May 16, 2016 | By Benedict

SeeMeCNC, a 3D printing startup based in Goshen, Indiana, has announced that its new ERIS Delta 3D printer is in production and available to order in limited quantities. The FFF machine, first seen at CES 2015, is currently available at a reduced price of $549.

In the desktop 3D printer market, printer manufacturers have largely tended to favor the Cartesian system, in which the hotend of a printer goes from left to right and front to back, and either the hotend or the print bed goes up and down. In fact, this way of building a printer is so common that you’d be forgiven for not knowing the alternatives. There are, however, other groups of 3D printers which exhibit completely different kinds of movement.

One alternative to the Cartesian system is the polar system, most notably used by 3D printer manufacturer Polar 3D, which uses a circular grid system and rotating print bed. But another relative anomaly in the additive manufacturing world is the delta 3D printer. Delta robots, the inspiration behind delta 3D printers, can be traced back to the early 1980s, where they were first conceived by a group of Swiss robotics experts. These experts devised a system whereby three arms connected to a central joint were used to control the movement of an effector. In the case of delta 3D printers, the hotend functions as this effector above a stationary, often circular print bed.

SeeMeCNC, an Indiana-based 3D printer manufacturer, has chosen to utilize the delta system for its latest model, the ERIS Delta, and when you consider some of the advantages afforded by the delta system, it’s easy to see why. For one, moving parts of a delta 3D printer tend to be far lighter than their Cartesian equivalents, increasing speed and potentially decreasing errors. As can be seen in the ERIS, however, delta 3D printers need to be much taller than others, which does not suit all printing situations. Nevertheless, the ERIS remains relatively compact and transportable.

The ERIS Delta has a build volume of 4.9" (124mm) diameter by 6-1/2" (165mm), a quick-change hotend/nozzle system, and an accelerometer probe design which enables automatic hotend calibration. SeeMeCNC is also touting the 3D printer as fully RTP (ready-to-print), with users able to start printing within a matter of minutes after plugging in. When those formative prints have been completed, maintenance is made simple by a removable borosilicate glass build plate, held down by three rotating bed clips. Thanks to a preinstalled build surface laminate, users can print with confidence using a number of 1.75mm filaments such as PLA, PETG, blended PLAs, and more.

The ERIS Delta is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, has overall dimensions of 9-1/2" (240mm) diameter by 17-1/2" (444mm), and has a shipping weight of 13.8lb (5.81kg), which takes into account an included 1lb (0.5kg) spool of filament. While SeeMeCNC has described its new 3D printer as both super-affordable and super-reliable, it is still undergoing something of a beta testing stage. The company has provided default starting and calibration settings, but is encouraging all customers to verify these settings and report their findings back to base.

SeeMeCNC’s new ERIS Delta 3D printer, made in the USA, is available now at a special discounted price of $549, down from $599. It will be exhibited at the upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire, May 20-22.

 

Thanks to George for the tip!

 

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