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Say hello to the BIQU BX! It’s the world’s first Octoprint integrated 3D printer with the addition of a very light all-metal direct extruder! How fab does that sound!? Read on to learn more about its features and capabilities…
BIQU BX Specifications
|Extruder||All Metal Direct Extruder weighing 219g|
|Build Size||250mmx 250mm x 250mm|
|Bed Levelling||Proximity Sensor|
|Control Panel||7″ Touch Screen + Control Dial|
|Filament Sensor||Detection module installed|
|Build Surface||Flexible BIQU SSS Sheet|
Features of the BIQU BX
They equip the Biqu BX with a powerful 32bit, 400Mhz smart control chip for faster computational processing that enables smart assistant features. For example, auto-levelling to help achieve more successful prints, and giving pro-users the power necessary for more complex prints.
The BIQU BX boasts a new 32bit, 400MHz chip motherboard. As a result, it is capable of more complex printing and offers safety features like drive reverse plug protection, heating overload protection and real-time monitoring of power supply voltage to extend the durability and longevity.
Lightest Direct Extruder
Having the world’s lightest (219g) all-metal direct extruder with Ra0.4 smoothness is built to reduce inertia and clogging to its minimum for accuracy improvement. The 7:1 torque transmission ratio ensure excellent printing performance on the BIQU BX.
Smooth inner surface nozzle
The titanium alloy chassis ensures even thermal distribution and the high-quality brass nozzle is processed with high-precision finishing that results in the smoothest nozzle inner surface within Ra0.4. With more precise filament feeding and withdrawal, the Biqu BX Direct Extruder can effectively prevent clogging.
Double Precision Stepper Motor
Instead of a standard 1.8° stepper motor, BX uses a 0.9° motor with twice the precision. This significantly improves fineness and accuracy in terms of print quality.
Open Source & Expandability
The BX’s firmware code is open-sourced, and new firmware code will be updated regularly on GitHub. The BIQU BX has reserved driver slots for more functional expanding.
Bed levelling is a tricky process and failure results in useless prints. The Biqu BX features an innovative true Approximate Sensor Leveling-Free Technology – this is a 3D Printer that you can trust for highly accurate results every time.
3 Mode Control
Not just the Marlin and BTT’s touch-screen control modes. The ingenious BigTreeTech Motherboard design supports plug & print Raspberry Pi firmware expansion. BX is the world’s first laptop-free Octoprint integrated 3D printer.
Find out more
If you want to find out more about the BIQU BX, how you can get involved and to get the BIQU BX from just $249, you can sign up to their launch page here
Their Kickstarter is due to launch very soon, so check out their page here – Kickstarter link
BIQU Shipping Update- 08/01/2021
Dear BX Backers,
We know that it has been a while since we shared a shipping update on the main BX printers. We have to be completely honest with you upfront and say that one of the reasons that we have taken a while is because we are not producing units at the initial rate that we expected and we were genuinely concerned about how you, as a community, would respond to this news.
You see, we have poured so much effort into this machine because we want to make it the best that it can be for you, our users. When you are happy with the products we make, we are happy.
It follows that we did not want to disappoint you, but we realize that by holding back on information it will just cause anxiety and concern and so we are sharing this update with you and sincerely asking for your understanding.
Initially, we expected to be able to produce more BX units per week than we are currently producing. Because of various factors, we are finding that we simply cannot ramp up the volume in a short period of time without compromising on the quality of the units. This is not an unknown problem in production environments.
Tesla experienced it with the Model 3, Apple experienced it with the launch of the iPhone X and many other companies have experienced it too. Part of the reasoning behind the issue is that to produce a high-quality product, a lot of testing is required.
At the start of production, much of that testing is not automated however as production progresses more of the testing is automated, which results in faster production times. At the moment we are testing every BIQU BX unit in the factory for approximately 1 full week. As we have mentioned, we are doing this to be sure that each BX unit that we ship is of the highest quality.
We are currently able to produce approximately 100 units per week, but there are plans in place to ramp this volume as more production equipment is brought online and testing processes are refined. So how many units have we produced and shipped? Before we answer that, we want to explain how we are shipping the units out.
At the start of the crowdfunding campaign, we mentioned that we would ship units to international warehouses and then from those warehouses, the units would be couriered to your delivery address. Once the units leave the international warehouses each backer will be provided with a tracking number. The first leg of the journey, from BIQU to the international warehouse, is made via sea freight.
Depending on how far away the destination country is from Shenzhen, this leg can take anywhere from three to six weeks. Once the units arrive in the international warehouse, the courier process is very rapid and takes no more than a few days. With that information in mind, it will be easier to understand the current shipping figures and estimated delivery times.
So far we have produced and shipped 247 units to the USA. We expect that the first shipment of units will arrive in the USA around the 18th -25th Jan; 96 units to EU; We expect that the first shipment of units will arrive in the EU around the 5th – 20th Feb; 32 units to the UK; 20 units to Canada; 45 units to Australia;
We expect that the shipment of units will arrive in these three countries around the 10th – 25th Feb. As for the other countries, we have worked hard on our production schedule and can confidently say that all of the 655 units that were backed during the crowdfunding campaigns will be produced and shipped out before Feb 5, 2021.
While we understand that these timelines are not what you may first have expected we once again ask you to understand that we were developing this printer along with all of you.
As you made suggestions, we implemented them. Given that it was a product that was in development, we tried to accurately estimate production times but there was always a measure of uncertainty involved.
We could have taken the route that many other companies take and sacrifice quality in order to push more printers out of the door in a shorter timeframe. Taking that approach may work in the short term, but in the long term, it always fails. We want the BX to be special and for the BIQU brand to be known for high quality and reliability.
In order to get products into your hands ASAP, we have already sent all of the extras that were ordered with the printer out to you via airfreight. Many backers have already started to receive their H2 extruders and their other spares.
We hope that this update sheds light on the situation, and we once again apologize that the production process is not moving as fast as we initially expected. We assure you that we are working night and day to get the units into your hands ASAP, and we stick to our promise not to ship any other units until we have satisfied every single backer order. The BIQU team.