Even before they could go live with their Kickstarter Campaign, Kudo3D – the makers of Titan 1 DLP desktop 3D printer – have gone down the wires for being pompous a**es who thought it was cool to infringe on other designers’ rights. Yes, they have an innovative approach towards 3D Printing, and yes, they used Nervous System’s bracelet design for a demo without asking them!
Get a grip Jessica Rosenkrantz, apparently most 3D printer makers are freeloaders when it comes to printing demo designs. Starting a Twitter trend is only good for #iamGoogle! Moving on, Kudo3D will soon start asking the public to support its endeavors, simply because they have found answers to three important problems: cost, large size printing and reliability.
Going by what the founder Tedd Syao says, reducing costs equals to simplifying the printer structure. To achieve this a bottom-up SLA configuration has been used and to improve the reliability, the team has resorted to using high quality HD 1080p projector and high precision industrial grade linear stage module. These are pitted against in-house designed laser scanner and vertical linear stage assembly. In terms of larger print volume than FDM/FFF 3D printers, like the Makerbot Replicator 2, the Titan 1 is a bit lacking, however it prints faster than FDM/FFF machines. Moreover the results of the printed product is far more stunning and detailed.
Syao spent a good 16 months to develop the patent pending passive self-peeling technology (PSP) for bottom up SLA. PSP utilizes a flexible resin container to enable a self-peeling process that minimizes the separation force. By minimizing the separation force, one can print something as delicate as the human hair without breaking it during the printing process.
The awesomeness of basic features are marked in the comparison chart above, however we must mention that the Titan 1 has adjustable DLP to optimize printing performance and you can even pause printing and replace resin with different color in the middle of a print! The machine uses a teflon enclosure that can protect it from highly reactive resins. Yeah, go ahead and experiment with some wild materials now.
Without getting to boring, let’s wrap up the essential details here, the software used: Host – pronterface; Slicer – slic3r; the hardware is an aluminum extrusion frame with steel enhancement and a brushed aluminum case. Weighing about 30 pounds, the machine is not too heavy and can easily be transported from one table to another. Just don’t drop it.