Stalactite 3D HD printer

25 05 2014

The Stalactite 102 is a high definition resin 3D printer designed to meet the most demanding standards, with innovative technology, yet still at an affordable price.

Fuente “https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stalactite-3d-hd-printer–2

WE ARE PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE STALACTITE 102, A HIGH DEFINITION RESIN 3D PRINTER

At Stalactite we are convinced that excellence resides in the details. The excellence we intend to convey through uncompromised industrial and product design. We opted to introduce innovative ideas and key improvements to pre-existing concepts that often did not deliver on what had been initially promised. We are now unveiling our desktop 3D Printer, designed from the ground up by our team of engineers and product designers. Be ready to be amazed!

 

SPECS:

  • Minimum layer thickness down to 25 microns (hardware can support layers as thin as 10 microns).
  • High DPI (dot per inch) density on the X/Y plane (100 microns NORMAL mode, 50 microns FINE mode).
  • High quality precision components.
  • Mechanized aluminum and laser cut steel components.
  • Innovative decoupled dual peeling system (patent pending)
  • Proprietary software with fast slicing and automatic supports.
  • Wide choice of printing materials: currently up to 4 different resins with a variety of properties.
  • Build Area: 102mm x 76,8mm x 180mm

 

THE 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY ALLOWING FOR HIGHEST DETAIL AND QUALITY

Although Laser 3d printers are an interesting solution for certain applications, our know-how in the field led us to develop our devices around the DLP technology, mainly for two leading properties:

  • Resolution: With DLP (Direct Light Processing) we can reach feature details of 50 microns, which is a six-fold improvement compared to Laser 3d printers that are limited by the geometry of the Laser beam (pointer diameter, varying shape, focus and raster speed).
  • Build Times: The Stalactite 102 builds each layer within a constant exposure time, making the size of the object within the X/Y build area independent of the build time. It doesn’t matter how many objects you fit within the build area, print times will always remain the same, depending solely on the number of layers in the Z-axis. There’s no rastering time, no head or pointer movement process, as is prevalent in the FDM, Inkjet and Laser 3D printing technologies.

Some examples where you can see the impressive resolution achieved by the Stalactite 102:

 

 

A WIDE PALETTE OF MATERIALS

We develop the resins in-house, meaning that we can offer a wide range of materials with different properties. At launch date there will be 4 materials available and several more in the development pipeline. Each material offers different physical properties:

 

  • STANDARD: Our entry level resin. Affordable and suitable for general 3d printing needs, from figurines to maquettes or quick prototypes.
  • PROTOTYPING: A hard and thought material, aimed at print objects that require improved physical properties. It has similar properties as ABS or Nylon plastic. Ideal for electronic housings, cogs, Iphone holders… Use this for your engineering and über-nerd projects!
  • ELASTIC: A resin with very peculiar properties: It’s elastic and flexible!! This opens up a world of options for your prototypes and props!
  • WAXY: It demonstrates similar properties to investment casting waxes. Once you print your model you will be able to use the lost wax investment process and cast your designs to bronze, silver, gold or any meltable metal. This resin is particularly well suited for jewelers and miniature figurines manufacturers!!

 

A MACHINE DESIGNED TO LAST

We stand behind the quality of our products. We do not concede to programmed obsolescence or marketing smoke-screens. We are passionate designers, and you can see how this shows in our products. We want you to accompany us in this pursuit of distinction. From a beautifully crafted steel chassis, to ZERO_MAX (TM) couplings, to our innovative dual peeling system. This machine is designed to last a lifetime (perhaps even your children will use it down the line 😉 ).

Easily switch between Normal and Fine resolution!

SOFTWARE

Following our philosophy, the software is elegant and minimal, allowing to spend less time in cryptic configurations and spend more time printing. Automatic and manual supports are available, with configurable thickness, base size and rod diameter.

Select the material in advance and calculate the cost of each print.

GOALS

We need the contribution from people like you to help us to make this launch a success! Our objective is to provide high quality 3D printers for a demanding public.

  • To prepare for production, to engage as soon as our campaign concludes. Status: 80%
  • Polish up last design details: Status: 99%
  • Establish manufacturing facilities: Status: 30%
  • Create Web-store, a Forum with a vibrant community and a knowledge base. Status: 20%

 

WHO ARE WE:

Stalactite is a Start-Up based in Barcelona, created by a group of young entrepreneurs. We share a clear vision and passion and contribute with a diverse set of skills. Our work is based in the research of new mechanisms, design, material research and ergonomics, applied to high resolution 3d printing.

Team & Collaborators:

Joan Raventós – Founder & Concept designer.

Oriol Raventós – Technical designer.

Ferdinand Muñoz – Materials Specialist.

Chris Martin – Marketing.

Andrew Leek – Firmware Specialist.

Steve Hernandez – Software Developer.

Santiago Raventós – Adviser.

With the highly regarded help and good job of Eduard Carulla.


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