Cold and Snowy outside...

Posted by Rick Pollack on January 27, 2014 2 Comments

...warm and M-two-ey inside :)

Testing vibrant new colors too!

Stay Warm!!

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MakerGear M2 Review in Servo Magazine (October 2013)

Posted by Rick Pollack on October 18, 2013 3 Comments

SERVO Magazine - the magazine for robot innovators - featured the M2 in recent editions.

 

Here's what they had to say: "The M2 is by far my favorite printer...." <- music to our ears :-))

"The MakerGear M2 is the printer to beat, but the proof is in the pudding. Figure 14 and Figure 15 show the base for a fully 3D-printed battle bot.... All the parts were printed on the M2."

"As for my recommendation, if you want to purchase a quality 3D printer to create prototype parts, look at the MakerGear M2."

Thank you SERVO Magazine! We work hard to make the best 3D printer possible and the recognition is very much appreciated.

Source: SERVO Magazine, October Edition

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MakerGear - 3D Printing in the Rain

Posted by Rick Pollack on July 21, 2013 2 Comments

at the 2013 National Senior Games Torch Lighting Ceremony.

photo by Nick Digiorgio

The 2013 National Senior Games are currently taking place in Cleveland, Ohio. The torch used in the opening ceremony was designed by local artist Nick Digiorgio. I met Nick a few years ago through the local FabLab movement. Nick wanted to 3D print a translucent orange flame (the torch is battery powered) and mill the guitar-style lower portion of the torch. MakerGear|Josh (IRC name) designed and printed the flame and we connected Nick with a local machinist, Adam Lindsay, to do the CNC work.

As you can see, the torch (with the orange flame printed on a MakerGear M2) turned out really, really well and MakerGear was invited to participate in the opening ceremonies. We set up 3D printers in front of the main stage and printed a red flame during opening ceremony. We normally don’t run printers in pouring rain but just before we were to go on stage and discuss how the torch was made, the clouds opened, really opened, for several minutes. Since we were already set up and printing we decided to play it out and see what happened. The M2 printed like a champ straight through the downpour!!

 


  

After the rain we went on stage and spent several minutes explaining how the torch was made. I used to the opportunity to let people know that MakerGear designs and manufactures high-quality desktop 3D Printers and is located right here in Beachwood (OH). Our 3D printers use local resources for machining, fabricating, wiring and assembly and we ship our printers and accessories throughout the US and around the world (to all 50 US states and over 75 countries so far). The torch bearers then entered the mall and did a lap around the park.


photo from cleveland.com

Jack Means, a former senior national sprint champion, was supposed to carry the torch the final leg and ‘light’ the much larger fixed torch but sadly he died on July 3rd. Jack’s two sons proudly stepped-in for him and once it was dark carried the torch the final leg across the grassy mall overlooking Lake Erie. It was quite moving to see the glowing orb, designed by Josh, printed in our shop on an M2, and carried by Jack’s sons, bob and weave through the crowd.

 

Nick, Josh and Adam – you guys did an excellent job! I am honored that MakerGear was able to have a small but meaningful impact in the opening ceremony for the National Senior Games.


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...Still Here!!!

Posted by Rick Pollack on July 12, 2013 1 Comment

 

It has certainly been a while since our last blog post. We've just been heads-down making 3D printers here in NE Ohio.

 

And, we've also been chipping away at the backlog (down to four weeks). In this outgoing batch of printers (there are quite a few more behind this stack) are machines headed to Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan and Ireland.

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Winner of the most unlikely use for a 3D Printer is....

Posted by Rick Pollack on March 26, 2013 1 Comment

Envelope please....[sounds of paper being removed]...Buick HUBCAP. [deafening applause]

HA HA! I'd probably go off the road if I saw that drive by...

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It's All Fun & Games

Posted by Rick Pollack on March 25, 2013 0 Comments

 

at the MakerGear booth at PAX!! Now, back to a snowy Cleveland :/

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MakerGear will be at PAX East in Boston this week

Posted by Rick Pollack on March 20, 2013 0 Comments

 

If you'll be at PAX East (3/22 - 3/24), stop by booth 1030!! We'll have M2s and be printing spaceships, video game critters and various interesting objects. We'll have plenty of printed objects on display. Here is an 18 inch model of the spacecraft Artemis we printed for the show (if you don't know what I'm talking about then you really need to stop by :) And, well have the new Creator software running so you can see firsthand the power of a streamlined, integrated workflow.

If you won't be at PAX East, we'll be out and about more this year, we'll keep you posted on our whereabouts.



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M2 in Black

Posted by Rick Pollack on January 07, 2013 1 Comment

Black M2 w/ Red Vase (150% original size)

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Making Your Gear

Posted by Rick Pollack on December 14, 2012 0 Comments

Wow, it's Friday again! We are shipping printers as fast as we can but never seems to be fast enough. Thank you for your patience!! We'll be running production through the weekend...

Adam and Howard setting up...


Ivan with the earliest M2 sketches through the fully rendered SolidWorks model

Me writing this post

Josh on the Lazzor

Inspector John

Adam getting it done!


Sam! ( 'nuff said :)

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Hey. It's a blender theme!

Posted by Rick Pollack on December 11, 2012 3 Comments

Blender Repair!

And, here is a (completely unrelated) blender being transformed into an automated cat food dispenser. The food dish :)

 

The auger (well half of it)

The blender pitcher

 

Oops! I thought it was a modified blender when I originally looked at the feeder...close enough :) 

Parts printed on M2. The complete pet feeder project.

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