Sep.23, 2013

At Maker Faire 2013 NY last weekend, Shai Schechter of SUNY Purchase College presented Deltaprintr, a new low cost Delta 3D printer designed for everyone. "our goal has been to get these printers into your hands at the lowest feasible cost." writes the team. The price is unknown yet, but it will be between $400~$500.

The Deltaprintr has a simple design. It has less parts than other similar 3D printers and it uses a spectra fishing line to connect three motors with the delta arms intead of belts. All parts were lasercut or made on high precision CNC machines. With a Deltaprintr, you can change the print area, so size isn't an issue. For taller prints, you could simply extend the three towers. In addition the Deltaprintr also comes with a slick LED design for those late night prints.

Printed with 0.15mm height

The team behind Deltaprintr project is four college students, Shai Schechter, Andrey Kovalev, Yasick Nemenov and Eugene Sokolov. And they have been working on Deltaprintr since this May. The project is scheduled to be launched on Kickstarter sometime in October-November. Stay tuned.

Check out the team's 'Deltaprintr Teaser Trailer' here.

In the video below Shai Schechter was interviewed by Hackaday at Maker Faire 2013 NY. The noise at the maker faire was bit hard ... but you can see the design and the printer in action.


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Bálint wrote at 9/29/2013 4:17:13 PM:

@ Just an engineer The guy mentioned that they wanted to make some, so everyone can have one in the class. If they get it cheaper, its a boon. Also they might count on having profit on extras. Likely a lot of backers will want some extra stuff, which can go for wild price. If they have a few pennies on consumables, that can also add up. R&D advertisements warranty is costs basically non existent for various reasons. I would not expect much software license fees either.

Just a Doctor wrote at 9/24/2013 10:48:51 AM:

I think many of them do it for the joy & pleasure of having their own design/contribution exposed to the world but definitely without a 3-5 year business plan to remain for long. And I think the space for low-cost-FDM-based printers is becoming just too overcrowded. Very dificult to know who works-where and with what.

Just an engineer wrote at 9/23/2013 9:50:13 PM:

I'm not sure how these companies/groups plan to make a profit. Given the standard engineering markup of 3-5X part costs to account for things like salaries, R&D, warranty and repair, advertising, and even just software licenses, to sell a printer for $500, even being conservative (3X), that means component cost has to be down in the $160 dollar region. Motors are $15 a piece, so that's $45 right there for Z1, Z2, and Z3. Your extruder also needs one, so now you're up to $60 of motors. Electronics, even cheap ones, are another $80 on a good day ($8 per stepper driver in bulk is $32, plus an off-brand arduino, plus a power supply, etc). That's $140 before structural elements, a hobbed bolt, etc. I have no idea how these people plan to make profit or stay in business with these margins. Any ideas?

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