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GRONINGEN MAKERFAIR

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Today is a big day: The TripodMaker v2 is up and running! Check out the Video! It looks great and performs as the best and will be shown as a showcase printer for the Groningen Maker Faire.

Last Friday, my final pieces arrived for this build. During verification of the parts, I noticed some of them where not according to the drawings. (see picture, the one on the right is slightly bended at the end, resulting in a gap of 3mm when mounted on the aluminum profiles) Luckily, parts from the earlier TripodMaker v1 prototype could be re-used, but this meant disassembling the v1… which was kind of extra work that I didn’t took into account.

After the strip-down of the TripodMaker v1 and build-up of the v2, I am proud to present to you some new pictures and a short video of the new TripodMaker v2 3D printer. But first some additional info on the printers New Design and our new Automatic Calibration feature. (soon available on the Gallery page).

THE NEW DESIGN

This contains a revised version of the TripodMaker frame, the new Alu-extruder and the new Alu-hot-end-skid. Throughout the developments, focus was mainly on the beauty of simplicity, while not compromising performance.

The frame received an additional beam at the bottom. This implies a higher rigidity than the previous version, while still looking elegant. The TripodMaker v1 is now 1 meter tall and has printer height of 40cm. It now also features a circular printer bed that fully uses the reachable area with the delta technology and a beautifully laser etched logo on our control box.

Tripodmaker Classic V1

The extruder is now equipped with a 5:1 reduction gearbox which creates bigger torque to push the filament through the nozzle. The outgoing axle of the reduction gearbox is supported with a ball bearing, comparable to the Airtripper’s V3 design. It is made out of high quality aluminum parts, which will not crack when the load gets high during fast printing.

AUTOMATIC LEVELING PROBE (SOON AVAILABLE)

 No need for calibration of the printer bed with this tool. Before every build, the touch probe feels the printer bed surface and compensates software wise for deviations of the bed surface. A must have in your 3D printing dreams! Check out the calibration procedure on the video below!

That’s it for the updates of the day. Looking forward to see some of you on the Groningen Maker Faire next weekend!

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