Our weekly roundup of the latest 3D printer projects live on Kickstarter & 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 Kickstarter 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: “Portable, Internet-Enabled, Industrial Quality. Migo is the perfect printer for you. Just plug it in and play! From $149.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a very attractive looking budget 3D printer, utilizing a single piece frame for stablility and robustness. Optional upgrades and the choice between two sizes enhances it’s flexibility, though it’s not clear whether the software is open source.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird Packages have already been snapped up, but the next tier actually looks more appealing; pledge $219 for a base Migo with an OLED screen, heated bed, built-in camera and a spool of filament. That’s less than half the suggested RRP of $499.
Pledges: $86,022 pledged of $100,000 goal
Days to go: 24
Pitch: “We are back with The Tomb Entrance, Amun-Ra Buried Ship and many new tiles in strengthened sandstone and OpenLOCK 3D printer files.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a follow-on campaign for a previously successful Kickstarter project, extending the original with new models based on user feedback to further improve the tabletop experience.
Rewards: The rewards come in both digital and physical formats; pledge CA $45 or more for STL and OBJ files of the Throne Room; or pledge CA $110 or more for the tomb entrance in painted sandstone.
Pledges: CA$ 15,272 pledged of CA$ 2,000 goal
Days to go: 21
Pitch: “This chess set is inspired by the famous 1950 Dubrovnik set, but has been optimized and improved so you can 3D print it yourself.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: In 1950 the 9th Chess Olympiad was held in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia and a modern, original chess set was designed for the tournament. Only 50 sets were made and they are now so rare that it is impossible to buy an original one. This new set is inspired by the original Dubrovnik design, but updated and improved for 3D printing.
Rewards: Simply pledge AU$ 15 for a set of STL file to 3D print at home, complete with instructions. A higher pledge of AU$ 25 entitles you to a customized Rook of your specification.
Pledges: AU$ 552 pledged of AU$ 300 goal
Days to go: 19
Pitch: “Unleash your ideas by overlaying your designs onto reality with only the Wand & your phone. Play with them & 3D print them.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This item is rather intriguing, even by Kickstarter standards. Using a wand and a phone or tablet, you can craft 3D models in augmented reality, and have those models exported for 3D printing.
Rewards: You can still pledge $99 for a Super Early Bird YeeHaw Wand, and customize it with optional add-ons like a tablet stand or travel bag.
Pledges: $33,634 pledged of $25,000 goal
Days to go: 55
Pitch: “A series of high quality 3D printable modular and interlocking dungeon tiles inspired by computer based RPGs from the 90’s.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a new line of high resolution STL files to fabricate modular dungeons and accessories. A neat touch is that the models are designed for vertical printing to minimize the use of supports.
Rewards: A base pledge of $10 allows you to mix and match a selection of STL file sets. There are no physical rewards for this campaign.
Pledges: $6,043 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 25
Pitch: “Print your own Tabletop Terrain from 15mm – 28mm (or larger).”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The latest in a long line of successful crowdfunding campaigns from 3D-Print-Terrain, this is printable scenery for tabletop games requiring a Mediterranean setting. Extra Virgin Olive Oil not included.
Rewards: No early bird specials to speak of. Pledges start at €10 for an STL file to print a house. There are no physical rewards for this campaign.
Pledges: €2,401 pledged of €300 goal
Days to go: 29 days to go
Pitch: “This kickstarter will provide funders a massive number (over 500) of 3D files for people to print their own tabletop gaming items.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Another printing project to benefit tabletop gaming. This one looks like it will be rather hands-on by the project creator, soliciting ideas for new designs and adding them on the fly as stretch goals.
Rewards: Another unique feature, there’s only one pledge level of $60 for the entire collection of STL files. There are no physical rewards for this campaign.
Pledges: $6,394 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 20
Pitch: “Open Source, high performance, reliable, large format desktop 3D printer, combining exceptional quality with unmatched affordability.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a 3D printer that’s proudly “Made in Britain”. The plus points are that it has an enclosed chamber with a massive build volume, features a pair of market-leading E3D V6 hotends, and has an innovative tilting nozzle system to reduce dual extrusion errors. Oh, and it’s open source hardware and software, so that’s a bonus.
Rewards: To get the full package, with duo nozzles, the Early Bird pledges are £1,795. But if you’d like to try before you buy, you can pledge £25 for a box of sample prints.
Pledges: £5,115 pledged of £35,000 goal
Days to go: 3
Pitch: “Co-create with us the VIT 3D printer to revolutionize the way people 3D prints with High-Quality laser sintering technology!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: From Spanish firm Natural Robotics, the VIT is an open source selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Quality and strength of printed objects is comparable to injection-molding. This is perhaps the first of a wave of SLS printers to hit crowdfunding platforms; now that industrial patents have lapsed on the technology, more will surely follow.
Rewards: If you pledge €5,999, you’ll be among the first to secure a VIT SLS printer. That might seem like a lot of cash, but you’ll be saving 45% off the eventual retail price.
Pledges: €213,992 pledged of €28,000 goal
Days to go: 5
Pitch: “Your life is easier, more fun and creative with Voladd. Get objects in real time with just a push of a button.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: As a regular user of 3D printers, it feels like this campaign is promising a little bit too much. It’s never been as easy as scrolling through a tablet and just picking a model! But we’re open to being proven wrong.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird tier starts at €499, which is one base printer and one filament cartridge.
Pledges: €45,248 pledged of €25,000 goal
Days to go: 6
Pitch: “Get your little piece of London or a large 3D Printed centerpiece with this High Detail 3D Printed model of London.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: AccuCities is a company which has captured digital 3D Models of UK cities for Architects, Planners and Construction companies. In January 2018, they will have a digital model of London covering 40 square kilometers, from Buckingham Palace to Canary Wharf, from the City of London skyscrapers to the new Diplomatic Quarters of Nine Elms. Backers can receive a scale 3D printed tile of their favorite districts of the city.
Rewards: Grab yourself a 3D printed tile in time for Christmas by pledging £85 pounds sterling.
Pledges: £636 pledged of £20,000 goal
Days to go: 4
Pitch: “Access to convenient remote-control, rich cloud gallery of 3D models and active community.”
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: The 3D wifi module was initially developed for Geeetech 3D printer users to upgrade their machines. After making the module compatible with third-party machines, Geeetech are launching this special campaign to mass-produce the wifi module and reach even more 3D printing hobbyists.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird is still available, with the module priced at $29 dollars. That’s 39% off the $48 recommended retail price.
Pledges: $9,848 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 10
Pitch: “3D printed rings with personal messages built into the design. A Kickstarter Commissions project.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a campaign for 3D printed rings customizable with six different options; size, material, font, charms, width and messaging.
Rewards: For a physical reward, pledges start at $35 dollars for a plastic ring. You can step it up to $65 for a ring fabricated in steel. Or you can back a variety pack starting at $80 to sample more options.
Pledges: $3,209 pledged of $8,000 goal
Days to go: 22
Pitch: “For flower gardens and beyond, BEEMO is a modernized resting area for bees. Designed to help sustain the delicate bee populations.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: With declining bee populations, one third of the world’s crops are at risk of losing their essential caretakers. BEEMO is a 3D printed biodegradeable home to provide resting areas and nourishment for bees.
Rewards: Pony up $15 for a BEEMO of your very own. Scale up pledges to secure more BEEMOs at volume for discounted prices.
Pledges: $426 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 32