Kind of a Big Project

Upon acquiring new lab space in Yellow Springs, I have wanted to expand Form5’s equipment allowing research to continue in new directions. After two years of printing and prototyping with our Ultimaker 2 (which was just revamped), I knew it was time to go big or go home in the 3D printing department.

This summer I’ve been researching many different printers on the market, I continue to read great things about Creality 3D’s ‘CR-10’ 3D printers and how they open they are. So I dove further and discovered that the brand Creality 3D provides a large scale 3D printer with a build volume of 500x500x500mm and it was in my budget. The ‘CR-10 S5’ would allow Form5 to print large prosthetic sockets and continue researching with finer recycled filaments. I anticipate research and projects in fabricating large scale prosthetics in the next year and with the limited build volume, my Ultimaker 2 has, I saw this being a very affordable option to raise the bar.

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Alas, this was such a great 3D printer and the timing was right, although it did come with its own twist. The ‘CR-10 S5’ isn’t assembled in the box, meaning I would have to assemble an entire large scale 3D printer one-handed. So after collecting recyclables, making filament, and building prosthetics arms, I am now equipped to building 3D printers. IMG_6101

Form5’s ‘CR-10 S5’ arrived last Thursday and I spent most of the weekend getting it assembled. Although I have pictures of the progress, I still have much more fine tuning to conduct before trying the big stuff. As you can see it is a HUGE 3D printer and I am looking forward to getting it set up in the new lab. Creality claims the ‘CR-10’ can be assembled in 10 Minutes, but take it from a one handed guy; TAKE YOUR TIME! Also, the directions for this printer were quite disastrous. I ended up using several Youtube videos on the assembly for the regular ‘CR-10′. I wasn’t too concerned with the assembly part of the printer, I had my doubts with wiring and getting it to print. Truth be told I had a rough start with my Ultimaker for quite some time. I actually ended up taking two days to fully build the “CR-10 S5’. Not only do you have to assemble the structure, but also have to do some “simple” wiring.

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When it came down to wiring, it was incredibly helpful that the videos on Youtube were corresponding with the ‘CR-10 S5’, in addition, the connections all had tags/labels. Finding all the connections was probably the most one-hand friendly part of the process. I was also advised to tighten all gears and stepper motors before printing. I loaded the 1.75mm PLA filament that came in the box and began learning the settings to prepare for my first test print!

The printer comes with a Micro-SD card and with its open operating platform, I am able to use Ultimaker’s Cura software to slice files. I decided to substitute the traditional Creality cat print and went with a Squirrel to print instead! I had a mishap with the alignment of the print which I have learned is a loose belt (this can be seen in the squirrels upper body). I am continuing to fine tune and work with this new printer and am getting closer to “dialing in”. I look forward to showing you more progress and updates as our road to Yellow Springs grows closer!

Big things ahead,

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics

E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org

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