3D Printing - "It's all about design and quality output. Not how fast the printer can run."
Delta Construction Error
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.
"What’s that flower you have on? Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?" Growing old has its sadness, but I have something new!
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.