The Modix Big-60 is a large format 3D printer geared towards 3D printing hobbyists and small businesses. In this Modix Big-60 V3 review, we cover its specs, features, quality of print and where you can buy it.
Modix Big-60 V3 Review
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Modix is known for manufacturing some of the best large format 3D printers on the market. One of its printers is the Modix Big-60 V3, which is an upgrade of the company’s previous offering, the Modix V2.
The V3 features a number of upgrades of the V2, including a large print volume of 600 x 600 x 660mm. The printer is a DIY kit and, therefore, you will need to spend some time in setting it up.
Coming to price, the printer is quite affordable (check current price) compared to other competing large format printers.
Read on for an overview of the Modix Big-60 V3 specs, features, price and performance.
Modix Big-60 V3 Specs
|Technology||Fused deposition modeling (FDM)|
3D Printing Properties
|Build volume||600 x 600 x 660 mm|
|Feeder system||Direct drive|
|Print head||Single nozzle|
|Nozzle size||0.4 mm, interchangeable|
|Max. hot end temperature||285℃ (up to 500°C with pt-100 upgrade)|
|Max. heated bed temperature||120 ℃|
|Print bed material||PEI|
|Connectivity||SD card, USB, WiFi|
|Filament diameter||1.75 mm|
|Filament materials||Consumer materials (PLA, ABS, PETG, flexibles), carbon fiber, composites|
|Recommended slicer||Cura, Simplify3D, Slic3r|
|Operating system||Windows, Mac OSX, Linux|
|File types||STL, OBJ|
Dimensions & Weight
|Frame dimensions||900 x 950 x 975 mm|
|Weight||120 kg (including enclosure)|
Modix Big-60 V3 Features
The Modix V3 has a build volume of 600 x 600 x 660 mm. This is 10% more than the V2 offers.
The printer stays true to its original black with red trimmings design. The unit comes in a sturdy chassis and its frame is made of 40 x 40mm T-slot aluminum profiles together with aluminum brackets and joints
The printer also has Hiwin MGW motion rails for the axes. These rails provide wider rail and carriage that the MGN rails used on the previous Modix Big-60 printer. What this means is that the Big-60 V3 axes are more accurate and operate more smoothly.
There are also four ball-screws on the Z-axis. Each of the screws has a precision lead screw that enables them to move the print bed at 0.5-micron layer height.
The cables have also gotten an upgrade. For example, the printer is equipped with professional IGUS signal cables and the print head wiring and drag chain now rest on the Y-axis.
The Big-60 V3 enclosure comprises of 3mm aluminum composite panels (ACP) and the doors are made of polycarbonate sheets. These materials ensure the printer is relatively quiet and chamber temperatures are even during the printing process.
The top lid has been redesigned to allow easy access to the print bed and you can also drill the aluminum casing to add custom fixtures or addons.
The Modix V3 has a V6 Volcano hotend and an E3D Aero direct extruder. The print head has been redesigned to be compatible with the E3D Aero. Now, it is much larger but has a shorter heat sink as well as a 40 mm fan. This improvement helps to address the issues of potential clogging.
The Modix Big-60 V3 has a single extruder. However, you can upgrade it with a dual print head for multi-material printing.
The hotend has interchangeable nozzles. You can switch the default 1.75mm nozzle to the 3mm one. The thermistor an also be changed from the default one that reaches 285°C to one reaching 500°C. At this high temperature, the machine will be able to print industrial-grade materials.
The E3D Volcano hotend and the Titan Aero extruder enable the Modix Big-60 V3 to process a wide range of materials, including PLA, ABS, PVA, PC, ASA, PETG, TPU, Nylon, carbon composites, and other exotic materials.
The printer is compatible with a wide range of nozzle diameters, including 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and 1.2mm options. Therefore, you can print nearly any type of third-party filament.
Dual Heat Zones
The Modix Big-60 V3 print bed is made of Mic6 aluminum plate and can heat up to 120°C. Like the V2, the V3 3D printer offers automatic bed leveling that uses 100 probing joints. Another new feature of this machine is the dual heating zone. For small jobs, you can use the inner zone which measures 200 x 200 x 200 mm.
The print surface is made of PEI. Therefore, you can be sure the 3D models will stick well and removing them after the printing won’t be a problem.
The Modix Big-60 V3 has a 32-but electronics boards with features such as print resume and print pause. This unit has a large 7-inch touchscreen that shows the progress of your print job in real-time.
Other features of the printer include Wi-Fi connectivity, which means you can operate it remotely through a PC or phone.
Assembling the Modix Big-60 V3 is not difficult. The assembly kit has been redesigned and mostly consists of small metal brackets, symmetrical parts, and the print head.
In case you get stuck during the assembly process, you can refer to the included User Guide or watch the over 80 setup and assembly videos provided by the company.
Additional features of the Modix Big-60 include:
- Optional onboard camera
- Trinamic TMC2660 drivers that are quieter and more durable
- Filament runout sensor
- Opensource RepRap firmware
- Draft mode, which prints at 100mm/s instead of the standard 60 mm/s
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