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The only large-format, USA-made, 3D printer available for under $8000. Fully-enclosed, 2' x 4' area, and feature packed.
The only large-format, USA-made, 3D printer available for under $8000. Fully-enclosed, 2' x 4' area, and feature packed.
24 backers pledged $38,490 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

MacroMAKEiT is a large-format 3D printer perfect for automotive, engineering, machine services, design, education and more. With a full 2x4 foot print area, MacroMAKEiT is far more than just a bigger 3D printer. It's based on years of experience in 3D printing and designed to give you meaningful capability, feature-packed ease, and ergonomic usability.

Visit our website for more specs, photo gallery, and beta profiles.

Nearly Completed #1, only the enclosure left to finish!
Nearly Completed #1, only the enclosure left to finish!

Our goal with this Kickstarter is to meet crucial volume-cost reduction points on the most unique and important components of our design. We're not willing to sacrifice on our commitment to quality or professional support, so these volume marks are necessary to make it possible to offer the unbeatable product we want you to have. As a further commitment to offering the most capability per dollar, we're offering MacroMAKEiT as a kit. If you're not familiar with assembling a 3D printer, don't worry! We'll be there to support you with video instructions and the excellent customer support our customers have come to expect.

3D printed on MacroMAKEiT's predecessor, codenamed "Bigfoot"
3D printed on MacroMAKEiT's predecessor, codenamed "Bigfoot"

Main features of the MacroMAKEiT printer:

  • 2 x 4 x 2.75 foot print envelope
  • 10" touchscreen tablet (removable) with inductive charger built-in
  • Operate locally, over WiFi, or via cellular connection
  • Includes webcam for remote monitoring, compatible with 2nd camera (not included)
  • Remotely control on/off, upgrade firmware, start or cancel prints
  • Filament run out detection
  • Choose 1.75 or 3mm extrusion
  • Dual-action mechanical and mesh-based auto-leveling
  • 275 degree nozzle temperature, 80+ degree bed temperature
  • Designed for easy compatibility with common open-market printer accessories, ie. extruders, multi-extrusion upgrades, filament switchers, etc.
  • MAKEiT's proprietary 3D printer controller board paired with an integrated RaspberryPi 3 computer allows for complete standalone operation and boundless expansion capabilities
  • Fully enclosed and compatible with most general-market 3D printing filaments
  • Lightweight and compact design is easy to use and move in office; has wheels and fits through standard door frames. Easily accessible build area
  • Runs off standard US wall outlet, no high-voltage line required
  • All high-quality components; silicone cables, aluminum hotbed, high-precision bearings, and more
MacroMAKEiT's grandfather "Bigfoot" printing something really big!
MacroMAKEiT's grandfather "Bigfoot" printing something really big!

What you get with MacroMAKEiT:

  • 1 partially-assembled, flat-packed MacroMAKEiT 2x4x2.75 foot 3D printer kit
  • Complete assembly video instructions from unboxing to your first print, accompanied by detailed technical drawings
  • Comprehensive video lessons on operating and optimizing your MacroMAKEiT
  • All the software and peripherals you need to get started
  • 1kg roll of starter filament
  • Access to MacroMAKEiT owners forum and MAKEiT's online knowledge-bank of large format printing resources
  • $100 coupon for any other MAKEiT 3D printer
Our logo printed almost 5 feet long.
Our logo printed almost 5 feet long.

Current state of the product:

The first MacroMAKEiT is more than 90% complete, functional, and capable of producing parts. Below are the aspects of the design that are still not yet finalized as of Kickstarter launch, but will likely be finalized before the end of the Kickstarter project:

  • Hinge and support design for enclosure's top cover and related parts sourcing (will most likely be clear acrylic sheet with gas support struts)
  • Hinge and slide design for enclosure's front doors and related parts sourcing (will most likely be bi-folding clear acrylic doors)
  • Final design theme for enclosure graphics
  • Shipment packaging design

Non-Printer Rewards

Not everyone needs a huge 3D printer (although we wish that were true!) so we're offering a number of other more affordable rewards for everyone to enjoy some of what we have to offer! As the project continues, we may be able to add more rewards so keep an eye out here!

3D Printed Vases

Offered in two sizes these 3D printed vases have a unique translucency and create beautiful Fresnel-like refractions of light. They are printed in PETG plastic so they won't degrade in sunlight or with exposure to water. We will contact you at the close of the project so you can select your choice of color (clear, red, green, blue, or orange). 

 3D Printed Keychain Flashlight Kit

All circuitry is completely 3D printed
All circuitry is completely 3D printed

 This unique 3D printed keychain flashlight is printed on our Pro series printers using dual-material extrusion. A combination of conductive and non-conductive PLA plastic, all circuitry for the batteries, LED, and on-off switch is completely 3D printed. Just insert the batteries and LED (included) with no soldering and you're ready to show off this unique item everywhere you go.

3D Printed Bluetooth Speaker Kit

Finished 3D printed Bluetooth speaker kit
Finished 3D printed Bluetooth speaker kit

 These unique and highly characteristic Bluetooth speakers are made from 3D printed housings, printed on our in-house production units, and utilize all high quality Dayton Audio components. Kits include everything you need to assemble and use your very own Bluetooth speaker; Sand and paint the housings, use wood stain to create a beautiful faux-wood effect, or use the housing raw to show off the fact that it's 3D printed. The total assembly time is less than 1 hour. To achieve the look shown above takes approximately 5 hours of finishing. Housings are shipped unfinished, as shown below:

Unfinished raw 3D printed speaker housings, printed in "wood" material with excellent audio qualities.
Unfinished raw 3D printed speaker housings, printed in "wood" material with excellent audio qualities.

The wood-filled PLA material has audio qualities similar to that of MDF, a tried-and-tested speaker building material. All components including amplifier board, rechargeable batteries, speaker sealing gasket, and vibration dampening feet, etc, easily snap or screw together. 

Delivery Order:

  • 3D printed rewards will be delivered in the first two months following the end of the Kickstarter. 3D printed Bluetooth speakers may not be delivered until January 2019
  • "Rush" reward supporters will receive their MacroMAKEiT from the first production run, early at the start of 2019
  • "Early Bird" reward supporters will receive their MacroMAKEiT from the second batch of production, following delivery of "Rush" rewards
  • After delivery of Rush and Early Bird rewards, all other MacroMAKEiT supporters will receive their printers.

Risks and challenges

Simply by the scale of it, large format 3D printing presents more problems than it does in the small scale. Things like long-term durability are more challenging when the weight and size of components increases. However after multiple years of testing printer prototypes even bigger than MacroMAKEiT we are confident that our design choices and part selection is what's necessary for long-term reliable operation. We've already solved many problems that were present in our earlier large format prototypes such as cable harness design and accessibility, leveling routines, print bed materials, and far more. Over time, Murphy's Law means that we will come across some unforeseen problems, but the highly accessible design of the printer means they will be easy to fix and improve.

With any production, there is always risk of delays due to distribution problems, vendor delays or vendor production errors, and unforeseen complications in shipping and packaging. In this situation, the majority of our vendors are companies that we have long-standing relationships with and have proven themselves to be reliable and of a high quality. There are a few components that we are sourcing from new vendors, however we have already established good contact and ordered at least one example of the parts we need from them. As such, any new vendors are at least experienced with the custom components we are asking them to produce for us.

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    Small 3D Printed Vase

    A small decorative 3D printed vase, 5 inches in height, perfect for livening up your desk or counter top.

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    Large 3D Printed Vase

    A large 3D printed vase, 12 inches tall, perfect as a center piece or display item in your abode.

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    3D Printed Flashlight Kit

    3D printed flashlight, made with conductive 3D printing material for all circuits. Includes all parts necessary for assembly, as well as design breakdown, print files, and instructions.

    Includes:
    • 3D printed keychain flashlight housing
    • LED
    • Button cell battery
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    3D Printed Bluetooth Speaker Kit

    Everything you need to assemble a unique and highly characteristic Bluetooth speaker kit.

    Includes:
    • 3D printed speaker housing
    • 3D printed vibration dampening feet
    • 3D printed sealing gasket
    • Dayton Audio PS95-8 Full Range Speaker Cone
    • 50 Watt amplifier with Bluetooth
    • Li-Ion Batteries and Battery Charging Board
    • All necessary cables and other hardware for assembly
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    MacroMAKEiT Early Bird

    One MacroMAKEiT 3D printer kit, special early bird pricing.

    Includes:
    • MacroMAKEiT 3D Printer Kit
    • Video Assembly Instructions
    • Video Operations Guide
    • Simplify3D 3D Printing Software
    • Logitech Webcam
    • 10" Android Tablet with Inductive Charger
    • 1 Kg of filament, PETG or PLA
    • $100 coupon for any other MAKEiT 3D printer
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    MacroMAKEiT Early Bird, Local Pickup

    One MacroMAKEiT 3D printer kit, special Early Bird pricing NO SHIPPING, LOCAL PICKUP ONLY (Los Angeles/Southern California region)

    Includes:
    • MacroMAKEiT 3D Printer Kit
    • Video Assembly Instructions
    • Video Operations Guide
    • Simplify3D 3D Printing Software
    • Logitech Webcam
    • 10" Android Tablet with Inductive Charger
    • 1 Kg of filament, PETG or PLA
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    MacroMAKEiT 3D Printer Kit

    One MacroMAKEiT 3D printer kit

    Includes:
    • MacroMAKEiT 3D Printer Kit
    • Video Assembly Instructions
    • Video Operations Guide
    • Simplify3D 3D Printing Software
    • Logitech Webcam
    • 10" Android Tablet with Inductive Charger
    • 1 Kg of filament, PETG or PLA
    • $100 coupon for any other MAKEiT 3D printer
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    MacroMAKEiT Rush Delivery

    One MacroMAKEiT 3D printer kit, delivered in the first production group in January 2019.

    Includes:
    • MacroMAKEiT 3D Printer Kit
    • Video Assembly Instructions
    • Video Operations Guide
    • Simplify3D 3D Printing Software
    • Logitech Webcam
    • 10" Android Tablet with Inductive Charger
    • 1 Kg of filament, PETG or PLA
    • $100 coupon for any other MAKEiT 3D printer
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