John Foster, "By day I am a mechanical engineer at a fiber optics company. By night I make everything I can figure out how to make." created Fosterbot, a cute 3D printer derived from Makerbot's Thing-o-Matic. "It is better, stronger and faster", said John. He published a nicely written instructables and all the necessary CAD files on Thingiverse free for everyone to download.
For those of you feeling constrained by your build volume ever since the Replicator was released, these modifications increased my build envelope dimensions to 150mm on the x-axis, 185mm on the y-axis, and 132mm on the z-axis. Also, between the linear bearing upgrade, the more rigid x-, y-, and z-stages, and Jetty's Accelerated Firmware v3.4, I've been printing at 100mm/s in ABS, and 150mm/s in PLA (and climbing). Plus, she looks so damn sexy.
As a reference, the acrylic panels were laser-cut by NextFab Studio in Philadelphia and total cost was under $220, including the cost of acrylic sheeting.
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john henry wrote at 6/10/2012 3:20:56 AM:
Man, who is this John Foster guy? Makerbot needs to hire him, today