Brian McLoughlin, the 3D modeler at People Wear, had a problem with his five 3D printers. A lot of his prints we were coming out warped because of temperature variances in the room. Not to mention people were accidentally bumping into the printers and vibrations were loosening some of the kit pieces during high speed printing.
McLoughlin and his wife, who owns the New Windsor, N.Y.-based company, went shopping for cabinets to hold the printers, but couldn't find anything suitable.
"We couldn't find anything," McLoughlin said. "We even went down to restaurant supply stores in the bowery, but they didn't have anything. (The cabinets they had) weren't deep enough."
So they made one themselves.
In fact, it worked so well friends started asking them to make cabinets for them. So McLoughlin and his boss have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the new business making the cabinets, which they call the Maker Kase Universal 3D Printer Cabinet.
They've raised $2,100 from six backers with 32 days to go. The goal is $82,500.
The cabinets are 24 inches wide by 22 inches deep by 22 inches high, which should accommodate most desktop printers. They are also large enough to hold all of your supplies, like extra filament, tape and glue sticks.
"It allows you to store your filament in an area with a constant temperature, which extends the life of the material," McLoughlin said.
Maker Kases are made with 50 pounds of either high quality stainless steel or powder coated mild steel and include rubber feet for stability. "We wanted to make sure any vibrations would go through the cabinet and through the rubber feet, rather than coming back up to the printers," McLoughlin said.
Maker Kases come in black, white and stainless steel colors, and have a front-opening Plexiglas door with a lock and a flip-up top panel. "We put a lot of thought into this because we originally made it for us," McLoughlin said.
They've even put a little red light on top that rotates when the cabinet is in use. "It just kind of makes it fun," McLoughlin said.
Maker Kases also come with a couple of 2-inch knockouts on the sides to run wires through, mount fans, or use however people want.
Two knock out panels in the front allow the addition of an electric box for lighting or heating element controls. The smaller one is for a PID unit, which allows the user to control temperature electronically in the cabinet. The idea is to let the owner customize their case specifically to their needs.
"We call it Maker Kase because we use it for 3D printing, but people can make it do whatever they need to make it their own," he said. "It could be for Arduino projects. It's just giving them a space that's large enough to do whatever they need. Those CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines throw (material) everywhere. You could run your CNC machine without getting your eye shot out."