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Misumi Design Spotlight on MAKEiT, Inc.

MISUMI is a all types of industrial hardware, and in the 3D printing world is widely considered to have the best bearings and bearing shafts available. These high quality components have been an ingredient to MAKEiT’s precision for over two years. The good folks at MISUMI recently got in touch with us, wanting to know more about our story, philosophy, and how we make use of their great products. Check out the full article on Misumi’s website here.

For our next series of posts, we will be spotlighting MAKEiT Inc., a 3D printing company.  3D printing is a rapidly growing industry so it was only natural to dive into the design of them.  In each of these posts, we will cover the history, designs, designing with MISUMI parts, advantages, and even the future of 3D printing.  Subscribe to stay up to date weekly!

Q1: Tell me about the history of MAKEiT, Inc.

MAKEiT, Inc. started in a garage in Pasadena, California. From the beginning, we’ve focused on making 3D printers suited for the demanding applications of manufacturing and precision engineering. With so many exceptional institutions in our local area, we had no trouble finding experienced and demanding early adopters to aid our development. Our earliest testing partners became our first customers, and in 2014 our earliest machines found permanent homes at California Institute of Technology and Art Center College of Design. Today we have multiple product offerings and a unique market niche, serving some of the most well-known names across various segments including Lockheed Martin, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MIT, Boston Scientific, Kia Motor Company, etc.

Read the full story here.

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The First Layer: Concealed Layer Start Points

When you’re trying to get the best quality possible out of your 3D printed parts, there are some obvious choices for how to setup the print. Finer layer heights and lower speeds can improve finish and accuracy, but is that all there is for improving quality in your printed parts? One subtle yet very effective way of improving the uniformity of your surfaces is by controlling your layer start points.

With the sole exception of printing using the “spiral vase” method, every time your printer starts a new layer it leaves behind a tell-tale mark caused by the motion path of the nozzle. It’s possible to minimize these marks through optimization but they won’t ever go away entirely. One nice benefit of using Simplify3D is the added ability to plan your layer start points. When done effectively the small marks can be concealed within geometry that makes it impossible to notice. Can you see the layer start points in the first photo above? What about the zoomed in version below?

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If you look carefully along the bottom edge of the part you’ll notice all of the layer start points are consolidated along the edge where it rolls over. By placing your start points along a specific geometric feature, it’s possible to create very controllable “seams” that diminish into your design. Keep reading below and I’ll show how you can use planned layer seams to improve your printed parts! Continue reading

WTFFF?! 3D Printing Podcast Features Design by MAKEiT’s Russell Singer

We first ran into the team behind the WTFFF?! 3D printing podcast about a year ago at SoCal MakerCon in Pomona, California. Since then we’ve had a few opportunities to talk with hosts Tom and Tracy Hazzard and it’s always a privilege to catch them, either on the podcast or at local events. It’s exactly a year after we met and WTFFF?! is revisiting a conversation about 3D printed design. If you haven’t heard it before take a listen to the WTFFF?! conversation about the 3D printed table shown here, designed by MAKEiT’s Russell Singer, or check out more photos of this and more 3D printed designs in our photo gallery!

3D Printing for Injection Molding with Bruce Dominguez

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The most exciting thing about working in 3D printing is seeing the range of applications people use it for. This week we got a chance to visit our friend Bruce Dominguez at Supplyframe Design Lab in Pasadena, where he’s finishing up his term as Artist in Residence. Bruce’s project “Call to Adventure” is a new look at an old toy, green army soldier figurines, using 3D printing and other modern tooling methods to re-imagine the classic toy. Click read more below to see more of Bruce’s process! Continue reading

User Gallery Update

 

We just added more of your photos to our user submitted prints gallery. Are you interested in sharing your MAKEiT-made 3D prints with the world? Let us know in our user submissions forum!

Thank you to Bruno and David for these submissions!

Bracelets and bangles by David G.

Curious about how our unique wall-mounted 3D printers get installed? Check out this quick illustrative video to see how you can easily build a scalable 3D printer installation in under 1 hour!

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MAKEiT Wall Mount Installation Video

Disrupt It Yourself reviews the MAKEiT Pro-L

Recently Andrew “Distrupt It Yourself” Stott completed an extended test of a pre-production Pro-L test printer, see what he has to say about it here:

“Being a 3D printer with a large build volume, dual extruders, and being very accurate, means that this is a 3D printer that isn’t going to disappoint… I’ve never seen prints this good in my own personal experience, and I’ve always tried to demand the very best out of the 3D printers that I use”

The First Layer: Turntable Pt. 2, Advanced Print Settings

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In Part 1 of the Turntable post, I showed details of how I modeled the turntable feet both for printable threads and for functional steel threads. Getting really exceptional final parts like you see above, requires careful balancing of the design and print settings together. Although it may take a bit longer to setup such precise prints, when you have a project that needs a professional finish it’s worth the effort. This is even more true with projects that require multiples of the same part like this one since you can easily reproduce the part once it’s properly set. So in this followup Part 2 post I’ll go over some of the tricks involved in getting the high quality results you see here.

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Fabbaloo on the MAKEiT Pro-L Launch

Fabbaloo is a web magazine and blog focused on the news and developments in desktop and industrial 3D printing. We first ran into them when displaying our original MAKEiT Pro model printers at an expo almost two years ago. Since then we’ve been watching their pages diligently, and recently they picked up on the launch of our new Pro-L 3D printer. Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

When I first encountered MAKEiT, I wasn’t sure what to make of their machine until I looked very closely. While the machine appeared to be yet another basic 3D printer, this one included a number of features that transform what might otherwise be a basic 3D printer into a true industrial production machine.

Now they’ve released the Pro-L, an improved version of the original machine. And the changes are more than just a rather shiny exterior, which actually looks pretty good.

The new machine still includes the capability of producing multiple copies of an object during the same print run, sometimes able to double print speeds by doing so. Among the other new features are:

  • New control board
  • More expansion capability
  • Dual-phase bed heater
  • Redesigned print head with dual-fan cooling system

You can see the rest of Fabbaloo’s coverage here.

Aaron Hamby from CM3D – MAKEiT Printers for Professional Services

Aaron Hamby is the founder of Creative Manufacturing, a California based manufacturing services firm. Aaron made 3D printing a part of his business model a few years ago, in addition to other more traditional manufacturing services. Today it has grown into a core money-earner for CM3D, and that’s due in part to utilizing MAKEiT’s 3D printers excellently suited for manufacturing. Hear what Aaron has to say in his honest opinion about how MAKEiT works for his business and why our printers are so effective for his needs.