The Kumu-3D Printer
Kumu means teacher in the Hawaiian language.
I wish to thank Johann C. Rocholl for his groundbreaking work on the Rostock and Kossel 3D Printers. This design was derived from his work and that of many other innovators.
The Kumu-3D's features are:
- 300mm diameter borosilicate build plate, yielding a build area over 250mm in diameter.
- 250mm diameter 24V 250W silicone heater.
- 24v power supply, to give the motors twice as much power for faster acceleration and more precise positioning.
- E3D-style hotend.
- 32-bit Smoothieware controller from AZSMZ, with LCD display.
- Carbon fiber, magnetic, zero-backlash arms.
- 0.9° motors, 1/32 stepping, 16-tooth pulleys yield 400 steps/mm with a worst case real world resolution of 20µm and an average resolution of about one-third of that.
- Dampers for near silent operation.
- 2020 extrusions with diagonal bracing for increased stiffness.
- flying extruder for better retraction performance.
- optional 9mm GT2 belts for increased precision.
- Integrated spool holder with bearings on top.
- Build cost around $600 in quantity one, including US shipping.
- With the standard 750mm vertical extrusions and 304mm arms, it yields a maximum Z of 290mm and maximum diameter of 260mm. With 1000mm vertical extrusions and 360mm arms, it should yield a build height of over 500mm and diameter up to 300mm.
Note: this is no longer a Work-in-Progress -- nine Kumu-3D's have been built and are printing, and two more are on the way! I'm in the process of writing up how to build them, which is at: Assembly Instructions
This isn't an average printer, it is an extraordinary one.
I've switched to using dual-drive, geared ("BMG" style) extruders. They have triple the torque, and double the filament grip. I've been using $15 ones from DotBit, but there are many decent brands: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000419512195.html
Here is a link to the AZSMZ's LCD display holder (designed by Rick Yang): LCD mount for AZSMZ 12864 with TF slot
Here are some photos of a 3DBenchy torture test printed in PLA at 60mm/sec: There is a little bit of very fine stringing, so I'll need to increase the retraction or lower the temperature. (These were printed before switching to using the flying extruder.) Note how nicely it handled the overhangs.