Donnerstag, 13. Februar 2014

Rostock Deltabot wird versteigert

UPDATE: Drucker wurde versteigert und hat nun einen neuen Besitzer. Schöne Grüße nach Österreich!

Mein Rostock Deltabot, der mich fast ein Jahr auf diesem Blog begleitet hat, wird derzeit bei Ebay versteigert. 
Rostock steht bei Ebay zum Verkauf

Der Drucker funktioniert und ist der wahrscheinlich am besten dokumentierte Rostock im Netz, er diente auch als Studienobjekt für mein Buch über 3D Drucker. Es geht hier natürlich weiter mit Deltabots und anderen Druckern, zwei habe ich derzeit in Arbeit. 
Hier Blogeinträge, die sich auf den Drucker der zum Verkauf steht, beziehen:

Sonntag, 2. Februar 2014

Get your own Deltabot for only 95 $!!!

No trick, no joke! You can get a fully functional deltabot for as low as 95 US$ !!
Well, it may not have been the intension of the makers who bring us this fantastic Delta Robot kit - but hey - who were we if we would not hack this thing a little bit?
First things first ( I seem to be too exited about this offer..):
Mark and Sarah have launched a Kickstarter campaign that displays a Delta Robot with a overhead mechanism, using servos and being controlled by an arduino compliant microprocessor (ATMega 328).
Very nice! But guys you did forget the HOTEND
The firmware will handle the Delta cinematics and allow you to customize it.
Now the genuie idea of Mark and Sarah was to build a Delta Robot Army for some - hmm unknown - purpose.
WE Delta printer fans know what the only reasonable purpose of this baby can be - making 3D prints !
All you need to do is to exchange the effector with it´s useless LED top (sorry Mark and Sarah, forgive me on that) and replace it with a hotend!
The 95$ Delta 3D Printer - err -Robot Kit.
Now the upside down setup of the Delta Robot is also no issue - WE Delta fans know that Delta printer can print upside down, even on a ceiling as print bed! 
...this just in case if you are too lazy to build some structure that will hold the upside down Delta Robot - well upside down.
The controllerboard for the Delta printer/robot. Can be replaced with your Arduino!
Well, I guess you got my point: With minimal means you can turn this 95 $ Delta Robot Kit into a <150 $ Delta printer!
Did I mention, that in my recent book on 3D printers: "Business & Technology", I expected the overhead deltabot design a bright future, because the partcount and the costs of the parts are much lower than the traditional design that we still have?
Anyway, Mark and Sarah probably read it, if not they are definitly on the right track. and if I come by at Las Vegas I will take the invitation and pay them a visit. For now: Ask Grandma, sell those rare baseball cards, cancel your wedding next week AND GO GET THIS FANTASTIC KICKSTARTER PACKAGE!

Samstag, 1. Februar 2014

Books: Interesting 3D printer patents

A compilation of interesting 3D patents has been published by M. A. Buth. 
3D printer have had a lot of attention in the last years. Almost every week new improvements and innovations surface from internet platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Many small companies try to establish themselfs with bigger, smaller, better or faster 3D printers. But how about the legal aspect of the technology beeing displayed? Be careful - it may be patent protected by someone else....
This seems to be the case, since some larger companies have started to sue what they regard as a patent infringement. This books helps to focus on the main aspects of the patent situation. How can I research patents effectivly? The number of patents that are 3D related go into the thousands and some are so generally described, that the context with 3D printing is not obvious. The book gives advice on how to research fast and effectively, so that this knowledge alone can help, even in other fields of technique.
Some interesting patents have been research and are being described in detail. Some ideas may sound far fetched but other may give a technically interested reader new inspirations for his own development. Reasearching and reading long winded patent literature over a screen and maybe printing them out, can be exhausing and akward. 
This compact book, with its 200 pages and many illustrations, is filled with valuable and technically interesting information and saves a lot of time. 
Time that could better be used for the project itself.

The book 3D Printer: Patents and Innovations can be ordered in print or as ebook at Amazon worldwide.