E3D Plated Copper Volcano Kit - 1.75mm (12v)
Print Faster, Stronger, Bigger
Upgrade your existing V6 for fast, powerful, plastic extrusion power.
Custom Designed Heater Block
Custom-machined aluminium block.
Big fat layers for big, strong parts.
Plated Copper-Alloy Volcano Heater Block
These blocks are engineered for ultimate high temperature performance. Made from a special high temperature copper-alloy with a softening point of well above 500C (compared to aluminium blocks which begin to lose integrity beyond 350°C), and much-increased thermal conductivity these copper blocks are perfect for high temperature applications while working perfectly with everyday filaments like PLA, ABS and CPE.
In addition to high temperature performance these blocks have an advanced nickel based plating, this plating considerably reduces the adhesion of plastic to the block. This is great for everyday filaments keeping things clean and shiny, but is particularly important at temperatures above 300°C where a silicone sock can't be used.
A plated copper nozzle is included for the ultimate extrusion pairing!
Copper has more than 3x the thermal conductivity of brass, and the copper alloy has been plated to eliminate the oxidation that occurs in copper at high temperatures. A small side effect is that the copper's high thermal mass will also increase heat-up times, but will provide a tighter temperature control.
This copper-alloy is very temperature resilient, and will not start to soften or anneal until way beyond 500°C. It's perfect for the high-temperature printing that aluminium heater blocks can't handle.
Volcano is E3D's answer to slow printing. If you want large parts, in less than half the time, with dramatically increased strength then Volcano is what you need.
Volcano enables you to print at high layer heights, through large nozzles, and extrude much more plastic per second. This results in dramatically reduced print times.
In addition to reduced print time the wide lines of filament printed by Volcano bond to one another with greatly improved strength. This results in parts that are extremely strong and feel much more solid than standard prints.
Printers are getting larger and the objects that can be printed are getting larger too. However, as prints get bigger the time taken to print these objects increases exponentially. Volcano makes huge printers viable, and manufacturing large objects much more efficient by slashing print times by more than half compared to standard printing.
By combining speed and strength Volcano makes it possible to print objects a whole new class of objects like shelf brackets, large scale RepRap machines, and even furniture.