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MYOS MP10 Molding Machine

MYOS MP10 Molding Machine

MYOS MP10 Molding Machine, designed for use with hot glue sticks or PP, PE or ABS plastic rods

This has got to be the lowest cost injection molding machine available anywhere and it allows you to begin making your own plastic parts! Begin your education in plastic mold design, mold casting and construction, plastic part production while bringing your ideas to life without spending a fortune. We can help guide you through every step of the process so you are never stuck with a process that does not work.

You can buy the complete, easy to assemble kit or the designs and specifications so you can build your own. Email me at rick@makeyourownstuff.org for ordering instructions and get started today!

MYOS MP10 Injection Molding Machine Specifications

Machine Size is 10” x 6 “ x 10” (25.5cm x 15.2cm x 25.5cm)
Platen Size is 3.94” x 3.94” (10cm x 10cm)
Heating Capacity is 150 watts, 110volts (220volts available)
Plastic material for molding is 11mm x 100mm, PP, PE, “Glue Sticks”

Solid steel and aluminum construction, simple manual operation, easy mold mounting. Molds can be machined in solid aluminum blocks or cast using tooling epoxies, either way we can provide mold bases, mold designs and mold making instructions. All mold bases quoted here are made of 6061 aluminum. Other aluminum grades and tool steels are available at additional cost.

MP10 Mold Assy Casting

MP10MBC, complete mold base for casting mold details, $299

MP10 Mold Assy Blanks

MP10MB, complete mold base for machining mold details, $199

MP10 Mold A&B Blanks

MP10AB, blank core and cavity inserts (A & B plates), $99

MYOS MP10 Injection Molding Machine Kit………………………….………$695

MP10MBC, complete mold base for casting mold cavities………..….……$299

MP10MB, complete mold base for machining mold cavities……………….$199

MP10AB, blank core and cavity inserts……………………………….….…..$99

MP10D, complete machine and mold design specifications………..………$49

Each of these kits are made to order. Please contact us directly to purchase build plans or kits.

*Shipping costs quoted separately.

Are you sitting there thinking what can I build with this?

Here is another project to give you an idea of what you can build with the MYOS Platform…

iShuttr is a patent pending camera case for the iPhone 4 that allows you to take better pictures faster. Turn your device into a real point and shoot camera with external buttons and a real flash!

View the interactive 360 degree viewer of iShuttr below to see exactly what it is…

Visit www.iShuttr.com for more info!

MYOS Machine Plan Update!

As many of you know we submitted a project to Kickstarter.com offering a table-top injection molding machine based on the use of hot glue sticks (plastic rods) as the raw material for molding your own parts.  You may also know that it did not meet its goals, so the seed money we were looking for to cover the costs of the design and initial production of these machines has to come from somewhere else, like our day jobs!  This is taking a little time but we’re getting there so I will fill you in.

I have been doing some prototyping recently for the DIPR project on a test machine that I threw together years ago.  It had been months since I ran it so I made some changes to it based on what developments we have uncovered recently and the end result was pretty amazing, including big reductions in screw torque for injection and simultaneously a reduction in the required clamp force to hold the mold shut.  I am going to shoot some video to show you the test machine in detail because it too is something you could make with a little help and that’s what we’re about.  If you check out this link the extruder shown at the start of the video is what grew into the test bed machine I am referring to.

This post is to tell you that we are getting closer to completing the design for the table-top machine.  What remains to be done is to refine the design of the thermal and mechanical systems, or to say it another way how many heaters do we use, what size and where do we put them along with what screw design gives us the best control and most consistent performance.  We are putting together a pressure sensor circuit to give us some real good data on what the actual forces are that we are dealing with, mainly to compare competing design concepts we have so that we can settle on the right one before moving forward.  Low forces reflect higher efficiencies in melting and moving plastic, lower forces result in lower machine costs, safer machines and more effective plastic injection molding.

In the future we will use similar pressure sensor circuits to control machine output.  This is a slick technology because changes in forces can be the information we need to make adjustment to machine settings to keep it running smoothly.  Think of it as being like cruise control on your car…

Once we have the machine design completed we will be building three prototypes in three locations to correlate test results and be certain we have a robust design and at that point we will offer completed machines and designs for sale in both manual and automatic versions.

DIY 3D Printer on Kickstarter!

We thought this was pretty cool! Just like the MakerBot, this DIY tabletop can get yo u Rapid Prototyping in no time!

Here is some info and the video from Kickstarter..

A Reprap 3D printer is a computer controlled machine that can perform a highly intricate pattern over and over again,then move up a fraction of a millimeter and draw another pattern. In this case instead of dispensing ink onto the paper, it uses a plastic extruder (think glue gun) into a flat surface until a very detailed 3D object is created. It is a critical machine in any manufacturing factory, or research and development lab. The Reprap Project (www.reprap.org) envisions that 3D printing will be found in every home in the future.

For more info check out the Kickstarter Project.

HP partners to develop their first 3d Printer

HP's Designjet 3D series start shipping to wealthy European prototypers

Just three months after HP bought itself into the 3D printer market by making a partnership with established player Stratasys, the company’s first Designjet 3D models are now shipping in Europe, set to start churning out bits and bobs soon. HP is offering two models, the plain Designjet 3D and the Designjet Color 3D which, wait for it, prints in color. We don’t know what the multi-hue model will set you back, but the base model clocks in at €13,000 — about $17,500. That’s roughly $2,500 more than a low-end, non-HP Stratasys additive fabrication printer will cost you, and we’re not sure what else you’re getting for that premium beyond the little chrome HP badge stuck on the top. Expensive? Sure, but we remember a time when color laser printers cost more than cars and now look at ‘em, selling for less than $200 shipped.

3D Printings are making their way to your desktop

Tinkerers, schemers, makers and DIY-buffs: grab your ball-peen hammer and heaviest piggy bank, because you’re about to need a loan. A company called Desktop Factory is going to make your 3D-printing dreams a serious reality with the introduction of its 125ci 3D printer, a $4,995 hunk of concept-plastic magic which could possibly represent a paradigmatic shift for the state of three-dimensional printing for the masses. The DF crew calls the pricing “disruptively lower than the nearest competitive offering,” and we’re inclined to agree, as most 3D printers crest easily over the $10,000 mark. The printer takes up a paltry 25 x 20 x 20-inch space, and weighs about 90-pounds, while the maximum size of printed objects is 5 x 5 x 5-inches, and Desktop Factory says per-cubic-inch printing costs will hover somewhere around $1. One of these beautiful babies could be all yours, just put down your $495 reserve fee, and then go to work on that string of robberies you’ve been planning.

Cool Arduino Project – This easily demonstrates the power of DIY!

Even though games like Infinity Blade can be great fun on the iPhone, there’s no getting around the fact that touchscreen-centric, buttonless devices don’t offer the best gaming ergonomics. A modding project gone horribly right, however, might just fix that right up for all of us. Shane Wighton set out to build a robot to try and beat his favorite iPhone game, replete with a webcam and an Arduino setup, but in the process of doing so he “just realized that [he'd] made a mechanism to play tilt based phone games with a joystick.” Yes indeedy, one of the most awesome DIY gaming accessories was built by fluke as much as design. See it revolutionizing mobile gaming just after the break.

Robert HalelukThe MYOS Platform will revolutionize prototyping for Artists, Designers and Inventors of all kind.