Nov 12, 2015 | By Benedict

You might have noticed that 3D printers are everywhere these days, yet the coterie of makers who can actually use the technology remains relatively small. That shortage of genuine expertise could all change in a few years, if young tech enthusiasts are given the right training from a young age. Deltaprintr, a Staten Island, New York based 3D printing company, is looking to make that possibility a reality, by targeting its affordable new Delta Go 3D printer at schools, teachers and students.

Deltaprintr showed up on the additive manufacturing scene back in 2013, when it created its eponymous, maiden 3D printer, running a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch it into production. That crowdfunding campaign raised an impressive $236,000 from enthusiastic backers, who received their printers earlier this year. The company has now returned with its latest machine.

Following on from the original Deltaprintr 3D printer, the Delta Go promises a host of improvements and new features. To start with the basics, the Delta Go 3D printer boasts anodised aluminium and powder coated steel construction, giving the machine a stubborn resistance to corrosion and an elongated lifespan. Aluminium was also used to create the Go’s sleek print bed, which can purportedly ensure 0.01mm flatness, and which allows for a build volume of 10.1x12.7cm.

As impressive as those big metal slabs are, the Delta Go 3D printer is no slouch in the hotend arena either, with a unified nozzle body spanning the entire length of the hotend with a heat break. This design allows for optimal cooling and a smaller heat zone for faster prints. An integrated mini fan enhances the printer’s cooling ability further. The nozzles themselves can be easily switched for quick project turnover, and the company are planning to release some exciting micro nozzle designs in the near future.

That’s the mechanical news, but Deltaprintr has also completely reworked its circuitry for the Delta Go 3D printer. The new model, which features a more powerful processor than that found in the original Deltaprintr, uses smoothieware firmware for faster, more precise prints.

So what does all this add up to when it comes down to 3D printing? Deltaprintr says that the Delta Go can print at a layer resolution of 100 microns—a very reasonable print quality considering the target market of the printer.

To keep the kids interested (as if they needed anything else), the Delta Go also looks incredibly cool. A 100mm LED ring skirmishes the ceiling of the structure, illuminating the 3D print like it’s the lead in some kind of futuristic Broadway show. The Delta Go’s lights also serve as signals, for indicating when the printer is on, ready and heated.

The printer will start shipping in early 2016, Deltaprintr says that it will cost just $399, making it a genuine option for schoolteachers.

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gregha wrote at 11/12/2015 12:53:47 PM:

Some odd syntax in the writeup....a non-US author?



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