To our valued Ember customers:
The foundation of any stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer is its light source. Ember builds 3D models layer by layer by exposing light-sensitive resin to ultraviolet light from a DLP projector. Understanding how the projector’s light affects your prints and calibrating the projector to provide the proper light dosage are essential to mastering 3D printing with Ember or any DLP machine.
The Smithsonian's Freer | Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. is hosting an interactive exhibit - Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D - that allows visitors to explore the previously hidden meanings of an ancient Chinese sculpture. Autodesk is thrilled to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge both to museum visitors via the exhibition and on the local work stations as well as online via the custom-designed 3D Explorer.
We often make the mistake of using hardware specs for determining a printer’s quality. That is, when we refer to a machine’s resolution, what we are really saying is what the manufacturer has told us about the quality of its components. For a laser-based printer, that would be beam diameter and for a DLP printer, that would be number of pixels in the projector. Instead, what we should be looking at is the quality of the actual prints that come from any given machine. Rather than determining a machine’s quality based on product descriptions, we should measure the smallest (positive and negative) features it can print.
Once you've ordered your Ember, it's time to make preparations for its arrival so that you'll be able to start printing safely and effectively when your boxes arrive. This includes choosing and setting up a suitable workspace, setting up waste disposal, buying supplies, installing the software, and learning how to use Ember.
For those of you who have not yet inspected a part printed on Ember in person, you now have the chance.
Our Ember Story Teller, Steve Kranz, has been publishing some great videos on our YouTube page. From customer stories, to mechanical tear-downs of individual components, Steve covers a great variety of topics that shed light onto Ember and advancements in 3D printing going on here at Autodesk.
Last week, we invited members of the media and the greater Autodesk community to check out some experiments we've been working on in the Ember lab.