This is the story of Tiny, a custom Morgan 3d printer that was commissioned by Makkinktech, an agricultural engineering innovation company. It has a 1 x 1 x 0.5 m build size for the prototype development of a revolutionary low impact implement that promises to improve grain production costs dramatically.
It all started a couple of months ago in the small Morgan workshop at House4hack in Centurion.
We scaled everything up, and realized that just scaling it wouldn’t cut the mustard… At that time we made the arms of the Morgan machines out of Plexiglass in order to capitalize on the fast speeds of our laser cutter. It proved much too heavy and too flexible for any hope of reliable printing. It became necessary to dust off an old idea from the Lillian concept drawings. Tubular carbon fibre arms.
This was the start of a line of R&D that brought you the Morgan2 product line. We replaced printing with polyurethane cast components that improved production speed with the same technical qualities as injection molded ABS. Needless to say, printing quality increased and reliability improved. Win-win all round.
Delivery day Saturday 15 August went without too much problems. Because of the unique frame construction the custom with its 1m squared printing platform fits through a standard door without disassembly. The bed clips off and away you go.
We hope our tiny custom has a wonderful time in it’s new home at the mechanical workshops of the Northwest University in Potchefstroom.
It is with great excitement that we can finally announce the coming of the second generation of professional Morgan 3D printers:
Morgan 2 builds on every Morgan design that come before it.
Some of the notable features include:
Two main models: Pro and Mega
New carbon composite arms – superlight and sturdy. The new construction looks professional while performing like no Morgan before it. Printing is precise and aligned properly. Arm segments are built at exactly the same lengths using CNC machined jigs.
New frames in Stainless steel, aluminium and molded Polyurethane components are durable and rigid, ensuring the best possible stability during operation – translating to highest quality prints – at a much faster rate than previously possible on a Morgan
32bit Arm processor controller board takes care of the inverse kinematics of the robotic printing arms, ensuring smooth and precise movements without running into the limits of the computing power of the system
“Out of the Box” printing – the print dimensions are much larger than other machines with similar footprints and price points – 380mm x 220mm x 200mm (Pro) and 730mm x 470mm x 600mm (Mega)
Extremely low maintenance design with high dust tolerance – made for African conditions.
Back-up battery capable power supplies allows uninterrupted printing. (optional)
One of our Morgan Pro workhorses putting together the largest printed piece of a Mega machine. One of the advantages of Morgan is it’s ability to print outside the box… Giving it the capability to print this 33cm long part.
Nice to have reliable machines doing your bidding…