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Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby johnoly99 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:05 pm

OK guys, it's about that time! We're going to be doing a run of 10 'beta' kits of the DropLit in the next couple weeks. I know you've all expressed a ton of interest in it, and I'd like to invite you guys to somehow formally join the beta testing side of it. We all know that resin 3D printing is nothing new, but there hasn't been any mass adoption anywhere near the scale of FFF printing. That said, these kits are still somewhat of an unknown. What we are aiming to do for the desktop resin printers is provide the hardware to start getting the ball rolling faster on dev of all things resin printing. Some words of advice, we aren't using any DL* acronyms, they are trademarks of other companies that we respect, but if you are interested in these types of printers, you know what the last letter is :) We honor trade names/trade marks and respect others who honor ours as well, so we've been trying not to use any SL*/DL*/UV* acronyms.

What i'm going to be doing is putting together a google form ( ill link it here when i get it up) so you can enroll to be in the ~8 or so beta spots left. 2 spots are taken already, per commitments this weekend and talks at maker faire with some other guys. I'm not sure how we'll select the remaining beta machine users, but we do want you to be sure you can participate actively in the testing phase. We're trying to make sure that we focus on the hardware side primarily, such as assembly issues/setup issues etc... As far as software/projector issues, that's outside our control for now, so the testing is primarily on does the hardware do what it needs to do :) So if you can't commit to building/testing the hardware/electronics in ~1 week or so, please don't throw your hat in the ring. I'd like to have the 10 beta's assembled and 'air' printing within a week from shipping them to you, so we can rapidly nail down the mechanics. There will most likely be a few parts you'll have to print, such as http://repables.com/r/349/ which is the antibacklash nut. So having a working FFF Printer would be handy too :) and will be reflected in the beta kit price. If you're looking at which projector to use, i'm still sticking with the acer P1283, but you can use others too, in fact it wouldn't be bad to have other models to list in the thread about projectors. The only thing i did was remove the uv filter and color wheel, and i ended up turning the brightness down to only 20% so might not have needed to take all that off anyways :)

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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby brent » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:57 pm

Johnoly99: Some targeted q's to add to the google form below. I know I'll *probably* get bashed for suggesting people to post their social media/forum info, but it I'm suggesting that it is an optional category.
Do you understand that receiving a beta unit requires that you are capable of providing constructive feedback: yes/no
Do you have a working printer to print parts required for your beta unit: yes/no

Model/Brand of projector you are planning on using: _____
Email address: ____

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SeeMeCNC Forum Profile URL (format: ucp.php?i=YOURID) : ____
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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby McSlappy » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:09 pm

I'm very tempted to put my hand up, but likely it would take an extra week just to have the machine/projecter even shipped to me. Living in the jungle has some downsides :(
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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby Pilcrowdesigns » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:19 pm

I would have the time to put it together. But I don't have a printer to print the m5 nut anti backlash. So if you want to test it out on a average dummy to see how quickly they can do it.. I would be a great candidate. One thing though if you sell the kit. I would recommend providing all the parts needed so one can just put it together and get it up and running. From my understanding, people that buy it for ($400-$600) for the kit, would still have to buy the acer P1283 ($300?), take it apart to get the part out, plus print out this m5 nut... right? All that confuses me.. I could put it together if all the parts are supplied and I have plenty of models to print that are original.

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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby teoman » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:17 pm

When is shipping?

If it is within a couple days from which I can arrange a mule, I would be honored to be a beta tester.

Not that it has any relevance but I am a computer engineer and have a PhD in mechatronics.
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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby RegB » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:39 am

Consider me IN, if there is still a "slot".
A newbie here, but with a LONG history in computers (from BEFORE it was called "computer science" or programmers called themselves "software engineers").

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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby guanu » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:51 am

just so this thread doesnt fill with "I want on the list" posts, I'm gonna re-paste what john said..
please be patient while we set everything up for the beta.


johnoly99 wrote:What i'm going to be doing is putting together a google form ( ill link it here when i get it up) so you can enroll ... if you can't commit to building/testing the hardware/electronics in ~1 week or so, please don't throw your hat in the ring. ... having a working FFF Printer would be handy too
Comments/suggestions below guys!


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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby DavidF » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:43 am

A week is pushing it a bit I think, but I could do it provided there isnt any delays in getting the projector shipped or anything stupid. Two weeks would be a safe bet. Have a FFF printer for printing the nut, but also have a small machine shop so would likely go that route.
What parts would need to be purchased sepratly?? This is goig to be a PIP! (projector imaging printing) LOL
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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby Flateric » Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:06 pm

I'll go for this, I'll keep an eye out for the form here to sign up.
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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby PowderLab Drew » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:31 am

I am definitely down to test this out! Being an Electrical Engineering graduate and working for a major pharmaceutical company as the Director of Biotechnology Systems, I think I could provide a thorough test!

I will watch for the form!

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Re: Beta Tester Thread

Postby McSlappy » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:07 am

So I have one of these: http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-ES550.htm - I'm thinking it would work. As I understand a 2000 lumen DLP projector is needed correct?
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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby johnoly99 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:13 pm

Only one sign-up? Guys go check the first post on this thread you might not have seen my update
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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby DocHogan » Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:31 pm

johnoly99 wrote:Only one sign-up? Guys go check the first post on this thread you might not have seen my update

I'd be all over it, but I can't pony up for the projector right now! :(

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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby 1ggy » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:45 pm

I'm an impulse shopper and I couldn't resist the urge to sign up.

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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby McSlappy » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:31 pm

Oh man I'd love to sign up, I just have too much going on I think to be able to devote to testing it properly :( I'm still 50/50 though.....
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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby brent » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:36 am

BUMP for UPDATE

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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby Christian79 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:18 pm

Okay I'm in, form completed.

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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby DavidF » Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:08 pm

I applied also. Looking forward to a whole New level of fun.
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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby teoman » Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:58 pm

I have a mule in 13 days.

How many USD's is it and how many kg's?

Please inform me.



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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby Gary » Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:23 am

I just saw this! This is amazing timing. I have been trying to figure out which DLP to buy...

I have an Orion and a Rostock V2, but I need some parts printed without the "artifacts" of extrusion. I have been using my CNC mill for these parts. An SLA printer would solve this problem nicely.

I would be happy to beta test this device and have plenty of time in which to do it.

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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby teoman » Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:17 pm

Signed up.

But waiting for answers to my questions to see if I should kick myself out.
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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby Polygonhell » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:42 pm

teoman wrote:Signed up.

But waiting for answers to my questions to see if I should kick myself out.


The price on the main SeeMeCNC page is $399 for the Beta kits, it shows momentarily before being marked as Sold Out.

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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby teoman » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:49 pm

I guessed as much.

But what about the shipping time.
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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby DavidF » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:23 pm

Ok the suspense is KILLIN ME!!!!
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Re: Beta Tester Thread (OPEN NOW)

Postby Christian79 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:01 pm

Me too..... Is the list filled yet??? :lol: :lol: :lol:



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