Hero Me is a modular printhead platform for 3D printers with excellent part cooling and the most compatibility across printers, hotends, extruders, ABLs, and other components.
The Hero Me platform is all about choice and personal preference. If you have been upgrading your 3D printer, you've made choices about what is important to you, Your choices are likely going to be different from everyone else. When choosing a hotend, extruder, and ABL combo (not to mention fans and accelerometers), where are you going to find a printhead platform that will accommodate all your selected components (which could be a rare combo), for your specific 3D printer AND provides part cooling that gives you great print results. This is what the Hero Me Gen7 is all about!
Think of the Hero Me platform as lego blocks for printheads, there are mounting parts for each component (hotend, extruder, fans, ABLs, etc.) that stack and mount to a core Base. Component specific mounting parts can be interchanged for another of the same type. So, should you change your component selection(s) in the future, you do not have to start over, you simple replace the single STL mount that is matched to the new component. There is no need to yet again go looking for a new set of mounting hardware that was not likely to have been designed to work with each other in the first place.
This is a massive upgrade on the stock Ender 3 cooling and well worth printing. I'm really impressed with the obvious time and effort that have gone into making a quality product.
The design goals behind the Hero Me are to bring to consumer and prosumer 3D Printers, greatly improve print quality and part cooling performance, lower overall printhead weight, and to be to very modular to support as many different brands and models of 3D printers as possible, along with dozens of hotends and extruders, ABLs, fans, and other addons.
After five years and seven generations, the Hero Me has been downloaded over a half million times. With tens of thousands of installs and satisfied makers, the Hero Me has more than delivered. Hero Me’s standardized modularity has also enabled the creation of over 700 different addons/remixes by individual makers to customize the Hero Me to their specific needs.
So to give you choice and fulfill you personal preferences in 3D printing, the Hero Me Gen7.3.2 now supports over 100 3D Printer models (plus clones), 46 Hotends, 34 Extruders (over 45 mount options), 17 ABL Sensors (34 mount options), 35 Part Cooling Duct options, 12 Cable Management options, 9 ADXL345 mounts, and 4 LED bar mounts (among many other options).
Joel Telling the 3D Printing Nerd interviews me at RMRRF 2023.
For those who may think that the Hero Me is heavy, I can see why you think that, but the Hero Me is comparatively quite light. A full complement of printed parts (with threaded inserts) for a dual fan, hotend/direct drive configuration, with ABL, ADXL, and LED mounts is just under 87grams.
Lighter weight that many stock printhead setups and most other replacement setups. A simple Bowden setup with no ABL, can be as few as just 4-5 printed parts. A fully loaded printhead with hotend, extruder, ABL, dual fans, ADXL345, LED, and wire management is only 12 printed parts.
I'm really impressed with how well thought out this system is and how well it all fits and works.
Watch this clip for proof that the Hero Me provides the best part cooling possible.
Can your printer do this? 240mm, no support, no sagging. With part cooling like this the Hero Me Gen7 can properly cool anything you print.
To deliver the Hero Me Pro, I am very pleased to announce that pre-printed kits of the Hero Me Pro are now available for purchase online. I have partnered with two great 3D printer upgrade vendors to launch the Hero Me Pro.
Each Hero Me Pro kit is custom ordered to match your specific 3D printer model and printhead components, including hotend, extruder, ABL sensor, and part cooling fans. Visit either of these sites to learn more or to order a Hero Me Pro.
I have used several different mounts for the fan ducts, in several different materials, before settling on dual 5015 Hero Me in PETG. Works great, and I can bridge like I have never bridged before.
*3D Printer models listed above with an Asterix may have limited support. The 3D printer model and its X carriage are fully supported, but a component of the stock printhead assembly may not be compatible (e.g. stock hotend, extruder, ABL) with the Hero Me Gen7 Base or other assemblies. Replacing these stock parts with a 3rd party equivalent component will resolve this.
If you would like to get info and STLs of the open source Hero Me Gen7 Master Suite to print your own parts, the files can be found here: Hero Me Gen7 on Printables.com or on: Thangs.com
Complete documentation is available to easily select the STLs for any supported 3D printer setup and perform an upgrade for the superior cooling of the Hero Me. You can get the detailed Hero Me Parts Cross-Reference and Illustrated Assembly Guide here: Patreon
In addition to the Hero Me Parts Cross-Reference and Illustrated Assembly Guide, if you also would like to get Hero Me orientation and assembly videos, FAQs, tech support via my private Hero Me Discord server, pre-release STL files, as well as all of what is new and improved for the Hero Me 30 days in advance of its public posting, you can support me via Patreon or Thangs.