Instructions & Service Reminder 🌈

Posted By: M3D LLC - View: public

Feb 7, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Dear backers,


We are excited to announce that deliveries are still underway according to the previously posted schedule (please see our Manufacturing & Timeline Update from January 16th). With more and more of you receiving your Crane 3D printers, we want to quickly remind you to take a close look at all warnings and instructions posted at crane.printm3d.com. We understand that many of you have prior experience with 3D printers, however the Crane is an innovative machine like no other and needs to be treated as such ;)


For example, we've seen a couple of users having difficulties with the setup of their 3D printer when they simply didn't read the instructions telling them to install the SD card into the SD card slot prior to getting started. The Crane series of printers are unique in that they are built with a Duet 2 Maestro board. The Duet board uses the information on the SD card to operate, in a sense the SD card that goes in the slot on the Duet acts like its hard drive. Please take a few minutes to read the instructions, we cannot emphasize their importance enough.


Another reminder is we have to ask that you contact our technical support team if you have any questions or need assistance with the setup of your Crane 3D printer. Please do not service your 3D printer without consulting M3D first - we wouldn't want you to spend time and money to order incorrect or unneeded parts, not to mention that you may be eligible for a discount due to warranty. You can reach us using the following form:

https://store.printm3d.com/pages/contact


Thank you, and we look forward to seeing what you will create! Stay tuned for a print contest and user reviews in the coming months!


Best regards,

Team M3D

Manufacturing & Timeline Update

Posted By: M3D LLC - View: public

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Dear backers,


This update is dedicated to those of you who are waiting for your Crane Quad 3D printers. We will be posting another update in a few weeks that highlights software, instructions, and our upcoming print contest for existing Crane users as more and more backers receive their units.


Manufacturing: Over the last few months, we have been receiving more orders than we expected. In order to help speed up our assembly times, we will be utilizing more partner locations to prepare the parts and sub-assemblies for your printers. This should allow us to deliver your Cranes faster. Final assembly, QC & tuning will still be done by our main production team.


    Introducing the UnBound™: UnBound™ is a glass fiber print sheet, M3D’s newest print surface upgrade which was created to optimize your 3D printing experience. It is a glass fiber composite with a surface chemistry and roughness ideal for all popular printing materials, and it is our recommended surface for both better adhesion and removal of prints. Other benefits of the UnBound™ include the following:

    1. Bonds extremely well at temperature, NO glue or spray needed whatsoever;
    2. Is very forgiving of bed height level difference;
    3. Peels off the printbed easily when cooled;
    4. Flexible for removing the toughest prints;
    5. Resistant to damage from nozzle digging in;
    6. Long lasting and does not need to be replaced as frequently; one sheet should last a typical user close to 6-12 months.



    The best news? All existing unfulfilled Crane 3D printer shipments will be upgraded to come with the UnBound™ glass fiber print sheet instead of the regular sheet FREE OF CHARGE as a thank you for your patience with the wait!


    To address the most popular questions we've received so far:



    To summarize, we have 3 different types of print sheets available for Crane 3D printers:

    1. Black adhesive print sheets (previous standard) which are all polymeric and can deform under heat or pressure; 
    2. Glass print beds (optional add-on) which have no polymeric components so they have the greatest longevity and can handle high heat;
    3. and now the UnBound™ print sheets (new standard) which are held with clips and have a resin-glass composite matrix so they're more resilient to nozzle damage, but still have a polymeric component that acts like a adhesive when heated.


    Updated shipping timeline & checkout invitations: please see our new estimated delivery schedule below:


    Crane Bowden
    • Batch 1 is expected to be completely fulfilled by the end of February
    • Batch 2 - by mid-March
    • Batch 3 - by the end of April
    • Batch 4 & Market Ready - by the end of May
    Crane Dual
    • Batch 1 is expected to be completely fulfilled by mid-April
    • Batch 2 - by the end of April
    • Batch 3 - by mid-May
    • Batch 4 & Market Ready - by the end of May
    Crane Quad
    • Batch 1 orders that opted for both pre-installed clear PC wheels and super tuning are expected to be completely fulfilled by mid-February
    • Remaining Batch 1 - by mid-March
    • Batch 2 - by the end of April
    • Batch 3 - by mid-May
    • Batch 4 & Market Ready - by the end of May
    Some Batch 3, 4 & Market Ready backers have already been invited to complete their final checkouts in the FitForLaunch system, and others can expect their invites soon. This is done so we can estimate demand for parts and filaments, and have them in stock when your order is due to ship. We encourage everyone to keep their shipping addresses and add-on selections as complete and up-to-date as possible to avoid processing delays.

    If you are looking for steps required to complete your order, please refer to our previous update.

    Thank you for your continued support! We hope 2019 has been treating you well so far!

    Best regards,
    The M3D Team

    November Update: Eager Enthusiast & Batch 1 Printers Are Now Shipping!

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    Nov 8, 2018 - 12:50 PM

    Dear Backers,


    As some of you are starting to receive and complete the final checkout, verifying your shipping addresses and choice of add-ons, we were able to compile a list of the most popular questions which will be addressed in this update.


    Outline:


    Checkout Invitations

     

    First thing first, all backers with Eager Enthusiast and Batch 1 orders should have received emails prompting them to finalize their order. If you backed one of those tiers and have not received the email invitation (such as if our automated email notification wound up on your spam folder or was deleted by accident), here is how you can finalize your order:

    Please note: Checkout invitations are being sent out in batches and not everyone receives them at the same time, so we appreciate your patience in awaiting the invitation email. If you have not received a checkout invitation yet, we will continue sending them out to other backer tiers later this month as earlier orders get fulfilled.


    Shipping

     

    We are now shipping Eager Enthusiast and Batch 1 Crane 3D printers. The main factors that affect your place in the queue are batch number, order date, checkout date, and preferences selected during checkout. We are unable to provide individual shipping times beyond estimated shipping start dates from the previous update, but we are working on getting everyone their printers the soonest we can. Shipping has started according to the timeline provided in the previous update (please note that months denote the start of shipping only, actual shipping times are a range and will continue throughout the coming months).


    Here is how you can check if your order is shipping soon:

    Due to a high volume of orders, the average wait time between checkout and shipping currently varies between 2-8 weeks for Batch 1 and Eager Enthusiast backers. Other batches are not shipping yet and we will update you here when they are ready. Please be patient and make sure that your information (such as shipping address and add-ons) is up-to-date and accurate at all times.


    Hardware and Software


    The hardware, as well as software/firmware and configuration of all three Crane models (Bowden, Dual and Quad) has been finalized and will remain the same going forward.


    As more and more backers receive their printers, we will make pre-sliced G-codes available, which will contain:




    One of the Crane Quad test prints has already been implemented to use our signature color skirt to showcase your printer’s capability.


    We've also included utility functions specific to loading/unloading filament on the Cranes. Our documentation has been vastly updated and customers will also be able to submit their own print profiles from various slicers.


    As some of you may have heard, M3D is finalizing a partnership with Voxelizer, a 3D printing software that we found to work best with the QuadFusion extruder and Crane Quad 3D printer. This has allowed us to do color prints with very simple and straightforward methods, and we wanted to make it accessible to our users. We were able to make an arrangement so that all M3D users will receive a free 2-month software license. We are in talks regarding the possibility of increasing the free trial to 3 months, but that is currently not a guarantee.


    The most recent version of the Voxelizer can be found at:

    http://update.voxelizer.com/versions/experimental/latest


    You can use the following form to register your interest in using the Beta version of Voxelizer: https://voxelizer.com/compatibility. The Voxelizer team will be sending the invitations to people who express interest through the form.


    You will be asked to create a Voxelizer account and install the software, as well as agree to their terms of use (please note: these are different from M3D). We urge everyone to wait until you receive your 3D printer to activate a free 2-month license.


    The software is still beta, so you may experience some difficulties. While access to this beta license is free, it is important to note that the final software will need to be purchased. To provide users more options not requiring the purchase of new software, we'll be making some final updates to a free community-created post-processing Cura plugin that can handle color similar to Voxelizer.


    User Prints As you receive your 3D printers, we highly encourage everyone to share what you create by posting photos to Discord, Instagram, or even sending them to us at hello@printm3d.com. With Cranes, and especially Quads, being such a new 3D printer series and concept, we look forward to building an active community of users and appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. (And we’re always happy to share your work and give you a shoutout on our social media, so please do not hesitate posting your creations!) As we receive your photos, we will be building a gallery of user prints on our website.





    Documentation and Guides Together with your Crane 3D printer, you should receive a card with these important notices:

    WARRANTY: Standard manufacturer warranty has been applied to your 3D printer automatically. Extended warranty options are available at store.printm3d.com.

    MODIFICATIONS: While you are free to modify your machine, any modifications or attempted repairs that cause damage to your printer will void the warranty. POWER: Please check your power supply voltage to make sure it's correct! USER MANUAL: Please view the guides on crane.printm3d.com for any questions you may have about getting started with your new 3D printer. Crane Gitbooks have been significantly updated over the past few weeks. One of the most important sections that we recommend paying attention to is Changelog. It covers updates to the configuration, firmware, dwc version, and really anything relative to Crane software. This is where we will put any reported problems and solutions. As always, thank you for your support and have a great holiday season! Best regards, The M3D Team

    September Shipping Update

    Posted By: M3D LLC - View: public

    Sep 18, 2018 - 2:27 PM

    Hi everyone,


    Hope you all had a great summer! As we are all getting ready to enjoy the onset of Autumn and everything that comes with it, we are also getting ready to ship out your Cranes! Read on for more updates.


    Assembly Line & Manufacturing Status


    We have finished setting up our assembly line and begun assembling the first Cranes! We have all the parts for the first batches of the Cranes, and will begin with Bowden’s then move on to Duals & Quads. See below for some pictures of our assembly line and manufacturing process.




    We do not want to have a beta launch, so we are working towards making sure we have the proper user flow and instruction guides to ensure all of our users begin with a solid foundation of aggregate knowledge. Our number one goal is that when your Crane lands you have the ability to select a gcode file, hit print, and get an immediate impressive success, so you have confidence in the printer and can then work with us to get out your dream prints, knowing the machine is fully capable. This is especially important for Crane Quad users, since it is a new technology with unique properties, technical guides must be followed for success.


    We want to ensure that you have a smooth and positive user experience, so we are dedicating a lot of time to creating  a really robust and thorough collection of user guides. You will be able to access them here: https://crane.printm3d.com/.  


    Resolved Challenges & Product Changes


    Based on initial testing and feedback, we have made a few changes to our quad printhead: we made small hardware tweaks with the fan, and made the fan holders stronger and angled them inward for more symmetrical fan cooling over the print. Above all, we also noticed an issue where fan blades were breaking and getting in the way of changing your nozzle, so we moved the fan from the front to the back in order to correct this.



    Left - The updated front side of the QuadFusion head. Right - The updated back side of the QuadFusion head, the fan is internally ducted.


    Recent Prints & Timelapses


    We have been very busy testing the Cranes to put  together a process for color 3D printing, and are very excited by the results! See below for some of our most recent prints.


    You may find the files and credits for these prints here: thing:2421704, thing:31722, thing:1045223, thing:2362220, thing:2429838, & https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-miniature-lookout-tower-54889



    The Bowden has been printing beautifully so far, here are our most recent Bowden prints:


    thing:763622



    Credit for this file goes to: @filamentfrenzy


    As well as our most recent Quad prints:


    You can find this castle print here: https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-tower-of-cascades-59808



    thing:2362220



    thing:2429838


    In these timelapses, you can see the Crane Quad demonstrating some of its unique features: In the fish timelapse, the print head switches from one color filament to another, and in the frog timelapse, the QuadFusion is mixing different CMYK filaments together to create new colors!


    Checkouts and Shipping Timeline


    We will be sending out a final checkout email to all of you soon where you will be able to verify your shipping address, pay for shipping, and add accessories or add-ons (such as glass beds and filament) to your order. You will also have the ability to upgrade your printer if you originally pre-ordered one version but now want to change it, or to add a second printer to your order.


    Upon receiving our email invitation to final checkouts, please login to your FitForLaunch account  (link to https://fitforlaunch.com/login), go to “My Contributions,” and “Complete Order.” Checkout invitations will be sent out in batches and  not everyone will receive them at the same time, so we appreciate your patience in awaiting the invitation.


    We are gearing up to begin shipping out the first Bowdens in the next two weeks, and Duals and Quads will begin shortly after that. Here is our estimated timeline for when we will begin shipping each batch:

    We already have the parts for the first batch of Bowdens Duals & Quads, and the second batch of Bowdens. Parts for Bowden batch 3 and Dual batch 2 are on their way to us. Parts for Quad batch 2 and Dual batch 3 should ship out to us in October, parts for Bowden batch 4 should ship out to us in November, and parts for Quad batch 3 and Dual batch 4 should ship out to us in December. We estimate to begin shipping Bowden batch 1 in September, to begin shipping Bowden batch 2, Dual batch 1 and Quad batch 1 in October, to begin shipping Bowden batch 3 and Dual batch 2 in November, and to begin shipping Dual batch 3 and Quad batch 2 in December. We wanted to wait before providing an estimated timeline for deliveries after December. If you do not see your batch on this timeline it should ship out in January or February of 2019. We apologize for not updating you on the shipping timeline sooner. As a small company with limited resources we chose to dedicate all possible manpower to focusing on product quality, putting many hours of testing and refinement into each unit so that you have the best quality at the best price. Product affordability and accessibility has always been one of M3D’s main goals, so far no competitor has been able to match or beat us on that despite having more resources and bigger R&D budgets - so we thank you once again for your patience in awaiting the delivery and putting your faith in the Crane 3D printer!


    Thank you again for backing this project and for taking the time to read this update. Keep an eye out for the checkout email which will be coming your way soon, and stay updated in our discord channel!


    Best,

    The M3D Team





    Crane Time Lapse

    Posted By: M3D LLC - View: public

    Jul 17, 2018 - 7:08 PM

    Hello Everyone, 


    We would like to share a time lapse of the Crane Quad. Enjoy!



    Shop Talk

    Posted By: M3D LLC - View: public

    May 8, 2018 - 1:31 PM

    Don't fret it you missed the Facebook Live last week, you can check it out here



    We'll be holding more of these live Q&A sessions throughout the campaign. If you're not already subscribed, be sure to join our email list and get a heads up on everything going on with us and this campaign (scroll to the bottom of this page). Talk soon!

    What An Exciting Couple of Weeks!

    Posted By: M3D LLC - View: public

    May 7, 2018 - 4:13 PM

    The Crane debuted last week and was met with a lot of excitement and curiosity. Many realize the potential of the Crane. Whether it’s a high quality, base Crane Bowden with a reputable Duet control board for an incredible price point, a Crane Dual with added features or access to the future of 3D printing with the Crane Quad, the Crane series of 3D printers is opening up a lot of conversation and investigation into the greater capabilities of 3D printing, especially at this sub-$1K price point. 




    One such example are the possibilities around a 3D printer such as the Crane Quad. We all know by now that the QuadFusion extruder head can mix filament together to create color. The prints on the launch page illustrate the ability to create colors on the fly and create gradient prints. Which, that alone and and of itself is a novel perspective for 3D printing. Since the introduction of the Crane Quad, we have been asked if it can achieve the more difficult tasks to print multiple colors on a single layer, as well as the ability to do spot color. Our response to questions like these is a resounding YES. Through model slicing, this is absolutely possible. We recently started a project which applies and mixes several colors on one layer. It’s in an early stage and is something we’re really excited to prove is possible and will be refining further. Exciting stuff, right?


     


    Other questions arose about color with respect to filaments, what can be achieved through four-filament mixing 3D printing and switching between colors, for example. To answer these questions, check out the 3DPrint.com article from earlier this year, or the recent Q&A Session. (and as always, for any questions you may have, come chat with us on Discord.) 


    NEW! For the Crane 3D Printer Series: Community Referral Program 

    With our lowest tier closing out soon, we’ve prepared another way to get a Crane 3D printer for a great deal. In the words of the Beatles, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” The new batch is called the Referral Batch because people who pre-order through that specific Batch will have a chance to get credit applied to their account after a friend pre-orders a Crane through their link. When this happens, everyone wins as Referrers and Friends will each split the Reward ranging from $50-$100 (dependent on printer type) between them! Whether the link is sent for the Bowden, Dual or Quad, the original Account Holder can earn FitForLaunch store credit valued at $25, $35 or $50 per friend, respectively, to be used on filament, add-ons, or even an entirely new Crane printer!


    Access your link and start sharing: 


    That's all for now. It's awesome to think we've gotten this far in a matter of weeks and want to thank everyone for their support and interest so far!