Maker BLOG

3D Printer In-Depth Overview with Jacob

We’ve been so excited about getting our 3D printer out to you all and knew you’d have a LOT of questions about our set up. Jacob has been more seriously designing and testing high-temperature printers for the last 3 years to include liquid-cooled hotends, steppers, boards, >400C hotends, heated chambers, and the like. He currently owns 5 off the shelf printers from various manufacturers and typically has 2-3 printers in various states of functionality to test ideas and new products. We sent a model to Jacob to test for us he gave us a great rundown on the details of the machine and his thoughts. You can read his detailed overview below! Finally, some free time to talk about the Maker Made maker300 3d printer. I have a pre-production machine, and am very much into the 3d printing ‘scene’ and happy to answer any questions. I have gone through every inch of the machine, so let’s start with what’s included Packaging The printer came very well packaged. My delivery driver is Ace Ventura and despite his attempts, everything inside the box was in mint condition. Included was 200G of PLA, enough to get some prints done and ensure everything’s working

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Maker Feature – Jeff McLeid

Today’s Maker Feature is about Jeff from Twisted Scenic. We’ve heard from Jeff before when he shared about his Bonnaroo sign build. Today, we get a look behind the scenes to hear more about his personal maker story and background. Q: Tell us a little about your background as a Maker. A few years ago I was a “flying director” for a performer flying FX company. My job was to build the fly systems, rig it to the building, and choreograph the flights. I mainly did musicals such as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Willy Wonka, etc. While onsite in Seoul, South Korea, I suffered an injury that forever changed my life. I developed a neurological disease called CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) in my dominate shoulder, arm, and hand. My brain fires to my pain receptors 24 hours a day, telling it that I’m in a level 6-8 pain. CRPS is one of the, if not the, most painful chronic pain ailments and there’s never a true moment of relief, and no cure. With that being said, I had to find a way to still maintain being creative and finding something financially lucrative. I started a

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Maker Feature – Tim Sway

For this next Maker Feature we’re interviewing Tim Sway. If you’re not familiar with Tim, he’s the master of making instruments (guitars mostly) and other fun projects from reclaimed materials. We were SO excited to have him join our community when he purchased his Maslow earlier this year and have loved seeing his projects using his set up.     Q: How did you get into designing and building with CNC? A: 5 years ago I had no interest in learning CNC but I forced myself to so I could teach my son and keep his learning current. I am now hooked and realize my disinterest was fear of trying something new and failing.   Q: Do you use your machine for business or as a hobby? A: I run a small business and the Maslow will give me capabilities to make larger cnc projects, signs, etc., that I couldn’t do before.   Q: What was your first project? A: A honeycomb pattern, folding privacy screen made from reclaimed hollow closet door skins and rice paper. (You can see Tim’s full walkthrough of this project and Maslow review on his YouTube Channel) Q: What was the biggest struggle you had

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Maker Feature – Rachel

We’re excited to kick off a new blog series, Maker Feature, where we get to share the stories and projects of some of the makers in our community. Today, we’re kicking off the series with our very own Rachel! She’s one of our resident makers here at Maker Made. If you’ve used our new set up, assembly or calibration guides, that’s all thanks to her! Today we get to learn more about Rachel and her maker journey!   Q: How did you get started on your maker journey?  A: My story is unique in that I discovered Maslow when I was hired as a freelance graphic designer to come up with designs for Maker Made. My job description mushroomed pretty quickly! I’ve always loved to make things, and when I went back to school and learned graphic design, I always said that I was looking for ways to marry the two- to use my design skills to make things. So this is really a dream job for me!   Q: How long have you had your Maslow? What was your biggest struggle in getting it set up? A: I have had it for a couple of months. It probably took

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My MakerMade CNC Adventure: Kit Components

Once my kit arrived, the first thing I did was make sure I had all the parts. There’s a sheet inside the box with a list, and a link to a great interactive image on the website showing all of the components. It took me a minute to figure out what was what. If you’re not ready to start building right away and don’t want to unwrap everything, here’s an image that shows what’s what. I’ve labeled each component just in case, like me, you don’t know your XY motor mounts from your ring carriage on sight. MakerMade CNC Kit Components NEXT STEP: WHAT’S IN THOSE HARDWARE BAGS? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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CNC Cubs Marquee

A Great Project from JD Builds

Last week we shared a great project from Justin DeBoer of JD Builds. This week he sent us an image of this sweet Cubs Marquee sign he made with his MakerMade CNC Kit. Here’s what he says about the process: This project was inspired after scrolling through the projects section of the Maslow Forums. The design is not my own, credit goes to @ScrumdyBum for the drawing file. This was one of the first projects that I cut out with my machine, and I must say it turned out very well! Let’s go through the steps really quickly: Since the file was already drawn and a CAM was already set up, it just needed to be opened in Ground Control! Make sure to secure your plywood very well with no clamps or screws in the way. For this project I used MDF because of how smooth it can be cut! The bit setup is critical with this sign because there are three different sized bits all trying to cut on the same plane. Each bit change needed to be done so that the bit was at the same height each time inside of the router so that the end cut

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My MakerMade CNC Adventure: Unboxing

Hi, I’m Rachel! I joined the MakerMade team about a month ago as a designer. I quickly decided that to turn out great, user friendly designs, I’d need to learn more about how the MakerMade CNC Kit works. I talked it over with the MakerMade team and they agreed that it would be awesome if I could take each project all the way through from design to gcode to cut and build. So they sent me a kit! Some of my goals are to: create designs that account for the size of the bit and other physical constraints create Gcode that’s as efficient as possible- no 3 day cutting odysseys create full tutorials with pictures of each and every project in our library add to the body of knowledge about CNC to make it accessible to an even wider audience I’ve always loved to make things, before “maker” was a thing. I have that stubborn “I can do that myself” outlook, whether it’s building garden beds and chicken coops, or refining my own beeswax. But for the past few years most of my “making” has been on the screen. I’m thrilled for this opportunity to bring my designs from pixel

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A Highschool Student’s Review of the Maslow CNC

“Is this really something I can do??”  That’s a question we get a lot here at MakerMade when people first see the Maslow CNC.  And it’s especially tough to answer because real, carpe diem, no-limits, “check this out!” makers come in all types, from all backgrounds, and definitely all ages.  Case in point, a resourceful high school student named Cam.  Cam’s experience is such a strong representation of the right maker attitude, we had to get him to tell his story.  That said, here it is: Hello, my name is Cam.  I am a Grade 12 student in Saskatchewan, Canada.  I love working with wood.  If you are a student with a limited income, like I am, it can be difficult to try out new hobbies.  If you have an interest in CNC routers, your dreams and intentions can quickly end when you find out how much conventional CNC routers actually cost.  I thought I would have to wait until I was middle aged to finally be able to afford a CNC.  But then I found the Maslow!  My dad and my construction teacher at school were skeptical but I really liked what I was learning about the Maslow.  What

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Behind the Scenes at Our CNC Motor Factory!

If you didn’t know, the team here at MakerMade is pretty serious about ensuring the consistent quality and ongoing improvement of all our parts and kits.  This month, Patrick (Co-Founder) and TJ (Operations Manager and general “Sourcing Wizard”) got the chance to meet with our CNC motor factory in Shenzhen, China. With Maker’s dedicated office just down the street and TJ at the helm, it was a quick ride over to the factory to see how the motors, which are at the heart of the Maslow kit, come to life.The factory team was incredibly welcoming, with Charles (lead motor engineer) and Angela (our sales representative) giving us a full tour of the production facility to see how the motors are made. While some key internal components are sourced from specialty suppliers across the globe, others, like the gears, are custom-milled on-site.  It is seriously impressive to see these enormous machines and several workers bring such intricate components to life! After reviewing production, we spent the next few hours with Charles and Angela combing through current motor designs, discussing ways to address the thoughts, requests, and insights we get from our customers every day: speed, torque, size, design, weight – all

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