Updates to the Cupcake upgrade kits.
After canoodling on this for a bit, Ed and I have decided to ship out all the cupcake upgrade kit builders a new motor to drive the R Axis on... Read more
Build video #10 and #11
Ok... here are videos #10 and #11.
#10 Covers the construction of the hot end. Please note, this has changed due to the addition of the heater block instead of... Read more
Build Videos #8 and #9
Video #8 covers the side column attachments.
Video #9 covers building the gantry.
(For some reason, Kickstarter refuses to allow me to embed this video.)
Lots more to... Read more
Build Videos #6 and #7
Video #6 focuses on the basic gantry construction.
Video #7 focuses on attaching the upper section to the chassis.
Here are the first few assembly videos for the PiMaker Kits.
There a few questions as to the CupCake upgrade kits which I will be posting videos to as well,... Read more
Minor chassis change
This week I was able to step back to the drawing board so to speak to address a problem that has been noticed on some of the kit units. The... Read more
So, you've seen the Ultra-Bot and the PiMaker... but I realized that I have never posted the pictures of the big Ultra-Bot, the "Ultra-Bot Ultra."
So, here it is in... Read more
Weekend Build Party Update
This last weekend I went down to Knoxville, TN, where Ben, Adam and Don built their own PiMakers. We also filmed (in very high quality, thanks to Ben and Adam...... Read more
New laser update
Yesterday I got the chance to sit with Ed and use his laser to cut the PiMakers on. His laser will be able to cut a single chassis in a... Read more
Progress continues... plus an enhancement!
Today I was able to complete 5 additional (bare) chassis, which takes me to the end of my precut acrylic... however, Tomorrow I'll be dropping off the remainder of my... Read more
Hello, Kickstarters! We're in full production mode!
Well... after a little hiccup with Kickstarter, I'm back! I see several messages and I'll get to you one by one later Today.
But first... here's a little picture of... Read more
It's dead, Jim!
Well... we are shipping a few units out this week... but what I thought was a simple laser tube failure is a little more serious... the power supply in my... Read more
I posted the files for the Ultra-Bot
For those that were interested, I posted the design files for the Ultra-Bot on Thingiverse (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:42505)
I'm also continuing to send out surveys.
Here are some nice pics...
from the prototype PiMaker.
The Darth "Keychain" took about 4 hours to print and the Yoda took 12 hours.
They're both in natural PLA from Makerbot (1.75mm) and were printed... Read more
Ok... we're open sourcing it after all. ;-)
So, I was just contacted by Mark Carew of PhlatBlog. (http://phlatboyz.blogspot.com/2012/02/3d-printed-micro-3d-3d-funpod-3d-funpod.html) Seems they've also come up with the exact same concept in a 3D printer... though in a boxed chassis... Read more
Questions about Open Source and our Patent Application
I've received numerous questions and concerns about my comments on the PiMaker not being Open Soruce and the patent application I filed. I can't discuss the details of the patent... Read more
Introducing my latest creation...
I know a lot of you have been getting anxious about my "big announcement", but the wait is over... Today is the day! ... so without further delay, I'm introducing... Read more
23 Hour Print from the Ultra-Bot "Ultra"
Well, here's is the longest and largest print to date on the Ultra-Bot "Ultra" (The "Ultra" is the 8"x8"x8" unit.)
This was printed in Natural PLA with a layer height... Read more
Updates for 11/7
Well, we're still plugging away on your Ultra-Bots! We still have not received any word on our acrylic shipment, but we have continued on all other aspects. I built 50... Read more
Here's my latest print
Here's a print I just finished last night on the Ultra-Bot. This owl is about 6" high and was printed with a .1mm layer height with a 5% infill. The time to... Read more
Darth and Yoda
Ok... I did Darth in 50 micron layers and Yoda at 100 micron layers. You visibly can not tell the difference between the two.
They both turned out fantastic, including... Read more
Laser is plugging away.
The new laser is working great. Here is a picture of it cutting the left and right sides out of a piece of acrylic. Each Ultra-Bot can be cut in... Read more
High Resolution Prints
Here is a picture of three test prints I did Today. The first one is a test print on my old Makerbot Cupcake. I stopped it half way through... just... Read more
Release the hounds!!!
Our funds have now been released, so we are starting the ordering process for all the components.
Starting off, we are ordering a lot of acrylic. It has a three... Read more
So, this weekend I was able to attend the Fort Wayne, Indiana Maker Faire where I met up with the SeeMeCNC guys. They were showing off their great delta robot... Read more
Here's the final design!!!
Well... just in time, I finished up the final design of the "Cupcake" sized unit. This is a complete working unit with a few minor changes that I'll be adding... Read more
With all of your help, we did it!!! I can't thank you all enough... This is so awesome. We will be posting a couple of questionnaires on here asking for... Read more
Two days to go...
Well, with less than two days to go, we surpassed the 500% funding mark. I can't say "Thank you" enough for your support!!! This is just awesome and far exceeded... Read more
Thanks for the shoutout, Bre!
Today at the Open Hardware Summit, Bre did a great talk on his Replicator2 and Makerbot's reasoning and strategy on open source. It was a great talk and I highly... Read more
100 Microns Baby!!!
Tonight I was able to print out a part at 100 Microns. This picture shows the extreme magnification of the layer height (or lack thereof!) The diagonal that is laying across... Read more
My position on MakerBot's changes
So, I'm getting pinged to death about Bre's (CEO and Founder of MakerBot) statements last week and his clarification Today on how their licensing changes affect the Ultra-Bot. Here is... Read more
New Case Design
Here is a quick update on the new case design. I opened the front of the unit up so that you can easily remove an 8" object from it. Both... Read more
New Larger Options Added
I just added several new options for the larger Ultra-Bot. The normal Ultra-Bot will have a 6.5" x 4.5" x 7" build area and the optional chassis will have an... Read more
Ok... I have a question for everyone. If I could make the Ultra-Bot with a full 8" x 8" x 8" build area... would that be worth $150 more to... Read more
.17mm Layer Height Under The Microscope
Here is a picture of the .17 mm layer test print under a microscope. The lower level is where it was "smashed" into the print bed, but the others are... Read more
Sample Print Video
Ok... everyone, here is a little video clip of the Ultra-Bot printing a .17mm layer height test object. I just built the object in Tinkercad, downloaded it into the Ultra-Bot... Read more
Week 2 Progress
Well... as we enter our 3rd week of the Kickstarter campaign, I thought I better give you another update as to the state of things.
Here is a picture of... Read more
After playing with Pronterface and ReplicatorG for a while, I decided that I wanted something a bit better, so I set out to find something a bit more suitable for... Read more
Heated Build Platform and Spool Holder
Just wanted to give a little update. Here is a picture of the Heated Build Platform as well as the new Acrylic Spool Holder that are available with the Ultra-Bot.... Read more