Jubilee 3D Printer

The Jubilee 3D printer.

I am currently using an Anycubic 4Max 3D printer to create plastic objects. I am considering it may soon be time to upgrade to something better:

  • More reliable, especially in laying down the first layer.
  • Use better parts such as E3D hot ends and Bondtech extruders.
  • Bed levelling is a pain.

One possibility I am considering is the Jubilee 3D.

Image of Jubilee 3D

At some point I would like to explore multi-material printing. When looking into this I learnt about the E3D Toolchanger. This approach to a 3D printer intrigued me. For multi-material printing, just automatically swap extruders. And the options for alternative tools intrigued me:

  • Use TPU to add gaskets to a 3D printed box.
  • Have a light router to face object sides and “drill” out holes to an exact size.
  • Use it to deposit solder paste on PCBs?

However, I felt the build area in the E3D printer might be a bit small, similar build area to my current Anycubic 4Max printer.

After more investigation I discovered the Jubilee 3D printer which is a more DIY solution.

  • Bigger build plate.
  • Cheaper to build than the E3D.
  • Compatible with the E3D tool approach.
  • Hard to enclose to support materials needing higher temperatures.

I suspect, if I went down the toolchanger approach, I would need to develop some hybrid design:

  • I like the frame approach of the E3D toolchanger:
    • Use a 6mm aluminium tool plate for the top of the printer and attach the Y linear rails to this - giving a good reference alignment.
    • Similarly use an aluminium plate for the base, joined by 5 extrusions. I suspect this would give a strong and easy to square frame.
  • Use the interior of the 6mm aluminium tool plate to form the basis of the build plate.
  • Use the Jubilee approach for the kinematic Z-axis, probably dimensioning everything to align with the Jubilee approach in case I need to procure pre-manufactured items.

Looks like I am not the first to think this way. I spotted this: CrazyCreatorCube. Not sure how well developed this solution is though.