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Original Prusa XL: Toolchanger & Tool Heads

Last Updated: January 1st, 2022

The Prusa XL's toolchanger and independent tool heads are some of the main selling points of the new CoreXY printer from Prusa. As someone who worked with and maintained an i3 MK3 with a MMU2, the toolchanger and tool heads should be a huge improvement in reliability. According to Prusa, they have had "over half a million successful tool changes without a single hitch."

Prusa XL

$1,999+ ($200 Pre-Order)

Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: TBA
Max Bed Temp: TBA
Print Volume: 360mm (L) 360mm (W) 360mm (H)

Prusa XL
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3D Printing Community Preference on Tool Heads

In the reddit 3D printing community, 25% of the users polled have already pre-ordered the Prusa Xl. The overwhelming majority of people are opting for the multiple tool head configuration. This showcases just how important the multi-material capability is.

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Prusa Xl Toolchanger & Tool Heads

The Prusa XL can be equipped with up to 5 independent extruders that automatically swap and calibrate during printing. Prusa is also considering adding other tools that can be used during printing - we can not even begin to imagine where this could go.

We imagine that most people will use the multi-material capability to use several colors or soluble supports, but you can also mix up the filament types themselves. Imagine printing the bottom section of a part in PLA, a flexible joint in TPU, then the top section back in PLA. The outside perimeters could be printed in ASA to give UV resistance. Surfaces of a part could be printed with an iron-filled magnetic filament for quick-snap applications. The possibilities are endless.

To mix things up even more, Prusa is considering implementing the ability to use multiple nozzle sizes, which can speed up prints while retaining detail in key areas.

What is the price of the Prusa XL Toolchanger and Tool Heads?

  • The cheapest version of the printer is $2,000 for the kit with a single tool head. This appears to be the least popular option.
  • Opting for two tool heads will be $2,500.
  • The highest kit price is $3,500 with five tool heads.
  • Upgrading the kit to the pre-assembled version costs an extra $500, regardless of the tool head count.
  • The price of the toolchanger, tool heads, and expansion cards have not been released yet - we will update this information as it becomes available.
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Prusa XL Expansion Cards

No matter which version of the Prusa XL you purchase, you will always be able to upgrade it to five tool heads. So if you want to save some money now then you can opt for the two tool head version and upgrade towards five tool heads if deemed necessary.

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