The Nimble extruder comes without the weight penalty you usually get with direct drive printing.
The stepper is mounted away from the extruder, power is transmitted using a drive cable and gear set. An extra benefit of this gear set is higher resolution and more accurate extrusion.
Another benefit of direct drive is the ability to print with flexible filaments. The Nimble really shines here. Even the almost impossible to print X60 can be used.
The V2 Nimble family improves on this by making it easier to use and the lower gear ratio makes it even better suited for older control boards.
The V2 line has become even more flexible. Not only does it stay small, but with the now unified mounting footprint between Nimble and the Sidewinder you can now switch easily between them.
The Nimble V2 is installable left handed and right handed (yes, it is still ambidextrous).
Our use of printable interchangeable adapters gives you unprecedented mounting flexibility.
There are many adapters available. Contact us if you can't find one. We will help you.
Designing for a modular approach, or design for different versions of a product for a whole range of 3D printers. We chose to use the modular approach as it is logical and allows our customers the most amount of freedom.
So here is the design story of how we decided the way to design the Nimble and the reasoning behind these decisions.
Looking back over the last year, overall, we are quite proud of what we achieved. There have been a few hiccups but we think we've managed them relatively well. We still are surprised when we hear some customers have been reluctant to ask for support.