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.
DeltaMaker is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Maker Faire Orlando, to be held at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, September 13th, and Sunday, September 14th, 2014.
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