Work continues apace in the factory that was once my spare room and yet again I've lost the use of my dining table. This time it's in order to assemble the Creality CR-10 3D printer that I ordered at the end of last month from GearBest. It arrived yesterday, so under 3 weeks to get here from China (including the delays for the Chinese New Year) - not bad at all.
I'm busy assembling it, however it's momentarily on hold until I can dig my micro socket set out of storage (i.e., find which cacking storage box I put it in before I moved house) but should be up and running after the weekend. So I thought I'd take a moment to snap a quick picture while I take a tea break.
As you can see from the photo, the build plate is much bigger than that of the Cetus (which has still been printing non-stop since I got it a fortnight ago) and it's also heated, which means that I can print in different materials and should also good bed adhesion (less warping) for the prints. The printed item on top is one of my modified magnetic openlock floor tiles and it helps demonstrate just how much bigger the build volume will be on the new machine. That's a 10'x10' section of floor at 28mm, or 50mm x 50mm in actual size.
While that means I can print many more of the tiles at once, that won't really speed up my production rate since it takes roughly the same amount of time (in fact slightly longer due to print head travel time) to print 10 at once as it does to print 5 at once, twice. What the bigger build plate size will do however, is allow me to design/print much larger one-off pieces - like a 50'x50' room, etc.
The vertical build space is also more on the CR-10 - almost a third more in fact than my extended Cetus (or twice as much as a standard Cetus) although aside from the occasional commissioned item, I can't really see me printing many 16-inch tall miniatures... however much it might warm my heart to scare the crap out of the players by making then face some truly GIANT giants.
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.