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.
Sabins Gadgeteering Lab now has a decent, medium-range, 3-D printer.
The Da Vinci 1.0, made by XYZPrinting, was acquired earlier today and now has a place at its own workbench. After some careful re-reading of the instructional manuals, it will be powered up and run through its operational checklist, including some demo printing. Updates to this status will be posted here, including when we will begin taking orders for printed items.
(Product Link: http://us.xyzprinting.com/us_en/Product/da-Vinci-1.0)