August 2019 Maker Box News


 

 

The August 2019 Explorer / Everything boxes featured the following filaments:

*Note some first month subscribers may have received different filaments for this  month. Information will be listed on the bags.


Polymaker Polywood PLA How do you make a wood filament that has no concerns about clogging from the wood particles?  Don't use any wood!  Polymaker has taken a unique approach with this filament.  It is effectively an 'air filled' filament.  When you print, the air bubbles form a woodlike textured surface.

Capricorn Tri-Color Thermochromic Lava PLA A PLA filament that changes color with temperature.  Goes from green to pink to yellow as the temperature increases.   

Extrudr Biofusion This month was our first time featuring Austrian filament producer Extruder.  Judging by your reactions so far, it won't be the last.  This filament produces a beautiful shine on the finished part.

Atomic Filaments MG94 ABS  Do you ever wonder why 3D Printed ABS from industrial 3D Printers tends to perform a lot better than from our desktop machines?  Part of it is the lack of a heated chamber on desktop machines, but the material is also a factor.  MG94 ABS is a much better grade of ABS and produces stronger, more impact resistant parts.  

 

The August 2019 Easy / Everything boxes featured the following filaments:

Polyalchemy Elixir was the Easy feature this month.  Everybody loves the beautiful finish you get when printing with Elixir.  This month we featured 4 newly released colors.   

 

 

The July 2019 Explorer / Everything boxes featured the following filaments:

*Note some first month subscribers may have received different filaments for this  month. Information will be listed on the bags.

Proto-Pasta Carbon Fiber HTPLA Dark Gray I bet you've heard of PLA with carbon fiber in it and perhaps even tried it before.  But did you know that Proto-Pasta did it first?  Still one of the best PLA Carbon Fibers out there, Proto-Pasta was the first to try it on their custom extrusion lines.  Now they have taken it another step and introduced shades of grey.  Try this material for improved stiffness, UV resistance, and Creep resistance.


Push Plastics PC+PBT Orange   This months engineering material.  High strength with improved toughness over plain PC.  One of our subscribers called this 'What PETG wants to be when it grows up'.

  

Toner ASA Black ASA provides a great solution for prints that need to be used outdoors.  It is similar to ABS, but a bit easier to print and has UV stabilizers.


Filoalfa Alfasilk Green Taffeta.  A beautiful silk like finish with an awesome green color.  This seems to be the most like color this month based on social media response!


Special bonus:  Explorer boxes this month included a free sample of Vision Miner nano polymer print bed adhesive.


The June 2019 Easy / Everything boxes featured the following filaments:

Printed Solid Jessie PLA was the Easy feature this month.  Great colors.  Made in the USA.  Available in 1kg and 2.5kg spools.  Also:  named after Dave's Dog.

Not sure what to print?

Many people wonder what to print with a 50g sample.  You may be surprised to find that many objects can be printed with 50g or less.  

Here is a thingiverse collection we have started with some ideas.  

Feel free to send us suggestions to add!

Link to Discounts Page

Looking for discounts on the filaments in the box?  Check the password on the paper in your box and go here.

Facebook Community

Want to know what everyone else is doing with their Maker Box samples?  The best place to join in the communication is our facebook group.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/MakerBoxCommunity/ 

Loyalty Programs

Aside from just offering awesome filaments every month, we offer several incentives for you to stick around!

1) Refer 3  new  members get a free box.  You can get info about that on your account page.

2) After 8 months of continuous membership, you get a free limited edition bonus filament.  This program started in January 2019, so the first free samples will be going out in August.

3) After 16 months of continuous membership, you get a free t-shirt.  Likewise, this program started in January 2019, so first free shirts are still a little ways out.

Tips on handling your sample

Welcome to the world of filament samples.  If you happen to be using 2.85, then read no further.  All you need to do is take off the zip ties.  If you're using 1.75mm, you may want some tips to prevent turning your nice sample into a rats nest.  

First, find something to put your sample on.  An empty spool laying around works just fine or you can be a bit fancier and print a spool holder.  We have some ideas in this thingiverse collection.  

If you're using a printable holder, you can probably just put the sample on the holder, remove twist ties and go. 

If you're being cheap like me, you're probably just using an old empty spool.  When I do this, I will remove the zip ties and then carefully, loop by loop, wrap it on to the spool.  If you hit a tangle, then usually the easiest solution is to walk the tangle through the loose part of the sample.  Remember, there are only about 40 loops on these samples, so walking a tangle out may be easier than you think. 

Social

We're active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  Our Facebook page is slightly different than our Facebook community.  The Facebook page is a place where Mike primarily shares interesting 3D Printing and related tech stuff.  Post your awesome prints and tag us for a like, follow, and share!