Another Cheap 3D Printer has released on Kickstarter and it appears to be making some serious waves in the market. The Peachy Printer developed by Canadian company Rinnovated Design has only been on Kickstarter a couple of days now, but at the time of writing it has already made nearly $170,000.
So what’s all the fuss about. Well, the Peachy 3D printer is coming in at a cool $100 for a printer kit that includes everything you need to make the printer while add-ons such as a scanner and extra resin can be included with the purchase.
Rather than using a traditional FDM printer, Rinnovated design opted for a Photolithographic printer. That means it uses a controlled beam of light to cure light sensitive resin into hard objects. The peachy moves a laser beam along the X and Y axes to create the shape of the object, while using a drip system to control the level of the resin on the Z axis which determines the height of the object.
Users create 3D models in Blender and then the software that Rinnovated design wrote takes the 3D model and puts it into an audio waveform. It then plays the audio file out to the printer through the headphone jack in your computer. A pair of electro magnetic mirrors are then driven by the waveforms and they in turn reflect and control the path of the laser beam.
A computer is used again to control the drip system that creates movement on the Z axis. The drip system relies upon the computer’s microphone port to listen for and count each drip so it knows when to stop the process.
As each drip leaves the feed, it passes through two contact points creating an electrical connection that is detected by your computers microphone jack. The drip continues to fall into the bottom container where it causes the resin floating atop it to rise. The software listens to the microphone level, counting each drip that falls and calculates the resultant level of the resin. This allows the software to send the layer that corresponds with the current Z-level of the resin. This process continues until the print is complete!
The Peachy Printer also functions as a 3D scanner when combined with a camera. The Peachy repeats a back and forth laser pattern that simulates a line laser. This illuminates the profile of the object you are scanning. Your video camera, webcam, or DSLR will capture this happening while you rotate the object a full 360 degrees. Blender then does a number of calculations and searches to mesh up a 3D model of your object.
Rinnovated Design’s Peachy Printer has a long way to go before its official release in July of next year, although beta testers will get a hold of test kits in December of this year. The long time until the release date will surely give sceptics some time to pick at all the fine details of the printer.
Watch the video below to see how the Peachy Printer works and visit peachyprinter.com for more info.
About Rinnovated Design.
Hey, Rylan Grayston here! A bit about me? Let’s see…
My interests are: Scaleable ideas that can change the world, ethics, self help, self improvement, and self education.
I’m like most other inventors and entrepreneurs. I spend a lot of my time living on the edge… Which may be a little over the edge by some people’s definition!
My name on Kickstarter is Rinnovated Design because that’s
the company I do my inventing under!