Friday, August 19, 2011
Again, thank you very much for the interest in the project and all support. We have been working hard to bring this high resolution 3D Printer to all of you.
Before our FAQ, I would like to share a really nice thing with you. I printed some amazing bracelets (link) that I found through Google and posted here in our blog, however I didn’t know who created it.
I got the comment from him (Jesse Louis-Rosenberg) this week and I am very impressed with their work… check this out… http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/blog/ I hope we can print some more of their work…
Q: There are plans to sell worldwide when it's ready?
A: We will be selling everywhere
Q: How much the 3D Printer will cost? (This is the main question we have received)
A: Unfortunately we don’t have the price yet as we are still finishing the design and material needed. We know that will be cheap, really affordable for a hobbyist, designers and home users.
Q: How much cost the resins?
A: The resin cost is quite high at this moment because of the volume, over 350 per litter. We truly believe that this can go down once the volume increases, this means we need big number of people using the technology to have good price for the resin. I hope this happens as soon we bring a low cost printer to the market.
Q: How much cost the software? Can I buy just the software?
A: The software price is still in discussion.
Q: Will the resin be open source?
A: Most probably not, because you can’t find the raw material easily to buy and some countries you will need government license to buy it. However the mixed material can be commercialized as resin. Additionally if we manage to buy together from one vendor we will reduce the price drastically.
Q: I would like to ask though, can you try to print a larger/heavier object (closer to the max theoretical dimensions you mentioned in an earlier post) so we can see what this design is capable of?
A: Answer in FAQ II - http://3dhomemade.blogspot.com/2011/06/thank-you-faq-ii.html
Q: Can you print wax models for jewelry? (Esta impressora serveria para fazer modelos de joias em cera?)
A: Yes, check the previous FAQs.
Q: Any dates for the commercial version available? (Há previsão para comercialização?)
A: We will start the preorder soon via crowd-funding (most probably within 2 months).
Q: From Teagus: would you be willing to run a figure i have modeled as a test?
A: Yes, but we are quite late with these requests as we have been testing the printer. If you don’t mind in waiting few weeks we will be more than happy to print. Please send me a comment with your email address and I will contact you.
Q: What kind of files can it import?
A: All STL files. Any 3D system can export 3D files to this extension also you can convert any 3D file to STL using free applications.
Q: Does the printer software add the necessary support structures automatically?
A: Yes, the software adds the necessary support structures, you don’t need to do it manually.
Q: how possible are moveable parts like ball bearings using the same resin material as a support?
A: Yes, you can print movable parts.
Q: Can the software set the wall thickness of a model? Or is that something that has to be handled while creating the 3d model?
A: Yes, the software will set the wall thickness.
Q: Do you think there might be a way to scale it up so that the same system could be used to create objects of a larger size but with reduced resolution?
A: See previous FAQs. This is possible but some implications.
Q: May I ask how long it took to print the sphere?
A: with 50 micros resolution around 4 hours
Q: very nice, are the resin materials safe for the environment? will they degrade with time, what are they made of?
A: Will answer this one once the material design is finalized.
Q: the last photo: there are tiny scratches on the surface, is there any way to do to achieve a much smoother surface or the resin(lost-wax type) can be modified after?
A: The surface is really smooth, you may not be able to see in the pictures. BTW, none of the objects received any type of finishing.
Sorry if I missed your question, I will answer more next FAQ.
About the Project
I have been dreaming about having a 3D Printer at home for many years, but the ones with good quality are not affordable and the low costs just deliver poor quality. Sounds crazy but I decided to build a high resolution 3D Printer by myself at home (people actually said that I was crazy and this was impossible). The funny thing I never saw this type of machines in real life, and still haven’t seen one besides the one I built.
Now that I succeed building the first prototype, the target is to bring this low cost 3D Printer to every home, so we are developing the first affordable one with high resolution.
I hope you enjoy our blog, follow us and you can have this printer in your home soon.