What I’m trying to accomplish here…

If this doesn't make sense to you now, hopefully it will by the time I'm through.

If this doesn’t make sense to you now, hopefully it will by the time I’m through.

The purpose of this blog is to hopefully help anyone afraid of attempting to build something like this overcome their trepidation.  So, as I go along my journey, I plan to document every little step as much as possible.  One thing I’ve had trouble finding is a blog made for people who don’t know anything about the process.   I have enough knowledge to fill in the blanks a bit but I see far too many posts in the forums by people who just don’t know where to start or don’t understand why people are doing what they’re doing.  I hope that my site will be as clear and helpful as possible.

I plan to post pictures and descriptions of all of the parts I ended up using.  As much as possible, I will document my process with pictures or video.
I’m hoping, down the line, to get into much more detail about everything I’ve figured out so far. But, if you’re the type to nose around and figure things out on your own, here are some links I frequent to help you get started.

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/deltabot  <—  This is the main forum for development of “delta” 3D printers.  This basically means printers that use three arms to move their print heads.  There is development on both “delta-ish” printers, like the Cerberus and Kossel, that aren’t “true” deltas, and “real” deltas that literally use three arms to print.
That may make no sense, but it will if you dig around in the forum a bit.  There’s a LOT of great discussion going on there and this is where I learned about the Cerberus.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/110997713826931701065/posts  <—  This is the Google+ account of Steve Graber, the designer and developer of the Cerberus printer.  He doesn’t currently have a site devoted to this printer but he updates his G+ site often.  He works on some pretty cool projects otherwise, too.  He’s got a photo gallery of his Cerberus development process that’s been extremely helpful to me.

http://www.thingiverse.com/  <—  This is where I first learned of the Rostock printer.  It’s full of really cool things and a lot of inspirational items that will make you REALLY want a printer.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhI6v4VzcbrQdEplUm9jaklSVFM1aC11V2ZwSUtxa2c&usp=sharing  <—  This is my current Bill of Materials for my Cerberus build.  It’s incomplete as of now, but I will fill it in and I get things pegged down.  I would say about 2/3 of the list is complete as it stands now.  If you’re interested in building a Cerberus, definitely give this a look.  Something like this would have made starting out MUCH easier for me.

That’s all for me right now.  I plan to start working on a post about the first thing I started playing with;  The XBOX 360 power adapter.  It’s been educational so far.
If you know of any good links you think would be valuable for a beginner please leave a comment below.   Eventually I’ll make a page with important links by itself and, if yours is good, I’ll be sure to include it.  Thanks!

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