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  • Jadelabo J1 IDEX printer??

    As Jadelabo is a startup that so far has not released any product, this post and topic is NOT a review but merely speculative comment based on announced specs. To find out what the J1 might be requires reading everything (and I do mean everything) posted on both their kickstarter page:
    Jadelabo on Kickstarter

    and their website:
    https://www.jadelabo.com/

    When browsing the sites listed above keep in mind that the product, when (and if) delivered, should be somewhat different than the prototype shown in the images and videos.


    My opinions:
    Pros:
    • Full frame for rigidity.
    • IDEX with silicon parking pad for inactive extruder.
    • Easily swapable hotends.
    • Ships fully assembled.
    • Both fully enclosed and open versions.
    • Easy calibration.
    • Compatible with hi-temp materials.
    • Detection of filament jams as well as runout.
    Cons:
    • Small build volume for the announced price.

    What are your views? Will the J1 be a reasonable choice for an IDEX printer?


    Disclaimer: I am NOT associated in any way with Jadelabo, but merely interested in what you might think about the proposed product’s features/specs.

    Edit: it occured to me that compatiblity with high temp materials almost puts the J1 in the engineering class of 3D printers and thus could be a reason for the rather high prices.
    Last edited by akc; 09-19-2021, 10:49 PM.

  • #2
    While it has some interesting features, I agree with you that the volume could be greater. I also find the price a little high for what you get.

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    • #3
      I looked at this printer when the kickstarter campaign started. Here are my 2-cents.

      Good:
      -- IDEX
      -- Direct drive
      -- Can be enclosed
      -- 300C hotend (there is a video of it printing Polymaker PolyMide PA-12 CF!)
      -- Superior IDEX calibration (at least on paper)
      -- Nozzle z-offset design looks pretty clever and easy to use
      -- Backup mode is clever (I don't think I've seen it in any other IDEX printer yet)

      Concerns:
      -- Delivery date (a number of printer manufacturers, like Prusa, are probably coming out with new offerings this fall)
      -- Never heard of this company
      -- Proprietary hotend (Could be ok, but we won't know until a reviewer can tell us if it works and the nozzles are standard. Jams don't seem to be a problem because of the drop-out design of the hotend.)
      -- Price/print volume ratio
      -- Ribbon cables to hotend (these have a tendency to break/fail from the constant motion of the print head)
      -- It has quiet drivers, but did they cheap out on the fans?
      -- Printer profiles (hopefully their version of Cura isn't too old, but I'd still like to see profiles for Prusaslicer and Ideamaker. At least they say it is "open source."

      For me, it ultimately came down to the cost and the delivery date.

      Cheers

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      • akc
        akc commented
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        Good points! They say the hotend uses standard MK8 nozzles, so if the rest of their all metal hotend is reasonably durable using the size and type of nozzle you want should theoretically be easy.

        If they will supply a modified Cura with the printer, you should (again theoretically) only need to copy their printer profile to a newer Cura. Or using their specs create your own custom printer profile in your favourite IDEX ready slicer.

        For me, if the printer is as good as they say it will be I won't mind waiting till mid-2022. I do want to see reviews of the production units before I decide if I want to buy one.

        If they make a printer with the same features and a 350mm cube build volume for $1,500 or less it could possibly be a reasonable buy.
        Last edited by akc; 09-20-2021, 06:59 PM.
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