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Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:12 pm
by jebba
Here's some mockups of the next generation TAZ, codenamed Kauri.


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More here:
http://devel.lulzbot.com/TAZ/Kauri/images/

It will have an internal power supply and have auto bed leveling. It is still in the early stages.

-Jeff

mod edit: fixed link

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:09 pm
by piercet
Interesting. I suppose the box frame structure would cut down on production time of the printer and reduce the amount of machine squaring that is required. Have you thought about extending the side case up to the top of the frame and adding one of the mini computers that are out there in that space? Maybe one of those new Extra skinny Intel NUC's http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ ... i5ryk.html Then you could sell a variant as an integrated development unit.

Is the auto leveling bed mount plate the same dimension as the Taz 3/4 units? If not, do you guys have any plans to sell a couple of those mount plates as an upgrade kit of some sort?

Feel free to use my TAZ lightbar thingies if you want!

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:49 pm
by jebba
I think the bed plate is the same. Looks like the old pic got pulled down and this latest revision uploaded:

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Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:52 pm
by kaldyn
Nice!

Have you considered making the x/y rails use hardened rails and metal bearings instead of plastic ones?

PSFU10-500 and LMU10 are the parts that a lot of users are doing manual upgrades to.

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:18 pm
by do-it-for-science-
Or perhaps if you plan on incorporating a computer, go with BB black in order to keep it all open source? having the thing loaded up with ocotoprint (or some other open source variant of that) would be pretty sweet too.

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:02 pm
by jebba
do-it-for-science- wrote:Or perhaps if you plan on incorporating a computer, go with BB black in order to keep it all open source? having the thing loaded up with ocotoprint (or some other open source variant of that) would be pretty sweet too.
We've worked a bit on this in the past, in particular with LinkSprite / PCDuino. It won't be in the next version though.

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:33 am
by Theycallmejohn
Very Interesting... Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing how it is all put together.

May need to get a new printer soon...

How far out would you say this one is?

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:02 pm
by jebba
Theycallmejohn wrote:How far out would you say this one is?
The design isn't set, and the parts aren't ordered, so it is still 12+ weeks out. We do have some of the long lead parts on order already, that we think will stay between TAZ 5 and Kauri (e.g. that cute little blower fan). R&D isn't done.

This is what manufacturing is planning for, subject to change, of course:

http://devel.alephobjects.com/ao/manufa ... _draft.ods

You'll see that file is updated weekly, so if you monitor that directory, it should keep you up-to-date.

You can also check the BOM, and watch it get filled out:

http://devel.lulzbot.com/TAZ/Kauri/prod ... ri_BOM.ods

-Jeff

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:11 pm
by kaldyn
What does orange vs yellow highlighting on the BOM stand for?

Re: Kauri: Next Generation TAZ

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:51 pm
by Brew4You
I'll miss the all extruded aluminum frame. Although the plastic sides will give it a much cleaner look. I'm glad you guys are sticking with the original TAZ look instead of going to the I closed box design that most other companies use.

Is dual extruder going to be the only option?