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MagicBox: Mass finishing for ABS and PLA 3D prints on your desktop. The best companion for your 3D printer.  By SKY-TECH.
MagicBox: Mass finishing for ABS and PLA 3D prints on your desktop. The best companion for your 3D printer. By SKY-TECH.
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Polish your 3D prints… Magically! 

Easier than saying “ABRACADABRA!” or waving around a magic wand, the MagicBox will give you the look and feel you want from your creations. It polishes ABS and PLA prints to a glassy smooth finish in almost no time at all! 

The magician’s greatest secret. 

Do you want beautiful, finished prints that wow your audience, but don’t want to spend so much time, effort, and money to get them? Then you need an elegant solution that polishes your creations effortlessly. You need the MagicBox!

The magicbox in all its glory!
The magicbox in all its glory!

The MagicBox uses an acetone vapor bath to smooth the lines normally present on FDM prints. It’s simple, easy-to-use settings give you control over the look and feel of your creations. Polish out rough edges or preserve detail, it’s up to you.

On the right is a duck before being polished. On the left is a duck after being polished by the MagicBox. This is ABS duck.
On the right is a duck before being polished. On the left is a duck after being polished by the MagicBox. This is ABS duck.
ABS material made by MagicBox
ABS material made by MagicBox
This is ABS secret-head who's file we download from internet.
This is ABS secret-head who's file we download from internet.
Magicbox for PLA prints result.
Magicbox for PLA prints result.
This is our filament that we use on our MagicBox experiment.
This is our filament that we use on our MagicBox experiment.
                                         
Our filament picture.
Our filament picture.
  

Ready to witness the magic on your desktop?

We’ve designed and built a few functional prototypes of the MagicBox, and we are almost ready to start manufacturing. We need your help to make it happen. By backing our project, you could be first in line to get a MagicBox, and be one step closer to simplifying your workflow, or making your hobby even more enjoyable.  So pick a reward, any reward, and help us make your life much easier, and a whole lot more magical!

We need a volunteer from the audience

To begin using the MagicBox just follow these simple directions:

  • Fill the reservoir with acetone.
  • Place a clean print into the chamber.
  • Adjust the settings and press start.
  • Automation Control: For the sake of the safety, we control between inside and outside pressure, we need to keep the pressure  balance,because this is why  vapor always inside and smell nothing.
  • The clean fan will run after the magical process done.

TA-DA!

Stage magic, meet street magic.

At Sky-Tech we believe that everything about 3D printing should be fun and inspiring. When we were looking for a solution to polish our own creations, we found that everything else on the market was too big, too expensive, and too difficult to use. So we decided to create our own solution; something that would be small enough to fit on our desks, something that doesn’t require us to pawn our hats and rabbits or buy expensive chemical refills, and something that would be easy for anyone to use. So we designed and built the MagicBox.

The secrets revealed.

The MagicBox uses a patent pending process to quickly evaporate acetone. The vapor fills the chamber and begins to smooth out the surface lines from of your FDM prints. After you’re finished, the exhaust fan and filter will capture the excess vapor to ensure that the air in your room stays clean and fresh.

Super secret: We have made ​​a compact design to our customers, please note that we design a  vapor switch on control pannel, with the steam setting time, you can control the acetone vapor make different fineness, for example, we can make the surface is very slippery, but the details would lose more, you can make the surface smooth surface only a little, but the details can be preserved.This is called Magicbox customize function.

The MagicBox will be manufactured using the highest-quality components available. Here are some general specifications:

  • Total Size: 30cm x 30cm x 29cm
  • Chamber Size: 25cm x 25cm x 20cm
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Power: 100-240V A/C, 50/60HZ
  • Works with ABS, PLA

Project background

1. After using a beaker filled with acetone over an induction cooker to finish our 3D prints, we began brainstorming a better way and came up with the concept of the MagicBox. We wanted to make the whole process simpler.

2. Then we began to design a basic controller and chipset to test with.  

3. We wanted the MagicBox to be used right next to your 3D printer, so we designed it to be small; about the size of a 17 inch monitor. Our first concept drawings. Our first design draft. 3D CAD models of the functional prototype. 

Our design draw.
Our design draw.
MagicBox Control Pannel
MagicBox Control Pannel
Magicbox Specification
Magicbox Specification
3D CAD models of the functional prototype.
3D CAD models of the functional prototype.

4. We were all excited about the prototype when it was finally ready to test, and after we tested it with a few prints we realized we had made something truly magical. And that is how the MagicBox was born! 

Production and fulfillment plan 

During the campaign, we’ll finalize the design of the MagicBox and prepare for manufacturing with the same manufacturer that produces our high performance 3D printers. Once the campaign is successful, we’ll start mass production for the backers and form a marketing strategy for global sales. At Sky-Tech we have lots of experience manufacturing 3D printers and our customers include product design companies, architecture design companies, colleges, educational institutions, etc. The engineering magic inside the MagicBox is considerably simpler than the mechanisms and electronics in our 3D printers, so you can rest assured that we have the skills and capacity to promptly fulfill our rewards. If you’d like more information on our company please visit our website.

Major production stages:

1. MagicBox concept development. ~ 2014/1/15 

2. Prototype development. ~ 2014/2/20 

3. Prototype testing and improving, manufacturing preparations. ~ 2014/8/15 

4. Kickstarter funds raised. ~ 2014/6/30 

5. MagicBox manufacturing. Sky-tech T-shirt production. ~ 2014/9/30 

6. Distribute rewards and begin sales. ~ 2014/10-

The 3D Printer we use on this Experiment: 

All of the prints we use two machine to print it, and we offer the best price for our bakers.

SKY-MAKER X-series for PLA prints
SKY-MAKER X-series for PLA prints
SKY-MAKER X-series specification
SKY-MAKER X-series specification
We use SKY-MAKER 800 to make ABS prints.
We use SKY-MAKER 800 to make ABS prints.
This is the SKY-MAKER 800 specification.
This is the SKY-MAKER 800 specification.
Our sofware interface
Our sofware interface
Some of the 3d prints that our 3d printer printed.
Some of the 3d prints that our 3d printer printed.
Printed by SKY-MAKER X-Series
Printed by SKY-MAKER X-Series
Printed by SKY-MAKER 800
Printed by SKY-MAKER 800

The News Link:

3dprint.com Article:

http://3dprint.com/2522/magicbox-kickstarter-polish-3d-print/

www.3dprinterworld.com Article:

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/smooth-like-butter-mass-finishing-for-abs-and-pla-prints-magicbox

3dprintingindustry.com

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/04/29/3d-printer-magic-box-sky-tech/

Creatables.co Article:

http://www.creatables.co/new/magicbox-magically-finish-3d-prints/

France News:

http://www.lesimprimantes3d.fr/magicbox-lissage-impression-3d-plastique-abs-pla/

Russia News:

http://www.lookatme.ru/mag/live/concept/203273-kontsept-nedeli

Japan News:

https://fabcross.jp/news/2014/04/20140409_magicbox.html

Euro News:

http://3druck.com/objects/magicbox-das-magische-finish-fuer-3d-gedruckte-objekte-4817065/

Core team members: 

Eric Huang – The founder of Sky Tech Co., Ltd, and also the main creator of MagicBox. With Eric’s background in mechanical engineering, he started the 3D printer business in 2012, and as business grew, he started thinking about developing tools that work in conjunction with 3D printers. In 2013 the idea for the MagicBox became his latest obsession. 

JoLin/Sky-Tech
JoLin/Sky-Tech

Jo Lin – The marketing manager of the team. She’s mainly responsible for the American and European markets. When the MagicBox project began, Jo recommended to introduce it first to the American market according to her marketing experience. She believes that Kickstarter is the best platform to make the MagicBox a reality. 

Gary Wu/Sky-Tech
Gary Wu/Sky-Tech

Gary Wu – Gary is the senior engineer. He put in a lot of effort in the design of the MagicBox, and contributes ideas to not only the hardware, but also to the user experience. 

Jerry Wu/Sky-Tech
Jerry Wu/Sky-Tech

Jerry Wu – One of the engineers in Sky Tech. Jerry mainly takes care of testing the MagicBox and all of Sky Tech's other products. 

James Wu/Sky-Tech
James Wu/Sky-Tech

James Wu – The general manager of the team. Keeping the project on time and on budget is James’s main job.

We are getting ready for the big reveal.

We’ve come a long way since our first designs and prototypes for a polishing and finishing station. Now we are finally ready to begin full production, but only with your support. Here is what we’ve done so far:

  • Formed a dedicated team within Sky-Tech
  • Designed and built a few housing prototypes
  • Designed and tested different chip sets and firmware
  • Experimented, again and again, with different sizes and varieties of prints
  • Consulted with manufacturers to estimate costs of production

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter project comes with unique risks and challenges. Here are some that we might face when producing the Magic Box:

DESIGN & ENGINEERING
The Magic Box is designed to be useful, simple, and safe. We’ve spent countless hours experimenting with the variables to make sure that the user experience is totally magical. However, we might find that after many tests the Magic Box does not hold up to this standard. This will force us to re-engineer certain components which may delay delivery.

PRODUCTION & DELIVERY
We will produce the Magic Box with the best manufacturer we can find for the cost and quality. If for any reason we encounter unforeseen challenges before or during production, we will communicate them to all of our backers and adjust our targets accordingly. That being said, we don’t foresee any challenges so great that they would prevent us from delivering the Magic Box altogether.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About $5

    Every pledge is magical! We'll send you a "Thank You!" email and get your name included in an exclusive list of supporters on our current website: www.sky-tech.com.tw/ and our eternal gratitude.

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    Pledge US$ 399 or more About $399

    One Magic Box! You'll also receive a "Thank You!" card by mail and a mention of your generosity on our website. You are truly magical! (Shipping will be calculated and collected after campaign.)

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    BE LATE BIRD PRICE:One Magic Box! You'll also receive a "Thank You!" card by mail and a mention of your generosity on our website. You are truly magical! (Shipping will be calculated and collected after campaign.)

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    Pledge US$ 429 or more About $429

    EARLY BIRD LIMITED PRICE: Get this Kickstarter started! Get a Magicbox at a very special price from our first mass production run. Regular expected retail price is $699. You'll also receive a "Thank You!"email and get your name included in an exclusive list of supporters on our current website: www.sky-tech.com.tw/ and our eternal gratitude.(Shipping will be included, only for USA ,Canada,Russia and ASIA )

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    Pledge US$ 469 or more About $469

    EARLY BIRD LIMITED PRICE: Get this Kickstarter started! Get a Magicbox at a very special price from our first mass production run. Regular expected retail price is $699. One Magic Box and 3kg of our Sky-Tech ABS filament!. You'll also receive a "Thank You!" card by mail and a mention of your generosity on our website! (Shipping will be calculated and collected after campaign.)

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    Pledge US$ 549 or more About $549

    One Magic Box and 5kg of our Sky-Tech ABS filament!. You'll also receive a "Thank You!" card by mail and a mention of your generosity on our website! (Shipping will be calculated and collected after campaign.)

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    Pledge US$ 1,299 or more About $1,299

    One Magic Box and a upgraded SKY-MAKER X3 3D printer (minimum layer height 0.2mm, with heated build plate, for ABS and PLA, single extruder, dimension is 28*20*15cm, with 1kg PLA). Of course, you'll also receive a "Thank You!" by card and on our website! (Shipping will be calculated and collected after campaign.)

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    Pledge US$ 1,599 or more About $1,599

    One Magic Box and a upgraded SKY-MAKER X3 3D Printer Platinum (minimum layer height 0.1mm, with heated build plate, for ABS and PLA, dual extruder, dimension is 25*20*15cm, with 2kg ABS). Of course, you'll also receive a "Thank You!" by card and on our website! (Shipping will be calculated and collected after campaign.)

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    Pledge US$ 6,000 or more About $6,000

    Distributor Plan:
    We will invite you to join a great dinner in Taiwan, and show you our factory.You will get one Magicbox back and the best price in your country in the future.(We will prepare the best Hotel in taiwan and arrange some interesting visit for you.)

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    Pledge US$ 10,000 About $10,000

    Special Plan:We will offer all of the technical data about MagicBox.The date include PCB data, firmware, mechanism file,acetone recovery design...etc. You will been our partner in your country and you can product it with official approved.

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