Mar 4, 2015

Mini Metal Maker is ready to go to production

Mini Metal Maker is a small metal clay 3d printer developed by David and Lindsay Hartkop. It extrudes special metal clay which is then air dried and fired in a kiln to get metal objects. Ideal for jewelry makers and other small fine metal specialists.
The first version of Mini Metal Maker had a very successful Indiegogo campaign in 2013. Now the new version if fully matured and is on Indiegogo again to move the production of the machines from their home to real factory..
They have developed it from a wooden proof-of-concept to a sturdy production-ready machine ready for this specific metal clay 3d printing market.

Technical specifications:
  • the print bed currently allows for prints up to a 3.15 in cube (8 x 8 x 8 cm)
  • XY resolution: 10 microns
  • Z resolution: 2 microns
  • Extrusion resolution: 250 micron traces with 22 ga. nozzle
  • The device prints with a commercially available jewelry product known as "metal clay." This material is a pre-mixed emulsion of metal particles in a water soluble organic binder. When heated to 1550˚F(600˚C-900˚C) in a kiln, the binder burns away as the metal particles fuse together.
  • The Mini Metal Maker measures 9 in wide, 12 in deep, and 18 in tall (23 cm x 30 cm x 46 cm) 
  • Electronics / software: Arduino Duo with modified open source Sprinter firmware
  • USB port
  • Price: starting from 2100 USD on Indiegogo

Bronze metal parts for ReRap Wades extruder

Here is a well produced presentation video:

Go and check their Indigogo campaign: