While many think it takes a lot of experience to create a 3D printer, reality shows a student can do the work. A college student from the US, called Shai Schechterhas, has developed an easy to use, affordable 3D printer. His device only costs a third of the price of a conventional 3D printer. Schechterhas is a student at Purchase College, State University of New York and his 3D printer is called Deltaprintr.
The groundbreaking thing about this is that the 3D printer costs less than 500 dollars. Unassembled it only costs 475 dollars and if you want the assembled large version of 2 feet high, it costs 685 dollars. Extra large (2,5 feet) will cost 705 dollars, according to Mashable. These prices are equal to the costs of a new smartphone, while the new MakerBot 3D Printer still costs as much as 2000 dollars.
“We have a laser- and powder-based 3D printer at school, but it costs about USD 500 for a bucket of powder and that only lasts for about one or two prints,” Schechter said. “It’s never used because it is so expensive and classes weren’t offered that much in the curriculum,” the student said. He told his sculpture professor he wanted to build a new 3D printer that uses plastic instead. With the help of three good friends, he started the project. Now they have launched a campaign on Kickstarter with the purpose of bringing their low-cost 3D printer to the masses.
The 3D printer can be as cheap as it is, because it doesn’t require as many parts as other 3D printers. It uses three stepper motors, which are located under the acrylic platform where the objects are printed. “MakerBot uses belts to move the print head, but ours uses a fishing line. With the fishing line, you can expand it to make it taller if you want by changing the aluminum rods. It allows it to go faster than the MakerBot and is more accurate,” Schechter said.
Credits images/ video: Deltaprintr.