StaX: A Machined Aluminum Modular Container
StaX: A Machined Aluminum Modular Container
StaX is an open platform, modular container expandable with 3D printing. Unleash your creativity with unlimited possibilities!
StaX is an open platform, modular container expandable with 3D printing. Unleash your creativity with unlimited possibilities! Read more
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They Like Us!
Sculpteo: "StaX is like Lego bricks for cylinder-shaped containers."
3D Printing Industry: "...a pretty novel way to make containing things interesting."
Inventor Spot: "...a fresh idea that should get a lot of our 3D printer jockeys excited."
Hello Kickstarters! Thank you for checking out our campaign to deliver StaX to the world. So let’s get right down to business and tell you all about StaX.
What on Earth is StaX?
StaX is modular anodized glory in container form. It’s impossible to describe its uses in just a sentence or two, so we’ll let images tell the story. We’d love to hear about your creative uses you have for StaX, so send them our way on Twitter, #StaX. We’ll be updating the campaign with your ideas! Scroll to the bottom to find links to 3D models and tech specs so you can start designing your own accessories today.
Uses for StaX
Solve for X. StaX is Designed to be Expanded by 3D Printing.
As big fans of 3D printing, we know that there is a steep learning curve to get from idea to physical 3D print. StaX is uniquely designed to be expanded by 3D printing with accessories that are developed by the community.
Official StaX documentation will show you how to interface 3D printed parts with your StaX. We're also providing starter model files to easily interface with the male and female threads. We encourage everyone to come up with awesome ideas and share them with the world. From decorative accessories to mind-bending expansion, here are some examples to get the creative juices flowing. Become your own product designer and augment StaX for your unique and creative applications!
Steps from Idea to Physical Object
Step 1: 3D Model
Download the accessories we've designed or design your own using the StaX 3D models for reference.
3 Glorious 3D Modeling Programs (oh yeah, they're FREE):
Save model as an .STL file (typical and pretty standard in the 3D printing world).
Step 2a: 3D Print It
Once you have a 3D model, you've done the "hard" part. You now need to slice that baby up meaning converting the 3D model file into a file that the 3D printer will understand (GCODE).
To do this, use a "slicer." Two of our favorite slicers:
Now, depending on the 3D printer you're using, you'll have to tweak the parameters. We have some knowledge on this if you are lost.
Step 2b: Outsource Your 3D Print
If you don't have access to a 3D printer, there are several websites where you can upload a 3D model, get it printed and delivered to your doorstep. Here are 3 of them:
Step 3: Use/Tweak Your Accessory
Most accessories should work with StaX right off the print bed. We suggest printing at 200 microns (layer height) or less for best fit. Part of product design is tweaking and fit checking then going back to drawing board. There are a lot of 3D modeling ninjas out there that can nail it on the first go. You can become a ninja my friend.
StaX Technical Information
If you want to start working on your StaX accessories, this section has links to all of the information you need. We’d love to share your custom concepts during the campaign, so get creative and share your ideas on Twitter #StaX.
About the thread: StaX uses a custom-specified 4 start thread. This means we can use a big fat thread, but sections close together in about ½ turn. The thread prints easily on a 3D printer, the vertical resolution the better. For more details, see the interface doc below.
StaX is machined from aircraft grade aluminum and is anodized in a variety of colors. There are three unique parts - a bottom - a top - and a mid section. You can add an unlimited number of mid sections to expand your StaX as high as you want. You can also assemble a top and bottom to create a small container. Mix and match colors to create awesome looks.
StaX will be packaged as: (1) Lid kit - made up of a top and bottom and (2) Three Pack - made up of three mid sections. When you order a full kit (5 pieces), you’ll have the option of choosing different colors for your lid kit and three pack. Order multiple sets to mix and match even more colors!
Timeline of Events
We want our backers to have the best possible Kickstarter experience. We have manufacturing lined up and ready to turn upon the completion of the campaign. All of the StaX shown in the campaign were made by the factory who will produce the Kickstarter rewards.
We will use BackerKit to manage your pledge and a professional fulfillment service to get your StaX in your hands as quickly as possible.
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Risks and challenges
Delivering a machined aluminum product to consumers at a reasonable price requires a large volume of parts to be produced. We are working with an experienced U.S. based firm to manage production of StaX components overseas. Our campaign funding goal ensures we have sufficient demand to order in the quantities required to make this project feasible.
All of the aluminum StaX shown in this campaign were produced at the factory that will make the larger production run. Custom tooling has already been manufactured at the factory and they are ready to take our large order.
Despite this preparation, we are dependent upon third parties to meet obligations and deadlines for manufacturing, importing, and fulfilling orders to backers. Once in the United States, logistical operations must be carried out to ensure speedy delivery of products to backers in the configurations and colors they chose.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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