Author Archives: Russell Singer

MAKEiT at the Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, CA

Last week we had a blast attending the Space Tech Expo in beautiful downtown Pasadena. It was excellent to meet so many knowledgeable industry professionals, to share our products, and to learn more about other cutting edge technologies.

The MAKEiT Pro-M on display. Image credit Space Tech Expo USA 2017.

 

Austin Baker explains the process of going from 3D printed prototype to a cast aluminum part. Image credit Space Tech Expo USA 2017.

 

Russell Singer demonstrates the unique features and capabilities of MAKEiT printers to a professional audience. Image credit Space Tech Expo USA 2017.

A big thank you from the MAKEiT team to everyone who took the time to stop by our booth at the event. We hope to see you again soon!

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

Two Material Prints with Simplify3D

Before you can setup a two-material print in Simplify3D you will need CAD files properly setup for two-material printing. For information on properly exporting files, please see the video Preparing an Assembly for 3D Printing In Two Materials on our YouTube channel.

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First, import the two files that comprise both parts of our two-material print. In this case, I have chosen a custom variation of the MAKEiT extruder head fan cover.

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With our two files imported and selected, choose Align Selected Model Origins from the Edit drop-down menu. Now we see the two parts aligned and centered.

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With our two parts aligned properly, it’s now time to setup the print processes to switch between the two extruders. Below I have chosen a profile I call “Basic Prints”. Below you can see where Extruder 1 is selected in the process settings for Layer tab:

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Additions tab:

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And Infill tab:

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Leave this first profile set to utilize Extruder 1, but before closing the Profile Settings click on Select Models from the bottom of the window. From this dialog, make sure only the part that is meant to print from Extruder 1 is highlighted.

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Next we need to setup a second process for printing with the second extruder. Create a second copy of your process by selecting it from your Processes tree, then pressing Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste, (Command+C and Command+V on Mac). Below I have copied my Basic Prints process, and renamed the resulting copy Basic Prints N2 to indicate Nozzle 2.

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Now we need to go through the settings for this new process and switch the chosen extruder to Extruder 2 for all relevant options in Layer, Additions, and Infill tabs:

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With our new process ready to print from Extruder 2, once again click Select Models and highlight the part that is meant for material 2.

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Before we finally send our file to print, it’s important to make note of the Tool Change Retraction options from the Advanced tab. These values will change depending on what material we use and how often the tool changes are. For example, a flexible material might require a much longer retraction at lower speeds to keep from leaking, compared with ABS which might only need a very short retraction and can withstand higher speeds. This setting is very specific to our specific material choice, so some testing might be necessary.

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With our processes set up, click Prepare to Print. From the selection dialog, make sure only our desired two processes are selected and Continuous Printing is checked.

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With the S3D display window color coded by Active Toolhead we can see how the two materials will print together. You can see for this print I have chosen only to print the Prime Tower with Extruder 2. This is because the first layers of the part Extruder 2 would otherwise not print anything and would cause the material to burn in the nozzle. As I have set this print, the second extruder will print some extra filament each layer to prevent burn-in.

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This tutorial is just a guideline for how to setup two different materials to print together. There are many other tricks and settings that can be adjusted to improve results based on your specific part design and material choice, so testing is important.

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