3D Printing - "It's all about design and quality output. Not how fast the printer can run."
The Wanhao D7 made the trip safely from the manufacturer in China. They seem to have a couple variations of company names and a couple of locations in China. Not all that important, just an observation. I am just pleased that nothing was damaged. First tests show all is well. No smoke, The UV light comes on, the LCD screen is intact, and the Z axis runs and is very precise in movement. The D7 (Arduino) Box/TPI control computer functions as it should but printed instructions seem to be missing. No problem as they are available online. I was sent a drop-box location with all the files except for the box computer. (It doesn't seem to have a real name yet?)
The Product History
I have ordered a resin type 3D printer. I have posted information elsewhere in this website. Now I need suitable computer software for preparing the three-dimensional item for support on the printer bed and proper slicing into layers.
I have run simulations with a number of available software packages, so I can legitimately make some comparisons between products. I admit the best testing will occur when I can run a real printer and compare actual print qualities.
The situation with CreationW3D is a bit different. Every supplier or maker of 3D printers, supply a no additional cost printer control software package for the machine or machines they sell. Either a propiatary or freeware package. It is when a machine owner wants additional control features that they seek other software options, either freeware or commercial for purchase. CreationW3D has switched from freeware to a commercial product.
Not sure what that name exactly means. It seems to be tied to an image of a Rhinoceros. For me it is the brand name of my next 3D printer. The model is the Duplicator 7 ver1.5 or simply the D7.
I struggled with my justifications and options on this purchase, so I will tell the story.
I already own three 3D FDM (filament) printers. All are working OK making plastic items. That’s my problem. I don’t believe (or desire) the plastic things I create will be cherished heirlooms. Rather more like junk to be thrown out, like broken toys.
I want to use high quality 3D printing to produce master patterns for lost wax casting or perhaps cold casting process. Primarily though, I want to use 3D printing for my silver jewelry. The best method and highest quality printing is produced by light sensitive resin printing systems.
I have fallen into a deep cesspool of confusion and disinformation. I am doing research into high resolution 3D printing, generally in the realm of resin based print machines. The mainstay software application for low-end (cost) and hobbyist machines has been a freeware program named Creation Workshop CW3D. Apparently, it’s primary creators have sold out to commercial interests named DataTree3D. The program is apparently, no longer free.
I requested a free trial (as advertised) from the new owner website and received a non-functioning (expired) version. The trial software requires a registration before it will function. Oops!
I have been investigating (on the Internet) photosensitive resin 3D printers. This includes the SLA (Stereo Lithographic Apparatus) that uses a deflected UV laser beam and the DLP (Digital Light Processing) that uses a projected full frame picture exposure.
I am not going into a tutorial about these two main types. There is plenty written elsewhere to those interested enough to search it out. (That is what the Internet is good at providing.)