[M][T] VolcanoV2 instead of CHC Pro

A project log for SecSavr Sublime [gd0036]

A 3D printer that I describe as "The FULL Coverage, Extended X, Pro Max, Ultramatrix Solution".

kelvinAkelvinA 06/25/2022 at 20:270 Comments
Earlier today, I was looking at spindle motors to see what was available on AliExpress, and I found a 200W 24V motor for about £16. "It's cheaper than a CHC Pro so, worst case scenario, I have 1 motor per bit. Wait..."

Thus I went around to see what my options were. My first find was the copper Volcano V2 block (modelled above) where I could get 10 for £15, followed a little later by an Ender 3 high temperature kit that comes with a copper plated nozzle as well as the heatsink and bimetal heatbreak.

While the second find looked cooler, my first concern was the centre to edge distance. The longer this is, the higher a print feature would need to be before the Slime could reach it at a 90 degree angle without hitting the bed.

On this block, it's 10mm (including sock) wheras the CHC is 6mm. Speaking of silicone socks, I just found out that the max temperature of them is around 300C these days; I thought that it was 260C. 

While it's probably a less needed feature for SecSavr (because of toolchanging), the HT block allows for single handed nozzle changes.

What I like about the "Volcano V2" (VV2) was that it finally eliminated those annoying 2 screws that clamp the heater cartridge. I've never been able to get them off, but more importantly, they increase the distance between the orifice and the edge. My main concern was that 300C thermistors don't usually come in beads, but conviniently, there are M3 versions. 

I also did some research into thermocouples, PT100/1000 and the D500 thermistor, but apparently polycarbonate doesn't usually need over 300C to print so I cancelled that research tangent.

The highest wattage cartridge I could find was 24V 70W. I was hoping for 80W but it's still more than the CHC Pro most of the time:

Lastly, one other benefit over the CHC is that there should be more cross sectional area between the block and the melt zone extenders.

Then came the prices. Below is for a set of 10, excluding VAT.

The CHC is nearly £129 more expensive than the VV2, and I'd need around 18 (8 and a spare for each of the two SecSavr's), so an extrapolated difference would be £232. That saving could go towards the Milling Tool, BTT's fancy new Mantra M8P I'm probably going to use if the price is right or another project, and I'm fine with using a melt zone extender if I really need to get a higher angle for non-planar printing. Thus I quickly got to work modelling the changes needed and it took probably an hour.