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Feb 06, 2012, 11:48 PM
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Makibox, the $300 Printer

New printer Project that looks like a crazy good deal! I'll be getting one myself

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Feb 07, 2012, 12:54 PM
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The only thing I'm having a problem with is lack of size, I didn't see it skimming through the info. To a point the size of the table doesn't matter because it should be somewhat cheap to go from a few inches to nearly 12x12 table (and movements). I know it isn't exactly free but shouldn't cost too much to scale up. I would want at least an 8x8 workspace and probably 8 more vertically.
Feb 07, 2012, 02:22 PM
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here are the dimensions

How big is the MakiBox A6?

Dimensions Width, Height, Depth:

Makibox (Currently) 280mm x 210mm x 210mm

Output (Currently) 150mm x 110mm x 110mm

These may change slightly, but the output will not be any smaller. We may tweak the chassis by 10-20mm or so based on final mechanism results. It will not change appreciably.
Feb 07, 2012, 03:38 PM
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I thought it looked kind of small, might still be worth the money, have to wait to see how the project progresses and do a little more concentrated reading.
Feb 09, 2012, 07:19 AM
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From what I've found (with a much higher-end 3D printer), size really doesn't matter very much. There are two reasons for this:

(1) Anything large takes ages to print and costs a lot. The Makibox will probably be slower than other printers because it uses worm gears on all axes (others only use worm gears on the Z axis since it doesn't need to move fast). For anything big, it's much faster and cheaper to print plastic parts that allow you to join stuff like fibreglass rods together.

(2) Bigger items tend to have overhangs, which you can't print anyway unless the printer can do a support material (the Makibox can't, and nor can any of the other cheap printers). Therefore you have to split the item into separate parts, each of which is much smaller. Even on the fancy printer I've used, this is often preferable - printing support layers takes ages and then you have to dissolve the support material out in an alkaline bath.

The only thing I've printed so far that wouldn't fit in the Makibox is a model quadrotor. That was right on the limits of what the printer could handle; it's still tiny, it cost something like $70 (prices inflated somewhat because the manufacturer makes a substantial profit), and it took about a week to run (20 hours to print and then four days in the alkaline bath to remove all the support material). If I was actually aiming to make a useful quadrotor (rather than showing off what the printer can do) I'd have bought aluminium tubes and printed a few plastic parts to join them and to mount the motors. This could easily be done on a Makibox.

To put it simply: with the speed and material cost of current printers, it'd be very unusual to actually print something larger than what the Makibox can manage. Therefore the small workspace isn't much of a limiting factor.
Feb 09, 2012, 04:24 PM
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Ok, maybe I need to rethink things then.

When you say support material, is this the same material the part is constructed from or is it something different?
Feb 10, 2012, 12:15 AM
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no, its a totally different material. Typically its a black plastic that is laid down as a foundation for the part you are making. The 3D printer my high school had used it, but only as a base layer... that machine however was a +$20000 whereas these low end printers only have the one type.
Feb 10, 2012, 10:53 AM
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Reading through this post leads me to ask, "what is your involvement in this project?".
What I mean is if you are "the" man to speak to about this machine?
If so, I do have some questions as I am very interested in your 3d printer.
I noticed that your entry level finding is $350, now that entails the "funder" to a complete kit, correct?
(1)What type of material does it use and (2)where does one purchase it and (3)what are some average costs of said material?
What is the resolution of the printer?
What software will you have the people utilize?
And when can we expect a working prototype?
Thank you,
Feb 10, 2012, 06:41 PM
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Lol, no sir I am not, in fact I live in canada, the creator of makibox is actually located on the other side of the world in Hong Kong according to his website. I'm just an avid promoter of budget 3d printers and I feel that since he's using his own public/group funding website he's not getting the publicity that say the Printrbot got on kickstarter... Did I mention that I also want one and if it doesn't get funded I don't get my 3d printer! So yes, I do have an invested interest in this to a certain degree I suppose.

I think if he can get the prototype done within the next week he'll probably get this successfully funded, I think he should have gotten the prototype a little farther along before he started the funding but thats just my personal opinion.

If you look on under the FAQ's you may find answers to your questions.. to be honest I haven't even bothered looking at what kind of material its going to use, I'm assuming it'll use some standard gauge material that should be easy to source.
Feb 12, 2012, 12:48 AM
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Funding just hit 25%
Feb 13, 2012, 02:06 PM
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I did my part to try and make this thing happen, Shrub! Good find, hope it turns out as we're all anticipating.

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Feb 13, 2012, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by jbarnhardt
I did my part to try and make this thing happen, Shrub! Good find, hope it turns out as we're all anticipating.

Awesome! Hopefully there will be others from the forum who will step up too!
Feb 13, 2012, 10:59 PM
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I am going to wait until I see a little more detail.
Feb 14, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by village_idiot
I am going to wait until I see a little more detail.
Nothin' wrong with this either
Feb 14, 2012, 08:20 PM
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I should have said that differently, I'm going to wait until I see more details and finalization on the product.

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