Hi follow Moai users,
Thank you for being part of the Peopoly community. We launched the Moai project two years ago, and we wouldn't be here without the community support. Here are the things to come for the project:
- Open API in Moai firmware.
3D printing is often part of a manufacturing process. Most of the 3D printers are designed as a closed system where the user input models and materials and receive prints. We want to take a step further and make Moai more interactive with the external environment. By extending Moai’s gcode command to include real-time control over laser power, peel motion and speed, and more, users can
- Get better print results with custom resin specific profile
- Customize the printing process like multiple exposures, material change, etc. This is important for many of our research
We have been working on this firmware update for the few months, and it is ready for release in the next two weeks. The gcode made with the current version of Cura and Asura will still on the new firmware. While new software would be needed to best use the new commands, it represents an exciting development for Moai project.
- We released Asura last summer as simple too for creating model support. It has since become the default 3D printing software for Moai that streamlines the process for many users. We have been developing OSX version of Asura, and the feedback led us to build a more efficient core to improve performance on both Windows and OSX. We will also add many requested functions like print time, resin usage and ability to process the upcoming new gcode commands. We aim to release OSX version this month.
- We have already shipped Moai 200 to our resellers late last year and have been quietly producing and improving the printer. Expect to get more in-depth videos and new features for Moai 200, including the new gcode commands.
- Part of the original Moai project promises was to have upgradable parts for users. We have done that for the build plate and FEP vat, and we are now looking at Z-axis and high-speed scanning galvo to go with higher power laser. We are also working on resins that can be print at 200um layer height that allows for reduced print time. We are also addressing the SD card reader issue by changing the connection to cable, and we will be testing a prototype next week. Time-wise, we already designed the first iteration of the heavy duty Z-Axis module and is waiting for the sample for testing. We will keep you updated. We already have made several lasers in the 300 and 400mW power range for testings as well.
Thank you for being part of the Moai community. We have the same core of 3 people (one engineer, one chemist, and one programmer) since the launch and have added one support staff. We will continue to grow the product and add more talents while stay engaged with the community. Thanks again and we will follow up soon.