// December 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Personal Crap, Tech
So I got an interesting email and call a week before Christmas. I’m quite the lucky dog — it seems a contest I enter via Twitter a couple weeks back netted me a 3D printer from Make Magazine.
I was quite skeptical, but after a few emails and calls back and forth, it turned out to be legit. They wanted to get my details and get it to me before Christmas. Tracking number and Make Magazine confirmed it’d arrive via FedEx on Christmas Eve. Well that Saturday morning prior to the holidays beginning, my brother in-law and I were assembling one of my son’s Christmas presents when the FedEx truck dropped it off a whole two days early.
Immediately after completing the Christmas present, we unpacked and setup the Replicator. It wasn’t too difficult at all to get up and running, but quite more challenging to get it dialed in.
Sadly, by mid-day Christmas Eve, it’s become a doorstop, not able to be powered up. With the holidays, I haven’t heard anything back from Make Magazine, but have gone back and forth with tech support over at MakerBot. They’re shipping out two new parts, though its board which I need to replace is a constrained part, and could be awhile till I actually get it. Bummer. The two days I had it were fun, but I’m dreading having to repair a unit that was only two days old when it failed.
I almost wanted to wait to post after that was all resolved, but figured I’d share the experience thus far.
The unit looks nice, with laser-cut wood. It makes cool robotic-like sounds as it prints layers. Getting the extruders just the right height and printing out the ABS is quite tedious. I’m looking forward to eventually printing with the PLA material. It sounds like it may be a bit better experience than the ABS, though all the PLA is backordered. Before I order, I want my machine reliably working and printing. After that point, it’ll be at least a month after till I can play around with PLA.
Regardless, looking forward to having it back up and running, but not looking forward to having to wait or get it back up and running. Look here and on Twitter (@ryankeefer) for updates. Hoping they’re sooner, rather than later.
Here’s the blog writeup about me winning on Make’s blog:
And the Winner of the MakerBot Dual Extruder is…