I expect this question will come up a lot, so I'll ask it. I get that the Eclips3D2 is really a different machine than the Eclips3D, but roughly how much of the cost could be saved by reusing parts from an Eclips3D? Obviously, you'd need the kit of machined metal parts, but what else contributes to the bulk of the Eclips3D2 cost?
Ehh I don't think you would save that much honestly, it wasn't designed with the intention of reusing parts so I didn't set any limitations on what to use. The electronics can all be reused of course along with some misc nuts and bolts, but other than that pretty much everything is new. The machined parts like you mentioned, the hiwin linear guides, longer linear rods, shorter horizontal extrusions (I suppose the vertical ones could be reused but the rounded ones look so much nicer). So yeah in all, you could save about $300 by reusing the electronics, motors, and hotend, but thats about all.
Thanks for the quick reply! Do you plan to published a BOM so I could estimate this more accurately (I know you have one up on the web site, but I thought I remembered you saying it's not final). I'd really love to move onto the 3D2, but I'm wrestling with my conscience about spending the money.
Animoose, I am also interested in converting mine to a 3D2 also, please update us on your findings and thoughts of the process. I work in a machine shop so shortening some of the extrusions will not be a problem for me though I would still purchase the parts kit.