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3D printed full size makerbot

by Webca, published

3D printed full size makerbot by Webca Jun 4, 2010

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Description

The reprap is not the only 3d printer that can replicate itself, now the Makerbot can to.

This Makerbot is made out of aproximatly 150 individual pieces that is printed on , "yes you guessed it) a Makerbot.

My Makerbot worked hard everyday for about a month straight to finish this project, and i am immensly happy about the end resoult.
There are more pictures on the bottom of this page;)

(The pictures doesnt do it justice one bit, but it really is a thing of beauty)

Now i have added a zip file that includes all stl- and max-files.

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Couldnt you just use this:
http://wiki.makerbot.com/frost...

Just put paint in it :)

Ive been following your work, and I would emplode out of happiness if you could answer a persian artists weird question. Can you print 3D paintings. I mix a few different types of primer and paint so I can put it in a squeeze bottle. I sometimes drop 500 dots which dries overnight. Can It be programmed to do such a thing?

I wouldn't mind doing this except w/ 4 replicator platforms 'cause some of the things I need to prototype have rather large pieces lol. :-P

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License

GNU - GPL
3D printed full size makerbot by Webca is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Instructions

Print every piece and glue them together to make the individual faces(Left, right, front, top, bottom, middle, back and power cover).
I simply used a hot-glue gun.

When every segment is printed and glued together, you build the makerbot as you would a regular made of wood.

I had to take a little under a quarter inch off the right side of the acrylic z-stage to make it move freely up and down past the heavy use of hot glue.

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nparand on Dec 26, 2012 said:

Ive been following your work, and I would emplode out of happiness if you could answer a persian artists weird question. Can you print 3D paintings. I mix a few different types of primer and paint so I can put it in a squeeze bottle. I sometimes drop 500 dots which dries overnight. Can It be programmed to do such a thing?

Webca on Dec 26, 2012 said:

Couldnt you just use this:
http://wiki.makerbot.com/frost...

Just put paint in it :)

sofiadragon1979 on Apr 28, 2012 said:

I wouldn't mind doing this except w/ 4 replicator platforms 'cause some of the things I need to prototype have rather large pieces lol. :-P

Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 said:

Someone already done this with the T-o-M? Would love to see the T-o-M printable... Cupcake is a but out of date and not sold/supported anymore.

rnakata808 on Aug 12, 2011 said:

is anyone who printed this design and switched to it willing to sell there laser cut body from there old cupcake any offers, Message me plz

Nicco on May 20, 2011 said:

Has anybody done this with a thing-o-matic yet because if they did I couldn't find it

Webca on May 20, 2011 said:

Nobody have done this to the thing-o-matic yet.

It is a very time consuming process, unless somebody knows of any type of software that can divide up the pieces:)

jeremy on May 11, 2011 said:

Hi,

so once you printed the outside frame what did you do

did you buy a new extruder and hardwear

Webca on May 12, 2011 said:

I just moved all of the hardware and electronics over to this printed frame, and i have not used my wooden frame since;)

Exposure101 on Mar 30, 2011 said:

I am going to start printing this weekend...I have an automated build platform and one of the original cupcakes. You said it takes a month to print...how fast do you think I can get it done with an ABP? I'm going to try for 1 week :)...as long as I don't run out of ABS :) I think I am going to go with an all black color scheme kind of like you. I am going to be modding mine a lot though to add more holes to mount my boards to on the underside (I recently upgraded to Gen 4 electronics and it all doesn't fit on the side) and I want to add LOTS OF LEDS!!! I am really impressed with your stuff webca. Thanks for everything! I flattr'ed you!

Webca on Apr 2, 2011 said:

Cool, cant wait to see the finished result:) You can probably get it down to one week if you can print from early morning to late night. There are some factors that can influence the time in either direction, and that is of course print-speed and fill of the individual plates.

Thanks for your kind words, and i will definitively flatter you back when your project is done:)

Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 said:

can u make a makerbot using a reprap?

Exposure101 on Mar 30, 2011 said:

i don't see why not...its the same concept

ccotter247 on Mar 19, 2011 said:

The icing on the cake would be a printtruder!

Webca on Apr 2, 2011 said:

I have thought of it, but because of a LARGE project i am currently working on i have no time to work on "old" projects;)

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 said:

If you print out an entire makerbot using every makerbot you have (let's say you start with one), how many maker bots would you have in a year? (Exponential problem?)

Webca on Feb 16, 2011 said:

You would have 2048 makerbots by the end of the year;)

Bellorophon on Feb 6, 2011 said:

I've just started printing this out and not read all the comments. So I don't know if anyone has noticed that front#2 and front#4 should be switched.

Webca on Feb 6, 2011 said:

No, they are correct. But i think i know what you are doing wrong... When assigning the pieces to their place (laying them out on a table), you put them face down. And then the pieces are numbered from left to right and top to bottom (like text in a book).

Have you decided on a color-scheme yet?

Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 said:

Why not dovetail everything really snug?

Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 said:

Print your own 3d scanner kit?

ccotter247 on Dec 24, 2010 said:

There is a missing peice on the power panel?? Could You upload it? T=I an recent comment you said there were 8 there are only y and 6 is a duplicate.

Webca on Jan 8, 2011 said:

sorry about that, i see that now. The missing piece is named makerbot power 4 and can easily be found on the very bottom of the page.

Are you far from getting it done?

ccotter247 on Nov 28, 2010 said:

Could you upload Gcode for each side which would work for the ABP. So that everyone with an ABP could print the sides in one go.

Webca on Dec 4, 2010 said:

Im sorry, but i do not have the time to do something like that:(

Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 said:

anyone else made one yet?

Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 said:

Has anyone tried using acetone as an adhesive for something like this? It would be nice to be able to mend all individual pieces into a larger part and have it nice, continuous and smooth.

enderwiggins on Oct 23, 2010 said:

I've been using acetone on everything I print out lately. If you print a few solid layers around each object you can sand things down fairly nicely then dip/coat them in a small amount of acetone and hang them out the window to dry. It's not that hard to get mirror finishes like this. It also works really well for bonding parts together. I've had some parts that were made of 4-5 pieces and the seams formed together such that people have not been able to tell they were bonded. Also the parts I coat in acetone seem stronger overall than the parts I don't. Acetone also makes most parts airtight and if you toss waste plastic into a bowl of acetone and make a slushy you can use it to fill larger gaps or coat your build platform for some super sticky smooth prints (If you don't have a hbp or even if you do and for some reason stuff doesnt stick)

Sorry for the late addition to the topic.

Webca on Sep 28, 2010 said:

Not that i know of, but it could probably work:)

Or you could use this http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Anonymous on Sep 27, 2010 said:

Hey Webca,

i'm just new all this, but i really want to build myself a 3d printer it would help me so much bringing my ideas to life. the only problem is that i dont know were to start. could you push me into the right direction? like refer me to somthing of how to build a 3D printer and were i can learn and read more about it, i just can't find the right information.

kind regards
N3s5 :)

Anonymous on Sep 27, 2010 said:

Nevermind, i already found a intruction site. but tips and extra info is always appreciated :-P

Bellorophon on Sep 18, 2010 said:

What function(s) did you use in 3DMax to cut an object into jigsaw pieces? Did you have to do it manuel or is there a built in function?

Webca on Sep 18, 2010 said:

It is all done manually im afraid. This is because the joints have to be carefully placed to keep the structural integrity .

Anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 said:

just discovered something that is of great use to anyone attempting this

TeamTeamUSA just posted in the blog about an automated slicing of a folder of objects.

"skeinforge will slice a folder full of files via the Meta
&
gt; Polyfile tool.Using Skeinfox I copied a working profile then enabled the Polyfile tool and saved the copy as the batch version of the profile. I used it on a custom sized Transformer and it worked great!"

charlespax on Sep 14, 2010 said:

This is the number one thing to print using the MakerBot Automated Build Platform http://blog.makerbot.com/2010/...

Webca on Sep 14, 2010 said:

How cool isnt this;) I am honored..

Anonymous on Sep 14, 2010 said:

i will be doing it. i have all the gcode files now for my machine after the first one i printed, just have to fine tune the conveyor to print without rafts. cant wait for it to arrive :-D

Anonymous on Aug 29, 2010 said:

this is the kind of job where support material would be completely awesome. you could stack 5-6 parts on top of each other with support between each layer and do everything in 1/5th or the time or less. should be done by tomorrow i think

Webca on Aug 29, 2010 said:

If you are just going to make the structure then that would probably work. But when every piece is made on a heated build platform, the surface becomes like a mirror, shiny and smooth.

That way it ends up to be really beautiful:)

If you are going to make one, im in here just about every day ready to answer any question you might be having during the project:)

Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 said:

how is it holding up? are you using the printer regularly?

really nice work

Webca on Aug 25, 2010 said:

Yes, its holding up nicely. I have been using it almost every day since i made it;) So im never going back to the wooden chassis... :)

Anonymous on Jul 21, 2010 said:

Great work Webca!

Are you working on any revisions to cut down on the number of prints by combining parts? Or any modifications down the road?

Keep up the great work!

Webca on Jul 21, 2010 said:

Thanks:)

No, im currently working on something different. A revision would only reduce the number by a couple of pieces. All the joints are placed where they dont interfere with the design of the "real" makerbot.

oopster on Jul 12, 2010 said:

i think this is amamzing, but my pfroblem is I'm always looking for problems. The size of the cupcake cnc limits it to certain things. is there any reason why you couldn't use it to make bigger versions of itself, after all the electronics will all be the same size regarldess, so what else would need to be bigger?

Webca on Jul 12, 2010 said:

I could have made it as big as i wanted, but my goal was to make it identical to the cupcake cnc. If you are going to try it yourself then you cant just scale the entire design, you have to add pieces to the design i made;)

Anonymous on Jul 10, 2010 said:

LMAO! Great work! This has just about been done with the Rapman, too. All somebody has to do is do STLs for their extruder. 8-)

ZaphodBeeblebrox on Jan 8, 2011 said:

Do you have a link? I need a few spares to print.

cluso99 on Jul 8, 2010 said:

Webca: This is really impressive! Congratulations!

djbeede on Jul 4, 2010 said:

This is very cool what you've managed. Bravo!
I do have a question though. Is there any reason these parts couldn't be designed with puzzle connectors? The shopbot gang designed a house that used such a joint, so the whole thing could be assembled with a mallet. Maybe you'd still have to hot melt for rigidity, but the idea of a dismantle-able makerbot seems tempting?
Again, great job.
David
www.davidbeede.com

Webca on Jul 5, 2010 said:

As there where no particular reason why i didnt make any joints for for the pieces, my priority was to make it as close to the "real thing" as possible.

And with the amount of time i spent on this project something like the joints you mention would increase the build time substantially:)

2ROBOTGUY on Jun 24, 2010 said:

Where do you find time time to do all of these stuff? You have made some amazing things the last few month!

Your a Master Makerbot-er.......

Keep up the cool stuff!

Mark F 8-)

Webca on Jun 24, 2010 said:

Well, this is something that really is interesting to me, so i simply make time. The design process doesnt usually take to long, and after that its the makerbot that does all the "heavy lifting".

It also helps to have an understanding girlfriend ;)

Pay attention, a lot more is coming....

Webca on Jun 16, 2010 said:

I would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you, to the Makerbot crew. About 30 minutes after i posted this design i got an email from Bre saying there was a package in the mail for me. When i recieved the package i found 5lbs of a new prototype plastic "UV-reactive", which probably means it glows under blacklight. In addition to that i got a makerbot t-shirt and the book "Made by hand" by Mark Frauenfelder (Editor in chief of make).

This is what i love about Makerbot industries, they really do care about their product and costumers, in a way that you dont see too often these days.

So i would like to say to the makerbot crew, I salute you.

dietz1 on Jul 28, 2010 said:

Thanks Christian, we appreciate your hard work and what an achievement! We were literally in shock at what you had created- This is why we love what open-source technology can provide, an fresh outlet for users to innovate and send ideas back to the world in new forms. Keep it up! -Isaac

vik on Jun 7, 2010 said:

Congratulations! I think this is the first working RepRap design to come from outside of the original core team!

adrian-bowyer on Jun 7, 2010 said:

Outstanding work :-D

Every 3D printer that can make strong parts (including RepRap and MakerBot) can make a RepRap. Now they can all make a MakerBot too. The more conventional 3D printers there are out there, the more replicated printers they can make. The implications for the population dynamics of this technology are as awesome as they are obvious.

Love it!

Anonymous on Jun 6, 2010 said:

You are a maniac.

Erik on Jun 6, 2010 said:

You are persistent beyond belief. Having printed out three sets of RepRap parts myself I know how much time it takes to queue hundreds of parts. But this is so amazingly original, this first Makerbotted Makerbot is a relic. I feel humbled. This is "HISTORY IN THE *MAKING*"!

tamberg on Jun 6, 2010 said:

Yeeeah!

TeamTeamUSA on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Awesome!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D

Add Zaggo
’s Printruder II and supports (http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... and push the printcentage to the next level!

WIN, WIN, WIN!!!

Go!

=ml=

Anonymous on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Wow this is amazing. Is there a list of 3D printers in the UK? I'm wondering as I'd love to get this!

charlespax on Jun 5, 2010 said:

It would take a thousand poets a thousand years to express in words the awesomeness of what you have done.

Misguided on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Oh wow! I'm at a loss for words!

Prober on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Impressive ....most impressive!

Can you maybe zip up all the files? =-O

Webca on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Of course, its just stupidity that i didnt do it in the first place;)

winterg on Jun 5, 2010 said:

OH MY GOD THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!

congrats at beating the reprap project at printed %!

BenRockhold on Jun 5, 2010 said:

The point of the project is not printed part percentage!
The point of the project is reduced numbers of non-printed items (known as vitamins).

letsburn00 on Jun 5, 2010 said:

I"ll just say what came to mind when I saw it4 first

You are crazy! And awesome of course, but especially crazy.

Webca on Jun 5, 2010 said:

If you ask my girlfriend, you might just get a similar response..

twotimes on Jun 5, 2010 said:

WOW- I think that you have a bit too much time on your hands!

Boboche on Jun 5, 2010 said:

At least he's using his time for creativity, not condescending. Great work Webca.

Webca on Jun 5, 2010 said:

When its something that intrigues me i make time:)

Fido on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Just... WOW..

Spacexula on Jun 5, 2010 said:

That is insane.

You need medical help, but glad you uploaded the design first :)

tastybento on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Couple of questions -
1. How many pounds of plastic does it take to print about?
2. Does it sound any different to the wooden one? Quieter?

Good job, thanks!

Webca on Jun 5, 2010 said:

1. It took a little over 5 lbs..

2. It sounds about the same. But i think you would only hear the stepper motors if you glued each individual panel to each other in addition to the screw mounts.. (just a guess).

BenRockhold on Jun 5, 2010 said:

You broke my mind.

JohnA on Jun 4, 2010 said:

Staggering work. Just incredible. And yeah, as someone mentioned -- with a printstruder and some printed idler pulleys, it's got to be pushing some incredible % of printable parts.

phooky on Jun 4, 2010 said:

This is mindblowingly awesome! Now I feel like I should print out a mendel on my makerbot, so I can print out a makerbot on a mendel. :)

Webca on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Just like the chicken and the egg, only you decide which comes first;)

tbuser on Jun 4, 2010 said:

lol you went through all this trouble, but didn't make a printruder? :-P

Webca on Jun 5, 2010 said:

Well, there is a good reason for that, becouse making a printruder has been done before. Considering the time it took doing what i did, it just didnt make my "to do" list.

There is alot more on the makerbot that can be printed, so if i venture down that path i would definetly make a printruder;)

mifga on Jun 4, 2010 said:

This is beyond...well...things! super-thing-i-tude!

JeremyRuhland on Jun 4, 2010 said:

Any word on the percentage of the bot that was replicated? It looks like it could actually be higher than the Mendel.

tbuser on Jun 4, 2010 said:

Great Googly Moogly! That must took a lot of glue =-X

JadeKnight on Jun 4, 2010 said:

And a lot of plastic... Amazing! =-O

Bophoto on Jun 4, 2010 said:

TOTALLY AWESOME - mind blowing in so many ways...! Dude..!

DaveD on Jun 4, 2010 said:

Holy crap!

Somebody print out a gold star for Webca!

MakerBot on Jun 4, 2010 said:

W.H.O.A.

dietz1 on Jun 4, 2010 said:

You should hear the response to this at MakerBot HQ- people are flipping OUT! 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

Protonite on Jun 4, 2010 said:

I N S A N E !

Just the way we like it! 8-) Really awesome, i can only imagine the amount of work invested to get all the parts in 3D and as STL, and then there is like an endless queue of skeinforging and printing. And the fun does not even stop there...

Gratz on getting it done and assembled! These pictures and all the 3D data just made my birthday even better, awesome present, dude! ;)

I was already thinkering about adapting some of the wood parts for printing, mainly the x and y stage, because i see some potential improvements to be made. Now i can just take your parts and modify them, taking a lot of work from my shoulders. Thank you!

Anonymous on Jun 4, 2010 said:

My mouth is currently gaping wide due to the awe of this!

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