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This 40-foot-tall delta 3D printer can build homes out clay


Big Delta can build low-cost, 3D-printed homes in areas struck by natural disasters. 


It’s no question, 3D printers are getting bigger. While more and more companies are seeking massive build volumes, they will all pale in comparison to the latest design from WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project). And we’re not talking about a large desktop machine, either. Standing at 40-feet tall, the Big Delta 3D Printer is capable of constructing entire houses — something that will be extremely useful in areas struck by natural disasters and throughout Third World countries.

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Evident by advancements in recent months, 3D-printed buildings are bound to become ubiquitous over the next few years. And not only will the gargantuan delta-style printer be able to extrude habitable objects, it will be able to do so at very little cost by using local materials like clay.

Given its sheer magnitude, Big Delta is supported by a sturdy, 20-foot-wide metal frame. Although the printer will prove to be especially valuable in times of crisis, WASP says there’s already a growing interest in using it in places with a rapidly growing population. Considering that the United Nations estimates there will be a need for almost a hundred thousand new homes throughout the world each day for the next 15 years, the ability to quickly and inexpensively create homes will be paramount.

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“Building Big Delta is much more than a dream come true,” its creators explain. “Estimates foresee a rapid growth of adequate housing requirements for over four billion people living with yearly income below $3,000.”

If you recall last year, the company unveiled a 20-foot-tall printer that could spew out filaments including mud and other natural fibers. Now, the team has taken their efforts one step further with the record-setting machine Big Delta. The printer uses a rotating nozzle that also doubles as a mixer, which enables it to keep the materials homogeneous for extrusion. These materials can then be treated and structurally reinforced with small amounts of chemical additives. What’s more, it reportedly only requires less than 100 watts of power to operate.

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“[We] propose a vision that goes well beyond that of low-cost housing. We are talking about the Maker economy, a new model where everything can be self manufactured through shared solutions, These leverage on 3D printing and are tied to meeting life’s primary necessities: work, health and housing,” the team adds.

While few details about BigDelta have been made available, WASP will demonstrate the 40-foot-tall, 20-foot-wide beast of a printer at Maker Faire Rome. Interested? You can follow along on their website here.

Tiko is the $179 “unibody” 3D printer you’ve always wanted


This 3D printer is setting a new standard for design and price.


Given the rise of the Maker Movement, it’s not unusual to hear about a new 3D printer making its debut on Kickstarter. However, when that 3D printer aspires to change up the game, it’s certainly worth noting. Tiko is a budget-friendly, Delta-style 3D printer that has set out to establish a new standard for design at a minimal cost, all without sacrificing the quality. Taking into consideration the complications often experienced in other devices, the machine sought out to rid these by using an enclosed “unibody” chassis with pre-aligned beams on the inside of its frame.

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The printer is equipped with three sets of arms that move in unison to control the movement of the print head. It supports an array of printing materials including the usual PLA, ABS and nylon, as well as boasts a print resolution that goes down to just 50 microns. Other notable specs include a print volume of 138.3 cubic inches and a maximum nozzle temperature of 250° C.

Tiko also features a unique liquefier that can extrude PLA plastic without active cooling, and replaces expensive and loud fans with heat vents. Not only does it allow Makers, engineers and designers to print large objects, they can remove them just as easily. Its print bed is completely flexible, so once a job is done, a user simply has to lift the printer off the bed and twist to pop off the print.

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The surprisingly lightweight machine is extremely portable, while its sleek design will make it a welcomed addition to any countertop. With mobility in mind, the Niagara Falls-based startup ensured connectivity played an integral role as well. The team explains, “Wires are so 1996. Connect Tiko to the cloud, and you can print from almost anywhere, even from your smartphone. No Wi-Fi? Tiko makes its own wireless access point so you can print directly, too.”

Not only can Tiko run off of the cloud, it doesn’t have any USB ports for connecting files to the 3D printer either. Beyond that, the device can even measure its own performance, and with permission, utilize that data to help improve the gadget and the overall user experience.

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  • Printer size: 15.4″ x 8.7” x 9.3″
  • Printer weight: 3.7lbs
  • Print volume: 138.3 cubic inches
  • Filament type: PLA, ABS, HIPS, nylon (1.75mm)
  • Layer resolution: 50-250 microns

Sound like a printer you’d love to have? Hurry over to its official Kickstarter page, where the team has already well exceeded its initial goal of $100,000.

This RepRap 3D printer can play Beethoven


Watch this RepRap 3D printer perform Beethoven’s “Für Elise” using only motor sounds.


If you’ve ever used a 3D printer, you know all too well the distinct sound of the stepper motors as they rotate and change direction. Well, a Maker by the name of DeltaRAP recently decided to change that by modding his Atmel based RepRap 3D printer to emit the harmonic tunes of Beethoven. In fact, his machine could now play the world-renowned “Für Elise” in its entirety.

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Inspired by a video of a CNC milling machine making music from its motors, the Maker used g-code commands to convert the printer’s stepper motor movements into exact tonal sounds. After experiencing a few difficulties, DeltaRAP realized that his Rostock printer — which is powered by an Arduino Mega (ATmega1280) — could produce distinct tones after all, by moving the print head vertically. This would allow for a singular tone to play from the device, as it causes all three motors to move in unison.

“Delta style printers don’t rotate one motor if you tell them to move for example X axis by 10mm. The firmware instead recalculates the movement of each motor so the end result is the movement of the head by 10mm on X axis. The only movement that doesn’t have to be divided between all three motors is Z movement. We can use this knowledge to slightly modify the g-code and make [the] Delta printer a music player,” DeltaRAP writes.

Pretty cool, right? You read about the Maker’s entire mod here, and watch it in action below.

 

Thingystock is an open-source, Delta-style 3D printer


Another DIY 3D printer has just launched a crowdfunding campaign.


The Thingystock — which recently made its Kickstarter debut — is an open-source, Delta-style 3D printer with an expandable build volume. Created by Makers Matt and Alyssa Wahlers, the machine is fully-printable and completely upgradeable by users.

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Thingystock’s modular frame is comprised of three parts, and with additional pieces, can be extended to support larger bed sizes. Enhancing its expandability, the printer’s rods can also be replaced with taller ones, while the arms with longer ones. The Maker-friendly machine boasts a circular build volume of 150x150x200mm and is equipped with an E3D V6 hotend.

“The inclusion of an E3D V6 is a great value and also one of the best performing hot ends ever. It can use E3D’s upgrades such as the Volcano and can be easily disassembled for maintenance,” the duo writes.

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On the hardware side, the Thingystock is equipped with RAMPS 1.4 and an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560), as well as an LCD Controller. The machine can print at 150 microns, and be changed to print at higher resolutions by utilizing various belt pulleys.

“By default there is no heated bed, however it would be easy to add one in the future if you so desire. By printing different bed clips, you can easily add support for a heated bed. Clip designs supporting the MK2b heatbed will be released.”

Interested in learning more? Head on over to Thingystock’s Kickstarter page, where the team is currently seeking $5,000.