About this project
We engineered the Deltaprintr to be simple, efficient, and affordable. We want as many people as possible to be able to get their hands on this exciting new technology without having to sacrifice quality or user-friendliness.
SIMPLE - Using a 3D Printer shouldn't be a hassle. We designed our printer so that it requires minimal set-up, and so that there's effectively no long-term maintenance. We'll be shipping every printer with a construction manual (pictures!) to get you up and running in no time.
EFFICIENT - The polar coordinate system allows for faster movements (than those of traditional Cartesians printers) while achieving a 100 micron resolution.
AFFORDABLE - Because a Deltaprintr design doesn't need as many parts as other 3D printers, we can pass the savings on to you.
About the Deltaprintr
The Deltaprintr uses three stepper motors, located under the acrylic build platform, to control the carriages that move the hot-end. Both the drive reels and the bearings that the carriages ride on are manufactured via high-precision CNC machining.
The minimal carriage design allows you to simply slide the assembled carriage onto the extruded aluminum beams without having to make any adjustments. The Deltaprintr also uses 65lb Spectra fishing line instead of expensive belts to control the carriages. The Spectra line also makes it easy to expand the build volume - all you need to do is buy longer aluminum extrusions, which cost a few dollars.
Every printer will be fitted with an automatic calibration probe, ensuring that prints stick to the bed and don't warp when printing. In addition, every printer will also come with an LCD display and a compact 60 Watt laptop-style power supply.
Benefits of a Deltaprintr
- Faster speeds
- 100 micron resolution
- Automatic calibration - no more manual calibration
- Ease of use and assembly
- Easy & expandable print volume
- PLA plastic - biodegradable and food safe
- LCD and SD card included
- Compact power supply
Getting Started Guide
We're already working on an assembly manual so that backers can look it over before their Deltaprintr comes in the mail. For those new to 3D printing, we'll be sure to walk you through the software end of things too.
We understand that 3D printing may seem overwhelming to beginners but it's really not that bad! We'll have more detailed instructions on creating your first 3D print on our website after the campaign ends.
World Maker Faire NY 2013
We attended World Maker Faire NY this past September and had a blast. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth, we were overwhelmed by the support and excitement! Check out the pics:
Though the Deltaprintr has everything one would need to start printing, we think LED lights are pretty cool.
- LED to light up the acrylic bed and logo - Add $10 to your pledge.
We're here because we wouldn't be able to turn our idea into a reality without initial funding. The industrial grade machinery we need is expensive stuff. Producing these printers at a low cost requires us to place large orders to our manufacturers, so we're turning to you guys!
Shai Schechter - “Highly capable and motivated, Shai is currently majoring in graphic design with a minor in business at SUNY Purchase College. He’s the tech guru behind the Deltaprintr and was the driving force behind this project's inception. When he's not working on this project, he works as a freelance web designer.” - Andrey
Andrey Kovalev - “A student at the Cooper Union School of Engineering and a habitual tinkerer, Andrey brings a passion for efficiency and innovation to life with his contributions to our project. He has a keen eye for detail in the realm of mechanical design, a hands-on understanding of pertinent business concepts, and a wicked jump shot.” - Yasick
Yasick Nemenov - “Yasick is a student at Williams College studying Economics and Math. He has a knack for numbers and his guidance has helped drive the business and financial aspects of this project. Yasick’s common sense has been useful at every stage of development. He is also an avid rock-climber. One day he hopes to 3D print a rock." - Eugene
Eugene Sokolov - “Eugene is currently a student of electrical engineering at Cooper Union in New York City. He has hands-on experience in circuit design and is helping with the electrical aspects of the printer. Apart from working on this project, he is a computer programmer and a talented soccer player. He hopes on scoring a goal with this project.” - Shai
Thanks and Acknowledgements
While we have spent a great deal of time and effort designing, improving and prototyping the Deltaprintr, we couldn't have done it without the help of these fellow makers, developers and friends.
- Hunter McKane (the newest addition to the Deltaprintr team!)
- Nick Foley
- Johann Rocholl
- Ravi Rajan
- Steve Graber
- Eric Wildrick
- Skyler Solomon
- The RepRap project
Risks and challenges
Before launching this Kickstarter, we made sure to get our logistics worked out. We've done extensive research to make sure that production goes as smoothly as possible and we already have international and domestic suppliers waiting for us to transfer the necessary funds to them. However, like with any Kickstarter project, delays or minor mishaps are always a possibility. We'll try to keep them at a minimum and, if anything does pop up, we'll be sure to keep you guys updated.
Defective parts will be on us, but improper usage of the printer won't be covered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Unfortunately, international shipping is not as easy or inexpensive as we would like it to be and it will vary by location. It’s simpler (and cheaper for you) to handle this separately. After the Kickstarter is over and we are ready to start shipping, you'll receive an invitation to go to our website and enter your shipping information to pay the appropriate amount.
If you live in the US, please add the price stated on the pledge level you chose. International backers can send us a message through Kickstarter for a shipping estimate to your country (please include your full address).
Many kickstarter projects wind up receiving more backers than they can handle. While that may be great, those projects tend to have problems staying on schedule for delivery. We limited our rewards to make sure that we don’t overwhelm ourselves, and so that you get your printer on time.
We’ve made a production timeline based on estimated delivery dates we received from our manufacturers. Please be aware that this timeline is a rough estimate and although we have done extensive research to make sure you’ll receive your reward on time, there is always the possibility that delays may occur.
Our original goal was to make the printer as cheap as possible. We got rid of the ABS option because ABS support requires a heated bed, a larger power supply and longer production time. PLA is the leading standard of 3D printing nowadays because it is food safe, biodegradable, and much easier to print with. ABS also smells pretty bad. We may offer ABS support after the kickstarter. The boards that will ship with the printer will be ABS compatible in case you would like to upgrade in the future.
The Deltaprintr uses open source software and firmware with a few minor modifications. The firmware is called Marlin. The software we use to control the printer is called Repetier Host. A link to download these programs as well as the recommended settings will be available on our website.
Absolutely! We designed the Deltaprintr to be easy to scale. If you want to make it taller, switch out the three aluminum towers for longer ones. To make it wider, you’ll need to switch out the top and bottom wooden piece and get longer arms. We will offer expansion packs after our Kickstarter campaign is over.
We didn’t have enough time to set it up on our printer before filming, but every Deltaprintr will come with it.
The $45 pledge includes all the laser-cut parts and screws/nuts. That refers to all the wooden pieces, acrylic bed, laser cut carriages and acrylic arms. It does not include the aluminum towers, rollers or other necessary hardware. This pledge level is for those who would like to convert an existing delta bot that they may have into a Deltaprintr.
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