Thursday, August 6, 2015

3D Printing with Delta Printers

I am very pleased to announce my latest book, "3D Printing with Delta Printers" (Apress 2015). This book is focused entirely on delta printers including how to properly, build, configure, calibrate, use, and maintain your delta printer. The book is a companion to my "Building and Maintaining Your 3D Printer" (Apress 2014).


You can find both books in bookstores and online book retailers.

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Dear dr. Bell, I had read your book "Beginning Sensor Networks With Arduino And Raspberry Pi". I would ask you: Is it possible to use an xbee end_sensor_node as a controller? or, in other words, can I configure a network with a controller, a router and 2 end_sensors, where a end_sensor measure the temperature and the other switch on the light?
    thank's a lot.
    paolo ilsudest (paolo.ilsudest[at]google.com)

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    1. Yes, you can. See: http://examples.digi.com/lights-motors-more/wireless-control-of-ac-devices-with-a-powerswitch-tail/

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  2. I am building a Max V2 in large part due to your deltas book. While I expect the RAMBo in the SeeMeCNC kit will nicely cover my needs as I learn; I was wondering why you just covered the 8 bit controllers and did not cover thethe Duet, Smoothie and BeagleBone solutions?

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    1. Hi. I am glad you are enjoying the book!

      I did not include the other controllers mainly because of popularity. RAMPS is widely used and thus the popular choice as well as readily available and relatively cheap. So most readers will encounter that board. Plus - while most would probably never do this - the RAMPS setup is easiest to tinker with and replace components if your experiments wander down the path of dangerous modifications. Who, me? ;)

      The RAMBO board is a very good choice too. I have used the Printrboard to great success so there's another option.

      My experience with other boards is not as vast. However, I am not a fan of the Smoothie board. I've not had very good experience with it mainly because I prefer Marlin or Reptier firmware. But others have used successfully.

      Another motivation for not including the other boards is I did not want to negatively influence others from trying the other boards. While I've had some not-so-good results, it doesn't mean others will have the same.

      Finally, I haven't really found a need for a 32-bit micro controller or processor for controlling 3D printers. Perhaps as technology grows and we embed more and more capabilities in the printer electronics, the faster boards will become better options.

      Enjoy!

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