Unboxing the Makerbot deluxe kit.

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Customs and volcanos

So… after the long awaited arrival of my Makerbot kit there unfortunately hasn’t been enough time for me to play with it. Actually I wasn’t even able to unbox it and have a look at what was waiting inside the package for me. Foreign and german customs as well as the ash cloud of the icelandic volcano eruption crossed my original plans of building the Makerbot in april and playing with it in may. Just to point out: I ordered the kit back in february, it was shipped in april and arrived at my place in may.

Yesterday I surprisingly had some spare time and I decided to unbox the kit. And I documented it… For you… Yeah, and of course for me as a first test post for this blog. Below you will find some pictures of what might be in your package ;-)

If you are situated in germany and you are planning to get one of these fine kits too you may consider getting it through Watterott electronics. When I ordered my kit back in february Watterott wasn’t offering the kits through their web shop. Well, ordering through them would have saved me at least 2 € and a lot of nerves…

The unboxing
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The Makerbot package as fetched at the German customs in Darmstadt...

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There is actually a lot more in the package than listed at the right... Plus a lot of cool mega blister foil ;-)

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The complete content of the package. Basically some other packages... And of course some black and some white ABS, the material the bot is printing.

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The power supply, a key fob and the led lightning for illuminating the Makerbot...

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This is the plastruder kit. When assembled the molten plastic will come out of these parts...

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The content of one of the packages inside the package. Basically a lot of electronics and hardware. Even the tools you might need to assemble are included. Details follow...

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I suppose this is going to be the platform the plastic will be printed on...

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These are the gears for the CNC System enabling x,y and z axis to be moved through motors...

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The motors for x,y and z axis...

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The hardware burrito containing all screws and stuff and the drive pod kit. These are translating the radial motion of the motors into linear motion.

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Some bearings a sd-card and some wooden lasered parts. Even the wrenches are included...

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Some leds and their pcb. So you can see, what you are printing...

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The cable kit. On the right you can see the ftdi cable for communicating through usb with the Makerbot...

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The electronics. Details follow...

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On of three motor drivers. You remember: the three axis...

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The electronics for the extrudor. The part the molten plastic is extruded from.

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The rep-rap motherboard. It's based on a sanguino which is based on the open source hardware platform arduino.

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The wooden lasered parts...

From here on I am actually as clueless as you might be. You can identify most of the wooden parts. Especially when you have seen one assembled. So I will leave them uncommented.

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

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The wooden lasered parts...

The assembling

And now? I have an appointment with Holmer Schleyerbach to meet and actually build the Makerbot. I think it is more fun to do it together and hopefully this way we will be able to document the assembling of the makerbot in more detail so that it might be useful for others too. I had a look at the Makerbot Wiki and it is just brilliant. The assembling instructions are perfectly documented. But I will document the assembling anyway…

I will post this assembling also. So stay curious…

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