Frequently Asked Questions
It is not possible for us to estimate all the different international shipping costs in advance. Therefore, we will be calculating and settling international shipping on a case-by-case basis after the Kickstarter Campaign. Payment will be available from our website.
The approximate international rates in USD are as follows:
Country Cost Carrier
Germany $97.01 USPS
France $97.19 USPS
China $139.96 USPS
Australia $199.37 DHL
The Netherlands $95.55 USPS
United Kingdom $92.60 USPS
Indonesia $109.03 DHL
Portugal $78.71 USPS
Keep in mind that if you add more hardware and filament to your package the weight and cost will go up. These are estimated pricing, the final pricing will be calculated for each international backer before shipping and will have to be settled before shipment.
These rates are now found in the FAQ section of the project. Please send us a message if you want us to add an estimate for your country.Last updated:
The BI V2.0 delta print head can accommodate up to three tools (Hot-ends or auto-level probe combinations). The electronics and power supply can also support up to triple extrusion.
This feature is functional and we are updating news videos and images as they become available. A video featuring double extrusion is also available in the project description.
Untested experimental feature - In this configuration, you would have to remove the auto-level probe to place the third extruder. We believe that leveling the bed would become a challenge without the auto-level probe. Also, the firmware hasn't yet been modified to support the third extruder.Last updated:
Yes, you can still use a standard USB cable with the desktop control software to control the BI V2.0 (USB cable included).
The desktop software provides a richer interface than the LCD/SD card. The advantage of the LCD/SD card combo is that you can have standalone operation.Last updated:
We definitely didn't want to throw a simple box of components at the user, but we needed to find a way to ship such a large unit without breaking the bank. As such, the main reason for separating the towers is to dramatically reduce the shipping footprint.
We're taking care of the longest and trickiest operations (i.e. stringing the towers, electrical wiring, etc).
The result is a simple to assemble printer once you receive it with steps that are mainly mechanical in nature (i.e. assembling the frame and connecting wires).Last updated:
We've decided to offer a really low promotional pricing to thank the earliest of backers and the Kickstarter community. It's definitely not economically possible to offer this 3D printer at these low prices.
But hey, it's Christmas and we wanted to make the first backers really happy ;) We'd love to offer these "highly limited early bird specials" prices to everyone, but we'd have to make thousands of them to be able to reach that pricing.
That being said, we currently have a discounted offering of 699$ CDN (around 655$ USD).
This pricing is on par with other offers (i.e. "deltaprintr") and we have also shown truly functional elements such as the auto level probe and LCD controller. Our printer also offers standard features such as self-replication, ABS support, heat bed and multiple extrusion capability that are not on offer by the competition.
If we can sell a larger volume of units, we would love to explore a stretch goal that would pass additional savings to all BI V2.0 backers.
The printer is set to retail at 799$ CDN once the kickstarter is complete.Last updated:
You can find pictures and a description of the spool holder on our store:
The final version that will ship with the BI V2.0 may include modifications intended to allow for the installation of the spool holder on top of one of the delta towers.Last updated:
We are an established company and we've already been producing the Rostock BI V1.0 3D printer. This project is different in that this time we have to deliver more units, however we are sticking to a conservative delivery schedule to give us time to iron out any problems along the way.
Our team has a great deal of experience with 3D printers and other fields. We will also hire additional help to set up the production line for the BI V2.0. Preparations are already underway.Last updated:
We've developed what we call the "triple pulley system" to keep the carriage from swaying left to right on the axis tangent to the delta circular build area (from the vertical tower center). There are two wires coming to each side of the carriage, these wires automatically keep the carriage parallel to the ground at all times. If you look at our video again you might see that aspect of the carriage.
We found that this new system greatly enhances the quality of 3D printed parts (on a delta printer).
3D printed linear motion components aren't new and we've got the idea from others who converted their own machine to use 3D printed linear bearings.
Here is an example:
The BI V2.0 will be open source, but the designs will be released once the Kickstarter campaign is complete. We will release all Sketchup files containing the 3D printed parts as well as information on the build.Last updated:
The bed is round as result of the delta geometry. Indeed, if you examine the assembly carefully you'll see that any given arm can only trace an arc away from it's tower.
When all the motions are combined the resulting print area is better encompassed in a circular area.
Here is an interesting article we found to help visualize the work-space of a delta robot:
On the BI V2.0 you can print a full 300 mm diameter which is fully contained inside the delta build area.Last updated:
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