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SUNY Purchase Junior Develops Innovative 3D Printer

A SUNY Purchase junior is developing an affordable 3D printer.
A SUNY Purchase junior is developing an affordable 3D printer. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Shai Schechter, a junior at SUNY Purchase, is launching a business to produce an innovative 3D printer with a number of key differences that will make it more efficient and affordable than similar devices.

With a successful Kickstarter campaign in progress until Jan. 4, the young inventor is moving ahead with his plan to introduce a new approach to 3D printing.

“We engineered the printer to be simple, efficient, and affordable, so that as many people as possible can get involved in this exciting new technology,” said Schechter, a graphic design major, in a statement.

Schechter was inspired to create "Delaprintr" when he realized that available devices were very expensive and challenging to use. He was given an initial grant of $1,000 from Purchase to bring his concept to life.

The new printer differs in the following ways:

  • The Delaprintr uses fishing line instead of belts to move the print head, enabling expansion of the printer for bigger prints, as well as easier replacement.
  • The polar coordinate system allows for faster movements than those of traditional Cartesian printers.
  • The Deltaprintr utilizes three motors to control the carriage that moves the hot-end, which is the only moving part.

Since the Deltaprintr doesn’t require as many parts as other 3D printers, the savings can be passed on to the consumers. While commercially available 3D printers cost $2,000 or more, the Deltaprintr kit will retail for about $499.

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