Overview

Solidoodle has had a relatively long history with 3D printing. As time has gone by we have made small modifications to the machine. Since the changes were small, we didn't always change the name of the printer to reflect these changes. View this article as a short history of the printers we have offered and some of the changes made to them.

Solidoodle 1

The Solidoodle 1 debuted in 2011. It was a 4x4x4 single extruder printer. The printer was enclosed, and used an acrylic build plate. Unlike the Solidoodle 2, the Solidoodle 1 used gearing on the filament drive. The printer proved popular, but a very limited number were built, and many of the owners ended up upgrading

Solidoodle 2

The Solidoodle 2 debuted in April 2012, and was a major leap forward in the design of the Solidoodle. It featured a 6x6x6 build area, and options for enclosures and heated build platforms. After it's debut at New York Tech day, the Solidoodle 2 sold exceptionally well, and was gradually improved over the life the product. The Solidoodle 2 still receives occasional tweaks and improvements.

Improvements over the original design

  • Improved heating element for the bed.

The original resistor based heating pad design was replaced by a silicone heating mat, providing more even, and reliable heating.

  • Improved Hot-End

Hot end design was changed significantly to replace the putty based heat core design with an aluminum heating block. The end result was a far more reliable hot-end.

  • Wooden build platform replaced with aluminum

The original wooden build platform, while serviceable, would often break in shipping. To solve this issue the platform was replaced with an aluminum variant.

  • Motherboard

The Solidoodle 2 started out with a Sanguinololu style motherboard. This board was very effective, but sometimes dealt with component failure issues. Because of this, Solidoodle moved the Solidoodle motherboard. The Solidoodle motherboard provided better maintained drivers, lower component temperatures, and a larger number of user modifiable voltage taps. All Solidoodles shipped after July of 2013 have the Solidoodle motherboard.

Solidoodle 3

The Solidoodle 3 was released February 2013 as a larger cousin to the Solidoodle. Boasting an 8x8x8 build volume, it is the largest Solidoodle to date. Over the course of its lifetime, it received many of the same upgrades that the Solidoodle 2 received

Improvements over the original design

  • Improved heating element for the bed.

The original resistor based heating pad design was replaced by a silicone heating mat, providing more even, and reliable heating.

  • Improved Hot-End

Hot end design was changed significantly to replace the putty based heat core design with an aluminum heating block. The end result was a far more reliable hot-end.

  • Wooden build platform replaced with aluminum

The original wooden build platform, while serviceable, would often break in shipping. To solve this issue the platform was replaced with an aluminum variant.

  • Motherboard

The Solidoodle 2 started out with a Sanguinololu style motherboard. This board was very effective, but sometimes dealt with component failure issues. Because of this, Solidoodle moved the Solidoodle motherboard. The Solidoodle motherboard provided better maintained drivers, lower component temperatures, and a larger number of user modifiable voltage taps. All Solidoodles shipped after July of 2013 have the Solidoodle motherboard.

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