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PlasticHub Extruder based on PP v4. but with improvments and simplifications.

Features

  • Jam detection
  • Emergency and reset button
  • Various motor protections (thermal & magnetic).
  • Rigid, flexible and modular framework – enabling hacking and extensions. The base plate is 15 mm thick.
  • Extrusion hopper can be easily detached.
  • Thermocouples (sensors) have clips, easy to detach.
  • Complies also with basic regulations in schools.
  • Stops automatically after one hour of inactivity.
  • High quality cables and wiring according to industrial standards.
  • Compression screw according to v4 with added extra strength
  • Stronger taper bearings extra trust bearing
  • Quality heatbands and PID controllers
  • Simplified bearing housing design with no exotic parts as in v4, easy to replace and scale for even bigger screws
  • Semi automatic control : record & replay extrusion speed

Specification
Type Single Screw
Price new material +/- €1500
Weight (inc frame) 110 kg
Dimension 1500 x 600 x 1550 mm
Power (W) 5 kW
Voltage 400V or 220V
Amperage 16A
Input Flake Size Small
Screw diameter 30mm
Length of screw (mm) 790 mm
Effective screw length 600 mm
Rated Motor Power 3 kW
Motor Type (check the build section for more details)
- Rated Motor output Torque 109 Nm
- Rated Motor output speed 263 RPM
- Max. Motor and Inverter power 3 kW
- Recommended motor shaft 30 mm
- Heating zones 3
- Heating power: max. 2 kW

Pros & cons

Pros

The extruder is one of the fastest and most efficient to melt plastic among Precious Plastic machines. It is a safe and reliable machine amongst our machine’s family!

The Extruder Pro screw is designed to work with multiple types of plastics. Which will make you capable of working with different kind of plastic in small batches. Also this machine is conceived to be much more polyvalent than other industrial machines, allowing you to extrude into moulds, shapes, different nozzles…

Cons

This machine requires a higher skill set of machining amongst Precious Plastic machines. It also requires a large motor and a specialized screw that make it a relatively expensive machine compare to other Precious Plastic machines.

Basic VS Pro

Compared to smaller version of extruder, this machine:

  • Has a larger screw which gives a higher output
  • Optimized screw design brings an homogeneous melt for a better quality plastic
  • An improved bearing design to support axial and radial extrusion forces
  • Is made to run for full days
  • Easier assembly and servicing
  • Overall stronger and tested components
  • A safer and easier to build electronic box
  • Has a larger insulated hopper allowing better fluidity

Input & output

A variety of plastic types will be effective in this extruder. Each plastic type has its own properties and behaviours (flexible, hard, liquid etc.). Materials with a wide melting temperature range are easiest to work with. We suggest starting with PP, HDPE, LDPE or PS since they require less temperature precision. We do not recommend trying polymers with smaller melting temperature windows (such as PET), but if you decide to do so, please take safety precautions.

You can set the temperature using the controllers on the electronic box. The heating elements are labeled and wired into three groups (nozzle, barrel and feeding). We recommend to use the temperatures from the table below as a general rule of thumb. This is to help make sure the plastic is fully melted right before it comes out.

Heating Temperatures

Plastic Type Feeding Zone (C°) Barrel Zone (C°) Nozzle Zone (C°)
PP 190 200 200
PS 200 210 210
HDPE 190 200 200
LDPE 190 200 200

Throughout

  • Beam Mould (2000 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm): 8 Min
  • Little Lego Brick Mould: 4 Min
  • Big Lego Brick Mould: 6 Min
  • Skateboard Mould: 20 Min



General

BOM - Bill of materials

Parts to make

Requirements

  • Bigger lathe with adjustable 4 jaw chuck, able to deal with a stock size of 40mm OD and 1 meter length
  • Decent MIG Welder
  • Drill press and power tools
  • Optional & recommended : Mill, for keyway, height gauge, precision caliper

Notes

  • This is a simplified version, using 2 taper and thrust bearings. Please watch the video about the screw components

Videos

Screw Components

Drawings

Product Resources

Social resources and references of our v3 extruder

Changelog

Wiring - 220V

Circuit Diagram

Wiring - 380V

Circuit Diagram

Circuit Diagram

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