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    Cubepro single convert to duo or trio

    I have a Cubepro single which I would like to update to a duo or trio. As all the feed tubes are already in place it looks like all that is needed is the cartridge holder (Though this does not seem to be able to be purchased) and an extruder with nozzle. Has anyone done this?

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    Hi Steve. Welcome to the forum.

    That is not a level of CubePro history I am privy to.

    Are the additional chip readers installed?

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    CubeX may not be hard to adapt... https://www.3dsystems.com/shop/supplies/cubex

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    Thanks for your prompt reply Tommy.
    From what I can make out there is just a lead from the main board to the cartridge holder, the cartridge holder then has two contacts that supply power to and write and read data to the EPROM in the cartridge.
    So this does raise the question of how the Cubepro will know how many print stations are installed, perhaps when the extruder and nozzle are plugged in?
    Hopefully someone knows the answer to these questions before I start buying the components, though a spare extruder and nozzle might be handy one day.

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    You are correct. So the mating connector is in place for the second and probably the 3rd bay.

    Nozzles are managed in the application. It senses which cartridges are installed and can assume that nozzles are installed for those cartridges.
    You also tell the CubePro app how many nozzles are installed but this is very dynamic as you can change that on a whim.

    So the tray for CubeX has the little contact board included if you look carefully.
    I also noted that the contact board can be purchased separately in the CubePro supplies.

    Now here's the fun part... deciding on what to upgrade too.

    There are standard extruders which are 0.35mm. But there is a special extruder that is 0.50mm for flex and wood.
    What they did special for the Trio is to hinge the second tray. Very poorly fitted hinges allow the second cartridge to move out of the way of the 3rd when changing them.
    That may be your only consideration for the trio configuration.

    I take it the print head already has all the wiring for 3 extruders too? You might need a breakout board along with the extruder.

    You might also want to give our own "Walrus" a PM. He apparently has a few extra CubePro components (legitimately!).

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    The head PWB has the connectors for 2 additional extruders and nozzles, the motherboard also has the additional connectors for cartridge bays 2 and 3 EPROM readers.
    Looking at the Cubepro parts listing* there is only 1 motherboard available (403214-00) I suspect station detection will be based on either putting a cartridge in the additional bay and when the additional cartridge EPROM is read it will set the additional station or it could work by installing the additional extruder and nozzle. I am 95% sure that just adding the additional components will be all that is required.
    I have sent a PM to Walrus to see if he has any parts to sell.

    *Cubepro parts list -
    http://infocenter.3dsystems.com/product-library/system/files/service/pjp/cubepro/service/Spare_Parts_Locator_403186-00_B.pdf

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    Nice find on the pats list!

    Are you going for Duo or Trio?

 

 

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