Delta technology was invented in 1985 by Doctor Reymond CLAVEL and is often used in industrial and manufacturing applications. Nowadays many 3D printer makers use the delta robot design for more effective functionality.
This week, French maker SpiderBot launches a new Delta 3D printer, a Rostock derivative, featuring aluminium chassis, IGUS rail guides, robust aluminium extruder and polycarbonate enclosure.
With the Delta technology, the three axis carriages move simultaneously and complement each other. It can precisely position extrusion head along X, Y, and Z axes. when the head moves along an axis, the three carriages move vertically and collectively. The three motors simultaneously supply torque for a movement along one single axis. According to the team, they can attain Z axis speeds similar to those of the X and Y axes, greater than 20,000mm/min.
Delta technology offers component optimization, accordingly the SpiderBot is relatively simple in its design. It has less than 70 individual parts and the three axis/carriage/mobile arm assemblies are interchangeable.
- Dimensions : Diameter 405mm x 800mm
- Z Layer thickness : 0.15 to 0.45mm
- Weight : ~15Kg (33lbs)
- Printing Area : Diameter 180mm x 180mm Height
- Print Material : Standard PLA or ABS, Dia 1.75mm, 1Kg Spool
- Standard Arduino Board, Marlin derivative firmware
Spiderbot offers three different kits. A full kit, including everything you need to build your Delta printer, costs EUR 1,095. Currently Spiderbot offers a special discount of €150 for the 20 first orders.
If you already have a 3D printer and want to upgrade to a SpiderBot, you can check out the Mechanical kit, without enclosure, lights and electronics. The cost is EUR 795.
In addition the company also offers a Eco kit for EUR 895. It includes all the main parts for building your Delta except Polycarbonate sheet CNC cut enclosure and lights.
Thanks to Leo and Philippe for the tip.
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Fernando L wrote at 5/22/2013 8:39:05 PM:
Actually, if one looks closely enough one will see that there are significant differences in implementation between Rostock, Spiderbot and this one. Whilst the basic architectures are the same (i.e. they are all Deltas) each implementation has undergone it's own R&D cycle ("Blood & sweat"). I am at the end of one such cycle of 6 months with my development and one might say I copied Cartesio or Makerbot at first glance, on closer examination one will see that mine's an original design and not a simple "Chinese copy". Open Source is in fact accelerating refinement and improvement and enabling innovation which would not have been possible with patented "closed" designs where the original patent holder stops improving and "milks the cow" so to speak.
Casper H wrote at 3/13/2013 7:11:31 AM:
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Spider bot and Deltamaker are the next community iteration of design from the Rostock Max. Credit should be given where applicable and the guys from Rostock did a great job making 3D printing possible with a delta robot principle. I am very grateful! Also please note from a market perspective the Spiderbot is from Europe, thus making it easier for us makers on this side of the globe to get a more affordable delta robot inspired 3D printer. Getting a Rostock max or Deltamaker would be 500+ dollar more due to shipping and taxes.
Adam B wrote at 3/7/2013 8:09:13 PM:
ahhh open source. someone comes out with something, and within weeks 30 other people are also releasing the same thing. really inspires you to put blood and sweat into something.