3D Printing - "It's all about design and quality output. Not how fast the printer can run."
Cetus, you know how to read G-Code quite well. You earn another, “I’m impressed!”
The Cetus native operating software does a very nice job of 3D printing. However, it is a proprietary system. The user must run it the way Cetus built it. Variables are limited so operating options are also limited. I want to run a print without a raft. I can, but Cetus will add a bottom layer and a skirt I don’t need or want. It can’t be turned off. If I want supports, there are a few tweaks available, but not something like “from the bed only”.
There is a work-around. The Cetus team has taught their controller program to read G-Code to create a print from other slicer /control software such as Cura or Simplify3D
New Cetus 3D Extruder
Latest word on the Cetus 3D is they are “messin’ ‘round” with a new extruder design. My extruder has been working great, so I am not certain what they are trying to improve. Perhaps cost.
I do know they have already changed the design of their nozzle. I received three 0.40 MM nozzles and they have an extended PTFE tube sticking out the top end. They are supposed to be a nozzle design change to fit the new extruder but can be adapted for use with the style extruder I have.
A Time Waster?
I spend a lot of my time working on 3D printing. I may be spending too much time. The actual printing is a hands off do nothing period. The printer just runs and does its thing. The waster is watching it do its thing.
With three printers, I switch between them. I often have all three running at the same time. That’s melting a lot of filament per hour. Each print normally takes hours to run. That means there is a lot of down time not doing anything with the active printing.
I use that time working on the CAD or drawing portion of the creative process. I have often said the printing process itself is not a profession. Operating the printer is a low to medium skill job, that has to be done, but I don’t suggest it as a career.
Cetus Nozzles (with updates)
Right now they seem to be made from pure unobtainium. They are made in three sizes. 0.2mm, 0.4mm and 0.6mm. One of each comes with a new printer. I ordered a spare 0.2mm and 0.4mm nozzle as part of my printer order on October 13, 2017. That is now almost a month ago.
Cetus3D, I Am Impressed!
Cetus3D has produced a winner in the minimalist 3D printer classification. It is what it is and it does it quite well. The standard out-of-the-box set-up is providing very nice high-quality 3D prints. Better prints than most I produce on my other printers. No visible surface “ringing” patterns at all. Great quality bearings are certainly the reason as well as proper belt tension.