. With the laser module, for instance, you would 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 properly.

The newest 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 is going to 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 carried out a few checks to date, however I stay up for doing extra with it, because it provides a complete new dimension to your making. Primarily, 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 attention-grabbing potentialities on the subject of the varieties 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 newest model of the Snapmaker Luban software program consists of numerous nice options. It has every part you want to function the Snapmaker machine in all three modes (3D printing, laser chopping, and CNC). In the video, I present a demo of the software program so you possibly can 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 properly, and the tutorials included inside the software program are wonderful to information you step-by-step by means of every of the totally different processes. They’ve carried out a pleasant job right here. The one limitation I’ve run into is within the CNC module, the place I needed to have the ability to do multi-tool jobs that want the remaining machining operate mentioned earlier. For that, I used Autodesk Fusion 360, and the small print 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 concerning the Snapmaker 2.0, please go to our web site or be at liberty to e mail us at information@3duniverse.org!

You can even watch and hearken to our 3D Universe Untethered internet sequence and podcast episode the place I share extra about my expertise!

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