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A Compact and Affordable 3D Printer: The MakiBox A6

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

3D printers create three-dimensional solid objects from a digital design. The process includes layering of materials until it forms the design. 3D printing has been around for decades now and is mostly used for industrial use like rapid prototyping and manufacturing.

3D printers are heavy machinery, until desktop versions were introduced a couple of years ago. MakerBot Industries came out with different desktop 3D printers like the Thing-O-Matic, Ultimaker, Huxley, and many more.

A new 3D printer is coming out soon, the MakiBox A6. It is startup project from Jon Buford. The MakiBox A6 3D printer starts from $300 + $50 for global shipping. The project received 375 supporters to successfully fund the project. Let us take a look at the features of this 3D printer.

The MakiBox A6 3D Printer

The MakiBox A6 3D printer is the first 3D printer that is compact, reliable and self-contained. It is the most affordable desktop 3D printer available and you can get it for $300. Other 3D printers range from $500-$2000. Compared to other desktop 3D printers, the Makibox A6 is simple to use and comes in a compact design that makes use of screws instead of pulleys and belts. This feature reduces the parts that you need to assemble and maintain.

The MakiBox A6 is smaller compared to other 3D printers and can print up to ¼ of its size. The printer is enclosed, securing your work without worrying about pets or children accidentally slipping something while you are printing. It has an active cooling fan to constantly keep the printer cool and perform at top efficiency.

Some things you can print

If you are wondering what you can print with the MakiBox A6 3D printer, here are some things you can print:

  • Missing pieces of board games
  • Customized hearing aid
  • Phone case with your own design and logo
  • Toys
  • Jewellery and other accessories

3D printers are ideal for designers, makers, students, engineers, and anyone who wants to start designing and making things on their own.


Most Interesting 3D Printers

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The world of printer technology has begun to produce some truly useful and interesting innovations during the last few years.  Rather than sticking with the standard 2d format and all the conventions that come with it, many print companies have started making devices capable of truly unique and often amazing 3D results utilizing various materials to create the end result with layers of medium. Take a look at some of the most interesting 3D printers available today.

1. Printers that Print Glass: Through vitraglyphic processing, engineers and artists at the University of Washington were able to create glass objects using a 3D printer. Typically a 3D object is made by these printers using a fine powder and small drops of binding agent to build the structure of the object, layer by layer. In the case of the glass printer, this process needed to be modified. Previously the glass powder and binding agent didn’t work well together and no structure would hold the glass powder together; however, after some alterations were made in the amount of binding agent and a heating process, glass objects could finally be created.

2. Printers that Make Highly Articulated Robot Figures: Utilizing a printer made by Safeway to construct objects out of stainless steel, one Algerian artist has created highly articulated robot figures. The art world has found 3D printing a wonderfully exacting and useful resource for both, constructing specific designs and also easily replicating them for sale; Mani Zamani’s robots are just one example of the pieces that have come from the innovation. Just as with the original 3D printers, these objects are made out of steel powder adhered with binding agent and then infused with bronze. The innovation means that with time and work, the machines we use everyday could literally recreate themselves. 

3. Printers that Print Themselves: It’s not completed yet, but a new printer called the RepRap is in the process of being developed and is said to already be able to print parts of itself, effectively making a machine that can replicate itself. The implications are of course quite intriguing and according to the makers, it is likely to do a great deal to help the economy and the environment by reducing the amount of impact on the world.

4. Printers for Printing Buildings: Really? Yes it’s true they’ve begun to make 3D printers large enough and effective enough to turn sand and binding material into large stone blocks for construction! Working very much like the original 3D printers which could print models, these devices offer an effective and very green method of building the real thing out of the sand available on sight and binding material. The innovation has plenty of implications for current use and could prove useful for the future when we finally succeed in our endeavor to settle on a foreign moon or an alien world.

5. The Organ Printer: This device could prove to be one of the most valuable and important inventions created in recent years if it works as intended. What does it do? This device prints human organs and tissue utilizing your own DNA. This means repairing damage that was irreversible such as major scarring and severed limbs and evading the issue of organ rejection because the material is derived entirely from your own. Designed utilizing the inkjet printer, it builds these materials layer by layer as do most other 3D printers; only this is constructed in a petri dish.  The dish contains liquid and the printer cartridge uses cells and a crosslinker to build the material bit by bit. For time being, it’s only getting started but the outlook is very good.

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