Birthday? Next month actually. What have I done? Just ordered another 3D printer. Ownership has become habit forming. I can’t get enough tools. But, I do have enough. One is plenty. But with two I can make more STUFF!
The new printer is a kitted Kossel style Delta. I have been talking about a delta here for a while. The cost is slightly more than the cost of my first printer. The first paragraph is just crazy talk. I just want to try a new method of printing. I am curious that way.
I am a bit surprised at myself. This 3D printing “stuff” was to be just a sideline in my workshop blog. Now I built a complete website just for this activity.
I am spending a fair amount of time with the design side of the printing. The printing process itself is fun to watch for a while, but is a total waste of productive time. The print times are usually so long, there is excellent opportunity for doing something else.
Reality Check. Here at RD3DPDS, I have done a lot of research and homework on 3D printing. There is a growing hobbyist market because there are a lot of printer equipment makers who have reduced cost of ownership of the printer. There are also a lot of start-up “fund me” groups who believe they can invent a better mousetrap. In the hobbyist market, they are all variations of proven Cartesian and Polar (Delta) formats.
There is replicator mentality with 3D printing. A whole workshop is compressed into one machine. The plans and material go into one end and out pops a finished product on the other side. Just describe what is wanted and the machine does all the work. Star Trek had the idea decades ago. Thank you, Gene Roddenberry.
I feel the public impression may be the printing machine does ALL the work. The printing process is fascinating and even mesmerizing. A whole bunch of invisible work occurs before the printer can perform its dance. My goal here is to make the design process visible. There is more to 3D printing than downloading someone else’s creative effort and just printing.
Originally published in Ramblin Dan Blog
A new workshop blog from Ramblin’ Dan is about to appear. It will be 3D Print project oriented on a style like my machine shop blogs. It will not be about the tools, but what can be done with them.
As seen in this picture, I am using a Cartesian style 3D printer. My desire is to convert to the faster operating Delta Style printer at some point. However, if I go my own way without help from a sponsor, the printer will be seen but never promoted. No more free rides from Ramblin' Dan.