Modix3D Modix BIG-Meter V4 3D Printer Kit

The Modix 3D Printer kit offers users a large print volume, high-quality components, a modular design, and easy assembly. With these features, users will be able to produce strong finished parts quickly and easily.

  • Large print volumes
  • High quality components
  • Assembly & Installation Services Available
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PRINT BIGGER WITH MODIX 3D PRINTER KITS

If you’re an experienced 3D printing user and in need of a large 3D Printer look no further. Modix 3D printers were designed to make achieving your 3D printing goals as simple as possible. Boasting some of the largest print volumes on the market, Modix printers enable users to print very large models in one complete piece – resulting in stronger finished parts and reducing the amount of time you’ll need to spend on post-processing.

Each Modix printer is comprised of the highest quality components and sourced from some of the best-known brands in the industry, such as E3D, Duet, and Hiwin to name a few. In addition to using premium components every aspect of Modix 3D printers, from the Chassis to the Motion system, has been designed with heavy-duty use in mind while also remaining modular enough for any future upgrades and new technologies that may disrupt the market as 3D printing evolves.

KNOW YOUR PRINTER FROM THE INSIDE OUT

All Modix 3D Printers are sold and delivered as self-assembly kits. Purchasing and assembling a 3D Printer kit has many advantages over traditional fully assembled models. While one of the biggest advantages is the hands-on, and in-depth knowledge you will gain of your printer while following the assembly instructions; 3D printer kits also represent a high level of cost savings and flexibility when it comes to selecting where your new machine will fit within in your production facility.

The in-depth knowledge you will gain also ensures that you will have the necessary skills to confidently upgrade, maintain, and eventually customize your Modix 3D Printer - ensuring that your machine will remain operating and continue to play a pivotal role within your workflow for years to come.

Each Modix kit includes a physical copy as well as links to online assembly instructions. These instructions will walk you through the assembly process with detailed textual and visual step-by-step instructions. Online guides also feature video demonstrations for every step as well as rotatable 3D Models of the various sub-assemblies making the assembly process straight-forward and highly intuitive.

UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF MODULARITY AND CHOICE

Modularity is at the heart of Modix’s design philosophy. Whether you are deciding on what type of filament or slicing software to you want to use or deciding on what components to upgrade your 3D printer with, Modix believes in giving customers the freedom of choice.

New upgrades and additional components, such as air filters, hotends, and print head configurations are constantly being evaluated for use with the Modix line of 3D printers. Depending on the model, several upgrades may also already come included with your Modix 3D printer, while other components are quickly and easily available for add-on at the time of purchase allowing customers to better match their budgets and 3D printing needs.  Additionally, optional customization guides are regularly published and made available through Modix’s online service portal - providing customers with a wide level of support for any upgrades they may want to implement.

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Generation 4 - What's New

Modix Generation 4 introduces advanced capabilities, including internal geometry printing, faster print speeds, reduced post-processing time, and enhanced reliability. These updates expand the possibilities of the Modix ecosystem, ensuring a cutting-edge experience for users.

  • Printing Technology – FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)
  • Delivery – Self-assembly kit. The assembly guide includes easy-to-follow videos and online 3D models that can be rotated and zoomed.
  • Unified Core concept- All our printers share the same core design based on Modix BIG-60 V4.0.
  • Upgrade  – New versions are designed with backward compatibility in mind. Owners of Modix’s printers enjoy upgrades from time to time in both configurations and hardware.

Chassis & Enclosure

Crafted from solid 40x40 T-slot aluminum profiles, the chassis features powder-coated laser-cut aluminum brackets and joints. An optional 3mm black Aluminum Composite Panel (ACP) enclosure is available for select models, enhancing stability and environmental control.

  • Solid 40X40 T-slot aluminum profiles
  • Powder coated laser cut aluminum brackets and joints
  • Enclosure – Closed enclosure made of 3mm black Aluminum Composite Panels (ACP). Enclosure is an optional add-on for BIG-60, BIG-120X & BIG-120Z and a default option for BIG-Meter and BIG-180X.
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Electronic Controller

Powered by the Duet 2 WiFi controller, a reliable and widely supported platform for professional 3D printers. Benefit from a high-performance 32-bit processor, quiet TMC2660 stepper drivers, and flexible connectivity options. Dual extruders and external SD card support contribute to a seamless printing experience.

  • Powerful 32 Bit Processor
  • Dedicated WiFi module with external antenna
  • Quiet TMC2660 stepper drivers, up to 256 micro-stepping.
  • High-speed uSD card and support for a second external SD card if required.
  • Dual extruders are controlled on the main board, up to 5 additional stepper motor drivers are controlled on the DUEX expansion board.
  • High Power rating: Each stepper driver is capable of 2.8A motor current, currently limited in software to 2.4A.
  • Access the printer via a PC, tablet or smartphone on a local network.
  • Set up and control your printer through the web interface.

Griffin Print Head Advancements

The Griffin Print Head, previously offered as an optional upgrade, now takes center stage as the default print head across our entire printer lineup. This transformative addition represents a significant leap forward in our offerings, boasting a fusion of innovation and engineering excellence. The Griffin Print Head, a collaborative creation comprising a bespoke Bondtech extruder (based on the BMG model) and a pioneering hotend meticulously crafted by Modix, encapsulates a series of pioneering enhancements.

Enhanced Performance and Versatility

  • High Flow Rate & Elevated Printing Temperatures: Empowered by a dual drive-gear system, the Bondtech extruder seizes filament from both flanks, ushering in augmented flow rates and enhanced compatibility with elevated printing temperatures. The heat-block, meticulously forged from nickel-coated copper, accelerates heat transfer efficiency, facilitating seamless operation at higher temperatures. A cutting-edge Slice Engineering Bi-Metal heat-break extends the melting zone within the heat-block, predominantly crafted from copper. The integration of an advanced PT-1000 temperature sensor further equips the print head to confidently navigate temperatures up to 500°C, backed by the stout resilience of hotend components validated for up to 500°C and tested successfully at 340°C.

  • Increased Reliability: Confronting the challenges of large-scale 3D printing head-on, the new print head bolsters reliability by introducing a robust heat-block mounting configuration. This arrangement, bolstered by a tri-faced mounting structure, offers inherent rigidity and resolute resistance against potential mishaps such as scratching or collisions with voluminous models. The formidable heat-block bracing, stemming from this novel design, stands as a bulwark, mitigating the risk of damage.

  • Streamlined User Experience: The redesigned print-head architecture simplifies nozzle replacements, facilitated by the secure, single-handed heat-block detachment. This seamless process ensures effortless transition between various nozzle diameters, amplifying user convenience.

  • Effortless Filament Adaptation: The novel mounting bracket design and the D shaft configuration of the Slice Engineering heat-break synergize to enable swift and hassle-free substitution of the entire filament melting subsystem. This innovation empowers users to swiftly transition between dedicated setups tailored for specific filament types—be it abrasive carbon-infused filament or PLA prototypes.

  • Space-Savvy Design: The enhanced print-head design retains the compactness of its predecessor while preserving generous Z-axis travel capabilities. This thoughtful evolution harmonizes seamlessly with the extensive range of E3D Volcano nozzles, encompassing an array of sizes and materials.

  • Smart Calibration: The upgraded print-head enables automatic Z offset calibration between the nozzle and the BL Touch probe, streamlining the calibration process. A dedicated sensor ensures accurate calibration and stores the relative distance between the probe and the nozzle.

Note that for temperatures surpassing 300°C, it is essential to replace the brass nozzle with a higher-temperature compatible alternative.

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IDEX Dual Printing Add-On

With Independent Dual Extruder (IDEX) technology, the Modix printer can print models with internal geometries and dense support layers. This add-on reduces post-processing effort and enhances success rates for complex prints.

The IDEX solution is available as an optional add-on for all Generation 4 printers but is included in this professional bundle, providing the following components:

  • Secondary Printing Subsystem: Includes the Griffin print head, clog detector, PTFE, and spool mount.
  • Motion System: Incorporates a secondary Y-axis motor along with necessary components such as belts and pulleys.
  • Metal Brackets: Equips both the Y-axis and print heads with sturdy metal brackets.
  • Wires, Drag Chains, and Optical End-stops: All essential wiring, drag chains, and optical end-stops are thoughtfully included.

Automatic Filament Changer

The IDEX system doubles as an automatic filament changer, streamlining print workflows and ensuring uninterrupted operation. When utilizing the same filament for both print heads, the printer adeptly switches between them as soon as a filament run-out is detected. This innovation offers a host of advantages:

Enhanced Efficiency: Addressing a key challenge in 3D printing, the incessant need for vigilant monitoring and intervention is mitigated. This is particularly crucial when prolonged printing sessions risk an overnight stall due to the depletion of filament. The Modix IDEX Filament Changer steps in as a solution, enabling the printer to autonomously swap filament spools. The result is an uninterrupted, round-the-clock operation, minimizing downtime that would otherwise be required for manual intervention.

Elevated Print Precision: The advantages of the Modix IDEX Filament Changer extend beyond time-saving. By obviating the need to open the enclosure for manual servicing, the printer retains its chamber temperature, preventing potential shrinkage of partially printed models. This pivotal aspect enhances print quality by maintaining optimal conditions, reducing defects, and fostering the creation of superior prints. Elevating your 3D printing endeavors to new heights becomes feasible with the Modix IDEX add-on.

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Super High Flow Hotend

Opt for the Super Volcano hotend. The high-flow Super Volcano hotend is an optional add-on tailored for customers engaged in printing large and robust objects at high speeds. This add-on is particularly advantageous for crafting thick vase-mode-style objects that demand structural integrity.

Built upon the foundation of the E3D Super Volcano heat-block and nozzles, this upgrade caters to efficiency and performance. Equipped with an 80W heater and thermistor, the enhanced version arrives with a meticulously crafted CNC-made mounting bracket. This bracket not only ensures the protection of the elongated heat-block during printing but also bolsters stability. As a result, this integration significantly elevates print quality by minimizing vibrations during acceleration, resulting in superior output.

Includes:

  • E3D SuperVolcano Heater Block
  • 1mm Brass Nozzle
  • Slice Engineering Bi-Metal Heat-Break
  • 80W Heater
  • CNC Adapter
  • Blower Fan & Duct

Tilt Screen & Emergency Button & Frontal Power Switch

This trio of features comes as a standard inclusion for the BIG-Meter and BIG-120Z models while being optionally available for all other printers.

Tilt Screen: The tilt screen is mounted on an articulated arm, offering a user-friendly convenience. This functionality proves useful during critical tasks such as print head calibration and maintenance routines. Its versatility allows you to effortlessly adjust the screen's orientation - left, right, upward, or downward - to ensure optimal visibility and ease of use.

Emergency Reset Button: Complementing the tilt screen upgrade, an emergency reset button now resides on the machine's front panel. This strategic placement provides swift access and ensures immediate interruption of print jobs whenever necessary, contributing to a heightened level of control and safety.

Frontal Power Switch: An easily accessible power on/off button is positioned at the front. This practical addition proves especially advantageous when the printer is situated in confined spaces. The simplified access enhances user convenience and streamlines operations.

Experience the convenience and practicality of this feature trio, transforming your 3D printing experience with enhanced control, safety, and ease of use.

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Motion System

Benefit from precision motion with HIWIN linear guide rails, Z ball screws, reinforced belts, and NEMA motors. Achieve print speeds up to 350 mm/sec for fast and efficient production.

  • HIWIN MGW9H linear guide rails
  • Four Z ball screws for Z axis movement. 12mm diameter, 4mm pitch
  • 9 mm width Gates GT2 timing belt, reinforced with fiberglass
  • Motors: X & Z Axis: NEMA-23,  Y Axis: NEMA-17
    • Mechanical position accuracy: X-10 Micron, Y-10 Micron,  Z-0.5 Micron
  • Print speed (based on 0.4mm nozzle):
    • Up to 100 mm/sec – normal quality
    • Up to 250 mm/sec – draft / non functional infill
    • Up to 350 mm/sec – travel
    • Larger nozzles normally are required to print slower but provide parts much faster due to a reduced number of layers.

Power and Electronics

Support for both 110V and 230V power supplies ensures compatibility. A robust Meanwell power supply with protections ensures safe and reliable operation.

  • Support both 110V and 230V
  • For electronics: Meanwell 24V 280W Power Supply
    • Protections: Short / Over-load / Over-voltage / Over-heating.
    • No load power consumption<0.5W
    • LED indicator for power on
    • Aviation grade switches and connectors
  • Heat Bed AC powered heater 1370 Watt
  • PID bed heater controller by Autonic
  • BIG METER and 180x require 208-240V, 32A connections
    • North America customers: NEMA L6 30P 30A outlet
    • EU/AU/UK customers: IEC 309 32A Blue (2P+E) outlet
  • Tripp Lite PDU for meter and 180x
    • North American customers: https://www.tripplite.com/support/PDUH30HV
    • EU/AU/UK customers: https://www.tripplite.com/support/PDUH32HV
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Print Surface and Removable Magnetic Bed

The Alcoa Mic6 milled cast aluminum plate offers a consistent and level print surface. An optional removable magnetic bed add-on simplifies print removal and maintenance. 

Modix printers come with a default PEI sheet that releases prints when the bed cools down. The removable magnetic bed add-on eliminates waiting and spatula work – objects can be instantly removed by bending the spring steel plate.

The add-on has an adhesive magnetic sheet for the aluminum bed plate and a removable spring steel plate on top. The flexible spring steel plate is dual-sided: one side is textured with PEI powder coating, while the other is smooth with a glossy PEI sheet for a polished finish.

  • 6.35mm thick, Alcoa Mic6 milled cast aluminum plate, made in the USA.
  • AC powered bed heater 1370 Watt (1,200 Watt for 110V users). Requires a dedicated independent 15A AC source.
  • Dual heating zones. Inner 200X200mm size for small objects and lower power consumption.
  • Max temperature – 110oc  (with enclosure)
  • Print surface – PEI film with 3M high temp adhesive sheet.

Software

Utilize the open-source Duet RepRap firmware and choose from popular slicers for customization. Users can choose from any available slicer and 3D printer controller.

Modix printers are compatible with:

  • Slic3r
  • Cura
  • Simplify3d

Specific printer configurations are supplied in the customer zone.

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Clog Detector

Previously an optional add-on and now default with every printer, is an improvement to the printer’s reliability. The clog detector is provided with a custom highly sensitive encoder capable of detecting for following potential failures:

  • Hot-end clogs
  • Knots in the filament spools
  • Filament run-out
  • Under extrusion such as when the nozzle temperature is too low,  or the nozzle is too close to the bed.

This add-on is provided as a drop-in replacement for the current filament run-out sensor. Consider purchasing two units for dual print head configuration.


Active Air Filter

The Modix Active Air Filter (MAAF) is an external device designed to purify the printer's chamber by capturing micro-particles and gas fumes emitted during 3D printing. The device maintains a continuous air cleansing process, using a multi-layer filtering system that includes a pre-filter, HEPA filter, and active carbon filter. Installing the MAAF is crucial for health, particularly when printing with materials beyond PLA, as sub-micron particles and fumes from plastic melting can pose risks. The device allows users to control airflow speed for effective filtration during printing and thorough cleansing afterward. Replacement filters are needed every 3 to 12 months, indicated by a front panel alert, ensuring consistent air quality and safety.

  • Modix Active Air Filter (MAAF) removes micro-particles and fumes from melted filament.
  • Three-filter system: Pre-Filter, HEPA Filter, Active Carbon Filter.
  • Installing an air filter is essential for health, especially when printing PETG, ABS, and beyond PLA.
  • Airflow control maintains temperature during printing and ensures thorough cleansing.
  • Spare filters required every 3 to 12 months, indicated by a front panel alert.

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Additional Add-Ons

  • Crash Detector: Safeguard against potential bed leveling probe failures with the crash detector add-on.
  • Power Distribution Unit (PDU): Simplify cable management with the PDU for select models.
  • Filament Compatibility: Print with a wide range of filaments, including PLA, ABS, composites, and more.
  • 8KG Spools Mounting Shelf: Easily mount 8KG filament spools for extended printing.

With the Modix BIG-60 V4, you'll experience advanced capabilities, high reliability, and exceptional performance for all your 3D printing needs. Explore the possibilities and elevate your printing projects today.


Modix Printer Model Comparison

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Model BIG-60 BIG-120X BIG-120Z BIG 180X BIG-METER
Print Volume
(XYZ)

600x600x660
mm

~23.6×23.6×26
inch

1200x600x640 mm

~47.2×23.6×25.2
inch

600x600x1,200 mm

~23.6×23.6×47.2
inch

1,800x600x600 mm

~70.8×23.6×23.6
inch

1,010×1,010×1,010 mm

~39.7×39.7×39.7
inch

Machine Size
(WxDxH)

906x1060x1,356
mm

~35.6×41.7×53.4
inch

1,556×1,060×1,506
mm

~61.2×41.7×59.2
inch

906x1060x1916
mm

~35.6×41.7×75.4
inch

2,630×1,060×1,573
mm

~85.4×41.7×62
inch

1,739×1,424×1,808
mm

~68.4x56x71.1
inch

Shipping Weight

120 KG

~265 lbs

170 KG

~325 Ibs

140 KG

~265 Ibs

210 KG

~465 Ibs

200 KG

~440 Ibs

Enclosure Optional Optional Optional Included Included
IDEX Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

 Included

Z Axis Guides
 Hiwin Rails Optional

Hiwin Rails
Optional

Included

Included

DUEX
Expansion board
Included Included Included Included Included
Tilt screen &
emergency button
Optional Optional Included Optional Included
Casters Optional Optional Optional Included Included
Base Price 4,900 USD
7,500 USD 7,500 USD 15,500 USD 13,500 USD
Packing lists Big-60 Big-120X Big-120Z Big-180X Big-Meter

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

PRINTER PROPERTIES:

  • Technology FFF: Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Print volume: 1,010x1,010x1,010 mm / ~40 x 40 x 40 inch
  • Machine size: (WxDxH) 1,300x1,470x1,830 mm / ~52x58x72 inch
  • Shipping weight: 200 KG
  • Assembly: Self-Assembly
  • Closed print chamber: Included
  • Enclosure type: Aluminum composite panels (ACP), 3mm thick. Polycarbonate doors and top lid
  • Feet: Articulated leveling feet included, Casters included

PRINT HEAD:

  • Number of print heads: One Griffin print head is included. The IDEX option is optional.
  • Default filament diameter: 1.75mm, can be converted to 3mm by the user
  • Extruder brand & model: Modix Griffin Printhead (Based on Bondtech BMG)
  • Hotend brand & model: Modix Griffin Printhead
  • Included nozzles (mm):4, 0.6, 0.8 Primary hotend
  • Hotend max. temperature: 285ºc
  • Optional max hotend temp: 500ºc, requires PT100 thermistor add-on
  • Extruder motors: Motech MT-1703HS168A Direct drive extruders gear reduction of 1:3
  • Filament runout sensor: Dedicated sensor per extruder

MOTION:

  • X & Y axis linear guides: HIWIN MGW9
  • Z axis guides: Smooth Rods included. HIWIN MGW9.
  • X & Y axis drive system: Gates GT2 width: 9mm, fiberglass reinforced
  • Z axis drive system: SFU1204 Ball screw 2:5 belt gear reduction
  • X axis motors: 2 X Motech MT-1705HS200A
  • Y axis motor: 1 X Motech MT-1705HS200A
  • Z axis motors: 4 X Motech MT-1705HS200A
  • Resolution (XYZ): 4 X 4 X 0.5 micron
  • Printing speed: Up to 150mm/s Depends on nozzle & layer height
  • Printing acceleration: Up to 1000 mm/s 2

PRINT BED:

  • Bed plate: Alcoa Mic-6, 6.35mm milled cast aluminum plate
  • Number of heaters: 3 X AC heater, 1,350 Watt , triple zone
  • Temperature controller: Autonics TCN4 PID controller
  • Maximum bed temperature: 120ºc
  • Bed leveling probe: BL touch probe
  • Bed leveling: Bed shape is measured by probing 100 different points.
  • Bed tilt leveling: Semi-Automatic, guided by an on-screen macro
  • Bed motion system: 4 x ball-nut screws. Each screw is mounted to a dedicated stepper motor with a belt gear system

ELECTRONICS:

  • Electronic controller: Duet3D: Duet2 Wifi
  • User interface: 7” Touch screen – PanelDue from Duet3D
  • Remote control (WiFi): Upload Gcode files right from your desktop
  • Direct connectivity: SD Card, USB cable
  • Ethernet: Optional with Duet3D Ethernet board. Should be purchased and replaced by customer
  • Electronics (DC) power: Meanwell 24V/280Watt power supply powering the electronic and motion system. Universal AC input: 110-230V, 50/60 Hz
  • Bed heaters (AC) power: Minimal Electricity requirements: 32A, single phase, 208-240V: N. America customers: NEMA L6-30P outlet EU/AU/UK : IEC 309 32A Blue (2P+E) outlet

FAQ

I would like help assembling and installing my Modix - can MatterHackers help?

Yes! We offer assembly, installation, and maintenance services for all Modix printers. You can learn more about that here

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Items purchased from MatterHackers will be shipped from the manufacturer's US-based warehouse. There may be a lead time on orders, depending on stock availability

Can I return a 3D printer kit if it has been opened?

Returns will not be accepted for any opened 3D printer kit. New, unopened 3D printer kits may be returned within 30 days of purchase.

What kind of support does MatterHackers provide for warranty replacement components?

MatterHackers provides support for warranty replacement components. Assembly instruction, troubleshooting, and technical support are provided directly by the Modix Support team.

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