View all updates Oct 22, 2018

Behind the Scenes: Part I

Hey all!

With the campaign fully funded we’re starting in house production of some of the larger printed parts, with the ultra high output Ludicroustruder making quick work of it.

I thought for this update I’d give a bit of a look behind the scenes as well as highlighting one of the open source tools I use in house.

Here’s a quick and dirty video of my basement printing setup, which has served as the testing ground for both the Twoolhead and the Microcluster:

For this update I thought I’d highlight FreeCAD, a fully open source parametric CAD tool with a ton of neat capabilities. I’ve been using FreeCAD since I started working at Aleph Objects in 2013, and it’s amazing how far the program has come. There are also tons of community developed add-ons, including one that generated standard fasteners, a eagle/kiCAD import tool and a drawing dimensioning tool for making technical drawings. In case anyone was interested, I made a screen-capture of the process of making a technical drawing of the side panel for the Microcluster, you can find that video here:

Thanks again for following along and supporting the campaign!

Happy printing

-bam :)


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$249

Microcluster Half Stack Kit

This panel kit makes it easy to enclose half of a standard steel shelf, providing a lovely home for 1-4 printers depending on their size. Magnets embedded in the lightweight plastic panels make assembly a snap and the clear PETG doors allow clear viewing of the print while keeping the printing environment perfectly stable. Includes smoke alarm to mount in the Microcluster for peace of mind regardless of what type of printer you're running. Does not include printed parts or shelf.


$349

Microcluster Full Stack Kit

This panel kit makes it easy to enclose half of a standard steel shelf, providing a lovely home for 3-6 printers depending on their size. Magnets embedded in the lightweight plastic panels make assembly a snap and the clear PETG doors allow clear viewing of the print while keeping the printing environment perfectly stable. Includes smoke alarm to mount in the Microcluster for peace of mind regardless of what type of printer you're running. Does not include printed parts or shelf.


$99

Printed Part Kit - Edsal HD version

This Printed Part kit contains the parts to mount the sliding doors of the Half Stack panel kit. This Kit saves you the time and effort of printing the door sliders for the Microcluster kit, which can be over 100+ print hours depending on the machine you use! These will be printed in house with the COPrintPro developed Ludicroustruder with 1.2mm nozzles for maximum strength and durability. For the Full Stack version of the Microcluster, 2 Printed Part Kits are needed. This version has only been confirmed to fit the Edsal(R) and Muscle Rack(R) Heavy Duty Storage Units. For all other shelves, easily modifiable design files will be available for you to print your own parts.

Microcluster printed parts.

$199

Octoprint kit

Easy to install and set up, the Octopanel allows you to set up wireless control of your printers in minutes and is designed to work with any desktop printer. The included logitech webcam allows constant monitoring of printing as well as the ability to take time-lapses of individual prints. The Octoprint system allows authorized users to access the printers, upload print jobs and monitor them remotely from any web connected device. A portion of every Octopanel purchase will go towards funding Octoprint, the open source project making this technology affordable and accessible.


$225

Photo Booth kit

Easy to set up, the Photo Booth kit allows you to set up a professional quality photo booth as part of your Microcluster setup. Included are (2) 50W photo lights with height adjustable stands and reflectors for bright and even lighting, as well as diffuser filters to soften harsh shadows. Also includes a 48" x 100 foot roll of thick white kraft paper and hanging hardware so you can take photos with a clean, even background.


$99

Light Kit

Easily installs in 5 minutes, kit contains all parts required to quickly and securely hang light. Bright 3000 lumen LED light bar guarantees better visibility of prints, low energy consumption and long lifetime. One kit needed per shelf you want lit up. This upgrade allows for clear webcam monitoring even in a dark room!


$950

Maker Bundle

This is a complete turnkey version of my personal favorite Microcluster configuration. This bundle includes 1 Edsal HD shelf, 1 Half Stack panel kit, 1 printed part set, 1 Photo Booth and 1 Light kit add-on. It's the perfect size for 1 TAZ, 2 LulzBot(R) minis or up to 4 smaller printers, and ships to you on a pallet to get you up and running in no time. The Colorado Printing Project is an official reseller of industry leading LulzBot(R) printers, save money by bundling with brand new machines covered by one of the best warranties and technical support teams in the industry. Bundles only available to backers within the continental US (sorry!).


$1,999

Production Bundle

All the bells, all the whistles. This a complete turnkey version of the epic parallel printing Microcluster configuraton that we use in house for ultra fast batch printing. This bundle contains 1 Full Stack kit, 1 Edsal(R) Heavy Duty shelf, 3 Light Kits, 3 Octoprint kits and 2 printed part kits. Designed to be bundled with 3 TAZ 6 Printers with Twoolheads or 6 Minis, this bundle is a turnkey solution for any business looking to bring production in house. Outfitted with the highest output Twoolheads, this Microcluster configuration has an output of up to 13kg (30lb) of custom plastic parts PER DAY. The Colorado Printing Project is an official reseller of industry leading LulzBot(R) printers, so you can save money by bundling with brand new machines covered by one of the best warranties and technical support teams in the industry. Bundle only available to backers within the continental US (sorry!).

Credits

Colorado Printing Project

The Colorado Printing Project is an open source skunkworks and microfactory based in the Denver metro area of Colorado, USA.


Brent MacKenzie

Thing-doer #1

Patricky Bobby

Thing-doer #2

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