It's December already? Where did 2016 go?
Oh well, time must go on.
The Holiday's are here and it's the perfect time to make things! With everyone thinking of gifts to give to their loved ones and friends, what better gift to give than one that you made?
With a DeltaMaker 3D Printer, you can make almost anything your family and friends would want! Just look at all these amazing things, and these are just a few of the possibilities!
In order to make these amazing things on your DeltaMaker 3D Printer, you should have professional grade filament. Well, guess what? We have that too! Even better, it's on sale for the Holiday Season! If you purchase our Premium Professional Grade PLA Filament now through December 19th 2016, you'll receive 25% off your purchase! Just use code Holiday2016 at checkout to apply the discount! You can find our wide variety of colors here.
Don't have a DeltaMaker yet? Order one here! We have two sizes available for you to choose from!
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at Support@DeltaMaker.com.
Happy Holiday's from your DeltaMaker Family!
A lot has happened since our last blog update, and we've been busy! Here's a quick recap of everything that's happened since the last blog post;
While our last space was good, we needed more room to make our amazing 3D Printers. Business has been booming and we wanted to have the most space possible for production. This new space is conveniently located in the heart of Orlando near Sand Lake and Kirkman Blvd. Be sure to come by and see the DeltaMaker Factory and all the new things we're working on! Our new address is 7121 Grand National Drive, Orlando FL, 32819.
Maker Faire Orlando 2016
Maker Faire Orlando 2016 just passed on October 22nd and 23rd, and we were excited and happy to exhibit and sponsor during the event. With a lot of amazing 3D printers near us, we were surrounded by amazing people trying to do wonderful things with the printers and others who wanted to learn more on how to get involved in the 3D printing community. We were happy to be near all of these amazing people, and look forward to seeing them again throughout the year!
Our 3D Printers
We have two printers available for purchase! The DeltaMaker 2 3D Printer, and the DeltaMaker 2T 3D Printer. With different size printers, you have a variety of size options for your printing needs. All All production happens at the DeltaMaker Factory, mentioned above.
We've been putting together instructional videos to help show the best way to work with your new DeltaMaker 3D Printer. Be sure to keep up to date on our website and blog posts for new videos coming soon. You can view the videos and help links we already have by visiting...
What do you do when you need a custom mold and can't swing the outrageous fees to have one made? Do it yourself!
Recently, Kathryn from Sappho Chocolates in Ormond Beach, Florida reached out to us for help with her project for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. Kathryn wanted to build a mold to cast chocolate Maker Faire Robots. Due to the custom robot that Kathryn wanted, having a food safe mold created was cost prohibitive.
So how do you make a custom mold?
Step 1: First, collect your supplies
Here's what we used.
Step 2: Print your object
Step 3: Smooth The Print
Paint object with XCT-3D coating. We used 2 coats on our Makey. This step helps to smooth out your object and will reduce or entirely eliminate the appearances of ridges. By smoothing out the printed object, you also smooth the mold and the casting. Smoothing out the model also help the molding agent to release easily once it's cured.
Step 4: Wait to Dry
Or use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
The next steps are to prepare and pour the mold. Step by step instructions coming soon!
This post is the 1st of 3 parts, on a discussion of basic techniques that will keep your 3D printer operating at it's best, and producing consistently great printed results.
As desktop 3D printers become more reliable, and easier to use, achieving great printed results is easier now than ever before. For example, the DeltaMaker 3D printer is a "plug-n-play" 3D printer, that is ready to print right out of the box. It comes pre-loaded with sample 3D models that may be printed immediately after plugging-in the printer.
To ensure that your printer is always working "like-new", the following operating procedures should be used. These operating procedures highlight some usage techniques that will improve the reliability and print quality of any desktop 3D printer.
Operating Procedures / Usage Techniques
- Ensure the build plate is level,
- Set the nozzle height, and
- Keep the nozzle clean
While the screenshots in this discussion illustrate the DeltaMaker procedures, these same usage techniques are applicable to any desktop 3D printer - please refer to your instruction manual for the procedures specific to your printer.
Part 1: Level Build Plate
The build plate on your 3D printer must be level to ensure your printed objects look their best. A level build plate is necessary to ensure that the first printed layer of your object has a uniform thickness and consistent bed adhesion at all points of the object. Objects printed on a level build plate have better dimensional accuracy, and do not peel or lift off the build plate during printing.
Objects printed on an un-level build plate, will show signs of varying first layer thickness and areas of the object that lift or curl off the build plate while being printed.
An un-level build plate also prevents the nozzle height from being set correctly, causing the nozzle to be too high in some...
The facebook post read "Goodbye MakerBots, hello DeltaMakers!"
Factur is a membership driven Makerspace in Orlando and its 40+ members demand reliable, stable equipment. After months of frustration, Factur Founder Doug Brown kicked the space's MakerBots to the curb and moved 4 new DeltaMakers into his 3D printing room. Three months after the switch, the members are still thrilled with the performance of the DeltaMakers. The volunteer in charge of the 3D printing room, Carlos Vega, runs the DeltaMakers constantly. "They're work horses," shared Vega, "they've each got their own little quirks and personalities and we've named each one."
In addition to supporting the 40 person membership, Factur hosts a monthly 3D printer meetup. The meetup drives a community support of 3D printing and provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about the new technology. Attendees range in knowledge from basic to advanced. Some members own their own design businesses and use the meetup as an opportunity to share their knowledge and show off some of their designs.
Factur is a glowing example of an organization that supports and accelerates local businesses. DeltaMaker is proud to partner in those endeavours by providing stable, reliable equipment for this community.
In 2014 The Florida College System approved a College Credit Certificate for Rapid Prototyping Specialist. The certificate is a subset of the AS Degree in Engineering and is offered at about half a dozen schools across the state.
Close to home, Valencia College in Orlando, just graduated their second cohort of Rapid Prototyping Specialists.
As part of the Association of Florida Colleges Joint Commission Conference in Tampa, Florida were were able to meet with educators and administrators from the 28 colleges in Florida. We presented a session on incorporating 3D Printing into college curriculum from engineering to arts.
The conference was a great experience and we're looking forward to seeing colleges continue to embrace rapid prototyping and expand course offerings to their students.
Our presentation can be downloaded here.
On Tuesday, April 21 DeltaMaker joined over 20 supporters of STEM Education in Tallahassee, Florida for STEM Day at the Capitol. The day was packed with educating and entertaining both Capitol visitors and our state representatives.
Visitors saw robots, DeltaMaker 3D printers, topographical sand displays, simulators and got to play with a life sized angry birds set. Representatives from schools, museums, and industry met with representatives and were able to sit in on the legislative sessions.
Though we all know the importance of STEM education, we learned that there is very little direction that schools and educators have been given as far as how and what to teach. Furthermore, funding has become increasingly challenging. In response to these issues, we will continue to work with teachers and schools to support classroom learning and make 3D printing accessible to students everywhere.
True or False: Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world.
True! And this year, Pi Day (March 14) is being heralded as the Pi Day of the Century. 3.14.15 only comes around once and today happens to be that day. The DeltaMaker team was looking for a fun 3D print to help commemorate Pi Day and the Tower of Pi by Roman Hegglin certainly fit the bill.
There is something so subtly charming about wrapping 1200 digits of Pi into circles to form a cup. Based on the designer's recommendation, we opted to print the tower with the solid wall for our first run. Printed with grape PLA, the tower took the DeltaMaker 3D printer approximately 12 hours to finish and we were thrilled with the results.
There are lots of other activities you can do to acknowledge this little ratio that allows us to calculate so many things about circles. Both high and low tech, how are you commemorating the Ultimate Pi Day?
- Pi Digit Distribution: Look at the first 50 or 100 digits of pi and make a bar graph that shows the frequency of each digit. How many times does zero appear?
- Read Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi. Write short stories about Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi to read aloud
- Bake a Pi(e)
- Bake Pi Cookies (bonus points for a 3D printed cookie cutter)
- Make your own Pi shirt
- Use pi to tell the time. Convert naturally circular...
Happy New Year From the DeltaMaker Team!
The start to a new year always brings talk of resolutions and changes for the future. Often, we feel immense pressure to make drastic changes at this time of year. But this year, just like every year, and today, just like every day the DeltaMaker Team will simply work to make a positive impact, show gratitude and communicate more effectively. We manage to keep the same resolutions day after day and year after year. Though they're not new or unique, they remain special. Whether you are making big changes this year, or just keeping on, we hope you have an incredible 2015!
1. Make a Positive Impact
We are looking forward to continuing to support local events, education and economy in 2015. We will continue to encourage growth of the Maker Movement. We'll develop educational materials to make 3D printing more accessible to teachers and students. We will continue to build every DeltaMaker 3D Printer in the United States.
2. Be Grateful
We are part of an incredible community. We started as a crowd funded project and were embraced by hundreds of backers and countless other supporters. Nearly 2 years have passed since our funding campaign ended and a year has passed since we shipped our first printer. Every day we are grateful to every one of our supporters.
3. Enhance Communications
Communication is key to successful relationship- both business and personal. This year, we're going to continue to improve our communication. You'll be seeing more of us on social media and you can always contact us.
Earlier this year, we shipped a DeltaMaker 3D printer to the fine folks at Make:Magazine for inclusion in their annual 3D printer shootout. Here is what they had to say about the DeltaMaker 3D printers.
The seamless integration of Octo-Print with preconfigured onboard Cura slicing is the first we've seen in a commercial machine our of the box, and something we'd like to see other vendors adopt and attribute.
Not only was DeltaMaker included in both the online and print versions of the magazine, we were awarded the Smart Software Integration award. The DeltaMaker printer was also recognized for being a turnkey solution to 3D printing.
This was such an incredible way to reflect on how far we have come in the last 12 months.