December 2022

Note from Josh: Hey all =) This being only my second month handling the Maker Boxes, I hope everyone is enjoying them so far. I know the boxes have been pretty basic with just the filaments and candy so far, but I'm still getting in the groove and making plans. If anyone has any feedback for me, please feel free to contact me on the Maker Box socials or email me at [email protected]

When Matt and I sent out announcements, we mentioned that as far as the subscriptions and payments go, you wouldn't HAVE to swap your subscription off of Box Mountain and move it to here. And you still don't HAVE to if you don't want to lol. Matt said I should start letting everyone know though that if you would, it would be easier on the both of us as far as handling the payment processing and such since I have to wait for the money to hit his account before he can send it to me to order the supplies each month.

So again, you don't HAVE to - but if you have your subscription currently with Box Mountain or Cratejoy - we would appreciate it if you'd cancel there and create your subscription here =)

Thank you!
Josh ~Alien3D/Maker Box

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  • Mini Gingerbread KitKats
  • Trading Cards

Polls for customer feedback:

Would you like us to stick with the labels on the samples, or change to the trading cards like the sample included this month?

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Easy Box Filaments: Currently they are 4 colors from a single brand. Would you like it to stay like this, or change to 4 from different brands?

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Please login to view codes if you received this months UFO.

Subscriber @tsiolkovsky created a neat trading card holder for the top of the printer to hold the card for the sample you're printing with!
Download Card Holder

Filament Samples

All filament samples are at least 16 meters in length.

Those looking for a sample spooler, MadMonkey designed this one and it's been my favorite so far


PLA+ "Skin Color" Panton 480C

PLA+ "Skin Color" Panton 479C

PLA+ "Skin Color" Panton 478C

PLA+ "Skin Color" Panton 477C


While at ERRF, I saw that FilamentPM had created different skin color shades and was working with E-NABLE, a program for 3D printer owners to create low cost prosthetic for kids and adults. I thought it to be an amazing thing and wanted to feature it this month.

Improved printing properties compared to standard PLA:

  • lower printing temperature 195 °C - great for bridging and printing overhangs
  • higher adhesion of layers and impact toughness - ie. that the printed object is more flexible when bending
  • higher viscosity = doesn't clog the nozzle
  • the material withstands insufficient cooling of the printer in a warm environment (for example in the summer months), precisely because of the lower printing temperatures used and the higher viscosity
  • is suitable for 3D pens, again due to lower temperatures
  • has an attractive matte finish
  • check out our video on PLA+ material

PLA+ prints at a lower temperature (195°C) and better than regular PLA, while is also has a higher impact strength and better layer adhesion. Win, win, win.



Translucent Blue TPU

MH Build Series TPU is a flexible 3D printing filament that feels and acts like rubber. Each 1kg (2.2lb) spool is perfect for projects that require elasticity and abrasion-resistant parts.

MH Build Series - Affordable TPU 3D Printer Filament for Every Maker

MH Build Series TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethene) is the perfect combination of both quality and affordable 3D printer filament. We have taken the best aspects of TPU filament and created an affordable solution for every 3D maker. MH Build filaments include PLA, ABS, and PETG. So if you’re a pure beginner with a limited budget, or an additive manufacturer looking to save on production costs, MatterHackers MH Build TPU Flex is the filament to get any job done. Finally, makers do not need to sacrifice good looking prints in order to save a few bucks!

MH Build TPU is an elastic, oil/grease resistant, and abrasion resistant material with a shore hardness of 95A. TPU plastic has several applicable uses including automotive instrument panels, caster wheels, power tools, sporting goods, medical devices, drive belts, footwear, inflatable rafts, and a variety of extruded film, sheet and profile applications. All MH Build filament is sealed with desiccant for storage and freshness.

  • Recommended Extrusion Temperatures: 240±10 °C
  • Recommended Bed Temperature: 50±10 °C
  • Spool Dimensions (Approx.): 200mm Total Diameter x 50mm Inner Hole Diameter x 65mm Height
  • 1 kg spool
  • True Diameter: 1.75mm
  • Dimensional Accuracy: ±0.05mm
  • Density: 1.12 g/cm³
  • Volume: 0.93 L
  • Length: 388.55 m
  • Download the Technical Data Sheet
Visit MatterHackers


eSUN White ABS

eSUN has developed this ABS 3D printing filament with a durable, stand out finish perfect for everyday projects. Created for making high quality parts that need to withstand higher temperatures, eSUN ABS is a great blend of low cost and dependable 3D printer filament.


Established in 2002 and focused on creating a variety of filament for makers of all skill levels. Since 2007 eSUN has dedicated their research in 3D printing material to the creation of bio-degradeable polymers. From PLA to ABS and Nylon, eSUN has an entry-level filamment for everyone to get started on a new journey in 3D printing. No matter what type of material your next project requires, eSUN has a filament available at a low cost for easy experimentation with new materials

  • Recommended Extrusion Temperature: 230±10 °C
  • Recommended Bed Temperature: 90±10 °C
  • Bed Adhesion: Kapton Tape / Hairspray
  • Filament Weight: 1kg
  • Dimensional Accuracy: ±0.05

eSUN ABS Filament TDS

eSUN ABS Filament SDS

Visit eSUN


3DXMAX ASA - Natural

3DXMAX® ASA is an excellent choice for printing production or prototype parts. This material is more durable than ABS, has lower gloss, and has the added benefit of being UV-stable for exterior applications.

3DXMAX® ASA (Acrylonitirle Styrene Acrylate) is a UV-resistant, famously weatherable polymer. Our ASA has a low-gloss matte finish which makes it the perfect filament for technical-looking prints, especially when you don’t want the high-gloss surface finish often associated with 3D printing materials like ABS, PETG, or PLA.

Benefits of 3DXMAX® ASA:
  • Excellent mechanical and thermal properties (Tg of 105°C)
  • Highly resistant to ultra-violet radiation and sunlight
  • Sturdy and rugged against the weather, ideal for an outdoor part
  • Easier to print than most industrial-grade materials
  • Variety of colors and beautiful, low-gloss finish to make your models pop!
Visit 3DXTech


PETG Carbon Fiber - Black

Paramount 3D filaments are made from 100% virgin PETG and vacuum sealed with desiccant. Filaments are compatible for use in all top brand 3D printers.  FORM THE POSSIBILITIES

  • Material: PETG CF / Color: Black / Thickness: 1.75 mm
  • Spool Weight: 1.0 kg (2.2 lb)
  • Spool Size: 2.25" ID / 7.75" OD / 2.25" Depth
  • Bed / Print Temperature: 60-80 C / 220 - 260 C
  • Applications: Industrial, Automotive, Outdoor
  • Properties: High tensile strength, high temp tolerance, high dimensional stability.
Visit Paramount3D


Mini Table Clamp

Josh! What could I possibly use this mini table clamp for?

Honestly, I don't know lol - my supplier suggested it and I thought it was cute =P But I do think it'd be useful for holding things while you work on it, or holding 3D printed parts together that are waiting for glue to dry/set.

Mini Clamp on Amazon


+Nano version of the Maker Box received an ESP8266

M&M Color Sorter

I wanted to move this to the top, as Subscriber Kevin Groninga has created some mods but also had code updates and has been able to get the M&M Sorter working, click the button below to his Printables listing, and check out his series of building the M&M Sorter on Tiktok

Kevin's Mods on Printables

Important Note: A common anode RGB LED was provided instead of a common cathode RGB LED that the instructable code uses. Instead of attaching the anode to ground, attach it to 5v on the Nano instead. Then use the updated code linked to below. Zip file also contains an RGB test code if you want to hook up just the RGB LED to the arduino to test flashing through red, green and blue.

I think this could probably be used for skittles too? Maybe with some code updates lol - but I thought this was cool and uses some concepts and things that we've not used previously in a UFO project.

A couple notes: The project page uses an Arduino UNO - a Nano should be just fine. Also the solderless breadboard isn't included, and isn't really needed if you go directly to the Nano. I made sure that I included plenty of wires in the kits this month. Whether with a breadboard or not, the project itself doesn't seem to have a case for the control board, so it would be great to see what some of y'all come up with =)

UFO Kit Contains:

  • 5v DC 28BYJ-48 stepper motor
  • ULN2003 Stepper Driver
  • SG90 Motor
  • Limit Switch
  • Photo Resistor
  • 5mm RGB LED
  • 5mm White LED
  • 4 x 220 Ohm Resistors
  • 10 kilo Ohm resistor
  • Nuts & Bolts (I don't think they sent me the right length bolts >.<)
  • 4xAA Battery Pack with Switch
  • 6" Jumper Wires
Project Parts and Instructions
Updated Code for Anode RGB LED

Subscriber Bob Schulz has created some modifications to the project if you'd like to check them out.

Bob's Mods on Printables

Comments 1

  1. Looking forward to seeing how the Maker Box continues to evolve and what exciting projects and materials will be featured in future boxes! Keep up the great work, Josh and Matt.

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