One of few multitool 3D printing systems out there, the ZMorph VX builds on a legacy of modular multi-function machines that began back in 2012 as a fork of the Prusa Mendel RepRap 3D printer design.
Keeping the squat aluminum frame, trapezoid shape, and distinctive swappable tool heads of its predecessors, the ZMorph one-machine flagship exists today as the VX; a highly polished system that is available either as a dedicated 3D printer, a complete all-in-one solution, or something in-between.
For this review, ZMorph kindly furnished All3DP with the complete set, which includes both the single and dual extrusion print head, plus CNC Pro, Laser Pro, and Thick Paste Extruder tools.
The full set, as reviewed here will set you back approximately $4,400. Alternatively, a 3D printing only setup is available for some $2,800, which includes only a single extrusion tool head.
Despite the plethora of add-ons, the VX arrives all snugly packaged in a cardboard box, with all tool heads, standard tools (which are not needed for setup), safety accessories, tool head accessories and sundry other items that would be dull to list completely here. Suffice to say you get all that and the kitchen sink with the VX, which certainly, on first impressions alone, establishes the machine as a professional unit that means business.
Sticking to its Prusa Mendel origin, the VX looks much like the ZMorph machines past. Here heavy duty aluminum plates provide insane rigidity, with a reinforced Cartesian XZ-head motion system that doubles up with dual glass-fiber reinforced belts.
Such rigidity is expected, given the machine’s design to be able to drag a CNC cutting tool through solid blocks of wood. Indeed, this stability is even more necessary for the 3D printing aspect of the machine, since there is no way to mechanically level the bed. The system auto-calibrates to give a level, and the bed stays put, no matter what.
Such care for rigidity continues in the very nuts and bolts of the machine, with copious amounts of Nyloc nuts securing bits to other bits in the face of the tremendous vibrations that occur throughout its various modes. Unflinching.
For various swappable and removable elements, the VX makes use of strategically placed magnets that make it idiot proof when setting up for the machine’s modes and configurations. The plastic enclosure is an excellent example of this simplicity, holding itself open via magnets and snapping shut when closed. So simple in design, but flawless in execution.
Nods to the VX’s origins in the RepRap project thread throughout the machine as 3D printed parts. The 3D printing tool heads feature many printed pieces, as do the two removable enclosures plus myriad other cable tidying clips, shrouds, and other non-essential knick-knacks within the machine.
Switching between 3D printing and CNC modes is a cinch, with a single ribbon cable the only critical connection needed to detach the heated bed. A single clamp is all that’s required to secure both the print bed or aluminum CNC plate in place, with, once again, strong magnets snapping them into position.
Fundamentally, the VX demonstrates a heritage of function driven design that manages to marry the mechanical requirements of 3D printing and other CNC functions well.