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!
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.
Christmas came a few weeks early for one of our Kickstarter backers! This month we completed our first test shipment of a DeltaMaker 3D printer. The recipient was so excited that they greeted the UPS delivery man at the driveway!
After the unboxing and set-up, the DeltaMaker printer was confirmed to be in perfect working order. With that knowledge, we're boxing up 5 more to ship out this week!
If you're one of the millions who play Minecraft, then you know that the annual MineCon is a HUGE deal! This year, the 7,500 tickets sold out in under 1 minute! The producers of the event reached out to our friends at FamiLab and asked them to help curate a Maker's Village area what would help bring elements of the video game into the real world.
The Maker's Village area was over 6,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on displays. It include Raspberry Pi controlled blocks that changed color depending on what you were standing on in the video game, animatronics, a three-sided mural, paper crafting and, of course, 3D printing.
We brought 2 DeltaMaker printers to the event and were continuously printing Minecraft characters for use on the landscape table created for the event. We printed pigs, endermen, creepers and more to help fill the interactive world with characters!
The FamiLab time lapse camera was positioned right over our heads and shows the magnitude of the event. The video below is from our Saturday experience. As you can see, it was quite an incredible day!
October has been filled with sharing of ideas and experiences.
We started the month with the second annual Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 5. This year, Orlando Mini Maker Faire partnered with the Orlando Science Center to produce an event where local makers could show off what they were making and share what they were learning. We interacted with over 3,000 attendees and saw some incredible projects and inventions!
On October 12 TEDxOrlando invited us to participate in their third annual event. The crowd of 300 included some of the most brilliant minds of our community and the talks were equally engaging.
Some of the ideas that were shared included a new concept for standardized testing, the power of a name, and a mother’s battle to change the world of pediatric cancer treatments.
We've got two incredible exhibition opportunities lined up for November! Check back soon for photos and a recap!
We are pleased to announce that the DeltaMaker 3D Printer will be on display at the Orlando Mini-Maker Faire on October 5, at the Orlando Science Center.
More information is available at the Maker Faire website at: www.makerfaireorlando.com
If you are new to the world of personal 3D printing, you may be wondering what software you will need to print 3D objects. In this post I will give a brief overview of the software that we use to operate the DeltaMaker. This software may be downloaded for free, and is easy to install on your computer.
To help explain the function of this software, let’s first review the steps that are involved in printing a 3D object. There are 4 basic steps in this process.
1. Creating or Downloading 3D Objects
2. Selecting Printing Options
3. Slicing the Object
4. Printing the Object
Creating or Downloading 3D Objects
The first step in the process is to obtain a 3D model of the object you wish to print on your 3D printer. You may either create the model yourself, or download a model from a variety of websites (such as thingiverse.com). The standard model file format for 3D printers is an STL file. Most 3D modeling or sculpting programs are capable of exporting your models in the STL file format. Likewise, most websites where you may download 3D objects provide them in this format. Please be sure that the 3D model you wish to print is available in the STL format before you proceed to the following steps.
Before you begin the next step, you will need to download and install the 3D printer software on your computer. The software that we are using is called Repetier Host, and it may be downloaded from www.repetier.com -- a versions of this software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Selecting Printing Options