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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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LIVE FROM TCT SHOW IN BIRMINGHAM

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As I am writing, I am currently sitting in my hotel room in Birmingham, because we are attending TCT show!

TCT SHOW

Today was the first day (29th), and we had a blast. We brought 3 printers and a blacklight dome ( more on that later! )

On our spot D47, we are together with ICE filaments. It’s a free fare, so don’t hesitate to pass by at any time, we are at hall 3a of NEC. We currently have a promo ongoing and share lots of samples of the ICE filament.

ICE filaments is the new brand when it comes down to quality spools for your TripodMaker or other less appealing printer 😉 The ICE product is developed in Europe and will be soon available in our shop. There are multiple colours in PLA, ABS and ABS+ (less warp with ABS+).

THE DOME

One of the fine products of ICE is fluo filament, which lights up in blacklight. So we made our self’s a tiny blacklight dome to show what the effect is, and it’s quite cool 🙂

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We are going to take some rest and see you tomorrow on the fair, don’t forget where we are: hall 3a, D47

Good night,
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TRIPODMAKER WINS BIZIDEE

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Last week, TripodMaker was very pleased to receive the first price of the Bizidee competition! Bizidee is a competition founded by Agentschap Ondernemen, and is in fact a business game. Through this competition, they want to help promising entrepreneurs to get their business started through financial support.

A lot of people asked me the past months: “when are you throwing the celebration party? =p” However, that nice amount doesn’t have that particular purpose. So we will truly spend it on the TripodMaker as we committed to all members of the jury.

And I really have to say ‘we won’ in fact, because, without of the help of Eva, my girlfriend and partner in crime, we would never reached this far in this competition.

 
 
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WHAT IS THE BIZIDEE COMPETITION?

The Bizidee competition is split into two phases. The first phase requires a 2-pager of your idea, mainly with the focus on the idea itself; originality, coolness, brilliantness, the businessmodel.

In phase one, we made it to the top ten, but never really got on stage. Brilliant ideas like Bella Stoma (nice looking Stoma wearables), iReachm (never miss a phone call technology) and Partheas (Technology for hospital patient-tracking system), went home with a price.

Phase two focusses mainly on how you will tackle your idea itself marketing wise, financially, but also how you will handle cashflow and run your business on the long run. Phase two was in fact a 30 pages business plan. I must admit, it made us think about the future of Tripodmaker, and how we will deal with the changing environment and competition.

In total 96 business plans got submitted to phase two and were read by the jury. Twelve got selected to give a presentation and were still in the game. The 15 minutes presentation was a summary of your business plan, followed by 15 minutes of challenging questions. It was not easy to convince the jury, keeping in mind it was up to 30 degrees C in that room and they were hearing business plans already all day long ( I was the last one to pass along).

On Tuesday evening, May 27th, the finale was mind blowing, we won 25,000 euro!! =) The second-place prize of 7,500 euro went to Inge Gypens en Caroline Braeken and their plan for gluten-free bread distribution and the third prize of 3,000 euro went to Koen Wauters and Nico Staels and their plan for Partheas a hospital patient-tracking system.

WHAT’S NEXT

The money is definitely dedicated to Tripodmaker. So no wild parties, no fast cars, no fancy holidays, etc… but investing it in sales and developments and going “all-in”.

We are still working on automatic calibration, which is running better as before. Next to that, we are moving on to a full metal hot-end to have a better maintenance for the end-users.

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all the best,
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INFOGRAPHIC – HOW 3D PRINTING WORKS

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This evening, I came across this cool infographic of Naomi Paton. If you are on the verge of explaining to somebody how 3D printing works, you might save yourself some time and forwarding him/her this blog-post. Ok, it features a 3D printer design of an obvious competitor, but hey, it’s about the content =)

Also consider checking their website. I definitely need to view their 10 Amazing TED Talks About science and technology. Something maybe for the weekend

enjoy!

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NEWS FLASH

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The last days have been very busy. You might have noticed that our website is updated! Next to that, we have been attending several events.

THE WEBSITE

It took us about 3 nights to get the new lay-out finished. We consolidated all of the content and moved it to the home page. Next to that, we adjusted the blog-post lay-out and updated the look of our store. Hope you like the result =)

Check out the old v.s. new:

YES, WE WERE AT RAPIDPRO!

A lot of people and many 3D printers. It was clear that there were only a few delta printers around. That said, the TripodMaker could really distinguish itself because of its look, building envelope and print quality! We have been printing a special design of a shoe by Katrien Herdewyn. Katrien is a friend of mine from university and in her spare time she designs shoes, next to her Phd!

Additionally, we got even nominated for the RapidPro award! A shame though that half of the 3D prints I brought to the fair got stolen, really amazing. The only positive thing is that I didn’t need to carry them home 😉

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

Yesterday and today, we were present at the New Industrial Entrepreneurship (NL: Nieuw Industrieel Ondernemen) fair in Waagnatie, Antwerp. Thanks to the guys from Sirris Belgium, we got into the 3D printing boot with our TripodMaker. A pity we couldn’t swap the prints for some of the Champagne bottles that were left over 😉

TripodMaker at Nieuw Industrieel Ondernemen – Waagnatie; Antwerpen.
Soon, we have more updates ready! Have a nice weekend

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