The DeltaMaker 3D printer has changed the way I look at 3D printing. My previous printer, Creality CR-10 Mini, was a hassle to get assembled, configured, and printing and ended up being more trouble than I had the patience for it. Enter the DeltaMaker, with its easy setup and lack of complicated learning curve.
From the start, I knew this was going to be a different experience because the printer comes fully assembled, configured, and ready to print from the get-go. There are no onboard controls, so everything is done via the web interface.
The DeltaMaker runs off a Raspberry Pi with Octoprint and a built-in Cura Slicer. Once you login to the printer through the built-in hotspot or via ethernet cable, you have the ability to map the bed and level the bed. Leveling the bed is as simple as putting a piece of paper between the bed and the nozzle and clicking a button that tells the printer if it’s too high or too low (you want barely any grip for the right setting). Other than that simple leveling, there’s nothing else to adjust. Woohoo!!
Little hands will be happy to know the bed does not heat up so there’s no worry if someone accidentally touches it out of curiosity.
Let’s get printing!
First things first, I had to load the filament. It’s just a matter of pinching a single clip and slipping the filament into the slot and up the tube which leads down to the nozzle. Easy cheesy.
My first print was a Bulbasaur planter. I’ve wanted one ever since I first saw one at Maker Space and it seemed like a good first project. Note to self: check your scaling before printing. My planter ended up not even being able to hold a quarter, let alone a real plant.
I uploaded the STL file to the Cura slicer and sliced it easily. Once completed, it was just a matter of clicking “print” and leaving the rest up to the printer.
The printing process went smoothly and rather quickly. With the 360 degrees view, I could see everything that was going on while it was printing and it was almost mesmerizing to watch. The best part was the noise or lack thereof I should say. My DeltaMaker sits less than 50 feet from my bedroom and it was quiet enough I couldn’t hear it at night with my door shut.
How To Classes Available
DeltaMaker is local to Orlando, Florida an offers a host of classes at their main office for the novice to advanced 3D printer hobbyists. Right now they are offering three free classes including Intro to 3D Printing, Intro to 3D Design, Simplify 3D for beginners. There’s also a Simplify 3D advanced class which has a nominal fee.
- Largest print size – Hexagon shaped bed with 260mm tall, 240mm wide, 22 inches is the tallest print you can manage.
- Availability – Website and Amazon, Cost is $2,649.00
- Support – Printer comes with a 1-year warranty that covers all parts, labor, and any physical upgrade. Extended warranty is available for $350 per year after the 1st year.
- Filament – 1.75 mm PLA only. DeltaMaker filament is recommended but any good brand of PLA filament can be used (Hatchbox is one recommended brand).
- Construction – Aircraft grade aluminum
- Resolution – 100-micron layer
Deltamaker started out as a very successful Kickstarter project and I can see why. It’s easy to use, comes pre-assembled and configured, and it’s so simple I’d have no problems letting my son or even his younger cousins print out their own models. Anyone can use this printer with very little training which to me, makes it the perfect 3D printer for the family.
Disclaimer: GeekMom was given a review sample to use for this post.