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Ultra-Bot 3D Printer

by wjsteele, published

Ultra-Bot 3D Printer by wjsteele Jan 15, 2013



Ultra-Bot 3D Printer by wjsteele is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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The Ultra-Bot 3D Printer is a beautiful printer inspired by the original Makerbot Cupcake. The changes over the original Cupcake are numerous, however, following the same instructions, it should be easy to figure out. The Ultra-Bot utilizes a design similar to the Cupcakes X/Y stage to move the extruder over a build platform that raises and lowers on the Cupcake style Z-Stage. The Z-Drive is inverted and tucked in the lower portion of the printer to make it less fragile. The extruder has been switched to a bowden style extruder with the drive system located in the lower portion as well.

Here is a video of it printing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXYxcn2U-6k


Assembly of the printer follows that of the original MakerBot Cupcake. See the pictures for the main differences.
EDIT: It was pointed out to me that I forgot to upload add a few pieces. I've attached the bowden clips (both hot and cold ends) in a seperate DXF file. Also, the black delrin spacer for the extruder drive is directly from the Makerbot MK5 extruder (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3290)

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The materials are basically donated from the Cupcake printer plus the addition of some teflon tube for the bowden extruder arrangement. All the mechanicals, including motors, belts and electronics can be taken directly from the Cupcake. As for the design, it's already attached to this thing.

I did upgrade my electronics to the Printrboard, which the design is adapted for, but it can use any electronics with some new mounting holes drilled in the base.

Hello, I really liked your work. I would like to continue it if possible. is it possible to obtain the source files and bom?

FYI... everyone from the Ultra-Bot Kickstarter has been refunded.

This guy William "Bill" J. Steele has claimed in a backer only post to have filed for bancruptcy protection and included all 90 of the Ultra-Bot Kickstarter backers... see more at the project page http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wjsteele/ultra-bot-3d-printer/commentshttp://www.kickstarter.com/pro... or http://www.crowdfundinghallofshame.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=4http://www.crowdfundinghallofs...

Hey! I was just wondering when you were going to fulfill your Kickstarter backer obligations? It's been more than a year since we (backers) gave you $45,540 and you have fulfilled no rewards with working machines.

Still loving the retro Cupcakes mods!

I want to know when someone will simply name their design something like the "Mediocre Bot"

He he... I thought about it, but decided this might sell a little better. :-)

Yes, agreed, I need a name for mine too. Maybe open a naming contest.

I'm actually making one of yours now... I think I'll call it the MightyBot!