M&K Junction Railroad

M&K Junction Railroad
Another train of eastbound coal crosses the Cheat River

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I Took The Plunge

Well, I finally overcame indecision and inertia and bought a 3D printer. I ordered a SeeMeCNC Rostock Max V2. This machine is what is called a "delta" 3D printer.

So why this machine and not one that's more popular like the Makerbot or one from 3D Systems?  There are a number of practical considerations.  The size of the build volume is 11" diameter by 14.5 inches high. That should allow me to print a 40 foot O scale car on the build platform. And, due to the delta design, the build platform does not move which results in more accurate prints and better adhesion to the build platform. The Rostock Max has a heated build platform, which allows you to print in different materials not just PLA. The Rostock is an open architecture, as opposed to Makerbot and 3D Systems which try to tie you into their ecosystem. Finally, SeeMeCNC is an actual company with real employees and a physical plant - this is not a garage operation or a Kick Starter.

The only fly in the ointment is that the Rostock Max is a kit, requiring 20 hours of assembly. It will arrive next week, but I will not be able to begin assembly before May. So it' s going to be quite a while before that first print materializes.

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