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Cupcake Transformer

by jmillerid, published

Cupcake Transformer by jmillerid May 5, 2010

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Description

What's cooler than transformers? A Cupcake CNC transformer with a Bre head? This is a fully articulated assembly that transforms from a Cupcake CNC to a Bre-bot.
I started with a snap-together design (see the attached concept sketches) but migrated to a bolt-together kit for various reasons. The final design allows for fine adjustment of the joint tension so the transformer can stand in any position but still be movable, positionable, transformable!

See the animated transformation here: jmillerid.com/wordpress/2010/05/cupcake-cnc-transformer/

Modeled in NX6, rendered and animated in Modo, .stl files cleaned up in Blender, exploded view created with Rhino and Illustrator, sketches with Sharpie.

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Printrbot: Robot's In Disguise

printrbot should really hop on this lol

Wow, that's amazing!
Would it be possible to do built without screws and nuts and print snaps instead?

awesome can't wait to print

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Instructions

Buildable in two Cupcake CNC builds (see screenshots), this transformer is assembled with commonly available 6-32 (3/4" long) flat head machine screws and corresponding lock nuts. NOTE: may be substituted with M3.5 x 20 screws and nuts. 15 sets of screws and nuts are required.

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isonoob on Jun 17, 2013 said:

Printrbot: Robot's In Disguise

printrbot should really hop on this lol

lilalinux on Dec 30, 2012 said:

Wow, that's amazing!
Would it be possible to do built without screws and nuts and print snaps instead?

yanniknelson on Mar 8, 2011 said:

awesome can't wait to print

dmatsumoto on May 14, 2010 said:

oh MAN I want to build this! The only thing cooler than a printable transformer is, well... there isn't anything. Nice job!

hintss on Nov 24, 2010 said:

a printable printer that transforms?

DaveD on May 14, 2010 said:

Skeinforge says this is 102mm on X..

Have people gotten this to print ok on a cupcake?

krazylink on May 13, 2010 said:

Excellent work. Hope to see on the operators group soon :D

Webca on May 13, 2010 said:

Congratulations;)

bryanbrutherford on May 12, 2010 said:

awesome

spyder_21 on May 12, 2010 said:

Love the design, but sucks you didn't add the "makezine.com/go/makerbot" link. Hope you don't get disqualified for it and can still win the Cupcake. Way better than mine.

Anonymous on May 9, 2010 said:

Any chance you can upload the individual stl files in a zip file so I can make a HUGE one?

jmillerid on May 10, 2010 said:

Uploaded a zip file with individual stl files... can't wait to see a giant Bre-Bot!

Parts are oriented properly (bottom-down) but must be scaled and placed together as necessary for a build. Of course the hardware will need to be scaled up as well. If you double the size, you should be able to use 1/4-20 x 1.5" long flat head screws (like McMaster #90273A546) and 1/4-20 lock nuts (like McMaster #97135A210), although the nuts won't seat as nicely in their captive pockets.

Good luck!!!

tentakles on May 9, 2010 said:

ok thats it, now i REALLY need a makerbot in order to print this :p

great job, hope you win the contest!

fdavies on May 8, 2010 said:

It printed well. I like all the captive nuts.

Good job.

Dai-Guard on May 9, 2010 said:

Neat! Any chance of a bigger image gallery, maybe with it next to a soda can or something for scale? Also, any plans to paint it?

jmillerid on May 9, 2010 said:

Wow, AWESOME!!! Thanks Frank!

Dai-Guard on May 7, 2010 said:

This is awesome! Any pictures of an actual printed one?

tc_fea on May 6, 2010 said:

Outstanding! love the animation. The best entry yet in my opinion. :)

dsralph on May 6, 2010 said:

pure genius! 8-)

TomMatten on May 5, 2010 said:

lol dammit i love it , gotta hand it to you its awesome, very well thought out design, i'm in the competition but i have to rate this all 5 stars, could you tell me what program you used to make model, and animation. 8-)

samiam on May 5, 2010 said:

Hands down win. Clever. Well designed. Nicely executed. I cannot wait to see one printed.

Torleif on May 5, 2010 said:

Agree total winner

pmcall221 on May 5, 2010 said:

I think Bre would love this :-D
I added the "makeentry" tag, cuz this thing is going to win hands down.
This deserves a printer.

Wade on May 5, 2010 said:

Hey - this will win for sure! awesomeness + flattery = win!

Great work! Looking forward to seeing one printed! :)

Wade on May 13, 2010 said:

Called it. :)

Fido on May 5, 2010 said:

Totally win! Enjoy your new printer! :)

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