3D Printing - "It's all about design and quality output. Not how fast the printer can run."
This website suports the creative design of 3D printing. The work that can done is produced by the tools that are used. RD3DPDS started with the filament type 3D printers. I don't promote the machines I use. The brand of machine is not a critical factor for success. This category defines a type of 3D printing using UV light curing resins. The Wanhao is but one of many brands available. I publish my experience as encouragement for using alternative processes for creattive 3D design. A printer is another tool in the shop.
The camera doesn’t know how to manage an exposure using a lot of UV light. It’s close to what it looks like with the human eye. Some colors fluoresce under UV light. This is one of two 10 watt UV lights I am using.
Most of the resin I intend to use with my WD7 printer requires a UV after cure process. The parts could be set out in the sunshine, if the sun is shining. The more controllable process is to use a UV cure box and put the parts inside the box with UV lights to cure. Faster and more controllable.
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?)
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.