There are many open-source 3D printers being developed around the world, but what separates one printer from another? The Deltaprintr aims to differentiate itself from the crowd by the ease it can be expanded to produce large format prints.
This $400 3D printer is being developed by students Shai Schechter, Andrey Kovalev, Yasick Nemenov and Eugene Sokolov who aim to launch a Kickstarted funding campaign in November. The New York based team have designed the printer to be as simple as possible with a minimal number of moving parts.
Rather than having a moving print bed the Deltaprintr has the print head mounted on 3 moveable arms which move up and down vertical rails. These rails can be swapped out for longer ones which increases the height of the prints that can be produced. To expand the X-Y print area it’s just a matter of switching out four other parts.
With a print resolution of 100 microns it is more than acceptable for home and hobby use. The price is being kept impressively low by using a simple design with few parts that is based on an open-source design. However, there’s no news on the software tools that are being bundled with the Deltaprintr, and from our experience the simplicity and quality of 3D printer software can make or break a product in this crowded marketplace.