MakerBot Calibration

More bad news on the documentation. My MakerBot is responding to commands from ReplicatorG. X, Y, and Z axis (what is the plural for axis?!) are all responding properly. I did have to reverse the direction of 2 of the stepper motors. The documentation was incorrectly...

MakerBot – Software… FINALLY!

Admittedly, I have been nervous about this part of project.  Mainly because the blogs and documentation I have read to date – even the video podcasts I have watched all add up to one conclusion: The Software to run this stuff is NOT YET MATURE.  If you are new...

MakerBot Assembly – the MK5 Printer Head

This post is slightly out of order, but going back and forth from electronics to mechanical assembly on the plastruder, or printer head, starts to muddy the sequence of assembly.  This was easily the most fun part to build.  It feels and looks like you are building...

MakerBot Cupcake – Electronics

The build instructions on the Makerbot Wiki site (http://wiki.makerbot.com/start) are pretty good for the main body of the build.  It starts to go sideways when you get to the electronics.  There are several versions of the Cupcake body and the electronics packages....

Cupcake XY Stage Installation

This step was a piece of (cup)cake. Its all coming together now. One small tip: the smooth bars were a little short. The assembly instructions warn that short bars will create extra noise. I grabbed a small nut and it fit perfectly both in width and depth. Perfect....

MakerBot: Cupcake Z Stage Assembly

BUILD TIME: 1.5 hours [smooth=id:3;] This was the most enjoyable part of the build to date. My daughter Sydney cleaned all the threaded rods and Levi, my 6 year old boy, put bolts and nuts together to assemble the acrylic. Syndey and Levi mounted the bearings and nuts...

MakerBot: Body Assembly

BUILD TIME: 2 hours MakerBot: Body Assembly & Electronics from Printr Bot on Vimeo. My Daughter, Sydney had no trouble assembling the body herself.  It is essentially a box with one extra layer inside.  We sanded down all the little imperfections left over from...

MakerBot: X Stage Assembly

BUILD TIME: 2 hours I am taking my time assembling my MakerBot CupCake.  I could tackle more in a day, and maybe I will soon…. but for now, its been a good pace.  Today, my 14 year old daughter asked me specifically if she could help with the next part of the...

Custom Part Keeps Cupcakes Out of Stock

I bought the CupCake Ultimate version of the MakerBot because they offered a $200 price break (it was $700 and change). The Thing-O-Matic is the most recent version. I think a bunch of people were in the same boat. Now, MakerBot announces : Cupcakes out of Stock Until...

MakerBot: You WILL Need a Drill

MakerBot Build Platform Problem from Printr Bot on Vimeo. I was hoping everything would go together perfectly, but that is ridiculous. Get your drill out – you will need it at some point. The build platform holes didn’t even come close to matching up. It...

MakerBot: The Build Platform

BUILD TIME: 1 hours [smooth=id:1;] Right off the bat, I know this is going to be fun.  The quality of the fit is surprisingly high, its really quite amazing.  I knew I loved lasers…. but seeing what these laser cutters can do! Now I have to own...

MakerBot Arrives

The CupCake has arrived with all the trimmings.  Unboxing photos to follow. Life with a robot in the house has begun.  I have been dreaming of building a bot kit of ANY kind since the 7th grade.  No, really.  Circa 1983.  That life-long subscription to Popular Science...