3D Printing - "It's all about design and quality output. Not how fast the printer can run."
The first print has been produced on the Wanhao D7 resin DLP printer. It is a box within a sphere. Sufficiently detailed for a first print on a high resolution printing machine. The layer height is 100 Microns so it would print faster. The resolution is very good. 35 Microns will probably be unbelievable.
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.