by Panda Robotics
A 3D printer for everyone. Affordable, easy to use, and elegant.
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 26, 2012.
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by Panda Robotics
Oct 19, 2012
We spent a good chunk of yesterday working on some models and prints of letters. You can see a few of the results here.
My wife say this and commented "Now you can make me all sorts of cool cookie cutters!" :)
I have no issue with simple objects like this... In fact I would encourage it! While they may be simple, they are the hardest to do perfect, as they easily show any flaws. Show a perfect cube, and cylinder, with a caliper showing the accuracy of the result vs the specified dimension in the design. Having said that it is equally important to show complex objects to show off the capabilities of the machine.
Craig Dunn is right. In layman's terms, this object that they printed might not be a real world use of the printer. Typically, you would download something off the internet and the software would have to work really hard to figure out how to print something accurately such as this: http://www.thingiverse.com/image:184008 (alexander the great's head). However, this printed object is just the result of telling the printer head to make very simple movements (go forward, turn 90 degrees, go forward, turn 45 degrees, repeat, etc.) which is not really a good test of the printer's capabilities. Typically, 3d printers of this type, unless the software is very clever, will make a big blob of plastic at the top of the heads of stuff such as Yoda's head and the squirrel head that they failed to finish printing. I don't think that it is harmful to show this blob, after all, this is a kickstarter project, so I assume it is a work in progress, BUT being deceitful or cavalier and just not feel like finishing is kinda uncool. I hope I am wrong and it is just a simple oversight. I think they should just print some stuff like the Yoda, for an example, to completion and if there is a blob at the top of his head, just explain that they are working on a software solution and by the time everything ships, it'll be fixed. I think that would be fine. In other words, it 's not a big deal to be unfinished, just be transparent about it and it will be O.K. For example, the printrbot project received almost a million bucks but it only had 2 prints to show. However, he was very honest and basically said, hey, it's not the best or fastest. this is what it could do. Both prints, though were to completion. He also showed a real world use of the printer with the prints. In other words, just reprint the Yoda head to completion and I think everyone will be happy snappy. Thanks ;0)
Forgot to mention that I'm not sure if the PandaBot has the bridging capability to print the one listed below. What can it handle? I'm new to the whole 3d printing thing so any information would be excellent. Can it print that object?
I would like to see something like this printed.
It would show a 3d print that isn't a continuous feed.
There IS the appearance that these look like an improvement, but to be fully responsible I have to point out to those who haven't done any 3D printing before that this is actually a very simple print. It can be set up to print as pure shells/perimeters with no infill. Effectively, you have the print head scooting around as a single vector line that stacks vertically over and over as each layer/slice goes up.
So, while this is a good example of a very particular type of printing you wouldn't see much of in real-world usage, we need good examples of a variety of complex geometries....and please take the time to let the prints go to completion. (Often some of the most difficult parts of a print are the final completion layers....they can get smudged or stringy looking.) In fact, tracking the total print time along with the specific configs used (perimeters, shells, infill, layer height, etc.) would be useful to compare apples to apples. If we used standard models from thingiverse, it would be easy to create reference prints to compare to.
I second David. They are handsome indeed!
Now those look good!