2012 marks the watershed moment when high-resolution stereo lithography printers became far more affordable. Here, rings created in Rhino 5.0 get printed on a $2500 open-source, open-hardware B9 Creator 3D printer.


Rhino's SLC export function can be used to create image slices used by the B9 Creator in its preparation process. Alternately, Rhino generates compliant STL files that work nicely with the printer's own slicing software.


If the McNeel devs incorporated B9 Creator printing directly from within Rhino 5, the combination would be irresistable to the swelling hoardes of makers, hobbyists, and even professionals. 


These rings were printed at 25 microns Z-resolution in 5 hours.


Additional pictures and information on the B9 Creator can be found here:

Rhino STLs printed on the B9 Creator


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Comment by Matt Feliksa on March 28, 2013 at 10:17pm

I'm in

Comment by CarterTG on January 14, 2013 at 5:58pm

If you need the highest resolution possible for a shoestring budget, there's no hobby-level consumer printer that comes close. The fact that it comes with direct-castable resin makes it all the sweeter.


The size of the build envelope is user-selectable.


Pack the resolution to a 50micron tightness and it offers a 50mm x 38mm x 200mm build envelope.  Jewelers, Z-scale railroaders, etc will be impressed.


Ease the projector to a 100micron (still very respectable) resolution and you can grow whatever objects fit into 102mm x 76mm x 200mm. (4 x 3 x 8 inches) Gadget designers, architects, makers, hobbyists, etc will find this setting suitable.


Comment by PurrDaddy on December 29, 2012 at 7:10pm

That looks great.  How does it compare to a 3DS comercail system?  I have not worked with those, so I don't know.  I have only worked with FDM wich is not as accurate, but allows for larger parts.




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