Success! The drawing for this print successfully converted over into an STL file, and was successfully “sliced” into a tool path for the printer. Each of these coins can be produced for various products, e.g. pins and boutonnieres, ribbon medals, challenge coins, and so forth. They have a $5 value per coin by themselves, but I may give them out as takeaways for the first 20 customers at a trade show or convention.
With this successful test, I am pleased to say that the Da Vinci printer is now available for use in commissioned works! Stay updated here for stock items that use this new technology!
Makey, arms down with supports, from below.
Makey from the back, freshly printed.
Front View of Makey, arms down w/ supports.
With this third print, I downloaded a freeware sample file of the mascot of MAKE Magazine, “Makey”. The first attempt was going to be a faithful duplication of the robot in three dimensions, with his arms down. This print took about 28 minutes and used about 1.366 meters of ABS filament.
Unfortunately, all 3D prints make an object from the ground level up, so I had to add supports to act as a scaffolding while the arms and shoulders were printing in midair. The supports were laid on too thick, and I snapped an arm off trying to clip them. Oh, well, try again…
The second attempt has Makey raising his stubby (though still frangible) arms in triumph, as he is printed with no supports to hold him down, er, up! This version of the print took 36 minutes and 1.374 meters of filament. Gauging the print as an example of the details that the Da Vinci 1.0 can produce, I’d say it’s about what I’d expect from an inexpensive printer that can use ABS. Not the best on the market, but good enough for my intended purposes.
For those who seek to make their own Makey and test their own 3D printer’s capabilities, he can be downloaded in all versions at www.thingiverse.com/thing:40212.
Up next, I will attempt to create, compile, and print my own file, from a rendered drawing made on Autodesk software. If that can be resolved successfully, I may be ready to take commissions!
A larger and more complex sample print, the Star Vase was printed in 1 hour, 48 minutes.
It required 8 meters of ABS filament. I actually thought it would be bigger, and perhaps flare out at the top. The walls are only one print width thick (about 1 mm).
I will attempt to upload an STL file next, and if that is successful, I will attempt to make my own STL file from an OpenSCAD model.
After some false starts and puzzlement, I achieved success with the new Da Vinci!
This is an example of the Key Chain sample print. It took 34 minutes, and 3 meters of ABS plastic filament to make. I’ll note that here for reference.
Now that the device is up and running, I will try a larger sample print before attempting to upload some of my own designs. Fortunately, a freeware drafting program called OpenSCAD should allow me to design some of my own parts.
The work envelope for the printer is only 7.8 inches cubed, so for large constructs I would have to print out smaller sub-components to be assembled by hand. Since most of my existing stock consists of small items, this should suit my purposes for the foreseeable future.