Why Type A Machines wrote an industry-leading product warranty

Written by Stefani Pellinen-Chavez

When we decided in 2013 that it was time to publish a product warranty for the Series 1 3D printer, there were two major factors that guided us: 1) 3D printing is a developing industry, with lots of innovations and many unknowns. As the industry develops, we may learn new methods and techniques to lengthen the life span of a Series 1 3D Printer. 2) 3D printers that are up and running are way cooler than 3D printers that get worn out or broken and then forgotten.

If you own a Series 1 it’s our priority at Type A Machines that your Series 1 should work. We didn’t want our support specialists to waste your time trying to “validate your warranty” (figure out how to prevent you from getting support), so we tied product support to the serial number. If your Series 1 has a serial number, then we can tell you when we shipped it, and often when you received it. If it has been a year or less, then your machine is still under warranty. It’s that simple.

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Enter our Halloween 3D print contest!

It’s officially October, meaning that Halloween is right around the corner. For all of the 3D printing fans out there, we hope you’ll be using your printer as a tool to help craft your costume. In fact, if you 3D print part of your costume on the Series 1, you’re eligible to enter our contest, which is offering cool prizes for the top 3 winners!

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Lund students put on concert using 3D-printed instruments

Sweden’s Lund University set to make history by putting on the first-ever live concert using only 3D-printed instruments. Olaf Diegel, a professor at Lund who also created the first 3D-printed saxophone, has orchestrated the “first 3D-printed concert,” which was performed by students of Lund’s Malmö Academy of Music.


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Video: fully functional 3D-printed trumpet

Robens Wouter visited our San Leandro facility and noticed a trumpet that our R&D member Levi 3D-printed on the 2014 Series 1. Wouter wondered if the four-foot long trumpet was fully functioning and picked up the instrument to test it out. The skilled trumpet player put on a quick show and we caught it on film.

Playing a 3D-printed trumpet from Type A Machines on Vimeo.

The best part was that Wouter actually designed the mouthpiece used on the trumpet. If you’re looking to get your own 3D-printed trumpet and mouthpiece, check out the .STL files on Thingiverse.

‘Print the Legend’ profiles 3D printing revolution

Print the Legend is the Netflix Original documentary that highlights the disruptive technology of 3D printing, and it is now available for streaming online. The 90-minute film takes a closer look at the industry’s challenges, controversies, and promises, bringing to light an idea that still feels entirely futuristic to some, and wholly revolutionary to others.

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e-NABLE bridges gap between prosthetists and printers

This Sunday, Sept. 28, the organization e-NABLE will be bridging the gap between prosthetists and printers at an event at John Hopkins Hospital. Leaders in the medical, tech, and public policy industries will be present for the occasion, which delivers donated prosthetics to children in need who have upper limb disabilities.

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e-NABLE, which is an online community comprised of volunteers and technologists, strives to apply 3D printing technologies as a medical tool and advancement. They will also be briefing attendees on how 3D printing technologies can change the future of prosthetics.

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