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3D Systems Cubify Ekocycle Open Source rebuild

by ndisalvo

I am rebuilding the Cubify Ekocycle for many reasons. First, the extruder is super proprietary. Each filament cartridge has its own nozzle attached to it. The cartridges have chips in them to make sure that the only filament used it their brand (which is $50 for less than a kilogram). Also there is no endstops! The printer moves to home by running the steppers further than necessary and making a terrible grinding noise. I set out to replace all of the annoying bits and upgrade it. I am setting it up to run on ramps 1.4 with marlin. I am replacing all of the parts except for the bed, frame, and steppers.
This is the parts list:

Power inlet and switch:
https://www.amazon.com/URBEST-Module-Switch-Socket-IEC320/dp/B00ME5YAPK/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=power+plug&qid=1553972931&s=industrial&sr=1-7

Endstops:
https://www.amazon.com/SDTC-Tech-Mechanical-Endstop-Makerbot/dp/B07NRHKHDK/ref=sr_1_35?crid=PZBO8A0GOW5B&keywords=mechanical+endstop&qid=1553960745&s=gateway&sprefix=mechanical+ends%2Caps%2C137&sr=8-35

Ramps 1.4, Arduino Mega, and LCD
https://www.amazon.com/kuman-Printer-Controller-Arduino-Starter/dp/B016D6DSBW/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Power supply: (no heated bed so only 10A is needed)
https://www.amazon.com/LEDMO-Switching-Converter-Adapter-Transformer/dp/B01E6RMASC/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3N2IPSOJ1RKEE&keywords=12v%2B20%2Bamp%2Bpower%2Bsupply&qid=1553960850&s=electronics&sprefix=12v%2B20%2Bam%2Celectronics%2C138&sr=1-5&th=1

Direct Drive Extruder:
https://www.amazon.com/Redrex-Assembled-Extruder-MakerBot-Printer/dp/B01LB7PJHO/ref=pd_sbs_0_13?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01LB7PJHO&pd_rd_r=3d780baa-5c4f-11e9-a5e3-97ef2fc066fe&pd_rd_w=A7sZ7&pd_rd_wg=oy05R&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556eae5797d&pf_rd_r=R99M53KETJE1JQSTE48K&psc=1&refRID=1QQYMMP5CD65143DAT57

Other Parts:
Tons of zip ties
Power cord from a computer
Fans from computer (in addition to salvaged cubify fans)

One tip for anyone that wants to do this-- taking apart the stock plastic case is very difficult. You need 2 hex bit sizes and a small star bit. If you can't get it apart don't be afraid to destroy the plastic case to get it off. It is pretty much impossible to put it back on because the ramps and extruder will not fit

More details and design files will be posted along with pictures once the rebuild starts. I am waiting on the parts to make the mounting brackets.

3D Systems Ekocycle Ramps 1.4 RepRap
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