Jul.30, 2013

Deltas are known for faster and smoother movement over large print volumes. As huge fans of 3D printers, Blue Eagle Labs, a California startup has launched their own delta 3D printer, the Kossel Clear on Kickstarter.

The Kossel Clear is an easy to assemble, aesthetic and cost-effective delta 3D printer. It uses 3 stepper motors to control the kinematically linked effector for movement in the x,y,z axis. The Kossel Clear is made of acrylic and aluminum parts, the acrylic parts have a very elegant finish and have been numbered for ease of assembly. To keep costs low, the team uses many readily-available, off-the-shelf parts and in-house parts.

The Kossel Clear is designed for the first-time delta 3D printer builder. It is also the 1st delta printer on Kickstarter to offer auto calibration. The auto calibration routine can be set to calibrate before any print job is started, that means you can carry the printer with you to your meetings, and still know that it will print flatly on the bed every time.

Specifications and features:

  • Speed: 320 mm/s in all three directions
  • Resolution: 100 steps/mm
  • Repeatability: better than 0.03 mm (30 micron)
  • Build volume: 279mm diameter, 279mm height
  • Footprint: triangular, 430 mm per side
  • Frame height: 750mm
  • Print bed: glass or acrylic
  • Simplicity: fewer than 200 parts
  • Bowden design extruder
  • GT2 Timing Belts and Pulleys

Kossel Clear and Makerbot Replicator 2 comparison

For $500 you will receive an early bird special - an early delivery Kossel Clear PLA Kit, the estimated delivery time is in September, 2013. To support this project, check out the campaign page and rewards for your pledge, as well as several upgrade options here on Kickstarter. Complete build instruction and instructional videos will be posted online when the project get funded.

Printed Samples

Twisted Gear Lamp/Vase - 0.2mm layer height, printed with MatterHackers red ABS

Left: Twisted Heart Vase - blue ABS; Right: Nautilus Gears - white PLA

Dragon - printed at 0.2mm z resolution with white PLA

Rocket - 0.2mm, Octave black ABS

100 micron layer height; pic taken with a camera phone


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bogdan wrote at 8/16/2013 1:18:17 PM:

i think the design of this printer is really promising. Sadly shipping to EU is so expensive!

B Metz wrote at 8/2/2013 2:02:42 PM:

I know one of the guys over there at Blue Eagle labs (Ateneo University mascot by the way). He has spent most of the last 6 months preparing for this launch. I have seen some of the beta machine prints and they are really really nice. They did consider sourcing parts from overseas, but when they figured in shipping times, it was safer to make parts locally in California. They really have their plan down for delivery and parts sourcing even if the project becomes runaway success like Printerbots campaign.

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