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  • What is Voron Design?

    The original goal of the VORON project, back in 2015, was to create a no-compromise 3D printer that was fun to assemble and a joy to use. It had to be quiet, clean, pretty, and continue to operate 24 hours a day without requiring constant fiddling. In short, an actual home micro-manufacturing machine without a hefty price tag. It took over a year in development, with every part being redesigned, stress-tested, and optimized. Shortly after the release, a vibrant community formed around the project and continues to grow today. This community is part of what makes VORON such a unique experience.

    Brief History

    RussianCatFood, aka RCF aka Maks, originally started building printers and founded a company called "MZ BOT" based on the open-source idealogy and foundations carried over from companies like lulzbot.

    RCF posted the first "Voron" prototype on a Reddit thread on May 20th, 2015, which received much feedback and encouraged him to proceed further.

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    The iterative design process led RCF to design a smaller, lighter print head which he hoped to build his company on. 

    In March 2016, MZ-Bot announced the first and only launch of a limited run of Full Voron Kits in the same year.

    In 2017 RCF started designing a custom build Voron24 - a 24" x 24" x 24" massive design that paved the way for the stationary bed and moving gantry that is the hallmark of the Voron 2 line of printers.

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    Early 2018 began the development of the Voron 2 line of printers. This printer, the 2.0 was never released but taught many lessons and allowed the launch of V2.1 to be a successful printer.

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    Turns out making printer parts is not very profitable. MZBot as a company was closed for personal and financial reasons. The work done was then fully released as the Voron Design open-source 3D printers.

    • v2.1 - Summer 2018
    • v2.2 - 2019
    • v1.6 - 2019
    • v2.4 - Early 2020
    • v1.8 - Early 2020
    • v0 - Early 2020 
    • Switchwire - Summer 2020 - Dev process for Switchwire was only 2 months
    • Legacy - 2020 - Last Printer RCF will be completed in a vacuum

    What was once a one-person operation has grown into a small, tight-knit group of engineers united under a shared design ethos. The Voron Design team is dedicated to creating production-quality printers you can assemble in your kitchen. This passion and dedication drive them to push the boundaries just a little further. 

    Voron Design: We build space shuttles with gardening tools so anyone can have a space shuttle of their own.

     

    The Voron Motion System 

    All Voron printers are built using CoreXY or CoreXZ configurations to reduce moving mass, increasing acceleration and speed. Depending on the printer, linear rails (MGN7, MGN9, MGN12) or linear rods may be used along the X, Y, and/or Z axes. Gates 6mm and/or 9mm belts are used for movement; genuine Gates Unitta belts are recommended over generic versions for improved reliability and performance. A simple stack of flanged F695 bearings is often used as smooth belt idlers, as the bearings are much larger than the more common GT2 idlers. This provides increased service life.

    Frames

    All V1, V2, and Legacy frames are constructed with 2020 aluminum extrusions with a 6mm slot width. The V0 is built with 1515 Makerbeam XL extrusions, and the Switchwire has been built with 6030 and 3030 extrusions. Be sure to pay attention to the extrusion profile–not all extrusion types are the same, even if the outer dimensions are equal!

    Motion Control - Klipper

    All Voron printers use Klipper firmware. Klipper uses a Raspberry Pi for all the computation-heavy tasks and sends a list of preprocessed orders to the controller board. This gives considerable flexibility as various control boards (or a combination of boards) can be easily configured. In addition, more complex features such as input shaping (to reduce ringing) can be added no matter what control board is used. Finally, configuring firmware is fast and easy. Change to your desired parameter in an easy-to-read printer configuration file, save, and restart Klipper–a few seconds later, the printer is ready to go!

    Voron Serial Numbers

    In 2015, the first set of 18 Voron printers was packaged in RCF's garage and shipped as kits. As a fun addition, he gave each kit a serial number. While those were the only printers ever sold directly by RCF, the tradition has lived on as a way to represent the hard work each Voron owner puts into sourcing, assembling, and configuring their printer. It also is a great way to show how the community has grown throughout the years!

     

     

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  • Our picks

    • Top Picks for FDM Printing Enthusiasts This Week on Team FDM
      At Team FDM, we always keep a keen eye on what our community is buying. It’s fascinating to see which tools and materials are becoming essentials in your toolkits. This not only helps us understand your needs better but also allows us to discover new and exciting products that we might not have considered before. I wanted to share all of this with everyone in the community to get some feedback and hopefully give you insight into what is popular with others in the community!

      Here’s a look at this week’s most popular items, ranked by the quantity ordered, to give you a glimpse of what fellow enthusiasts are using:

      Engineer Square Machinist Square Set: A must-have for ensuring precision in every project, this tool has been a top choice for its reliability in checking the right angles on frames and parts.

      iCrimp IWS-3220M Micro Connector Pin Crimping Tool:  Essential for those involved in electronics within FDM printing, this tool has been widely adopted for its versatility in handling a range of wire sizes, making custom wiring setups easier than ever.

      YIHUA 926 III 60W Digital Display Soldering Iron Station Kit:  This comprehensive kit provides all the essentials for soldering, proving indispensable for making or repairing 3D printer parts and other electronic components.

      FLASHFORGE ASA Filament 1.75mm: Known for its durability and high UV resistance, this filament is perfect for outdoor or functional prints, with the Burnt Titanium and Sparkle Sky Blue variants proving particularly popular.

      WERA 05118066001 2054 Screwdriver for Hexagon Socket Screws:  Precision is key in FDM printing, and this screwdriver is highly valued for its exactness in fastening and adjustments.

      Arducam for Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3 12MP IMX708: A fantastic tool for integrating high-quality imaging with 3D printing setups, allowing for detailed monitoring and time-lapse creation of prints.

      VISEMAN 6" Mini Needle Nose Pliers: These pliers are perfect for manipulating small and delicate parts, a frequent necessity in FDM printer maintenance.

      SOMELINE® Electrical Connectors Crimping Tool Kit: With a variety of connectors included, this kit is essential for anyone needing to manage electrical connections safely and efficiently.

      Nano Polymer Adhesive (120ml): This adhesion solution is becoming increasingly essential for achieving perfect first layers in 3D prints, minimizing warping and adhesion issues.

      By tracking these purchases, we not only cater better to your needs but also occasionally stumble upon gems that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Each product here has been chosen for its proven utility and popularity within our community. Whether you're upgrading, replacing, or just starting, these tools are sure to enhance your 3D printing experience.

       
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    • Voron 0.2 Released & Livestream Recording
      Voron Design just announced the official release of the Voron 0.2 3D printer. This compact and portable machine has a 120x120x120 build volume and utilizes a CoreXY design. It features a low mass direct drive extruder and an enclosed chamber, as well as a 24v DC bed and Klipper firmware.

      One of the major highlights of the Voron 0.2 is the new Mini Stealth Burner toolhead, which supports the Revo VORON, Dragon, Dragonfly BMO, DropEffect XG, and Creality Spider Pro. The drive units have also been updated with a reduction in motor screw count and the removal of the endstop for sensorless homing.

      In terms of the frame, there have been no changes from the previous version. However, the tophat has undergone some significant updates, including an extrusion-based design with hinged panels and cam locks to secure it in place. All panels are 3mm thick and the side panels are now identical.

      The X/Y joints have also been modified, with the tops becoming 1mm smaller to accommodate the Mini Stealth Burner and the endstop block removed for sensorless homing. The bed assembly has undergone some changes as well, with the printed parts being updated and the bed position moved 3mm to the rear.

      Finally, the feet/skirts have been updated with the inclusion of the Trident skirt community mod, and the front idlers now have cam locks added.

      If you are upgrading from the V0.1 version, be sure to check out the configurator on the Voron Design website for a list of necessary parts.

      We hope you enjoy the new and improved Voron 0.2 3D printer!
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    • Voron Build Tools Mega-List - 2024 Edition
      Researching, purchasing the printer parts of the build list and waiting for parts is only half of the battle. While many Voron builders have many of these tools on hand, and we hop most have familiarity with soldering, there are some tools that make the job MUCH easier, safer, and provide professional quality results. 

      This is the Mega List for all the recommended or required tools for your Voron build.

      First and foremost, crimper are really important for your Voron build. With the amount of wiring required, you will thank yourself to invest in high quality crimping tools. Frequently users ask if tinning and soldering joints is an alternate option. While it may work short term, this is a much greater risk of the joint failing. Typically this is due to the stress of movement, or weakening from the heat created inside the enclosure and around the hot-end during printing.
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    • Voron Kit Recommended "Suppliers"
      This post will be continually updated with the latest and great known information regarding available Voron "Kits". As, clearly defined in any communications, The Official Voron Design does not recommend or prefer any of these vendors. The list here is only identified as those vendors who have been identified as successful builds and full kits that are available.

      Purchase kits at your own risk, knowing that parts can change, often times for the worse, and as is true with my Chinese parts, Meanwell PSU labelled as such, does not mean it's a legitimate Meanwell PSU, same thing with other popular components (like Gates belts) and fasteners.

      While these are not in any specific quality order, they are in order of popularity and availability.
      Note: for best results order from AliExpress from user who have the MOST sales - likely they are the best sourced Kits with the fewest flaws.

      Additionally, and perhaps most importantly for this thread - Yes, sourcing your own parts will increase your build quality, and verify proper function and fitment. This thread is NOT a discussion on pro's and cons of sourcing parts vs buying kits 😃. Let' try our best to stay on topic!

      Voron 0

      Formbot - AliExpress




      Voron 1.8

      MagicStudio - Direct Website




      Voron 2.4

      Formbot - AliExpress <- Most Common 2.4 AliExpress Kit


      Fystec - AliExpress (Pre-Order)


      DigiMach - https://store.digmach.com/collections/voron-kits 




      Voron SwitchWire

      Formbot - AliExpress




      Voron Legacy

      Funssor - AliExpress




       

      If you have any direct experience or would like to suggest another kit for this list please respond in the thread and the thread will be updated!

       
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