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MakerBot has provided CupCake CNC chassis DXFs on Thingiverse and their own site for some time now, allowing you to cut out your own chassis if you have access to a laser cutter. You can even order the parts from Ponoko if you don’t. What I want to know is, what have people done with these designs to customize them?

Thingiverse user syber cut his chassis out of acrylic — apparently the material has a tendency to crack, which is why MakerBot went with wood. There is also the option of engraving using the laser, rather than merely cutting, letting you print your design right on the chassis material. Some people have painted their bot. Marius Kintel created Kali the Makerbot by painting his bot black and red and giving it eyes and teeth, while Philipp Tiefenbacher painted his to look like a giraffe.

What have you done to personalize your bot? Send a link to [email protected] if you’d like to share.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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