Time for a REBOOT

To quote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: DON’T PANIC!
(Current UFO/Maker Box subscribers, nothing is changing for you.)

Six years ago this month, I announced the Alien3D UFO Mystery Box. And this month marks the 71st UFO to ship! In that time, there have been over 300 different filament samples from over 100 different brands. And 70 projects & accessories. Maker Box has been around for a couple of years longer, with up to 8 samples per box. So that’s another 400+ samples.

I do my best to avoid re-runs in the UFO boxes. And while there are still plenty of different filaments, projects & accessories to come, new subscribers will never get to experience the awesome things contained in previous boxes. There are some amazing brands that have only a small variety of colors. Since they’ve all been in past boxes, new subscribers would never be introduced to them.

It also doesn’t make sense to have 2 different boxes, with 2 different sizes of filament samples, on 2 different shipping timelines, with different filament offerings. So I feel that a reboot is in order. Not just for the UFOs, but for Maker Box as well.

So, I present to you:
The 3D Printing Mystery Box

What does this mean for current subscribers?
No change for you. Everything will continue as normal. Filament and projects won’t repeat, but accessories occasionally will. Maker Box will still have 16 meter samples, and UFOs will still have 20 meter samples. And Maker Box will continue to ship on the last day of the month.

What about new subscribers?
You’ll be getting the new 3D Printing Mystery Box. It will have all the offerings of both boxes: 18-meter samples of PLA, PETG or Explore filaments (or combinations of them). And there’s an option to add the Project & Accessory. If you do, you can also choose to receive a WiFi/Bluetooth-enabled control board in every box, instead of only in the first one. There’s even the option to skip the filament entirely, and receive ONLY the Project & Accessory.

You can choose to receive one box per month or, for international subscribers, three boxes shipped once every three months to save on shipping costs. Renewals for the 3D Printing Mystery Box will occur on the last day of the month, and will ship as close to the 10th as I can manage pending logistical delays.

I think this is the best route forward, so new subscribers can experience the amazing filaments, projects, and accessories that have previously been in the existing subscriptions. And who knows, maybe in another 5 years I’ll do another reboot.

Want to switch?
UFO subscribers: If you would like to start over with the new box, send an email to [email protected] asking me to switch you to the new 3D Printing Mystery Box. Or, if you don’t like dealing with humans, you can cancel your current subscription and sign up for the new one.

Maker Box subscribers: The MakerBox subscriber database doesn’t have the ability to let me change your subscription to the new one. So you’ll have to cancel your Maker Box subscription and sign up for the new box on this site.

I appreciate you all, and thank you so much for continuing to support Alien3D =)


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