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Steve and John with the hot end and extruder.

Steve and John with the PartDaddy’s hot end and extruder.

Friday was setup day for Maker Faire Detroit and the guys from SeeMeCNC went big with The PartDaddy, a 16’2″ tall delta style printer.

When a client expressed a desire to print an entire model rocket in a single print, the guys at SeeMeCNC got the idea for the massive delta. After all, even their large ORION delta printer couldn’t quite pull off a full rocket print. In three furious weeks of design and building the team was able to custom machine the 6.35mm nozzle, the extruder screw, and source the extruded aluminum beams from a local Goshen, IN supplier.

The first raising of the PartDaddy took place in Goshen, IN with just a sliver of clearance from the roof and aid of a forklift.

Fresh of the successful installation off the PartDaddy, the team broke down the printer and loaded it up for Detroit.

Friday’s installation in The Henry Ford Museum provided its own challenges, including no forklift and a large extrusion used for raising the printer getting stuck in the machine. Fortunately a scissor lift was nearby to help crown the printer with it’s nom de guerreThe PartDaddy.

While you're up, how about installing the sign?

While you’re up, how about installing the sign?

The PartDaddy’s Specs:

  • 4′ diameter print bed
  • 12′ vertical printing area
  • 6.35mm nozzle
  • NEMA 34 Stepper Motors with an 8:1 reduction on the extruder
  • Prints almost anything that melts at ~300 – 350°C
  • Slightly modified RAMBo controller
  • The hot end uses 4 solid state relays to control 1,400W
  • The print material is raw resin pellets, the same used to make filament spools more commonly used

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David Scheltema

David Scheltema

I love to tinker and write about electronics. My days are spent building projects and working as a Technical Editor for MAKE.


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