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ModiBot Mod Shop revamp at Shapeways

2017 is on the horizon and we’re putting some long-overdue time into the ModiBot Custom Shop.  Its where to buy essential upgrades and accessories for your standard Mo figures, as well as some alternate body styles like a full Moli (female) figure, Myke (minifig), ModiRaptor, or Mo Blanco (no hex holes) figure.

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If you haven’t stopped by in a while, some of Shapeways’ more recent improvements to the shop area have wreaked chaos on many of the product listings. After a bit of noodling, we’ve improved many of the listings to increase the amount of custom options from many of the parts and set. Here’s what’s new-

Increased color selection

Several years back, Shapeways added 3 new colors to their Nylon color pallet. The originals were white, black, white polished, red, blue, pink, and purple. Many of the models hadn’t been updated to allow the ordering of the 3 new colors- yellow, orange and green.

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After some testing, I’ve also added the black option to many of the sets. Historically, the sizing was a bit inconsistent with the black prints, but they seem to have brought the print quality of black to a similar level as white.

Full metal weapons

Shapeways supports a pretty wide variety of metal options, including bronze, gold, and natural colored, stainless steel. They are real metal created from 3d printed forms and cast in metal. Quite tough and durable.

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The thing to understand is that ball sockets need to flex for assembly. If the sockets don’t flex, there’s no way to insert the ball. Sooo, this means that while we can offer metal weapons and accessories, we can’t offer any parts that include sockets or tight fittings like helmets. We’ll keep working on this, but for now its mostly hand-held weapons that will be offered in metal.

Long term transition to ‘sprued’ parts sets

Two years ago, Shapeways changed its pricing options. To many of the creators using the service this made many of their products cheaper. However, any shop owners that deal in multi-part prints, like ModiBot, suffered a price increase of 2-3 times the original kit cost. This wasn’t terrible on items with 2-5 parts, but for large kits like the ModiRaptor, it increased the price from around $38 to the current offering which is around $140. Ouch.

Over time, I have been testing many of the top selling items ‘sprued’ together to become one part (like on a model kit). This can bring the price down, but it requires a lot of time and cost to string all the parts together and test them to be sure they survive all of Shapeways printing, sorting, coloring, and shipping processes. I’ve got a few sets that are using this approach, but we’ll be working out the kinks on the process over the next few months to start getting the cost down across more of the kits. If you have any requests, please let me know in the contact form below.

ShapewaysAs you can see from the new sprue option, the cost has come down on colored prints to around $18 vs. $36-ish for the non-sprued option. Still not as cheap as our molded Mo, but still a viable option if you want your figure to match some of the printed accessories.

New Parts

Lastly, peppered throughout the shop are several new accessories, including the scythe, spiked war hammer and night vision goggles.

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So, there you have it. Plenty of reason to drop by the shop and check out the changes. Anyone who has followed for a while might know that we use the New Year holiday to ramp up for the coming year. We’re looking forward to lots of fun and surprises in 2017.

Here’s to you and your next creative project! Happy New Year!!!

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Happy New Year! New colors and 3d printed ‘skins’ on the way!

So for New Years, I promised myself that I’d get back into the groove of posting more often. 2014 was pretty great and we basically sold through more than 3/4 of the stock we bought from the successful Kickstarter in late ’13. Thanks again for all those who contributed and purchased ModiBots in the past year. Its been amazing.

So, people keep asking me ‘what’s next?’ and there are a couple of exciting things brewing on the horizon. Read More…

Making with ModiBot demo @ Cincinnati Maker Faire

Come and try your hand at the ModiBot build system during at the inaugural Cinci maker Faire on October 19th.

Billed as “The greatest show and tell on earth!”, Maker Faire features a wide variety of inventions, science demonstrations, robots, 3d printing and a ton of amazing things.

Kids will have the opportunity to explore all the part combinations and build some very cool creations of their own. The new ModiBot Mo figures will be available for purchase, as well as a variety of 3d printed parts.

Come by and say Hi, ask some questions or just fiddle with the parts.

We’ll see you there!

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire | Celebrate New England DIY

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire | Celebrate New England DIY

Help bring ModiBot Mo to life at Kickstarter!

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Help us raise the money for our first production run of Mo figure chassis’ and get some great swag!

Click above or go to our Kickstarter page to check it out.

Happy (Indie toy) Independence Day!

Celebrate Independence Day by supporting an Independent Toy Maker! Help us make our campaign goal at Kickstarter and bring Mo to life! Happy 4th from Mo and Dynamo DevLabs!!!

ModiBot Moli female figure kits revealed @Kickstarter

ModiBot Moli female Figure Kits @Kickstarter

Go, Go, Mo! Let’s keep spreading the word!

We’re at 38% of our funding goal at almost 3 days in. ModiBot Mo on Kickstarter. Pick your favorite color figure color and add your choice of a 3d printed hero accessory sets- starting at $26.  

3d printing & digital delivery- designing a new retail and distribution model

Got a chance to chat with Ethan Lowry over at the HackThingsBlog.

Talked a bit about printing, Maker Faire, and why making more of a good thing isn’t always better.

 

Kickstarter video sneak peek

Countdown to ModiBot Kickstarter! Hoping to go live with lots of fun kits on Tuesday

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun characters available.