my company received our zortrax printer last week and its a great machine but lacking in several areas .
the first is a second extruder, we are looking to purchase a few more printers but i will not allow my company to consider zortrax until a second extruder is added...we do lots of small detailed items(i work in mahattans fashion district,,,we have an embellishment factory and im looking to print fashion embellishments and accessories that have lots of detail and support removal is impossible with the current zortrax machine...i need a second extruder where i can use dissolvable support material.
my second problem is the current printers inability to change the temp setting..
plain plastic is cheap looking and boring...i see now that i will be using far more specialty materials like wood and rubber filliament and without the ability to change the temperature on the extruder, these materials are not possible.
today i loaded some laywoo wood fillament and it printed great for about 2 hours of a 4 hour print but then i got a nozzel clogged...i could tell by the quality of the first half of the print that this machine has the potential to run laywoo wood fillament and print in amazing quality, the only problem is the extruder temp is about 20 degrees above the hottest allowed temp for laywoo and this almost certainly caused the blockage.
these are my two main issues and i seriously hope they get resolved soon but i would eventually like to see a few features that would at least allow this machine to compete with ultimaker or makerbot.
i did some research before buying and i know i had a reason for choosing zortrax over an ultimaker 2 but at the moment i cant remember why .....perhaps it was the promise of super high resolution in the future i dont know but knowing what i know now i dont think i would have chosen zortrax..
its not easy to say this because i absolutely love this printer, the quality is great and with the exception of the nozzle clog i got today( (my own fault because i tried to use wood fillament when i knew the extruder was too hot)..the zortrax machine prints with fantastic quality and is completely trouble free...
its just that for my purposes, i absolutely need to be able to adjust the temperature settings and i absolutely need a second extruder...i dont know why zortrax still does not offer at least one of these options when just about every other company does ..it seems like company suicide ...new start up companies shold inovate and i cant imagine updating the firmware to allow the temperature to change to be that hard..why is this not done already??...and its a shame because i love this machine.
anyway, that brings me to the reason i came here...todays blockage now has my printer unable to function but nowhere on the zortrax site nor with any paperwork that came with my printer, does it show how i can remove the extruder in order to clean out this blockage...can someone either explain or better yet direct me to an illustration showing how i remove the nozzel so i can clean out the blockage??
i also read that some people recieved a second nozzel with their printer?? i did not receive one..am i missing it or is a replacement nozzle no longer included??
like i said, i love this printer and my company wants to buy a couple more but i wont allow them to buy zortrax until they offer adjustable extruder temps and a second extruder....if you guys had to guess on when these options will be available , how soon do you think this will happen?
if i didnt wish to wait, is there perhaps a third party provider who sells double extruder setups that will fit this machine? i kinda need a second extruder now, this support removal is a nightmare,,, oh that also reminds me, is there no option for raft removal??? this seems like another simple option that all the other printers have and i see no option for it....ninja flex is not an option until the raft can be eliminated and the temperature adjusted of course.