[KwartzLab] 0.1mm resolution 3D printing on the PrintrBot
karlw at thinkbotics.com
Mon Apr 30 13:50:27 EDT 2012
It's basically a reprap variant: http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Printrbot
So, you can use whatever firmware, host software, gcode slicer and CAD
software that you like. Here's a list:
I have been using Solidworks to design, skeinforge to slice and create the
gcode, Repetier host control program and Marlin firmware. I find that
there is much more control over the slicing with skeinforge than with
With the new setup I'm finally living the rapid prototyping dream!
When I first got my reprap printer, the firmware was 5D set up with
Repsnapper but the quality wasn't good enough.
P.S. I'm sending this to the members list as well because my emails don't
seem to go to discuss anymore.
> Oh my goodness, that resolution is amazing. How's the toolchain for
> this printer?
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM, Karl Williams <karlw at thinkbotics.com>
>> I can do 0.1 mm on my reprap at home but those prints take a long time.
>> typically print the layers at .23 but skeinforge has a 'skin' function
>> that will print the outer skin at half of your layer thickness (0.115
>> my setting) so you still get the smooth surface and a quicker print
>> I'll put some money into getting a printrbot for the lab if others want
>> do that too.
>>> Here are some photos and discussion of high resolution (100 micron)
>>> printrbot prints by regular users who have purchased the kit.
>>> The print quality is much higher than we have managed to get out of
>>> the reprap, with far less effort and tuning. These kits are very
>>> cheap. $550 for a 6"x6"x6" print volume, or $700 for an 8"x8"x8" print
>>> volume. And they are much easier to assemble: a few hours for one
>>> person. It's a much simpler design, and the printhead and electronics
>>> are preassembled.
>>> I'd like to get one of these into the lab.
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>>> Discuss at kwartzlab.ca
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