Upgrading a LulzBot TAZ 5 to TAZ 6

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Upgrading a LulzBot TAZ 5 to TAZ 6

Post by i-t-w.com » Tue May 17, 2016 6:14 pm

From a TAZ 4/5, you can re-use your RAMBO, lead screws, Z nuts, Y and Z smooth rods, Y axis motor end plate, steppers, half the chassis extrusions, hotbed, power supply, toolhead- adding the bed leveling sense wire, and (maybe) control box- you'd need to creatively re-purpose the second extruder plug for the additional wires the X/Y/Z max limit switches and auto leveling systems add.

We have no plans for a "complete kits"
Our convenient collection of TAZ 6 parts are at https://itworks3d.com/product-category/ ... z-6-parts/
From time to time we have sub assemblies available. Look for them on the TAZ 6 parts category, and join the waitlists for the parts or assemblies you're interested in for notification if we get more in, or we build them up based on demand.

The mechanical parts you'll need are:
- 12mm "precision" x rods
New!https://itworks3d.com/product/smooth-ro ... 5mm-taz-6/
- 12mm "precision" bearings
https://itworks3d.com/product/solid-pol ... ring-igus/
- 10mm "precision" rods and bearings for Y and Z
(coming soon at IT-Works) You can use the standard 10mm bearings from earlier TAZs
- control box: We have 2 or 3 different styles. Some use the older round plugs from the TAZ 4/5, others have the new smaller plugs.
- aluminum bed plate
- Longer horizontal chassis frame extrusions. We're also trying to figure out if the longer horizontal 510mm chassis extrusions (vs 500mm on prior TAZs) are "required" for upgraders, or if they just buy a bit of extra room on production machines.
- replace front Y "idler" endplate with a TAZ 4/5 "motor" end plate
- Ninjaflex bed corners
https://itworks3d.com/product/taz-6-nin ... d-corners/
- Bed corner washers
- Bed corner standoffs
- Bed corner screws
- Ninjaflex Z Flexy washer
- extruder heatsink cooler fan
- filament cooler fan
- A pile of printed parts
https://itworks3d.com/product-category/ ... z-6-parts/
- A pile of heat inserts
https://itworks3d.com/product/metric-br ... -plastics/
- X/Y/Z max limit switches
https://www.lulzbot.com/store/parts/mec ... top-switch
- wire, pins, and connectors for the required re-wire

**ALL will require significant re-wiring** We may have completely wired control boxes from time to time, LulzBot may also sell a kit. Both will be premium priced per the considerable labor savings. We don't plan to build wiring harnesses. There may be enough demand if someone else is interested in building some.

**Auto leveling requires the addition of a wire from the heater block to the control board

"Why can't I only do just this one upgrade?":

Upgrading a prior TAZ to a TAZ 6 has a number of dependencies that limit piecemeal upgrades.

"bed plate, wiper and auto calibration washers only"
Blocking Issue:
Aluminum Y idler plate needs to be replaced with a Y Motor plate, print new motor and Idler mounts and Y corners, print new Y belt mount
Requires control box with more wires outlets
Need min and max switches for all 3 axis
Custom DIY solution: considerable DIY rewiring. **CUSTOM FIRMWARE**

"Y carriage, bed assembly, wiper and auto calibration"
Blocking Issue:
requires control box with more wires outlets
Need min and max switches for all 3 axis
Custom DIY solution: considerable DIY rewiring, considerable custom Z max switch add on work

"ZX, Y carriage, no control box"
Blocking Issue: requires control box with more wires outlets
Custom DIY solution: considerable DIY rewiring

"X/Z only"
Blocking issue: no Z min stop
Custom DIY solution: Stick with TAZ 5 firmware, make your own Z min switch solution

"12mm rod upgrade only" Good news, you CAN do this one pretty easily! We should have the rods and bearings soon, or you can order them. Here's the printed parts you need: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1392011

We could always just part them out completely and list the parts, but want to help out those that want a kit of the hard to source parts without missing "the one thing that's sold out"

Yes, parting out the chassis should yield a few extra of the new aluminum corner brackets too :)

Your thoughts? Please suggest additions and corrections. The "blocking issues" listed are by no means comprehensive, for example.

Alephs' disclaimer:
"WARNING: At Aleph Objects, Inc. we respect your freedom to modify your LulzBot 3D printer. It is important to know that any modifications or attempted repairs that cause accidental or intentional damage are not covered under the Warranty."
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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by penn1793 » Tue May 17, 2016 6:52 pm

I would be interested in buying an upgrade kit. How much would it cost?

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by Rileyin3D » Tue May 17, 2016 7:04 pm

I would be interested in an upgrade kit as well.

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by Farris » Tue May 17, 2016 7:34 pm

I'd also be interested, but mostly for the individual parts. I'd be happy with just a bed plate and ninjaflex parts really.

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by Bakedbeef » Tue May 17, 2016 8:11 pm

I am interested as well.

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by Rp1030 » Tue May 17, 2016 8:36 pm

I'm interested, but only in a partial kit since I did the openrails upgrade.

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by nim » Wed May 18, 2016 2:51 am

I'd definitely be interested in an upgrade kit, but not a single, 100% complete kit.

I'd love to upgrade the bed to autoleveling/nozzle cleaning, and the extruder with the new fan setup, but I have no desire to replace the controlbox/PSU and do the rewiring. The 12mm rod kit would be nice aswell as a separate option.

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by ukpete » Wed May 18, 2016 3:15 am

I would also be interested in an upgrade kit from Taz 5 to Taz 6, but would like it possibly to be available in a couple of stages.
I'm 1st most interested in the auto-levelling and head cleaning features.
2nd Additional rigidity from 12mm rods.
3rd Change to control box, but is this really necessary to achieve the other improvements?

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by Mizunoslove » Wed May 18, 2016 10:26 am

I would be interested. I want to update the bed and possibly the electrical cover. I have already updated my extruders and some kits to further upgrade my current unit would be awesome.

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Re: TAZ 6 upgrade kits

Post by inventabuild » Wed May 18, 2016 5:03 pm

This is definitely a great idea. I think it s/ be broken up into 4 kits plus an all-in-one for a total of 5 kits.

1. Y axis auto bed leveling kit.
2. X/Z axis upgrade kit.
3. Extruder upgrade kit.
4. Electronics box upgrade kit.
5. Everything.

Depending on price, maybe the Y axis auto bed leveling and X/Z axis kits could be combined and might actually spur someone to do them both that originally only wanted to do one or the other.

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