Gobble Gobble Yall!
I’m Elijah Post, the head of Tech Support for Type A Machines, and while I don’t usually post stuff on this blog, I wanted to share a question that I was asked:
“How has the Series 1 changed over the last year and a half?” Normally it’s not my job to answer this kind of question, but I couldn’t help myself.
The interaction made me think about how far we have come, and that makes me very optimistic for 2015 and beyond.
Here are the things that I said had changed, thanks in no small part to the tireless work of so many people here at Type A Machines. Engineers, Designers, Technicians, Business folks, Marketing people, every last person works here because we believe in 3D printing, what it can do, and that it gives lots of people something to be thankful for.
1. Total Core Redesign. We are now selling our second generation Series 1 which is a complete redesign from the Series 1 of yesteryear.
2. Completely Different Frame. The frame is now an all-metal construction as opposed to T-slotted laser cut plywood.
3. Print Larger. The build volume of the machine is 12′ x 12′ x 12′ making it one of the largest 3D printers in the prosumer market, and among the cheapest in cost per cubic inch.
4. Print Wirelessly. The Series 1 now works over Wi-Fi as opposed to USB Serial, and was one of the first (if not, the first) linux-enabled 3D printers on the market.
5. Glass Build Platform. The Series 1 has a sturdy glass build surface as opposed to what was once a common acrylic build surface. Our current glass is so flat that over 12 inches it deviates only about 30 nanometers.
6. High Precision. The kinematics on the Series 1 are some of the highest precision parts available as opposed to more traditional linear bearing systems.
7. New Extruder. The Series 1 features the “G2 Extruder” which virtually eliminates the central operational problem 3D printer operators traditionally face: extruder clogging – It is in fact the most reliable extruder on the market. Personally, having worked with 3D printers for 4 years now, I would call it revolutionary, but that’s my opinion.
8. Built To Last. The Series 1 is more modular than its predecessor, making it more future-proof so that customers don’t have to buy a new model every year. We even try our best to roll out upgrades for our now-vintage first generation plywood Series 1.
9. Easy to Fix. The metal-framed Series 1s are easier to repair than its predecessor. All the electronics are easily accessible at the base of the machine, and all of the critical components can be replaced with a minimal number of tools. This minimizes downtime – another enemy of the 3D printer operator.
10. The Series 1 works well in groups. We now offer bundled hardware in the form of 3D print cells. Check out our whitepaper on the impact of 3D printing on small scale manufacturing on our website.
11. Type A Machines stands by its products. I am proud to say that we have some of the best Tech Support in the industry. According to TopTenReviews, we are the only tech support in 3D printing to receive a perfect score, making us the only 3D printer company in that comparison to receive three perfect scores.
In addition to the major changes I have mentioned above, I would like to also say that we believe that every machine that leaves our factory should be better than the one that came before it. And that is why since we shipped the first BETA version of our second generation machine, we have made eighty-one revisions and iterations, and continue to pursue having the best 3D printer in the world.