So, I've been playing around with silly things with +Electra Flarefire
, Mostly working on a "monster 3d printer" idea that sorta just, evolved from various sillyness that we've considered since Electra got their first printer...
The limitations of the Prusa i3, is mostly in size and speed, So me being the size queen that I am ahem
I mostly decided to go for a Delta Printer that was large enough to print a 20 gallon bucket in under 1 hour, but small enough to be portable enough for transport in a moderate sized vehicle.
Dimensions are, approximately 580mm a side, 1300mm tall. with 480mm long delta-arms. (actually, not sure exactly what size arms I'll end up with, but something along that length is about right)
Given the Delta planform and the 400 step Steppers, it's only a natural that we'd end up using a Smoothieboard to run the printer, or at least, a higher end 32 bit processor microcontroller (Smoothieboard is the one we went with, because of, well, Cost vs Simplicity). The hot end will be an E3d "lite6" with a Volcano mod. Not sure exactly which nozzle size I'd go with, but thinking ahead, I Got the 4-pack nozzle set anyway. compared to the usual 0.25mm to 0.6m nozzles that come with most printers, the 0.8mm to 1.2mm set are positively cavernous, and necessitate the requirement that we run a direct drive style extruder.
It will be a bowden setup to keep the weight down, but I fear that when this thing is up to speed, there's gonna be a lot of inertia with it flailing about at high speed... Oh well. This'll be an interesting experiment for sure