Archive for September 15th, 2011

Announcing the Highest-Numbered Extruder ever to be released by MakerBot: Lucky Number Stepstruder MK7


That’s right folks, it’s finally here: the monumental, extraordinary Stepstruder MK7.  It’s extraordinary in that this is our first extruder designed from the ground up for 1.75 mm filament, and monumental in the sense that it’s…well…smaller than any of our previous extruder designs.  So small, in fact, that it might just be possible to use two of them for experimental Dual Extrusion!  (Ssshhhh….)

They said it couldn’t be done, and we said they’re wrong.  We have the technology.  We knew we could make a better extruder, one that’s smaller, more reliable, and easier to put together.  And has a higher number.

So tell me: do you feel lucky, punk?  Well do you?  Because you don’t need to: the MK7 will make it easier than ever to get great results from your MakerBot Thing-O-Matic.  The Stepstruder MK7 takes care of the luck for you!  Just choose the normal complete kit or one with a stepper driver if you’re upgrading from a MK5.

In all seriousness, a lot of work has gone into the design of this new extruder, and we’re really excited to release it.  Head on over to the store and check it out! ¡Awesolenté!

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MakerBot Thing-O-Matic gets exploded in the New York Times!

The New York times is running an amazing infographic today by Frank O’Connell about the Thing-O-Matic.  We’re extremely excited about how well it explains our pride and joy to a wider audience.

As you can see, it also mentions the Stepstruder Mk7 in a dual configuration.  That’s right folks — the compact size of the Mk7 is going to make experimental dual extrusion possible for the first time.  Stay tuned for details, or come to World Maker Faire NYC this weekend to see a them in action!


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MakerBot Raceway vs Death Race 2000— Raceway Targets by Clothbot

It has been a passion of mine for a long time (about a week) to create “Raceway Targets” that can be run over for World Maker Faire 2011. Perhaps to gain points, perhaps to lose points, perhaps just to be ridiculous.

Thankfully, Andrew Plumb (aka Clothbot) built an OpenSCAD project for the brace and the hinged mount that I was requesting — and  leveled up the whole concept.

So now it is time for you to create your own 2D designs and 3D silhouettes to be used to make Raceway Targets of your own. Please share your own targets by making derivatives of the Raceway Targets thing, and tag your item “raceway” so we’ll see to print them out.

Check out my Raceway Targets Set 01 (with the Chicken That Didn’t Cross the Room) and ecohen‘s Flat Yodsta / Gangda as a place to get started.

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