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Makeblock releases a 400-piece DIY 3D printer kit 'Constructor I'
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By Staff | 3Ders

Shenzhen-based Chinese company Makeblock, known for their open source construction platform and various mechanical parts and electronic modules to turn your idea into products, has released a 400-piece DIY 3D printer kit.

Based on Prusa i3 aluminum frame 3D printer kit, the Makeblock Constructor I 3D Printer DIY Kit is an open source, affordable alternative to bring your ideas to life. The printing space is about 1125mm x 165mm x 120mm and the device is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 compatible microcontroller.

The DIY kit is comprised of around 400 parts. Once assembled, the printer can be a powerful device for high-quality prints with good precision. It features XY resolution of 0.1mm and 0.1-0.3mm layer thickness. Its aluminum frames, brackets and plates are based on Makeblock platform which means that you can upgrade and modify your 3D printers or use mechanical parts to build some other robots without buying some extra parts or electronics.

The Makeblock DIY kit also works with free software (Slic3r,Printrun) and standard 1.75mm PLA filament for builds. You can find detailed tutorials including videos and assembly instruction on Makeblock's GitHub page.

Its module design allows you to build different configurations with same parts, or extend them in the future with new parts, for example, you can use longer beams to construct bigger machines. What's more exciting is that the printers will be Chcolate compatible, that mean the future version of the machines will be designed to be compatible with print head and extrusion mechanism that print with chocolate. Their new extrusion system for chocolate is currently under development.

The 3D printer kit is priced at US$700 (EUR540) without tax, and company expects they would start shipping around Oct.10, 2014.

What's included in the Kit Constructor I?

-All parts you need to construct a 3D printer
-Aluminum frame(color: blue), no plastic parts
-Precise linear motion shaft (Diameter 8mm, length 312mm)
-42BYG Stepper Motors, wires etc.
-Electronics including RAMPS1.4 shield, LCDs etc.(no soldering needed)
-All other hardware required to build your own printer
-110-240 VAC (12V/10A)Power adapter is included.


-Frame: Anodized aluminum
-Extruder: All metal, temperatures up to 250 degrees Celcius
-Physical Dimensions: 324mm X 312mm X400mm
-Print Materials: 1.75mm PLA
-Build Volume (WxDxH): 125mm x 165mm x 120mm
-Physical Dimensions: 324mm X 312mm X400mm
-XY Resolution: 0.1mm
-Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.3mm
-Print Bed: Not heated
-Speed: Print speed general 40mm/s, max 100mm/s
-Power: 110-240 VAC Power adapter, 12V/10A
-Software: Slic3r+Printrun,Cura,kisslicer,MatterControl,Skeinforge
-Firmware: Marlin
-LCD shows useful information about the progress of a print that just finished
-Supports file type: STL
-Connections: USB&SD Card
-Electronics: RAMPS1.4 shield + Mega2560 comaptible board


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