R. Maker - Mark II

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R. Maker - Mark II by MakerBot Nov 9, 2012

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From the brilliant Thingiverse user ErikJDurwoodII, the designer of MakerBot's original mascot, comes an all new R.Maker to suit the times!

Fashioned after the MakerBot Replicator 2, this version features a raised build platform and an on-board display.

The arm and leg pieces slide out, making them perfect for your mixing and matching ideas.

We're happy to welcome this new guy to the MakerBot family!


NOTE! The individual STL files are not oriented for printing. You'll need to do that!

Print one copy of each MakerWare THING file (arranged for The Replicator) or print one of everything except the arm swivel and the eye lens. Print two of those.

The tolerances are tight to keep it pose-able so you may need to relieve some surfaces a little bit depending of how well they print.

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Are all files availble by now in the .zip?

The eye lens is missing from the STL zip.

I can't seem to get the neck pin to go into the body or the head, even after I squish it and break it. Am I doing something wrong? It is the one that looks like an H, yes? Thanks for the help,

So... is the .thing format compatible to any software other than Makerware? Does it add any features over .stl?

It is designed specifically for MakerWare.  However, if you change the file extension from .THING to .ZIP you will find it is just a specifically structured ZIP archive.

The file contains each part's individual STL file, a "manifest.json" file that describes to MakerWare what the name, position, rotation and scale is of each part and a single STL of the whole file assembled and positioned called "UNIFIED_MESH_HACK.stl".

So it's not so much a different file to STL but a package of files for the purpose of streamlining the printing process.  I can't imagine it being difficult for other software to support this at least partially.

I'd bet'cha a future release of ReplicatorG will be able to read .THING files by simply going to the "UNIFIED_MESH_HACK.stl" file and ditching the rest.  Until multi-part placement comes to RepG, that is probably as good as it gets.

(fun fact:  Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 and 2013 files are also ZIP container files with different extensions.  Every document element (except encrypted or secured documents) is available and human readable within that file.)