One of 3D printing‘s natural evolutions involves taking your model and creating a reusable mold to allow mass production. Normally this is done by surrounding the print in pourable silicone, cutting it open after it has cured, then using that as a mold for harder resins. It’s a great way to make reproducible parts but is often messy and prone to failures.
Mayku — the makers of the Formbox vacuum former have created a different way to make highly detailed molds for various applications. It’s called the Multiplier, and it could change the way small businesses mass produce their items.
What does the Mayku Multiplier do?
Once the Multiplier has formed the mold, it can be used in many applications, from chocolate making to cosplay armor. Having a reliable and repeatable mold process will be a huge boon to small businesses everywhere. I’m a big nerd, so my first thought went to making molds to hold resin for cosplay items, but it could also work for making bespoke D&D dice — something hugely popular on TikTok — or keycaps for keyboards like the Keychrom Q1. Mold making is one of the big advances for small business owners and the Multiplier will make that process quicker and easier.
What materials can the Mayku Multiplier use?
The silicone molds are going to be excellent for creating food, as are the clear casting sheets. Mayku worked with several different creators, including Chocolatiers and home designers, to ensure the materials would be fit with purpose and it shows. The silicone molds can be very thick, so they’ll be able to stand the test of time and be used in heavy applications. The resin molds are specially formulated not to react with the two-part resins so prevalent in the maker community.
Who is the Mayku Multiplier audience?
The Multiplier isn’t small, though. At 685-by-600-by-600 millimeters, it isn’t going to be sitting next to you on your desk. If you’re a hobbyist and like the idea of owning one, you will likely need a dedicated space for it. The usable volume inside is 400mm in diameter, so there is plenty of room for large or multiple models to help with mass production. Mayku is aiming this squarely at the professional market, but I think a hobbyist or small business with deep pockets could have one at home if they wanted to.
Mayku Multiplier: Price and availability
In early October, the multiplier will be available for pre-order, with a small batch available at just $2,000. Keep an eye on this page, as we will update you with when we know more.