DeltaMaker is a clean looking personal 3D printer built on a delta robot platform. It has a rigid aluminum extrusion construction. The delta robot was invented by a team led by Reymond Clavel in the early 1980’s. Because of the speed and precision with which delta robots can operate, the technology proved a significant success, powering industrial machines of all kinds.
The delta robot design, with three sets of parallel arms connected to a central platform, enables printing of objects at high resolution without the speed limitations imposed by traditional 3D printer designs. Unlike a traditional X, Y, Z axis control system, no motor is specifically tied to a single axis.
DeltaMaker prototype uses MakerSlide open source linear bearing system and QU-BD hot end. A custom high-performance filament drive system and a Bowden tube are added for delivering the filament to the extrusion head.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.
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It would have been a lot better if they had credited the Deltabot development group (https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/deltabot/vvvLFaBtChE) or Johann – whose firmware I’m sure they are running, without being prompted. More importantly, as John O of SeeMeCNC pointed out, they have not answered the question of when and where they will be publishing the designs – it is after all built on a LOT of Open Sourced projects.