One of my most rewarding activities is designing jewelry and then creating the design using the process of Lost Wax Casting (LWC). This requires embedding the carved wax design in a plaster like material called “investment” within a metal cylinder called a “flask’.
This flask with the investment (which hardens on its own in about 15 minutes) and embedded wax master are fired in a kiln to 1350 degrees over a 12 hour period.
This visitor came into my workshop, obviously attracted to my 3D printer. I was in the process of testing the operation of the printer after making a repair to a broken strut. I was figuratively trying to, “work out all the bugs.”
The accuracy of the Delta printer is very good. It prints with far less “ringing” than my Cartesian printer. Very impressive smoothness of the outer printed shell. The Delta prints much faster than the Cartesian. I have mentioned that before. It’s all about the mass and inertia thing. Less weight moving means faster and smoother printing.
On my Delta, the print surface is 200mm in diameter. The printing area is claimed in writing to be 180mm diameter. That’s 10mm short of the outside edge. The measured maximum round printing area is only 140mm when built following the kit instructions. There is a design problem with the Delta I own.
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.