Bummer – MakerBot order delayed

The good folks over at MakerBot Industries just notified me that my CupCake CNC order has been delayed.  Unfortunately, the holiday season delayed their incoming shipments of electronics.  It was a very nice and apologetic e-mail – not their fault.  They expect to ship on December 11th.

I’ve waited this long, I can wait a few more days.  ;)

November 25, 2009 | Comments Closed

Looking forward

This website for documenting my attempt to build a MakerBot Industries CupCake CNC 3D printer.  I’ve got just about no experience working with electronics and no experience building robots.  So, its going to be a wild ride.

It is named “Bender.”

Here’s what I’d like to see happen:

  • Documenting everything inside the CupCake Deluxe CNC kit
    • Right now I’ve only documented the unboxing
    • I’d like to document all the bits inside the various boxes/kits as well
  • Documenting each step (and misstep!) of taking a box of parts to a fully functional 3D printer
    • As I’m a total and complete novice, this should be educational for everyone involved
    • Since the guys at MakerBot suggest two people could assemble a CupCake CNC in leisurely weekend, I suspect it would probably take me about a week or two
  • Printing crazy plastic things for myself and others

Why did I name the website MakerBlock?  Well, if when I get this robot operational, I’d really like to design and print custom blocks that are compatible with various toy construction sets.

Frivolous?  Undoubtedly.  But, a man’s got to dream.

November 24, 2009 | Comments Closed

MakerBot Ordered!

MakerBot CupCake CNC

MakerBot CupCake CNC

Ever since hearing about the RepRap project more than a year and a half ago I’ve been dying to make/build/buy one.  This last May I got to see an actual MakerBot CupCake CNC print a lego right in front of my eyes at the 2009 MakerFaire in San Mateo.  One of the best parts was getting to meet Zach Hoeken Smith, Bre Pettis, and Adam Mayer.

Well, this morning I finally pulled the trigger.

I just ordered a CupCake CNC Deluxe kit from MakerBot Industries.

Here’s the thing: I have no experience working with electronics beyond putting batteries in the T.V. remote.  It’s going to be an adventure!

I can’t wait!!!