Ramblin' Dan's

3D Print Design Studio

  When I first published this website, I considered two options on the printer hardware I would be using. Those options were to promote or not promote specific hardware. If a manufacturer offers a sponsorship or provides hardware to review, I would suport the sponsor.
  Ramblin' Dan's 3D Print Design Studio is not extreamly high profile, so I know a sponsor is not (yet) likely. However, my machine shop websites have attracted a few.
  Cetus3D has become an exception. I have no connection with Beijing Tiertime Technology Co., Ltd., UP3D, or Cetus3D in any way except as a customer.
  I like the minimalistic printer and design. It's ouput is so good, I think it deserves its own category here in RD3DPDS.com. I'll be saying more about this printer.


I am still having a love/hate relationship with my Cetus 3D printer. The printer itself is an outstanding example of a minimalist 3D printer. The print quality is excellent. The quality of the components is outstanding.

The pain part is the dealing long distance with China. They admit publicly on their store website that they have more to do than they can handle. Orders will be delayed by several days for processing. That is not a good impression when buying spare parts.

I now have a bunch of various size nozzles and a plain, printing base plate on order. I am going to glue a PEI sheet on the plate and eliminate the base plate holes while providing a far smoother surface. The stock plate works well but is intended for using a raft when printing which consumes a lot of plastic for large items. I like rafts for holding small area items. The stock plate is not smooth.

The printer makes a very nice PLA printer. I was able to do some PETG but the constant cooling fan isn’t a good match with PETG requirements. I won’t consider ABS. Cetus has an available heated bed, but it is not temperature regulated by the printer. There are some hints about cobbling-up an extra power supply and an external temperature controller for a controlled hot bed. Some folks like to play with things like that…

As I have said, Cetus is a great PLA printer. No need on my part to make it anything else. Why spoil a good thing? Ha!

The controlling software is a bit unique if one is not familiar with the UP3D system. Not a lot of tweaking can be done. That means it can’t get too messed up by the user. Like I have said, it does PLA very well. However, there are a few things I would change if I could. Like the excruciating slow first layer speed when printing directly on the bed (no raft). It seems like a penalty inflicted for going raftless.

A good first printer? Maybe. Any printer is better than no printer. An experienced user will have no issues. A newbie can handle it because, just hook up a few parts and it just works. The website provides support but there have been changes and some of the advice posted there is out of date. A new user needs to read to the end to get the latest, and even then the info may be out of date.

Support is trying, and I’ll say they can be very trying (on my patience) More than 30 days trying to sort out a few print nozzles… sigh…

Mamacita is Mexican slang for a georgous, or hot “babe” (young sexy female). So, I created a pun name for my little Cetus 3D printer, as it is a georgous little hot... uh… machine. Well, in a nerdy sort of way. And it IS hot when printing... See the yellow warning label?

Just give me a little creative liberty here. There is no sex (I know of) in 3D printing. But then, I am 70 years old… Ha!

I just can’t pass up creating a bad visual pun when I have the chance. remember, you saw it first here...

Without this explanation, the visual pun (the name on the print head) in the first picture may not have been understood. The second picture is a real mamacita. They don’t look at all the same.


Cetus3D, I Am Impressed!

DSC07886Yes! It CAN print!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.

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I think I may have just avoided loosing $300 I was going to spend on a Cetus 3D printer. It’s a made in China product that got started through a Kick-start campaign. I tried to register on their web site so I could place an order for their smaller machine.

It seems there is no one at home in China at 1:30 in the afternoon (their time) The website would not generate the confirming email to which I must respond to prove I am a real person. I eventually sent an inquiry to them through their support desk. I received two very quick and obviously automated replies from Jason Wu. aka "Team Cetus"

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The Author

Ramblin' Dan Kautz

dankautzThere is no doubt one of my hobbies is writing about my hobbies. I read somewhere a long time ago, the best things to write about are the things you know very well. I have been writing and publishing long before the personal computer became the tool of choice.  My first printed and published club newsletter was created in the late 60's.

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Our Mission

The intention of this web site and “Ramblin’ Dan’s 3D Print Design Studio” is to promote creative design thinking and demonstrate how ideas can be changed to tangible creations through the proper application and use of Three-Dimensional Printing systems.

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