More clever supports idea


#61

No it would not make the struts like springs at all. The laser determines the strut NOT the position of the tank. The tank just lets the laser go to the resin. Its position is completely irrelevant.


#62

You are right !
I never thought of that. It makes complete sense.
Just a software trick.
Not sure you can offset the tank along 2 axii though…


#63

So far as I can see its currently limited in the Wiper Axis. Don’t know what axis this is but indeed it would just be software. Just offset each layer by 0.1mm or such and increase the lifetime by a tenfold or something


#64

Alright I didn’t get what you were saying at first. That’s a clever idea !

One thing to note though : the tank isn’t flat, it’s slightly concave due to surface tension and capillarity when the PDMS is poured. Also the linear axis on which the tank moves may also not be perfectly level and I’m pretty confident they rely on the fact that the rails are calibrated to that the tank is as flat as possible in one position.

Also as Olivier wrote the tank can only be moved along one axis not two.

I’m not sure I would use this feature if it were available, I have enough trouble fine-tuning the Z offset so that prints are easy to remove but still stick when I use the center portion of the tank, and that’s without speaking about the build plates which are also different from one another. Adding a seemingly random position of the print relative to the tank seems like a recipe for unreliability. I would rather have a reliable print experience and change the tanks, that plus the fact that the LT tanks are very resistant to clouding…


#65

What a great idea. I’m a E.E. but I get “Space Frames”. I suspect that one issue may be peel resistance of the supports before they are securely woven together? Once complete and tied together it shouldn’t be an issue. I’m very glad that I don’t have to develop the algorithms to build them!