It used to be a rare thing to see a delta-style 3D printer targeted to the average consumer. The 3D printing space is still ruled by Cartesian printers, those that operate linearly in the x, y and z axes. Deltabots were by and large kit printers targeted at makers and hobbyists. Not anymore.
There were a number of deltas on the show floor that looked every bit as polished as their Cartesian cousins. And there were a couple that seemed even more determined to prove that deltas have come of age. The Creatable D2 was one such printer.
Their long booth wall was stacked with many units of their Creatable D2 deltabot style printer, proudly on display and ready for sale. And sell they did. Everyday at the show I saw more and more of their printers with a ‘sold’ sign on them.
After talking to a sales rep at their booth I learned that they had sold at least 30 printers at the show. The printer had only launched a month earlier.
Clearly, they were doing something right.
The Creatable D2 is a stylish, sleek printer with an enclosed heated build chamber that is easily removable.
A bright OLED panel with a jog wheel makes controlling your prints on this machine a cinch. It features an innovative auto-leveling system. When the hot end makes contact with the circular aluminum bed it creates a closed electric circuit and the printer knows it has touched the bed.
The build area is 200 x 200 x 170 mm and it can print from 300 microns down to 50 microns. It can print at a max temp of 260°C and the max bed temperature is 150°C. The hot end assembly is connected to the delta arms magnetically, so it is easily detached.
Everything is set up to make it easy for the user to maintain the machine. It comes with tools for opening the chassis and for belt tensioning, and can be upgraded to have dual nozzles.
The machine is rated to print PLA and ABS, but it seems likely it would be able to print in more exotic filaments, as well. Speed and precision are where this delta truly shines. It has an XYZ positional accuracy of 12.5 microns and can print at speeds of up to 300 mm/sec.
The printer runs off a version of Cura called Cura CREATABLE Edition and it also supports a variety of file formats; STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF, PNG and JPG.
If this high-precision, beautifully engineered machine seems space aged, it’s no coincidence. ATEAM Venture’s CEO, San Ko, trained as South Korea’s first astronaut.
ATEAM Ventures also has a 3DHubs-type service called ShapeEngine, currently in beta. Not only does this service link customers to printer owners for their printing needs, but it also links them to designers that can be hired to design models for printing. It seems that this is company to watch out for.
The Creatable D2 is currently selling in Korea for ₩2,200,000, which is roughly $2K USD. When the Creatable D2 leaves its native shores it might be worth a look.
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