About this project
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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 – 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 – 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 – 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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