Easy to assemble 3D printer kit with optional CNC or laser engraving modules. It is a versatile machine, albeit a slow one.
This is Dobot Mooz. This is an industrial grade 3-in-1 machine at a very reasonable price of $799. This is a 3D printer, CNC machine and laser engraving combined machine. Join as we are, we’re digging into this and seeing what he can do. This is a jack of all trades, but not the owner?
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Design and build quality
Mooz exudes quality. The all-metal construction and modular design guarantee its exceptional popularity in the market.
Mooz comes with four identical modular linear actuators. These parts contain everything you need to move the machine along one axis. Each sealed assembly contains a stepper motor, a linear rail, a drive screw, and end stops. The standalone design means assembly is very fast and you don’t have to spend hours tuning each axle.
There are actually several different Mooz models available, ranging from $599 to $799. We have tested the complete package.
- $599: Mooz 1Z, with one Z axis.
- $699: Mooz 2Z, with dual Z axis.
- $799: Mooz Full: Dual Z-Axis, plus laser and CNC modules.
Each axle is bolted to a solid metal base and then connected to the brain with a single RJ45 connector. It’s all very simple and clear.
Three different modules can be quickly replaced (in minutes, not seconds). Each module is dedicated to a separate function. These:
- 3D printing: molten plastic forms complex shapes in the «traditional» fused deposition method (FDM).
- CNC Machining: a tool like a drill rotates at high speeds to cut a shape out of hard material.
- Laser engraving: Make complex engravings with this 0.5W laser module.
Each module is discussed in more detail in the respective sections below. While each module is simply attached to the linear actuator, don’t expect to change modules instantly. With practice, you can expect to replace them within minutes, but it’s still a bit of a process involving miniature bolts and hex keys.
The car bed (where your finished part will be) comes in two different styles. A heated bed is used for 3D printing or a vise-like bed for holding CNC material. Dobot also recommends using a 3D printing platform for laser engraving, but we think a CNC vise works much better for this and you are unlikely to damage the precious 3D printing bed.
These beds are attached to the linear actuator with four bolts. Dobot included four holes in an oblong shape so that your hex wrench can go through it. This means you can swap out the bed without having to remove any other parts first, which is a great idea.
Mooz is controlled via the included touch screen controller. It looks like a small smartphone and the small magnet on the base keeps it on the base. This interface is pretty basic, but it gets the job done.
This interface shows the percentage completed, but not the remaining time. So you’re left guessing how much time is left based on percentages and elapsed time. Hopefully a software update can bring this much needed feature.
While Mooz is very well made, with great attention to design, we can’t say the same about the manual. The English quality isn’t brilliant and sometimes it’s hard to decipher the instructions. It’s not impossible to assemble since it’s so well designed, but you may need to read and then re-read the manual again to figure it out.
During our review, we encountered a problem with our CNC module. It seemed to work fine, but Mooz refuses to run any print jobs. We fixed it by rotating the x-axis, but the support team told us it was unlikely to stop it from working.
When trying to solve the problem, we contacted Dobot support. Initially, we didn’t get a response to our request, but after a press release to our contact, things began to move. It’s worrying that we didn’t hear anything until our media powers spurred developments, and we can only hope that the support group has been going through a busy period and that this is not a sign of a general lack of support.
This works very well, but you will need to experiment with materials. Leather and softwood give excellent results, but you will have a hard time pickling metal. The better the surface quality of your material, the better the resulting image.