Dec.26, 2013

The DeltaTrix 3D printer is designed to be simple in construction, yet effective in functionality. As the name DeltaTrix suggests, this our printer uses Delta Robot geometry. The printer features low component count, sturdy frame construction, quick change print head, off the shelf RAMPS electronics and high printing speed. The theoretical printing area is 280mm (11 inch) in diameter, and the maximum build height is around 280mm (11").

Richard Tegelbeckers, designer of the DeltaTrix 3D Printer, said that he has tried in the recent past entering a few competitions hoping to win a 3D printer but failed. So he gave up and ended up designing his own. As a mechanical design engineer with many practical skills, Richard started with designed all the parts in AutoCAD. He owns a workshop in Newport (South Wales, UK), where he can turn any of his designs into reality. He used the machine for cutting the panels and enclosure out of plywood for the DeltaTrix 3D printer, and then printed the necessary 3D printed parts on his friend's Ultimaker. The remaining parts, such as motors, bearings, driving gear etc were obtained via Ebay.

"I really like my DeltaTrix 3D printer. I think it is awesome! Since building it I have been able to print improvements to my own printer and I have been able to print some designs I never would have seen become reality otherwise." writes Richard.

The design of the DeltaTrix 3D Printer is published on Instructables as an Open Source project. So if you are eager to get your hands on a printer and you have the right skills/ tools, you can head over to Instructables to check it out. The end user is encouraged to make improvements and modifications such as the fitting of door panels, the use of different electronics, the use of different extruders/ hot ends, etc.

Richard has also put this project on Kickstarter today in order to turn the DeltaTrix 3D Printer into an actual product.

Main features:

  • Linear delta robot layout provides a mechanically simple motion platform for moving the print head only, not the workpiece.
  • Off the shelf RAMPS electronics allow for easy replacement in case things go wrong.
  • Using a LCD display and SD memory card (supplied in our kits).
  • Using Open Source software: Repetier on the PC, a modified version of Marlin as the firmware on the RAMPS electronics, and the standard Arduino IDE for tweaking the firmware.
  • A heated bed with glass print surface, allows for PLA and ABS to be used as filament.
  • Designed for 1.75mm PLA and ABS
  • Igus linear slides with pretension are used, providing a robust and durable bearing solution.
  • Print head assembly uses a single Reprappro Hot End, with a nozzle size of 0.3 or 0.5mm. The assembly also has a fan and integrated duct for cooling the top of a print.
  • Quick changeover print head assembly. Useful for swapping between two print head assemblies.

The team says it is working on several improvements and additions, such as automatic levelling using opto electonics in conjunction with a mirror bed, dual extruders for printing two different colours/materials, WIFI connectivity.

For Kickstarter campaign the team has two different kits on offer, a Lightweight kit and a Black Edition kit. The difference between the kits is in the panel material.

First of all there is Lightweight Poplar Plywood, which results in a machine weighing around 11.5 kilogram. The Plywood panels will be supplied in natural finish. After assembling a frame, painting by the end user is optional.


The second panel material on offer is Valchromat, resulting in a machine weighing around 15.5 kilograms. It is 19mm thick compared to the 18mm of the plywood, and it also has a higher density. The Black Edition Sets and Kits will have panels in black Valchromat.

Early backers can receive one of the 'Lucky 7 Lightweight Kit' for £588 ($965, €705), or the 'Lucky 7 Black Edition Kit' for £600 ($985, €719).

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