Delta 3D printers are simple, easy to use, and most importantly have the ability to scale up quite well and affordably, as we have seen with the SeeMeCNC giant PartDaddy 3D printer. This style of printer functions using the delta robot concept, a robotic setup which has been used within the packaging industry for years. The technology is well known, easy to fix, and incredibly enjoyable to watch in action.
While the majority of 3D printers we see on the market today are based on a Cartesian coordinate system design, delta printers are also slowly catching on. One startup company, based in St. Louis, Missouri, called Griffin 3D is trying to bring to market an entire series of delta 3D printers via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
The Griffin Pro Series, is made up of three printers, all of different sizes, allowing the company to cater to the entire market. The printers include the Griffin Mini, Griffin Pro, and the largest of the bunch, the Griffin Pro XL. All three machines feature the same general specifications which include the following:
- Print Speed:: Up to 300mm/s
- Printer Movement Speed: Up to 500mm/s
- Print Resolution: 20 microns
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
- Electronics: Azteeg X5 Mini
- Firmware: Smoothieware
- Key Features: 2mm Thick Gorilla Glass Bed, Optical End Stops, Carbon Fiber Rods, Viki 2 LCD Screen, Force Sensing Resistors, Custom Extruder Pulley, Semi-Auto Calibration (within 3 minutes)
The only major differences between the three printers, are the build volumes, the sizes, and the prices, which are listed below:
- Printer Size: 11 in Triangular x 16 in height
- Build Size: 6.8 in diameter x 6 in height (170mm diameter x 152.4mm)
- Price on Kickstarter: Between $700 – $950 (depends on how assembled it is and when you order)
- Printer Size: 14.5 in Triangular x 23.5 in height
- 11.8 in diameter x 10 in height (300mm diameter x 254mm)
- Price on Kickstarter: Between $850 – $1050 (depends on how assembled it is and when you order)
Griffin Pro XL
- Printer Size: 22.25 in Triangular x 40 in height
- 18 in diameter x 18 in height (457.2mm diameter x 457.2mm)
- Price on Kickstarter: Between $950 – $1200 (depends on how assembled it is and when you order)
The company is looking to raise $30,000 in order to begin full scale production of these three machines. The Kickstarter campaign will run from now until September 17th, and the first printers, as well as kits should begin shipping sometime in October.
Have you backed this project or are you considering it? Let us know in the Griffin 3D printer forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below describing the three printers which are available.
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