Saturday, June 4, 2011
Thank you very much for all nice and supportive words and suggestion in the blog comments, emails and twitters. I really appreciate that.
Please find below some answers for questions I have received through the blog comments:
Q. Are those materials suitable for lost-wax casting?
A: Yes, I have material for lost-wax casting.
2. Is the software ok for the stl files from Rhino?
A: Yes, any STL file works, including from Rhino.
Q. Is the resolution we see on the pictures achieved by using a Projector or a Laser Galvanometer for the exposure?
Q. Is there a glass between the base pan and the projector or is the purple outline we see in the pictures, and video, a reflection of the black plastic, or a purple filter, or a Blue Laser Beam?
A: There is a glass between the base pan and the projector
Q. What is the approximate usable ( good resolution without distortion ) work area of the printer?
A: The bottom up approach has some limitations of size as the object can not be too heavy. Also the vacuum created with the bottom of big will possibly break the object or the tray. I believe we can reach 210X180X200mm, but haven't tested.
Q. Is the Venus and Alien Head a Solid or are they hollow? What is the Wall thickness (or minimum wall thickness ) , if hollow?
A: They are all hollow. The wall thickness od this objects is 1.5mm. I already tried 0.45mm wall and works fine but it is fragile.
Q. Is the Base Tray sourced as a part from other manufacturers or is it glass/plastic DIY.
A: It is DIY
Q: This printer can arrive at this details: http://www.moddler.com/index.php?p=model&id=4 it is a 2 inc statue
@: Will you be making the software cross-platform? Windows, Mac, Linux, or even Ubuntu?
A: Yes the software is cross-platform. I will post some screen shots next week and release a beta version for download soon.
@Guybrush – Please send me your e-mail through comment and I will contact you, so I can print some of your sculptures.
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.
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