||ION v6 XL
||White acrylic 8mm
Transparent acrylic 5mm
||304 Steel, tolerance H9
||E3D v5 (All metal)
||1.75mm (3mm upon request)
||All types (PLA, ABS, Nylon, PETG etc...)
||Arduino MEGA 2560 - RAMPS 1.4
||4 x A4988
||Carbon steel bed + silicone base 220V
|Solid state relay
||Nema 17 39mm
||LCD 2004 with SD card reader
ION v6 XL
is a FDM 3D Printer inspired by the Prusa i3, one of the most popular Reprap projects among the open source community. The ION version has been designed entirely by the ThingiBOX team and has undergone a process of continous improvement since 2012.
This kit includes
all the necessary components
for the construction including screws, electronics, cables, connectors, heatshrink tubes, kapton tape, cable binders, USB cable, etc. (tools are not included, basic tools are necessary).
The frame, the base and almost all the components are developed and manufactured by ourselves in white and transparent methacrylate
, 8mm and 5mm thick respectively, making the design elegant, yet extremely precise and robust.
This kit does
The following documentation is available:
If the Prusa i3 ION kit is shown as “out of stock” you can still purchase it. Please contact us through our customer service form
The printer is prepared for printing with 1.75mm filament. If you wish to use 3mm filament, please leave us a note using the "Comments" field during the purchase process.
Unlike the original Prusa i3, our version has an opening for the electronics and the printer’s power supply. Thanks to the housing the electronic components such as control boards, power supply, cables and connectors are stowed in an orderly and safe manner.
ensure the cooling of the electronics. The power supply features a built-in temperature control that cuts off electrical power in case of overheating.
The maximum printing volume is
. The objects are printed on a
surface which offers high rigidity and durability although it is also possible to use a
that confers a smooth finishing to the bottom face of our prints.
Beneath the BuildTak or glass bed you can find a 3mm thick carbon steel board and a
adhered to it that provides extra rigidity and, at the same time, allows to print filaments that present adhesion problems when printing at low temperature, such as ABS.
Depending on humidity conditions and room temperature, the heated bed can reach a temperature of
The extruder is an
full metal hotend that allows to print at temperatures as high as 300ºC. It is compatible with almost all available filaments. The
has a 0.4mm diameter, this is a compromise between printing precision and speed.
prevents the filament from melting before time and thus clogging the duct. The extruder incorporates standard components and can be completely disassembled; this makes cleaning and spare part replacements easier.
The Prusa i3 ION uses a
MK8 drive gear wheel
to feed the filament into the extruder. The wheel is fixed on an axis with a gear on one end which increases by factor five the power that is transmitted by the motor. This way we can use a smaller motor in the extruder, reducing the motor’s inertia and increasing printing quality at the same time. This applies specially where the extruder suddenly changes its speed, for instance when printing corners.
For the Z axis we use
Tr8x8 threaded bars
because they improve considerably the printing results.
With the Tr8x8 bars we use
machined POM nuts
that completely eliminate the backslash, typical in traditional threaded bar configurations. For an even higher precision, our POM nuts are 10mm longer than the usual nuts.
For the movement of the other axis the printer uses GT2 synchronous
with manual tensors.
As for the electronics, this printer includes an
Arduino MEGA 2560
controller together with a
shield that incorporates 4
which move 5
Also included are 3
endstop switches with cable
for automatic homing.
Although the printer consumes about 200W when the heated bed is running, the included
can provide up to 360W (30 amp DC at 12V) and features a security system that cuts power off in case of a short circuit.
The external wires of the printer are hold in a
. This way the cables are kept orderly and safe while the axis are moving.
Two connectors are located on the back side, one for the AC power supply through a
socket with switch
and one for
in case you wish to control the printer directly from your PC.
The housing features also an opening and bores for a Raspberry Pi 2/3 (not included) which allows to connect the printer to the internet and control it via Octoprint.
LCD 2004 screen
monitors the printer. The screen controller includes a SD card that allows to load designs without the need for a PC.
There is no need to modify the firmware for the display’s setup. With this board you can control the printing speed without having to wait for the hotend to cool down, preheat the printer, modify the firmware’s parameters, or change filament in the middle of the printing process; all this without a PC
capacitive proximity sensor
detects the presence of all types of materials with a high dielectric constant, such as PCB or aluminum heated beds. This type of sensor is widely used in 3D printing to automatically level the bed with the Z axis, preventing surface irregularity from negatively impacting print quality.
The capacitive proximity sensor detects metallic as well as non-metallic objects such as paper, glass, liquids, and cloth.