How does it make you feel to buy a new winter coat? Good, right?
So what if you could wrap your MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer in a new set of finery?
Now you can. Colter Fragale, of Additive Solutions in Wheeling, W Va., is offering a full enclosure for your Makerbot Replicator 2 he says will increase print quality, eliminate drafts, and reduce noise.
And you can choose from a variety of colored panels to customize your MakerBot to your tastes.
Fragale says his tweak offers the "highest quality enclosure out there, with top notch design and the best hood on the market."
The hood is crafted from a single piece of 1/8th inch thick, vacuum-formed Vivak, a thermoplastic sheet material most often used to make point-of-purchase displays. The colored panel kits are laser cut from the colored acrylic sheet, and Fragale says they include design improvements like 33% larger windows in the side panels and pre-cut holes for enclosure kit mounting.
The kits come in black, white, blue, red, yellow, and green.
Fragale's hoods, which are at this point still under development, are very close to being ready to go into full production. The hoods are vacuum formed from 1/8th inch Vivak as well and will also be laser cut. He plans to offer mounting brackets for his hoods to be posted on Thingiverse as open source options.
Another of the kits offered on his KickStarter campaign includes a front door, 2 side windows, a hood and mounting hardware.
If you have limited space at your home, say a corner of a bedroom, you can opt for the tinted enclosure. Fragale says this addition will reduce light emitted from the printer and cut down on noise as well.
He adds that his campaign is aimed at collecting funds to buy materials and components in bulk – at a discount – to offer his backers better deal.
The rewards run from the basic kit for $55 to a top of the line setup for $250.