Makibox Blog

July 2012

2021-07-31 16:22 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox and Makible Update - Funding and Waiting for parts

Today was the tail end of a few different more business related projects running in parallel to the development of the MakiBox A6.

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2021-07-25 16:27 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox A6 - Hopper Door and Front Ports Renders

Another day, another render to show what we are going to be putting together soon.


So, first up, a quick, what will it look like in stainless. I'm not really convinced with this render, I think it will look pretty different, so if this doesn't look too wow, wait until we get the actual samples in hand.

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2021-07-23 16:33 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox A6 3D Model Walkthrough


We had to wrap up early today due to a typhoon that is moving into Hong Kong currently, but here is a quick (11 min) video of the current model, discussing some of the added details and giving a better idea of what is there.

We will be ordering these parts tomorrow, and will be testing them in the next few days with the remaining work to wrap things up being the hot end integration. We've got solid plans for output control, and will try to finish everything design wise this week if possible. 

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2021-07-19 16:41 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox A6 - Integrated Hopper and Drive Renders and Next Steps


After a couple of tough weeks working on how all the new drive and hopper will fit both physically and aesthetically into the MakiBox, we are close to wrapping up the modeling and cutting the revised parts. We probably have one more day left on these changes and then we can get the revised case and stainless parts for everything.

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2021-07-13 16:56 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox A6 - Pellet Drive Final Revision Design Direction

These are a couple of early shots of how the revision of the pellet drive is going to be.



Major changes for this design so far are a further reduction in the gear ratio to hit an 8:1 gearing to get enough torque, the previous gearing was 2:1, and using windows of acrylic to show the gearbox and the pellets feeding in.

This kind of design work starts pretty slowly until the final direction is found, but now that the general feel and design queues are worked out, we can get this cranked out quickly and move on to wrapping up the development as a whole.

Other options that were looked into were various gearing combinations and arrangements and some different hopper designs.

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2021-07-10 17:32 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox - General Update

The last week has been a bit hectic for me, so the final pellet drive update is still underway. In the mean time a lot is still happening to make the MakiBox really awesome.


I'll do some more detailed updates of each of these in the coming days, but I wanted to give some idea of the final developments that are going on in parallel to the main work that everyone is following. 

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2021-07-04 17:40 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox Pellet Drive - Nice Output Quality


Today, we finally started getting the output that we need from the pellet drive in terms of quality to print. We need to increase the quantity, but that is an easier problem to solve, as it involves gearing and tweaking how the material is heated. The measured tolerance was less than 0.10mm for the output we did, which is similar already to the existing filament supplies.

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2021-07-03 16:51 by Jonathan Buford

MakiBox Pellet Drive Partial Updated Testing

Some days things just don't go smoothly. This was one of them. But, we still got some encouraging results from the revised drive mechanism.


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