Thanksgiving

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!

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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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Photo from 3Dprint.com

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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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