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TRIPODMAKER EXHIBITED AT AM EUROPE 2016

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28-30 JUNE AT RAI AMSTERDAM

The first edition of Additive Manufacturing Europe took place on the 28-30 June at RAI Amsterdam, one of the best-connected exhibition centers in Europe. This pan-European show covered all business applications for 3D printing, from prototyping to manufacturing. 

The conference program featured some of the most prominent names in the 3D printing/ additive manufacturing sector alongside a wide range of case studies focused on different sectors – healthcare (28 June), aerospace (29 June) and automotive (30 June). Tripodmaker could not miss this exciting opportunity to exhibit its solutions and share its expertise.

This is the business-to-business show for the 3D printing industry with products, launches and live demonstrations. It is the best way to see all the options together in one place. 

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Some atmosphere pictures from the show:

FILAMENT LINE LAUNCH

Spectra PLA

Spectra PLA is a tough, easy to use high grade PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) type of filament, ideal for 3D printing. It is slightly modified and this makes our PLA tougher and less brittle. PLA has a low shrinkage factor and will not deform after cooling. This material is a biodegradable plastic made from renewable natural resources and one of the most popular materials for 3D printing.

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Spectra X-ABS

Spectra X-ABS is a next-generation ABS filament. Zero warp technology implemented onto the ABS, creats a filament with far less cracking, proven near perfect interlayers, reliable bed adhesion (tape & other adhesives) while improving the mechanical properties making X-ABS extra strong. It is the ultimate ABS replacement that prints strong and beautiful parts on any FDM 3D printer without the common headaches associated with regular ABS like warping & horrible bed adhesion. X-ABS is the perfect material for strong objects that require an high impact tolerance.

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TRIPODMAKER REVIEW: BLACK EDITITON

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Yesterday, the guys from 3D Printing for Beginners did a Tripodmaker Review of our latest Tripodmaker Black Edition. You should definitely check out what they wrote on their blog post. You can read it here.

We have already received many questions based on their blog post that we wanted to clarify to our readers here.  

DOES SHIPPING OF THE PLEXI PANELS OFTEN GO WRONG?

The answer: Not any more

Shipping of the plexi panels has been a pain at the launch a few months ago. Within the regular box, shipping goes terribly wrong. This is why we currently opt to ship the doors separately in a dedicated packaging, separate from the printer.

This package is way lighter and can be handled in a more gentle way, and not with brutal force. As mentioned, our device is rock solid and build to last, this means it is not a box to do a walk in the park with and requires some heavy lifting.

DIMENSIONAL ACCURACY IS IMPROVED

We changed our calibration procedure, creating prints within +/- .15 mm of tolerance. This is something you'll have to take our word for it =)

THE STRINGING AND X-Y-RESONANCE TEST FAILED, BUT WHY?

The answer: The reviewers received a prototype of the machine and there have been several firmware and software updates since then. To get a review out for you as soon as possible, this was the only possible way of working.

At the time of testing, our Prisma software was not up and running. This means slicer settings were not 100% optimized yet when compared to our standard Repetier Host set-up. There the user has a certain freedom to operate regarding temperature and speed settings. 

But let's be honest, the guys from "3D printing for beginners" know what they talk about. So how could this go wrong?

Well, stringing is not an easy thing to tackle, and often requires a combination of settings, like acceleration of the retraction, specific movements before hopping, acceleration and jerk for travels between two spots where material should be deposited, and of course the temperature setting.

Same goes for x-y resonance. Rigidity of the frame is one factor, but speed, jerk and acceleration make or break the final results of every printer.

While the temperature is a setting the user can change to fix the stringing, the other parameters like retraction, acceleration and jerk are not included in the printer menu. We have seen that this only leads to confusion or frustration with our customers.

As tests were performed by 3D Printing for Beginners somewhere October - November 2015, our demo device was still fitted with the old firmware set-up.

The acceleration and jerk during printing was set too aggressive, resulting in x-y resonances. Then again, the acceleration of the printer travels was to slow, allowing the filament to ooze and string heavily.

At the moment, printers running software version 0.92.8i should not be suffering from such sever troubles. 

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THE NEW TRIPODMAKER BLACK EDITION

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YES, WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!

We are proud to announce the launch of our newest device, Tripodmaker Black Edition. 

During the fairs we attended in October, our Black Edition was on exclusive display and has been extremely well received by you, potential customers, press and resellers..

Tripodmaker Black Edition

FOUR MUSTHAVES, ONE DEVICE

We combined four must-haves for the new generation of 3D printers in our Tripodmaker Black Edition: easy to use, stark design, high quality and creative freedom. Our new device targets users craving for a professional device, enjoying easy operation and loving to watch it all happen. 

In order to increase accessibility, our new intuitive slicing software, PRISMA, enables users to work with predefined print settings, a materials database and organized storage for their prints. As a cloud application, it will always be up-to-date and deliver speedy performance through dedicated servers. The automatic bed levelling and pause & resume functionality adds to the ease of use.

The solid open look, 32 litres of imagination and high resolution makes the device on top of the game regarding design and creative performance. Elegant covers can be added on top to create a protected closed heated print workspace in order to reach better printing results and to guarantee a safe environment.

We are dedicated to produce our devices with the greatest care and highest quality by working together with a Belgian assembly company, using Belgian tailor-made metal parts. Going from prototype to final design, we worked together with designers and skilled technicians to obtain to best end-result.

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TRIPODMAKER BLACK EDITION

Tripodmaker Black Edition is a precise and affordable device that suits the demands of various types of customers and appeals to various end-uses. It has been carefully developed and designed to convince you that 3d printing can work for you too.

The lamp you see on our webpage is a collaboration with Juliette Geeraert, a design student at CAD Brussels, an international art college in Brussels (http://www.cad.be/). We will bring you more insights soon to how she used a Tripodmaker device to create her newest design. This showcases what we want to realize. We see no boundaries to whom can use and what you can do with our printer.

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PRE-ORDERING

The online pre-ordering has started with first deliveries scheduled by end of November. The device is dual nozzle ready and we are working hard to finalize the accompanying software. This upgrade will be available by the beginning of next year.

We are very proud to launch our new plug & print device with a cool attractive design. Please go on to tripodmaker.com/blackedition to let us convince you with our launch video and specifications. We are looking forward to receiving your feedback.

And of course, what did you think, we will soon be back with more news!
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NEXT MONTH WILL BE BUSY

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THREE FAIRS DURING OCTOBER: PARIS - BRUSSELS - KORTRIJK

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In the next few months, we will be attending three fairs, and we might have some little (or big) surprise for you. But more on that later this month with some more detailed updates.

 

3DPRINTSHOW - LOUVRE - PARIS/FRANCE
16-17 OCTOBER

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3D printing and additive manufacturing displayed spectacular growth and development. In this sector , the 3D Printshow platform opens up to the most advanced technologies, the most sharpened minds and most innovative applications of additive techniques. This is a great place to explore future technologies that everyone is talking about.

At 3D Printshow, you will have also the posibility to join several conferences. Looking forward to meet you there!

We are dedicated to produce our devices with the greatest care and highest quality by working together with a Belgian assembly company, using Belgian tailor-made metal parts. Going from prototype to final design, we worked together with designers and skilled technicians to obtain to best end-result.

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3DP EUROPE - TOUR AND TAXIS - BRUSSEL/BELGIUM
18-19 OCTOBER

3DPeurope is an international platform for businesses, government and NGOs, associations, retailers and resellers, artists and designers, engineers, educational institutes and everyone curious about the practical use of 3D printing. It is unique worldwide with its innovative show concept and Europe's first truly commercially and practically focused 3D Print event. Also, it will be the first 3D Printing show in Belgium, the center of Europe.

See you there?

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PROTO TYPING - XPO KORTRIJK/BELGIUM
28-29 OCTOBER

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PROTOTYPING 2015 aims to be a platform bringing together everyone in the prototyping industry, including both creative and manufacturing activities. It is a sharply focused practical trade event for everyone involved in product development, prototyping and low-volume manufacturing.  It is a platform for all the players in the prototyping value chain, from the initial idea to low-volume production, and this is what makes it different from other trade events. This unique networking event will also present top-level seminars and other valuable fringe events.

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OUR RESELLERS

AN EXPANDING TRIPODMAKER NETWORK

After being active for the latest year, it's time to put a clear overview of the current resellers we have being working on our sales:

 

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OUR BELGIAN RESELLERS.

Initially, we started in Belgium with our first resellers: With Trideus as our first one, quickly followed by Techswap, and 3D Futura. We are convinced we have a solid base in our home country to support our existing community of devices. We are very happy we got the opportunity to prove ourselves in this super exciting market!

ACROSS THE SEA.

In order to get access to the UK market, we started a trial project with Fablab Essex / Mousetrap Innovastion. We met Iain at TCT show. He’s a great guy and is really into everything what concerns Fablabs and hackspaces. 

UNDER THE SEA*.

With Makeproint, we date way back. At the first Rapidpro event Tripodmaker attended in Eindhoven, we got in touch. However, it took us quite some time to get a test device across the Dutch border so we only started reselling in the Netherlands as of several months ago.

* Parts of the Netherlands lay beneath sea level 😉

POWERED BY: ODOO

NOW ALSO CREATING THE FRONT END

Some time  ago, we explained we moved on to Odoo for our content management system. Odoo is a powerfull system that manages stock levels and holds together our webshop. Well, we finaly got it going and now, we also use Odoo for our website. Feel free to give some feedback at any time. We hope you like the new layout =)

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NEW FIRMWARE HAS ARRIVED

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Last few months, we have put a great effort in creating a firmware update. The firmware update contains two new functions. The update is only suited for the machines that came with magnetic connectors.

WHAT DID WE UPDATE?

We basically added two complete new functionalities on the devices:

  1. Manual calibration procedure
  2. Save and Stop -> Resume function

THE NEW MANUAL CALIBRATION MENU:

A new manual calibration menu helps you through the process of calibration. With this new function, there is no need to connect the Printer to the computer to level the build plate. It takes you through a series of steps, allowing you to tune the build plate in an easier and more intuitive way.

THE STOP AND SAVE MENU:

During print, you sometimes want to swap filament. Or you just don’t want to start a print that will take quite some time to finish. The Stop and Save menu allows you to pause your prints, and let them continue after some seconds, or even after some days. The printer just continues right where it stopped when after you Stop-and-saved it.

Alert:

Keep in mind that updating the firmware in a wrong way can result in a not properly working device. It is required to execute every step like written in this blog-post. In case something is not clear, please get back to info@tripodmaker.com.

 

CAN I UPDATE MY TRIPODMAKER FIRMWARE?

How to check if your machine is definitely suited for the firmware update? Check for the version label on the back of your Tripodmaker. It should clearly show version 2.0. Second, it should have had the magnetic contacts as you received from our factory.

 

THE NEW FIRMWARE INSTALLATION IS DONE IN 4 MAJOR STEPS STEPS:

STEP 1 – PRINTRUN

1.1 Instal Printrun, you can find your latest version here.

1.2 Turn on your Tripodmaker and connect the printer with your computer through its USB cable. Now open the Printrun application. Select the appropriate COM-port (in my case COM19) and set the baud rate to 115200. In case the COM port doesn’t show up directly, be a bit patient. Unplug your printer, or even sometimes you will need to do a reboot operation.

 

1.3 Click “Connect” and in the right command line screen, info will appear after successful connection. I maximized the Printrun window in order to give a clear insight in what shows up. We are looking for the values Rxxx.xx, Dyyy.yy, Hzzz.zz (x, y and z stand for numbers) behind the M666 text. I highlighted these numbers on the picture below. Now write down the numbers. These numbers will be different when compared to the picture and are unique for your printer. It is your responsibility not to loose these numbers you see on your screen. Losing these numbers will result in a non-calibrated machine. Now disconnect the software by clicking the “Disconnect” button.

 

If none of these M666 text is showing up, there is no need to panic. A value is readable on the back of your 3D printer label. This number refers to the Rxxx.xx value (radius value). To know the Hzzz.zz value, just home your printer (on the printer controller > Prepare > Auto Home) and write down the Z-height after homing. It is your responsibility not to loose these numbers you collected. Losing these numbers will result in a non-calibrated machine.

 

STEP 2 – ARDUINO

2.1 Install Arduino, you can find the latest version here.

2.2 Once installed sent a mail to info@tripodmaker.com [we had a download before but as the site moved to a new location, this is a temporary work around]. Make sure to unpack the received files in a folder called “TripodmakerMarlin”.

2.3 Now open TripodmakerMarlin.ino. The TripodmakerMarlin firmware will now open with several tabs i.e. MarlinTripodmaker.ino, Configuration.h, Configuration_adv.h, EEPROMwrite.h, etc…

 

2.4 Make sure the TripodMaker is connected to your computer and powered on. (Note: If Pronterface (or another host program like RepetierHost) is open, make sure to either close it or disconnect it from the Tripodmaker before uploading)

2.5 Click on “Tools” then “Board” then “Arduino Mega 2560 or Mega ADK”. This will select the arduino mega 2560 as your default board, which is the board that is inside your TripodMaker.

 

 

2.6 Click on “Tools” then “Serial Port” then select the appropriate COM port (In my case COM19). In case the COM port doesn’t show up directly, be a bit patient. Unplug your printer, or even sometimes you will need to do a reboot operation.

 

2.7 Click the “Upload” button (highlighted yellow in the following picture) to upload the firmware to your electronics. Make sure you don’t add any characters to the code as these might brake the code.

 2.8 In the bottom left corner of the Arduino application, a “Compiling” message will appear followed by an “Uploading” message. After the firmware has been uploaded the message will change to “Done”.

There you have it; you have just uploaded Marlin to your Tripodmaker electronics! Congratulations, you can now close your Arduino program.

STEP 3 – GETTING THE VALUES BACK IN.

We now have the new firmware uploaded to our device, but we still need to put in the old calibration value’s we recovered during STEP 1. These are unique values and are different for every printer. If you lost these values or you enter wrong ones, your device will probably not be working properly. It is your responsibility not to loose these numbers and not to enter them wrong.

3.1 Re-open Printrun and connect the Printerun software to your printer like I explained in STEP 1.

3.2.1 In case there was no Printrun output and you had to write down the numbers for the LCD screen and the Label, go to 3.2.2.

Now type in the following command in the command line and replace the xxx.xx, yyy.yy and zzz.zz with the numbers you wrote down in the previous step and hit “Send”. Attention: Use a “.” [dot] and NOT a “,” [comma] as separator!

M666 Rxxx.xx Dyyy.yy Hzzz.zz

3.2.2 In case there was no Printrun output and you had to write down the numbers for the LCD screen and the Label, just use this code in the command line and hit “Send”. Attention: Use a “.” [dot] and NOT a “,” [comma] as separator!

M666 Rxxx.xx Hzzz.zz

Now type the M500 command in the same spot to store the values.

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STEP 4 – ENJOY THE NEW FEATURES!

THE MANUAL CALIBRATION MENU

This menu kind of speaks for itself. You can go through a routine were the printer head is moving around the build plate. Please make sure the build plate is empty so the hot end can’t bump into recently printed objects.

For a detailed explanation, download our latest manual available in our downloads-section.

THE SAVE AND STOP MENU

During print, you can now select “Save and Stop”. This overwrites a file called “resume.g”. Opening this file results in a continuation of the print you were doing. Opening the “resume.g” file if it didn’t match with the print you were doing will result in a faulty operation (crashing or floating above the semi-printed part). So be sure to only select the “resume.g” file in case you are sure you did a correct “Save and Stop” before!

Enjoy.

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