What can you do with AMAKER 3D Printer?
You can print 3D figurines, accessories, household items, replacement parts, toys, prototypes, phone cases, tools, molding parts etc. The things that can be created are limited by your imagination.
Have a look below at some examples you can print with AMAKER.
What are you visualising to print now? =)
1. Power Electronics
- In-house designed controller board (non-Arduino based design) developed for richer features.
- Amaker uses dual 32-bit ARM processors which stands out from majority desktop 3D printers that use single 8-bit Atmel processor (Arduino based design).
- Dual 32-bit ARM processors deliver outstanding performances and exceptional system response.
Dual ARM design
AMAKER is designed from scratch to include next generation controller boards. Just as humans have a left and right brain, we designed our controller to mirror two sides of the brain. The left side of the controller uses one ARM chip to control all motion calculations, thermal control and sensors. The right side uses another ARM chip to handle the user interface. This allows simultaneous processing of both motion control and the user interface during printing.
This is a major step change in technology from a single 8bit MCU (commonly found on desktop 3D printers available in the market) to a dual ARM 32bit processor. The dedicated ARM (power-efficient processor) can make the system more efficient and more responsive to events.
2. Smart Algorithm
- Amaker is the first dual ARM open source 3D printer in the world.
- Smart algorithm was designed specifically for 3D printing, leveraging on processor capabilities for motion control accuracy.
- Improved algorithm with faster processor speed.
- Amaker developed movement control algorithm that has more precise stepping over Bresenham line algorithm. Individual axis interrupts.
- Additional protection features and memory buffering due to increase RAM.
3. Intuitive Printing
- AMAKER is an assembled printer. Ready to use, no need to assemble before you can start printing. All printers are functionally checked with actual 3d printing, therefore it is meant to function out of the box with minimum set up
- Full color touch screen LCD provides user-friendly interface.
- Smart and responsive interface ensures the best 3D printing experience.
- Built in functions such as Print Status that shows:
- Real time Progress
- G Code
- Many frequent functions coded as selectable utilities including:
- Change Filament Preheat
- Axis Control
- Platform Levelling
- Extruder Steps
- Easy-to-use for beginners to professionals. You can simply insert an SD card (with gcode file) to start printing. Watch our kickstarter video to see how it works!
Gcode files can be generated from a 3D design file using open source software, slic3r. 3D design files can be downloaded from online open source or you can create them by yourself.
4. Multi Color
- Easily create your multi colors printed parts.
- Does not require re-creation of 3D model nor any code editing.
- Users can easily switch colors anytime during printing to create unique effects.
The video below shows the ability of Amaker to print multiple colors in the same object.
5. Multi material
- Hot end customised to function at high temperatures up to 315°C.
- Explore exciting new filament materials with Amaker.
- Experiment with many materials in a print. The possibilities are endless!
Extruder has been tested to work across a temperature range of 60°C to 315°C. Our extruder is made of metal, so there's no need to worry about the high temperatures causing extruder breakdown. There is no PEEK in it.
6. Superior Mechanics
- High precision laser machined aluminium structure and parts for stability.
- Threaded lead screw stepper motors and quality components for precise motion control. Use of ARM processor to enable 32 microstepping with motors.
- Timing belts or couplings are no longer needed.
- Exterior chasis is made of aluminium powder coated. The design allows for scratch resistant surface and more precise alignment. Internal parts are anodized for high precision requirements. Precision printing with easy user maintenance.
We just love the feel of running our hands over this power coated surface and we're sure you will too =P
7. Large build volume, High resolution
- A large build volume of 230 x 140 x 175 mm
- Printing resolution up to 0.02mm (20 microns) using 32 microstep driver.
- Amaker design ensures consistent high-quality printing.
Our build volume is the true build volume tested. There are no binder/glass clips in our printer bed design. Users can print to the corners of above-mentioned volume without having any clips getting in the way.
8. Heated Bed
- AMAKER is designed with a customized heated platform to cater both PLA and ABS. The temperature of the heater platform has been tested up to 110°C.
- Prevent warping and allows for ABS printing.
- Printed parts can be easily removed from the platform. Watch our kickstarter video to see how easy it is to remove the printed part from the platform!
9. Open Filament
- Provide easy access for filament replacement.
- Low cost printing material.
Together with this AMAKER 3D printer, we also provide filaments for printing. The filaments have been tested with our printer and are of good quality. You may purchase additional filaments from us should you wish in the future.
As 3D printing starts to become more popular, many new materials are being introduced into the market. With this trend expected to continue, we have designed our extruder to handle a wide temperature range of 60°C to 315°C, giving you the freedom to experiment with new materials.
10. Open Source
- We believe that open source environment stimulate creativity
We have decided to open source this design. We are inspired by the open source community and would like to contribute to the community. AMAKER's design (electronics, mechanics, firmware coding) will be open source. You will be able to tinker with and expand AMAKER 3D printer capabilities.
For those who are more adventurous, you can build on our existing features:
- Touchscreen color LCD
- 2 ARM processors
- Temperature control (both extruder and heated platform)
- Stepper Motor control (extruder and all axis controls)
Comparison AMAKER vs other printer
More examples of what you can create with AMAKER
We have done extensive development work to get AMAKER right. To achieve desired quality performance, the entire printer is designed from bottom up. Few prototypes were created before we arrive to this final product.
The video shows the internal mechanism of the Amaker 3D printer in action. It demonstrates the printing of a vase with user friendly touchscreen LCD interface. It also shows that the printed part can be easily removed from the platform.
Stages of Product development
Phase 1 - Market research - Completed
Phase 2 - Product design conceptualization - Completed
Phase 3 - Modular design (electronics, mechanical, firmware) - Completed
Phase 4 - Prototyping - Completed
Phase 5 - Alpha testing - Completed
Phase 6 - Beta testing / Pre-production tooling - In progress
Phase 7 - Kickstarter production run - Schedule for July 2014
Why we need your support?
AMAKER was designed and tested throughout many long hours of printing. This is just the initial stage. Getting AMAKER to you takes much more. To manufacture AMAKER with precision parts at our targeted price, we would need to order at much larger quantities. That’s why we need your support.
What needs backing?
- Molds for the aluminum casing and parts
- CNC extruder/hotend parts
- Ordering of customized lead screw stepper motor
- Ordering of all the electronics and PCB components in minimum quantities of 100
- Remaining funds (if any) will be used to back our ongoing mechanical, electronics/firmware open source development
Our first 3D printer purchase was in 2010. It was one of the highest priced (if not the highest priced) 3D printer kit available in the market. Being the makers, we have fond memories of having the fun assembling it, and found the printer to be super cool. While the concept is awesome, and being one of the best kits available, much of our time was spent on configuration and tuning the printer in-between printing rather on actual printing. We have since move on to purchase more printers. As our printing requirements advanced and became more complex, we started making modifications to the printers, but found ourselves limited by the built-in electronics. This led us to develop our very own controller board and firmware and further kick start our desire for an intuitive 3D printing experience. And it is from here that we embarked on the AMAKER development journey from 2012 onwards.
We believe 3D printing has great potential and should be kept open source with constant improvement. We have been focusing on AMAKER's finish-up design, bring-up and testing of AMAKER. Now that AMAKER is ready, we want to present AMAKER to you. We look forward to a successful campaign; to empower anyone who wants to create things, to inspire the open source 3D printing community and further the development of AMAKER.
We stand by our products and would like to give you the best affordable prices. Thus, we have unbundled warranty costing from this kickstarter campaign. If you would like to have a 12 month warranty, you can do so by topping up your pledge with an additional $225. The 12 month warranty includes free replacement of faulty parts*, remote technical service and troubleshooting via email. Customers need to bear the cost of shipping faulty parts back to us.
*Faulty parts include:
- stepper motors
- electronics that has not been modified / programmed by users
- extruder/hot end parts
If AMAKER malfunctions whilst you have been using it for our recommended normal operations, this is covered by the warranty. If you have advanced and start to modify AMAKER, such as changing the motors, cutting the wirings, soldering, increasing the power load, changing the firmware, etc then such actions are not covered by the warranty as these may damage the printer. We strongly believe this arrangement is fair to both our backers and AMAKER.
Backers: Do send us your feedback on the features you want as stretch goals. We will look into the feasibility and possibility of adding them on to delivery.
Risks and challenges
We have spent a lot of time on developing and testing AMAKER 3D printer. Several iterations were tested. We are not limited to any single supplier, and as such there are backup options. We believe the challenges ahead are on production, quality maintenance, shipping and clearing local Customs. We will be transparent and will inform our backers of any potential hurdles.
The manufacturing process is a challenge. Orders would be loaded after completion of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Extensive preparation work has already been conducted and we keep a one-month buffer for any unforeseen events. Whilst we are confident in the manufacturing our products, surprises can happen, especially in delivering AMAKER to you. Unforseen events may happen, such as time delays due to the molding process or natural disaster.
We hope that time delays (if any) would not affect backers’ delivery dates by phasing the dates.
June - Receive first article samples of the printer for final manufacturing approval.
July - Receive 1st batch of manufactured parts. Commence in-house assembly.
August - Comence calibration and printing testing
Sept - Start shipping AMAKER printers.
Consistent and accurate assembly of all printers on time is a constant challenge. The ease of assembling the 3D printer and the time needed to assemble the printer have been an important consideration in our product design. Although we have enjoyed excellent results from previous versions, surprises could still happen. To ensure our printers are working right from day one, we have decided to assemble and quality test the printers in-house. This process might require significant resources if we fail to hire additional helpers. Again, we hope any possible impact is within our buffered time frame and existing manpower.
We prefer that all packages be tracked online with real time tracking status.
- In return to getting backers’ monetary support on our project, our gift to backers would the reward item(s) as pledged. Item will be declared as gift.
- Take note that the reward item(s) pledged does not include custom tax.
We would like to ensure that you know how to use our AMAKER 3D printer. Hence, we would prepare instructions (manual or videos) after kickstarter campaign.
As for the design files and source codes, we would consolidate documentation work for release after the 1st batch of 3D printers is delivered, to take account of any possible design changes (to ease printer assembly).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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