R. Maker Special Edition - MakerBot Thing-O-Matic

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R. Maker Special Edition - MakerBot Thing-O-Matic by Mr_MegaTronic Feb 27, 2013
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https://youtu.be/hGMptVKe1_4 Watch this video for a break down of this project and the story!

My new YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnnw56J_TeOsF4M_F5pPPJQ

"For the Maker who has everything..."

I present the R. Maker Special Edition - MakerBot Thing-O-Matic.

During the fall of last year, I was commissioned to bring to life an idea I had following the arrival of my original MakerBot Replicator.

This idea was to take a totally stock MakerBot Thing-O-Matic (with MK7 Stepstruder and LCD Control Panel), dismantle it and using ONLY the parts from the original machine and new parts printed on a MakerBot Replicator, re-assemble the printer in a new, stylized enclosure.

This is the result.

This project was kept under wraps during development and was delivered to MakerBot HQ in late November. Its home was to be on display at the new MakerBot HQ and now that they have moved most of their operations to the new place, it is there for all to see!

Over the next week I will be uploading all of the parts (there are over 100 right now), then an assembly guide and following that, the source files.

As you can imagine, this took a bit of time. The modeling took a couple weeks assuming 6 hours of work every weekday. The printing took even longer due to prints failing, running out of plastic and the nature of ABS plastic.

As I upload the parts, I will be committing to the design some last-minute manual modifications I had to do to get things to line-up after printing so the new prints should be alright.

Here is a video of the first-run and the z-axis cable arm articulation.

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/vDVkBUTwUZY

Here's an animated exploded view!

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/XnzJYecA2cs

In the end, it was able to print pretty well (at least as well as the Thing-O-Matic it was). It is VERY study. The corners of the box are each one three-sided part and there is a "spine" that holds it all in-line. The mainboard and extruder controller have been moved up front inside the console along with the control panel so the USB, SD Card and reset button are easy to access. The stepper drivers can be accessed from the side-panels and all of the belt tensioners can be adjusted without disassembling anything.

This is my most complex design yet and while I don't think many people will be printing this plastic-hungry beast, I hope some of the parts or design queues could be useful to others, inspire improvements or inspire new things!

I will be adding files in batches over the next week so if you "watch" this thing, you will know when I have updated it. This will forever be flagged as a "work-in-progress" but if at least one person makes a successful copy, I will be very glad.

Thanks for all your follows, likes, collects and watches on this and my other designs. For a designer, this kind of support keeps my fire hot and the plastic flowing!

If you like what I do and want to help me do more, please consider supporting me on my Patreon page! http://www.patreon.com/ErikJDurwoodII Thanks!

Brent J. Rosenburgh
A.K.A. - ErikJDurwoodII


Printing and assembly guide in development.

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Just a note, still missing some key files. Left foot around the power supply, X stage, Y stage belt idler, and probably more beyond that. Not just major mechanicals, but most of the red trim, the arms, the entire head minus the visor. I know a bunch of folks still wanted to print this and it was talked about at MRRF, but sadly was unable to print a complete one.

Thanks for posting all the files!

So whatever happened with this? Really would like to print this in time for MRRF. It's been a few years and hoping the design was not lost. I have 2 sets of T-O-M parts ready to slap into this.

Still hoping/praying this gets released

did the files ever get released for this ?

Yeah, well... I'm gonna go build my own MakerBot, with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget MakerBot! Well done!

There are so many people interested in this thing, and it seems pretty obvious Erik isn't going to publish the parts for printing....
probably 'cause Makerbot are holding back for some future hope of more $/£/€. This looks so good who can blame them? But nonetheless it's published as creative commons; not patented.... I'm not an expert on the legalities, but we can see what the thing looks like, so all we need here are some talented designers to start designing the parts ... are any incredibly talented design volunteers who want to carve out a place in 3DP history out there?

I have clearance to publish the parts. So before the end of the month I plan to get them up. I still need to figure out the instructions though.

"before the end of the month...."

Erik - glad to hear you are still out there - and that's great news - a perfect Christmas gift from MakerBot to the community! I get what you mean about the instructions, that could be tricky, but if you post, I'm sure there will be questions, but there will also be plenty of enthusiastic help too, and if you are kind enough to post your sources as well, other will fix and tweak, so it doesn't all have to be just on your shoulders.


Hi Erik, Great to see the updates on this thing but, what went wrong? Do you need help with the instructions or something?

Thanks in anticipation ...

WHY... why isnt possible to print ):

Every time I see new things posted in my Dashboard I secretly hope it's this. I don't suppose the files will ever get posted?

I'm w/ you there, I'd love to make this but it's kinda hard w/ no files but the control panel.

When is this going to be able to be fully downloaded?

Bet it eats several spools of plastic to print tho...?

I don't think there will ever be files for this to print.

Its design is just too damn good for Makerbot losing the chance to make you pay for it.

I can't imagine MBI would sell this - the cost would be insane (given the print time, etc.) and it's based on the old TOM mechanism and electronics which they certainly don't sell any more. But it's an awesome piece of work, and I'd love to see the parts posted just for the sheer cool factor.

Any update on this? I really want to make it a summer project to convert our TOM to this.

I love it! I want to make one with upgraded linear bearings!

If you don't mind my asking, what program did you use for the animated exploded view?

Do you have an estimate on how much plastic this used? I'm going to go ahead and guess...a lot.

We will absolutely be doing this to our TOM as soon as you post the files. This is so freakin cool!

Was the entire body 3-d printed, and if so will you be putting the rest of the files on Thingiverse also?

Yes it was and yes I will! :)

When Makerbot makes a 3d printer geared directly for the the Elementary school market, they should use this. I am sure my kids would want my CupCake to look like this.

Wow! My words escape me! It's awesome :)

Snazziest 3D printer ever.

that's raw talent my god !!!!

wohoo awesome!

give it some more personality..
make it say "Makerbot" in Wall-E style...
or compose a Makerbot jingle, this guy could sing it with the motors.
have the Controlboard mounted on a hinge so you can close the front flap door of the bot when its not printing.

I really want to see his arms wave around like Robby the Robot when a print finishes.

Best thing on thingiverse.

The word "epic" is tossed around so much these days... so I'm going to toss it like a hand grenade and say that is the most epic thing I've ever seen on thingiverse.

I'm making a note here: "Huge Success"

Its hard to overstate my satisfaction

I do what I must because I can!

as always, an incredible piece of work...

OMG. That's insane. I love it.

Erik you are far too modest to believe this design won't be printed much....It certainly will!!

Awesome work!

more Adults and Children will be inspired to get involved in 3D printing design when they see this.

Wow - This is really well done! I've hear rumors that there's a major toy company working on a 3D printer for kids, this would be such an awesome design for that.

Possibly the best thing ever! Also +1 for rep1 cover labeled "draft dodger".

man how cool is that!!! kids would LOVE it!!! look out Cubify! :)

This is really incredible, I don't know what to say other than nice job!