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3D Printing Tip: When Printing PLA, Use a Fan!

Something often overlooked is cooling after extrusion. Some people expect (wrongly) to be able to get high-quality prints with a fan blowing across their printer. For materials like PLA, it’s important that adequate active cooling is provided immediately after the filament exits the nozzle. Having fan blow directly across your print surface shows a preference […]

By |February 23rd, 2013|The basics: tips from Maker's Tool Works|Comments Off on 3D Printing Tip: When Printing PLA, Use a Fan!

MendelMax 2.0 Beta Progress

We’re excited that this week things are being packed up to ship for our MendelMax 2.0 Beta batch 1 customers. Here are a few pictures of how things look right now as they’re getting sorted, wrapped, and ready to ship:

By |February 6th, 2013|News|Comments Off on MendelMax 2.0 Beta Progress

Tip #1: Store your filament sealed in bag until use

Just like most other things, plastics tend to be hygroscopic (it absorbs water out of the atmosphere!). PLA absorbs much more water than ABS, but it is a concern for both printing filaments.
Its a bit like shaking a bottle of carbonated soft-drink, then trying to pour it into a thimble. Not exactly precise.
Well, how bad […]

By |January 20th, 2013|The basics: tips from Maker's Tool Works|Comments Off on Tip #1: Store your filament sealed in bag until use

MendelMax 2.0 Beta Kits Now On Sale at MTW

The future on your desktop is finally here: the highly-anticipated MendelMax 2.0 RepRap 3D printer is now available for sale in beta kit form. For $695, our beta hardware kit provides everything you need to get a MendelMax 2.0 up and running, but leaves the stepper motors, print controller, stepper motor driver boards, hotend, and […]

By |January 17th, 2013|News|Comments Off on MendelMax 2.0 Beta Kits Now On Sale at MTW

Some Additions to MAKE’s Helpful Tips

Two days ago, MAKE magazine published an article Helpful Tips for the New 3D Printer Owner. While the eight tips mentioned may be helpful, I have a few addendums:

The paper test for bed leveling is not to be done with the Z axis at first-layer height, but instead with Z at 0; after that, use […]

By |December 28th, 2012|The basics: tips from Maker's Tool Works|1 Comment

The 2013 Gift Giver’s Guide for 3D Printer Presents

As usual, we at MTW are a day late and a dollar short, but if you are running as late as we are, here are some ideas gift ideas for the 3d printer enthusiast in your life. For girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, and children of those enthusiastic about 3D printers, but not involved in them […]

By |December 27th, 2012|The basics: tips from Maker's Tool Works|Comments Off on The 2013 Gift Giver’s Guide for 3D Printer Presents

Announcing the MendelMax 2.0

Maker’s Tool Works directly supports the MendelMax project as our open-source partner. Today, we’re excited to share that under the direction of our own Maxbots, the MendelMax project is announcing their version 2.0 printer. It features numerous improvements, namely in ease of manufacturing, assembly, and improved aesthetics, as well as numerous new features.

For more […]

By |December 26th, 2012|News|Comments Off on Announcing the MendelMax 2.0

Now accepting orders of MendelMax 1.5+ hardware kits

We’re excited to announce that Maker’s Tool Works is now accepting orders on our MendelMax 1.5+ Hardware kits! Due to holiday shipping delays, closures, and a few last parts still in transit, we will not start shipping the kits until January 2, 2013. We appreciate your patience and continued business. Happy holidays!

Add a MendelMax 1.5+ […]

By |December 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Now accepting orders of MendelMax 1.5+ hardware kits

Store closed Monday and Tuesday

In observance of holiday, Maker’s Tool Works will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We wll resume operations on 26 December 2012. All orders placed while we are closed will not fulfilled until we reopen.

Happy holidays from Maker’s Tool Works!

By |December 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Store closed Monday and Tuesday

Store grand opening, photo contest winners

Grand Opening of the Maker’s Tool Works Store!
Our store went live just this morning, and we’re quite excited by it. Take a look at it here. Please note that at this time, our full product line is not yet in stock. We will announce our official launch once entire kits are in stock and ready […]

By |December 10th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Store grand opening, photo contest winners