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  • Behind the Scenes with the Fokoos Odin-5 F3 FDM Printer

    Folks,

    I am working on a review of a very interesting FDM printer, the Fokooks Odin-5 F3, which is foldable. Watch this clip of some of my first impressions while I work on a full review.



    Irv

  • #2
    Interesting. I'm not entirely sure why, but portability seems to be a growing 'thing' in 3D printing now. Personally, I wish manufacturers would spend more time mitigating filament fumes. I am concerned about long term effects, even from PLA.

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    • irvshapiro
      irvshapiro commented
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      I hear you. I think these are two different markets. Solid robust machines with good exhaust systems for schools and business and possible portable machines you can use with your grandchildren --- printing just PLA in a well-ventilated space.

  • #3
    Interesting! Finally, something different from another clone of a clone. I very much like the portability idea. I can fit my smaller cartesian printer in the trunk of my car for trips, but it is too tall to fit neatly. Plus, this is a direct drive machine--nice. I like that it uses open source firmware (Marlin) and it looks like adding autobed leveling (e.g., a BLtouch) wouldn't be difficult. Are quiet fans expensive? I don't understand why these machines come with TMCs yet have noisy cooling fans.

    I took a quick look around (it is on sale for $310 on the manufacturer's website) but did not see if comes with an all-metal hotend and a dual-gear extruder. Looking forward to your review!

    Cheers

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    • irvshapiro
      irvshapiro commented
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      All metal hot end but a single gear. My initial prints are excellent but it is no faster than an Ender 3. The layer to layer quality is outstanding due to the dual Z setup but there is a bit of Y ghosting since the Y extrusion and wheels setup seems undersized. The extruder is very reliable and consistent. Just finished a 15-hour print with no issues. The touch screen is very responsive and this clearly has full Marlin 2 under the covers with most options exposed in the UI.

  • #4
    Glad to see you are having success with this printer! The fact that is is using Marlin 2 is great news. I am surprised that "it is no faster than an Ender 3" given the Fokoos has a Volcano-clone hotend. For example, I'm estimating that the printer hotend was extruding at least 16 mm3/s for the vase print posted in another thread (printed at 100 mm/s), which seems high (E3D V6 outputs ~ 10-15 mm3/s). It does sound, however, that the extruder is working well!

    Do you think the ribbon cables will hold up? I recall another manufacturer tried them and owners were complaining the ribbon cables were breaking. Also, if you don't mind, can you confirm that the electrical wiring to the heated bed looks sound? (I have visions of a ribbon cable being used; yes, I'm paranoid, lol).

    FWIW, I've not noticed significant differences in performance between Magigoo (at your recommendation 🙂) and Dimaflex on flat glass, after using them for over a year.

    Cheers

    P.S. -- Amazon has the printer for sale at the same price, after applying a $50 off coupon, as the manufacturer's website.
    Last edited by Alan; 11-07-2021, 10:53 PM. Reason: Typo

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    • irvshapiro
      irvshapiro commented
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      Thanks for your comment. The ribbon cables on this printer flex minimally due to the relatively small size and configuration. They include a spare set and offer "repair kits" with cables, v-slot wheels, nozzles, and hot ends for $25 on Amazon, which is a great price.

      I think the limitation on speed is caused by the scale of the extrusions and the v-slot wheels. Some folks on the Facebook page think you can ramp up the speed of this printer if you get the acceleration and jerk settings right. I will be participating in the discussion.

      PS. The extruder is excellent and does use volcano nozzles.
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