This project came to fruition, because out of all of the materials and fabrication methods, 3D printing is cheap per a part, fast – time to model, and easy to use. Wood carving, Metal fabrication, and many others are either very expensive or timing consuming to produce rapid prototyping results.

Why build a printer instead of buying one?

Features… many features of the XenoCube printer were not available at the time, such as a larger print volume, auto – bed leveling, host/client in one machine, print just about any material.

Why host a website?

When an older 3D printer was built, there were a couple of end user experiences that could be improved upon, one of them being the size, heating up your office, always having to make sure that the print bed was paper level, and having a host setup separately from the printer. Looking at the market, these features were on some but nothing all together. During the build of the XenoCube, there was interest from others on this project and since the project is a by product for another project, sharing seems very inline with the 3D printing community. Hopefully, adding a website will provide more simplicity to 3D printing.


What are the Specifications?

Here is a list of high level Specifications:

  • Fully enclosed
  • Auto-leveling
  • 50mm/s print speed
  • All metal extruder / hotend
  • Host and server in one box, No need to connect anything but power to print.
  • Firmware is powered by Marlin, an open-source, established, reliable Firmware.
  • Host is powered by OctoPi and Octoprint, again, an open-source, established, reliable host/client.
  • Power pull: Idle: .25amps, Warmup: 6amps, Printing: 4amps
  • 300mm x 300mm print bed. (Currently the print arera is 215mm x 215mm x 285mm, until the hotend ducting is updated.

Further Details to come 🙂

What Tools will I need?

The following is a list of common tools needed to assemble XenoCube.

  1. Prepping Parts:
    • Drill Bit Set – Including 8mm, 5mm, and 3mm drill bits. Drill the holes on the plastic parts.
    • Metal Chop Saw – Extrusion Bar, Drill Rod, and Threaded Rod needs to be cut.
  2. Frame Construction:
    • Bit Driver – Recommended to save your wrists.
    • Hex Bit Set – Including 3mm Hex, 5mm, Hex, Philips, and Flat head bits.
    • Pliers – Diagonal, and Needle Nose.
  3. Wiring:
    • Wire Stripper – Prepping wire ends.
    • Soldering Iron – Connecting wires together.
    • Wire Crimpers – Connections to PSU and Terminal Blocks.
    • Voltage Meter – Good for checking connections, resist, and well voltages.
  4. Software:
    • Computer – Needed for imaging Raspberry Pi SD card.