Series 1 3D prints showcased in Deviant Cartography art show

San Francisco-based Doug McCune is holding his Deviant Cartography art show in Portland, OR at the Diode Gallery for Electronic Art. The show, whose opening night takes place tomorrow, April 2, will feature 3D-printed pieces, as well as laser cut work. Deviant Cartography features three pieces made on the Type A Machines Series 1 3D Printer: Stalagmite Crime, Prostitution/Vehicle Theft, and Perspective Self Portrait.

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Type A Machines releases comprehensive Materials Guide

The Series 1 3D Printer has spectacular printing and physical specifications that set it apart from others in its class. With a cubic foot build volume and a final layer resolution of 50 microns, it’s clear that the Series 1 is unbeatable when it comes to performance and quality, especially demonstrated by its unique extruder.


The G2 Extruder, exclusive to Type A Machines, is made of aluminum and steel, with a hot end that has a maximum temperature of 300 degrees Celsius. The printer’s hot end and its high-heat capabilities allow for a greater variety of printing materials, as outlined in the newly released Materials Guide.

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We interview Jim of Zheng3 about his “Faire Play 2″ project

Jim Rodda of Zheng3 made waves in the 3D printing world with his 2014 Kickstarter project titled “Faire Play,” which gave the iconic Barbie doll some tough flair with 3D printed armor and medieval accessories.

Rodda is back at it this year with the second installment of the project, titled “Faire Play 2: When in Rome.” Featuring a 3D-printed Roman chariot that can be pulled by a cat, Rodda’s vision for a new twist on an ancient time period is fun for the whole family.

We talked to him about how he got started with the project, and how it was all made possible with the Series 1 3D Printer.

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Happy New Year from Type A Machines!

Folks, it’s been an amazingly adventure filled year for all of us at Type A Machines, and we really couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks to your advocacy, creativity and engagement, we’ve been able to significantly improve our software and hardware (with more improvements on the way), integrate with Autodesk and other partners, launch the worlds largest 3D technology center, and more than triple the number of machines in the field.

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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.

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!

Halloween 3D print

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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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