Our weekly roundup of the latest 3D printer projects live on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Which Kickstarter 3D printer is worthy of your support?
Here at ALL3DP, we’re confident that crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo will continue to be a great source of 3D printing hardware, software, and products for the foreseeable future.
With that in mind, we’re publishing weekly updates on the latest 3D printer projects on Kickstarter and elsewhere. This is a summary of the many campaigns and projects that launch every week. And if you see any that you think are worth talking about, let us know in the comments, and we’ll consider it for inclusion.
Important to note:
Before you back any crowdfunded 3D printer project, take a gander at 8 Things to Watch for When Backing a 3D Printing Kickstarter. The standard advice is to minimize risk by learning as much as you can about the project and making an informed choice.
And of course, only part with an amount of cash that you can afford to lose. Caveat Emptor!
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Pitch: “Make 100 limited edition personalized 3D printed Nylon and Walnut or hand made Sterling Silver and Walnut boxes inspired by landscapes.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This small batch project is inspired by the dramatic terrain of England and Scotland, where you can commission one of 100 “landscape boxes” based on any location of your choosing.
Rewards: Two styles are available, either constructed from 3D printed nylon and walnut, or made from sterling silver and walnut. Pledges start at £90 for an Early Bird Nylon Box. Step it up to £550 for an Early Bird Silver Box.
Pledges: $1,936 pledged of $3,000 goal
Days to go: 14
Pitch: “Unique writing instruments in a range of hand designed, and customisable styles. 3D printed in nylon, with a brass core.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: ICENI pens are made with selective laser sintering 3D printing to create playful yet practical writing instruments. Manufactured in the UK from a nylon exterior and a supporting brass core, combined with a quality refill and simple mechanism.
Rewards: The prototype edition is available for £19, which is identical to the pens featured in the campaign materials. The proper version is available for £26, and is decorated with a distinct pattern based on one of three styles.
Pledges: £800 pledged of £800 goal
Days to go: 14
Pitch: “Sculptured digitally, born additively, help us create a 100 unique 3D printed pendants.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: House of Kezner is a sculptural 3D printed jewelry brand based in Puerto Rico that draws inspiration from literature and architecture. This project is to create 100 unique 3D printed pendants. Each design is based on their Sphere pendant algorithm.
Rewards: Pledge $60 for a Sphere pendant, fabricated in laser-sintered nylon in the color of your choice. Also comes with a sterling silver chain.
Pledges: $444 pledged of $1,000 goal
Days to go: 16
Pitch: “The first customizable speaker and sunrise alarm clock using 3D printing technology. Shapes, patterns, colors: You choose, We design.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The OWA Speaker is a 3D printed, customizable Bluetooth speaker, made in France, using recycled and recyclable filaments. With a pair of 10 watts speakers and 4.1 Bluetooth connection, you can enjoy 360° quality sound on a battery charge of around 10 hours. It also lights up.
Rewards: The Early Bird Specials start at €149 for an OWA speaker. Add another €30 for a custom speaker dome in the pattern of your choosing.
Pledges: €8,295 pledged of €75,000 goal
Days to go: 21
Pitch: “3D printable skeleton warriors for use in any tabletop game or RPG.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Skeleton Warriors are the first set of downloadable, printable models from Neptune Studios. Included in each Kickstarter pledge are four “heroically-proportioned” fantasy skeletons. The cunning commander, deadly ranger, savage barbarian, and vile cleric.
Rewards: A simple pledge of $12 entitles to you the set. Please note that these are not physical rewards; they are STL files to 3D print at your leisure.
Pledges: $539 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 4
Pitch: “RePLAy 3D is a recycling company geared toward the 3D printing industry. We collect and recycle scrap into new filaments.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: RePLAy 3D is pitching itself as the first mail-in recycling program for the 3D printing industry. Their program is designed to make recycling old PLA and ABS simple and straightforward for home printers, commercial printers, and learning institutions.
Rewards: You can make a donation of $10 to the initiative without expectation of a reward. Alternatively, pledge $20 for a spool of either ABS or PLA recycled filament.
Pledges: $3,224 pledged towards $2,500 goal
Days to go: 2
Pitch: “Make/100 limited edition of 3D printed jewels for bearded men.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This project is a bit quirky. Beard Icon is a series of trinkets and adornments for you face furniture, 3D printed in strong, flexible plastic.
Rewards: Start with a €3 pledge for a unique STL file to make your own beard jewelry. Step up your pledge to €6 for a physical reward.
Pledges: €166 pledged of €350 goal
Days to go: 7
Pitch: “We’re paying a professional 3D modeler to model the PUBG Level 3 helmet in multiple parts, suitable for 3D printing.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: There’s a PC game called Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds — or PUBG — which is something of a phenomenon at the moment. This campaign is not affiliated with the game, it’s simply one fan raising the funds to get a professional 3D modeler to create an STL file for 3D printing and cosplay.
Rewards: There’s one reward tier, so that keeps things nice and simple. Pledge a mere $5 in exchange for the STL files of the completed model. Thereafter you’ll have to fire up the 3D printer for that sweet cosplay action.
Pledges: $55 raised towards $150 goal
Days to go: 5
Pitch: “3D printing = terrifying noises, toxic fumes & warped prints. Sounds acceptable? So, why is it the case with your current setup?”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: There’s no denying that a standard desktop 3D printer is emitting toxic fumes and making a fair bit of noise. Box3d is a 3d printer enclosure kit which controls the temperature, extracts fumes, and reduces noises.
Rewards: For €199 you can secure an enclosure for 3D printer models like the Ultimaker 3 and Original Prusa i3. Shipping of rewards is expected in March 2018.
Pledges: €12,876 towards €5,000 goal
Days to go: 16
Pitch: “Quick beautiful sci-fi tiles for 3D printers. STL files to print as many tiles as you wish. Please note: this is a digital product.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The concept of this campaign is to make it easy to create epic adventure areas for tabletop gaming, whilst mainting the look and feel of sci fi. The detailing here is impressive, encompassing doors, windows, grates, furniture, and other bits of set dressing.
Rewards: Pledge as low as £4 for a basic set of tiles, or scale it up to £32 for the Epic Pledge Level and bag the lot. But as already stated in the pitch, rewards are for the STL files only.
Pledges: £907 raised towards £500 goal
Days to go: 17
Pitch: “The Spire 3D printed pen. Simple and beautiful pens custom made for the Cross refill.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The Spire is a 3D printed metal pen with a spiral design, which accepts conventional ink cartrdige refills. The production method uses a “warm” blend of stainless steel infused with bronze.
Rewards: No Early Bird Specials to be found here. Pledge a sum of $80 for a Spire pen, which comes with an ink cartridge and hardwood presentation box.
Pledges: $1,825 raised towards $1,185 goal
Days to go: 14
Pitch: “Print your own wargame-tabletop soldiers and terrain.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This campaign is a 3D printable add-on for a tabletop game about the Napoleonic wars. It enables you to swap about the little wooden and cardboard bits for 3D printable solders and hexes. According to the campaigner it improves the game immeasurably (though he’s probably biased).
Rewards: Only two reward tiers here. Pledge €10 for a test set of infantry units, or €40 for the whole kit and kaboodle. Please note that there are no physical rewards for this campaign, backers will receive the STL files only.
Pledges: €1,001 raised toward €300 goal
Days to go: 17
Pitch: “High-quality PLA filament featuring the patented Furling SLIDER, which prevents your filament from getting tangled-up!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Utilising an in-house production system, these campaigners want to develop a full rainbow spectrum of 3D printing PLA filament that’s easy on the wallet. They’ve also devised a patented design called the Furling Slider, which prevents your spools from tangling.
Rewards: Early Bird Specials are still available, including a tempting AU$ 1 reward for a spool (and color of your choice) plus a Furling Slider, where the recommended retail price would be AU$ 14.99. Alternatively, pledge AU$ 2 for a digital download of the Furling Slider STL file, and make your own.
Pledges: AU $19,504 pledged towards AU $5,000 goal
Days to go: 17
Pitch: “Join a 3d printing tile and monster adventure. Help grow the town of Ergul and visit amazing 3d printable places.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The trend for 3D printable tabletop games shows no sign of abating. Here we have the Adventures in Uxeden series, compatible with both Dragonbite and Openlock systems, and can be used with other tiles of this systems.
Rewards: Throw $35 into the begging bowl and you’ll get to choose from one of two story campaigns. Pledge $60 for both, or $145 for everything and the kitchen sink.
Pledges: $7,877 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 10
Pitch: “A unique jewel shaped from the emotions of your love story.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This campaign promises to craft a unique jewel by 3D printing a mold based on the data you provide; physical sensations which are captured through an app as you relate your personal love story.
Rewards: In terms of Early Bird Specials, backers can nab a Silver Pendant for $59 dollars. Thereafter you can scale up your reward for more luxurious options like Rose Gold or buy a pair of pendants for you and your loved one.
Pledges: $9,324 pledged of $5,900 goal
Days to go: 11
Pitch: “Make a lightweight water-cooled 3D printing hot-end a commercial reality, prototyped and nearly ready for production.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This project seeks to address a gap in the 3D printing market for a lightweight water-cooled 3D printing hot-end. Funding is sought to reduce manufacturing and tooling costs to a point where it can be a commercially viable product.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird looks like the best pick here, where a pledge of £175 entitles you to one water-cooled hot-end assembly, including silicon pipes, a water reservoir, coolant additive and a fan-assisted radiator.
Pledges: £807 towards £30,000 goal
Days to go: 15
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