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Frequently asked questions

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  • Q.What does Tantillus mean?
  • A.It means "so little" or "so small" in Latin.
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  • Q.What size build area does it have?
  • A.Both the laser cut and printed versions have a physical print envelope of (x)100mm x (y)100mm x (z)100mm.
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  • Q.Will there be a bigger version?
  • A.Yes, I have plans for a larger laser cut version (Tantillus plus) as well as expansion panels for the printed version.
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  • Q.How big will Tantillus Plus be?
  • A.It will have a physical print envelope of (x)200mm x (y)100mm x (z)100mm.
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  • Q.How big is it?
  • A.1.Assembled Laser cut version is 240mm x 240mm x 320mm
  • A.2.Assembled Printed version is 230mm x 230mm x 320mm
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  • Q.Can it print a copy of itself?
  • A.Yes, both the parts for the laser cut version as well as the fully printable version.
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  • Q.Can the entire thing be printed in ABS?
  • A.The printed case has not been successfully printed in ABS do to warping and cracking.
  • I have included a special version for ABS that has openings in it to reduce warping and stress.
  • Attempt at your own risk
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  • Q.What size filament does it use?
  • A.The current BOM is for 3mm filament
    (a 1.75mm conversion using 3mm o.d. x 2mm i.d. ptfe as a liner should be possible).
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  • Q.What type of plastic does it use?
  • A.It has been tested exclusively using PLA.
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  • Q.Why PLA and not ABS?
  • A.I prefer to print with PLA as it warps less and you can print large objects without the need for a heated bed. Plus it smells like maple syrup when being extruded and is made from renewable resources. It is also biodegradable and can be composted.
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  • Q.Will it work with my computer?
  • A.All of the software recommended to use with Tantillus is cross platform and should work with all modern computers.
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  • Q.What size motors does it use?
  • A.It uses Nema 17 motors with a length of 40mm's or less.
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  • Q.How long does it take to print?
  • A.Approximately 100hrs or 4days (varies on machine used to print it, nozzle size and infill density).
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  • Q.How much plastic does it use?
  • A.The laser cut machine uses approximately 800g of PLA. The printed version uses approximately 1.2kg of PLA.
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  • Q.Why is the Tantillus.org incomplete?
  • A.I decided to post what I had at the beginning of the pre-sales so that everyone would have an idea of what they are getting into and can make an informed decision.
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  • Q.Why are some of the measurements in Metric and some in Imperial?
  • A.I live in Canada and we are taught and use the metric system, but our hardware suppliers stock Imperial because of our proximity to the U.S..
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  • Q.Will you be offering support?
  • A.Not in the commercial sense of support. Instead I have decided to use the RepRap Forums as most of the problems people will run into are the same for every machine currently available.
  • I will be the one answering the Tantillus specific questions anyway, but I would still like to keep it part of the RepRap project.
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