Makeraser’s Smooth Launch

By on January 17th, 2014 in Hardware


Finally Makeraser is available for purchase, having launched on Kickstarter this week. It’s not a 3D printer, but everyone who owns a 3D printer should certainly get one. 
It’s a multi-use accessory that leverages acetone’s peculiar property of dissolving ABS plastic. In the past we’ve seen various attempts to use acetone to smooth ABS prints, typically by immersing them in a glass chamber filled with highly flammable heated acetone vapor. 
The Makeraser is a far safer method of achieving similar results. The designers realized that instead of immersing a print in acetone, you merely needed to touch the surface with a very small amount of acetone, such as you may do with a dainty cotton ball. 
Through some experiments, they devised a type of “pen” that delivers acetone through a felt tip. You simply “paint” your object with the Makeraser tip to smooth out the surface. It may take a bit longer than the acetone vapor approach, but we’d prefer to be safe. 
But that’s not all. The Makeraser was discovered to have multiple other uses, including: 
  • Gluing ABS parts together
  • Prepping a print bed for guaranteed ABS sticking
  • Sealing holes in a print
  • Removing small protuberances
You can have one of these useful devices by purchasing from Kickstarter for only USD$99. But wait – you’ll also get a “razor sharp” scraper for removing ABS prints securely fastened to your print bed by the Makeraser. 
And there’s even more! They’re also including a bottle of Makelastic, a new liquid treatment that makes PLA prints flexible! Yep, print in solid, rigid PLA, soak it in Makelastic and it become very flexible. No need for purchasing flexible filament! 
Definitely a very good deal for some terrific tools.  

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!