OKC Severe Weather Suspends Operations

Our warehouse operations today were suspended due to severe weather. The Maker’s Tool Works team’s thoughts go out to all of those in the Oklahoma City area and the nearby region affected by the damaging storms our community encountered today. The best way to help tornado victims is to donate to the Red Cross or […]

By |May 20th, 2013|News|Comments Off on OKC Severe Weather Suspends Operations

Store Will Be Down For Maintenance 20 May 2013 from Midnight – 2:00 AM Central Time

Our shopping cart provider will be performing an update on our store, and as a result our store will be inaccessible from the period between midnight and 2:00 AM Central Time on 20 May 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience as a result of this scheduled maintenance.

By |May 17th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Store Will Be Down For Maintenance 20 May 2013 from Midnight – 2:00 AM Central Time

I just ordered a 3D printer kit! Now what?

A lot of customers ask what they should do to prepare for their newly-ordered 3D printer. Many people feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, but it’s not too tall of a task. To help beginners get started, I’ve made a short list of a few things to consider after buying a 3D printer. […]

By |May 7th, 2013|The basics: tips from Maker's Tool Works|Comments Off on I just ordered a 3D printer kit! Now what?

Responses to Reddit Posts: why do you print something in plastic which you can probably buy at a cheaper price outside?

Earlier today, someone asked on a reddit thread “why do you print something in plastic which you can probably buy at a cheaper price outside?”

I was surprised by the question originally, because many things you can print cost much less than they cost retail. Certainly there are some things that scales of economies just make […]

By |May 4th, 2013|Ryan's Report|Comments Off on Responses to Reddit Posts: why do you print something in plastic which you can probably buy at a cheaper price outside?

Announcing MendelMax Magma: The Next Generation in FFF Printing

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Announcing MendelMax Magma: The Next Generation in FFF Printing

Oklahoma City, OK – April 1, 2013 – Maker’s Tool Works is excited to announce the all new MendelMax Magma, the first 3D printer manufactured to use stone filament. Utilizing a revolutionary soon-to-be-released open-source rock extruder and hotend, temperatures in excess of 1600 celsius are […]

By |April 1st, 2013|News|Comments Off on Announcing MendelMax Magma: The Next Generation in FFF Printing

Check out V-Slot Rails!

Every few months, we get really excited about a new product. RepRap constantly evolves, with new technologies and printers being released all the time. Here recently, we learned about a project called V-Slot rail that has been in the works.

VSlot rail is a product by OPENBUILDSĀ that takes traditional aluminum extrusions and notches the inside edges […]

By |March 21st, 2013|General Posts|Comments Off on Check out V-Slot Rails!

Build a MendelMax 2.0 at the Midwest RepRap Festival

Take part in the official build class, put on by the designer. At the first annual Midwest RepRap Festival, Maxbots and Ryan Turner will be teaching how to assemble and use the MendelMax 2.0. Builders from experts to beginners are welcome, but the class will not assume any background knowledge in 3D printing. With a […]

By |February 23rd, 2013|News|1 Comment

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