The Ultra-Bot 3D Printer

By on October 8th, 2012 in printer

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The Ultra-Bot is yet another Kickstarter project producing a unique 3D printer. This one is already successful, raising over 5x its goal of USD$7,500. 
Project creator William Steele of Indiana did indeed do something very unique on this project. No, he didn’t invent or incorporate a new technology. No, he didn’t make something incredibly less expensive. 
He reimagined an existing machine. 
As the owner of a now-aging MakerBot CupCake, he found it had a few issues beyond aging electronics and extruders: it just wasn’t robust when traveling. He decided to do something about it. 
The Ultra-Bot project rebuilds the CupCake with clear acrylic panels to make it more sturdy. He’s relocated the electronics to a safer position underneath the device. He’s upgraded the electronics to modern versions and replaced the extruders with more precise contemporary designs. 
What’s the same? Two things: the mechanicals and the spirit of the original CupCake. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


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