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I'll never ever forget the day I first met MakerBot. It was August 1, 2012 when he *-- an intense, glossy first-generation Replicator-- arrived at our Cambridge, MA, office, welcomed by screams of delight by a bunch of fans. I should confess, I was a little bit daunted as well as star-struck: MakerBot's online reputation preceded him. He was a superstar in the DIY neighborhood, a true radical of a device, ushering in the "Wild West of 3D printing" amongst our calm sea of MacBook Air laptops running Adobe InDesign. All we had actually ever made below before were PDF documents, however with MakerBot humming happily in the lounge following to the kitchen, that had actually all changed. We were currently maker-magicians, rotating ABDOMINAL thread right into gold.At first, it was difficult to obtain any kind of quality time with MakerBot. I 'd come right into the workplace in the morning, and also he 'd currently be bordered by 3 or 4 groupies, who were searching the brochure at Thingiverse, picking a fresh collection of STL designs to print: from Mario and also Batman to Mayan Robot.The T-Rex (much left) as well as Barack Obama figurine (bottom-right) were made with glow-in-the-dark ABDOMINAL MUSCLE string (thus "Glowbama")
But MakerBot really did not simply allow me and also my coworkers to print out various other individuals's models; he supplied us the pledge of creating our own plastic masterpieces. He came packaged with the open source software program ReplicatorG, which offers a wonderful GUI for doing simple adjustments on existing versions (scaling, revolving, and so on). ReplicatorG isn't a device for creating designs from square one, however, so I also started try out various other 3D rendering applications like Mixer, MeshLab, as well as OpenSCAD.I was interested
in the opportunities in changing 2D pictures right into 3D designs that MakerBot might print, so I began explore a Python device called img2scad, which can transform a JPEG image documents into a. scad file (exchangeable to a suitable STL data with OpenSCAD) by transforming each pixel in the photo to a rectangle-shaped prism whose elevation is directly proportional to how dark/light the pixel is. When this SCAD model is published, the outcome is a photo embossed right into a sheet of plastic. Pretty cool-- although, in practice, the results were rather uninspired given that much of the information caught in the refined shading distinctions among pixels in the source JPEG didn't obtain preserved in the conversion to prisms.I intended to take points to the following degree and actually make 3D reproductions of photographs, which is possible by linking an XBox Kinect to a Windows machine as well as using ReconstructME to do a 360-degree scan and transform to STL. I volunteered to be the very first test subject of this process, which involved resting still in a swivel chair while one of my coworkers spun me around in a circle at a price of 0.0000000001 miles each hr, and also another colleague aimed the Kinect at my head.Here was the outcome: This is a photo of meholding my head(from the YouTube documentary "MakerBot in Cambridge "). My plastic doppelgänger looks similar to me(white and inert), except he has no eyes or mouth.Anyway, six months into his residence at the
workplace, MakerBot had actually become my new BFF. But after that a collection of unfortunate occasions happened that begun to evaluate the toughness of our bond. One of the high qualities I prize best when becoming part of a connection with an item of machinery is its stability, and also as time used on, MakerBot simply kept letting me down over and over as well as once again. Here were my three major gripes.Gripe # 1: MakerBot was worthless ** sluggish as well as glitchy We stay in an age of
for that web page to pack? Screw dat!"), and MakerBot simply took also @$(& @ # long to finish a print. Waiting five hours for your Yoda really feels like an endless time; you could play roughly sixty rounds of Sweet Crush Saga because same timeframe( although probably, looking blankly at the MakerBot is similarly intellectually stimulating). To make matters worse, I would certainly approximate MakerBot's failure price dropped in the
series of 25%-- 33%, which indicated that there was around a one-in-three chance that 2 hours in, your Yoda print would certainly fall short, or that it would certainly complete once it was total, you would certainly uncover it was warped or otherwise defective.Some of these problems might be associateded with human error. For instance, you forgot to set up the Energy Saver
setttings appropriately on the laptop computer feeding information to MakerBot using USB, and also the laptop computer went to sleep, triggering MakerBot to break also. Or you ignored to establish the temperature of the MakerBot platform warm enough, as well as partway through the print, the plastic quit sticking to it, possibly triggering the design to tip over and/or MakerBot to spray a bird's -nest assortment of plastic thread over it. But other problems were much less direct as well as avoidable, such as molten plastic obtaining gunked up in the extruder midway via the printing procedure, leading to the MakerBot nozzle dance futilely over your half-finished creation.Overall, MakerBot was rather picky and also ruthless when it involved preparation and arrangement for printing, which segues nicely into my following gripe.Gripe # 2: MakerBot was evil high-maintenance Due to the reasonably high possibility of mistakes(see Complaint # 1), my colleagues as well as I established our own rigmarole of preflight checks to attempt to minimize the likelihood of #makerbotfail on any offered print. These steps
consisted of: Usage ReplicatorG to pre-heat the extruder to be made use of to ~ 235 levels Celsius.Detach the filament overview tube from the extruder as well as get rid of the filament from the tube.Manually apply pressure to the filament to press it with the extruder.If plastic string is sent out from the extruder nozzle, continue to tip # 5. Otherwise, turn off the MakerBot, dismantle the extruder
After examining the extruder mechanism and also doing some research study, one of my coworkers identified the problem: the Delrin plunger was worn out.The Delrin plunger is a little, black cylinder whose objective is to use pressure versus the molten plastic thread to assist compel it through the MakerBot
extruder nozzle. However, evidently this stress obtains applied through a grinding process, which gradually wears down the plunger product till it becomes not able making contact with the plastic.But the good news is, the MakerBot shop used substitute Delrins available, as well as they were just $6, so I simply bought one more one. This served us well
for an additional 3 months approximately, until the Delrin bettor in the left extruder wore out as well. I returned to the MakerBot shop, but this time I located that the Delrins were out of supply(and they remain to be unavailable to this date, possibly since first-generation Replicators are no more being offered ). I was actually bummed. Among both Delrin plungers in the $2,000 MakerBot was busted, the$6
replacement components were no longer offered, as well as at some point the other Delrin plunger would certainly break, and I 'd be left with the matching of a deep-fried toaster.But after that I had a concept: the Delrin bettor was simply a portion of plastic. Exactly what if MakerBot could publish a replacement bettor, and regrow itself back to health like a starfish? As well as sure, enough, there was certainly some excellent information: Thingiverse concerned the rescue with a version for a bettor substitute. But then some problem: the replacement plunger just really did not work. Whether that was because the STL design was not an exact replica of the authentic Delrin plunger, or due to the fact that the real plunger that MakerBot published was defective(see Complaint # 1), I have no idea.
Either method, we ran out luck.I did some research right into some more fancy devices MakerBot can print as replacements for the extruder device, but they called for screws and also springtimes and various other stuff, and also upon further representation I realized I was not eliminated to be a MakerBot repairman.Not long after the second Delrin bettor failed, I chose it was time for MakerBot as well as me to go our separate ways(most of my coworkers had actually currently jumped ship many weeks prior). Virtually every time I would try to publish something on MakerBot, I was met with frustration or dissatisfaction due to some snag or one more. Managing MakerBot was time consuming as well as dismal, as well as I decided I just really did not require that type of negative thoughts in my life. I deserved better than that!But I actually miss making those plastic tchotchkes. I have actually thought about purchasing a Replicator 2(the follow-up to the first-generation MakerBot Replicator ), however today, it still feels ahead of time to be getting involved with another 3D printer.I was thrilled to hear last week of Stratasys's$400 million acquisition of MakerBot Industries. I hope this step presages more financial investment in creating top quality, low-priced 3D printers for the ordinary consumer that desires a reliable gadget for printing designs that does not call for a DIY method to repair and maintenance. The first-generation MakerBot Replicator really felt as well a lot like a model, as opposed to a shown, improved piece of hardware.I anticipate the day when 3D printers are as cheap, ubiquitous, and also very easy to utilize as their 2D inkjet printer equivalents. But also for currently, every single time I pass by MakerBot, abandoned in a corner of the office lounge, I really feel a minor pain of sense of guilt as well as remorse. I'm sorry we couldn't make it work, MakerBot, but I'll always bear in mind the fantastic times we shared. **** Our MakerBot's name is Rob Roboto, as well as because gender-normative identifying is de rigueur for 3D printers, I have ended he is male. ** FYI, in Boston, we use the word evil as an adverb-- in location of extremely or really-- to show focus. *** Update( 7/1/13 ): Given that I initially published this item on Medium, MakerBot assistance has actually gotten to out to me and has actually suggested we attempt using the Replicator 2 Drive Block Hardware
Package instead of the Delrin-based extruder device. They have actually been kind sufficient to use to send us a couple cost-free kits, and I'm open to providing a shot.