The Ditto 3D Printer is one of the best 3D Printers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing up close. Smooth lines, high-quality parts and superb prints. Like Brad Sublime’s Tantillus, it’s produced in Vancouver, Canada. During the unveiling of the Rygo at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, I invited Eugene and the Tinkerine team to bring out their machines and strut their stuff!

Ditto Another Printer, or Not?

The Ditto beats the Thing-o-matic we have at the Vancouver Hackerspace by a longshot. Of course, we have one of the first Makerbots with thousands of hours logged in and its getting long in the tooth. Nevertheless, The Ditto looks impressive! Check this test print here.

Damn! That’s not a bad job at all – really good layering. And take a look at the speed – 100 mm/s is top-notch. At this speed, Tinkerines printed off some  Rygos for everyone. This is a design that most people had said could not be printed. Well, they proved them wrong – it turned out just fine.

The Goods

What impressed me the most was the Acrylic version – it was beautiful. However, Tinkerine designed it to print in PL, not ABS. Though it can be altered to do so, the Ditto works best with PLA, in spite of its lesser strength. ABS may be stronger, but it takes way longer to print. Regardless, its a worthwhile machine for purchase.

  • Frame Size  –  350mm x 380mm x 435mm (492mm w/extruder)
  • Build Platform – 190mm x 180mm x 210mm
  • Weight – 8.75 kg/19.25 lbs.
  • Build Material – PLA (ABS in the future)
  • Electronics – RAMPS 1.4, Arduino Mega 2560
  • Supported Software – Marlin, Slic3r, Skeinforge, Pronterface.

Crowdfund It!

What review of a 3D printer isn’t complete without a link to a crowdfunding campaign. You can find the Tinkerine’s Ditto for sale on Indiegogo. Each one of the DIY wood kits goes for $999 – a very reasonable price for what you get. You can check out the campaign right here.

And here’s a cool pic of the Rygo with lots of smaller ones scattered through the piece. Awesome, no? (If you’re curious about what the hell this piece is, I highly recommend you read this)

Source: Tinkerines

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