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 Clues a 3D Printing Kickstarter Campaign is the Real Deal. 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: “User-friendly for beginners; Quality printing expected by pros; A petri dish for creative children; Attractive & Affordable for YOU.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: If this 3D printer resembles a compact sewing machine, then so much the better. It’s presented as an easy-to-use, affordable 3D printer that fits seamlessly into any living space. Practical features include a modular extruder, break-resuming capability, intuitive touch screen and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Rewards: The Super-Duper Early Bird is long gone, but you can still put $219 shekels down for a Super Early Bird (do these terms have any meaning any more…?). This is a pledge for a base model and a spare nozzle.
Pledges: $24,782 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 23
Pitch: “DRAGONLOCK is a 3D printable snap-link dungeon and outdoor terrain system for RPGs and wargames. Join the 3D printing revolution!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: By far the most popular 3D printing system for tabletop gaming is Dragonlock. It’s the first, the original, and the best. With two outrageously successful campaigns already behind them, you can be reasonably confident that you’re backing a quality product that with clear deliverables.
Rewards: Pledge $15 bucks for a Wilderness Scenery Pack, including a full campsite with tents, shelters, and much more. Dial up your commitment to $149 for the entire kit and kaboodle. Please note that the rewards are for STL files only; they are not physical products.
Pledges: $66,889 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 29
Pitch: “Print directly from your smartphone or tablet. A mobile 3D printer that has it all. Multi-Color. 360 Degree Scan. Open Source.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a smartphone 3D printer on Kickstarter. That would be the ONO, which controversially hasn’t been delivered to backers after a two year wait. Could the TCT Printer deliver first, albeit at double the price point? You might be better off just buying a 3D printer off the shelf.
Rewards: The Early Bird Starter Pack is available for pledges of $219 or more, which nets you a TCT 3D Printer and a 100ml vial of visible light resin.
Pledges: $115,467 pledged of $35,000 goal
Days to go: 33
Pitch: “PTP2 Teleprompter for studio use with iPad and Tablet, available as a build your own 3D printed project, kit or finished product.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The PTP2 is a studio quality 3D printed teleprompter designed around larger iPads, tablets, PC’s and displays. It’s lightweight and adaptable to a wide range of cameras from professional video cameras to DSLRs. This project makes the PTP2 available as a full out-of-the-box ready to go product as well as a 3D printed build your own kit.
Rewards: Pledge £15 or more for a set of STL files that you can 3D print at home or via a 3D printing service. Scale up your pledges for additional components like a hood and mirror.
Pledges: £20.00 pledged of £2,000 goal
Days to go: 26
Pitch: “3D printed spaceship models for board gamers and anyone who is into scifi to download and print at home.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This project will provide sci-fi lovers, model enthusiasts,and tabletop gamers with custom designed spaceships which they can 3D print and play.
Rewards: A pledge of CA $5 grants you one pick from 11 available models. Incremental pledges open up access to more designs. Please note that this campaign is for the STL files only; there are no physical rewards.
Pledges: CA$ 649 pledged of CA$ 500 goal
Days to go: 27
Pitch: “New Era of 3D printer & Laser Engraving machine, Affordable, Compact, Large print volume, Superior print accuracy. Unique design.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: With it’s metal frame, the Dynamics 3D Printer looks compact but durable. But the real appeal is the dual functionality, thanks to a laser engraving & cutting module that can enhance your creativity beyond 3D printing.
Rewards: The Basic Package is available for pledges of S$ 539, which includes the 3D printer, an extruder module, and a free spool of filament. Add-ons are required for a heated bed, LCD controls, and other features.
Pledges: S$ 4,314 pledged of S$ 240,000 goal
Days to go: 32
Pitch: “In 2017 crown your tree with 3D printed icons of today that our children can look up. Women made of more than plastic and glitter.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Break with tradition this holiday season, and adorn your Christmas tree with an influential woman of note. Backers can vote for their favorite women in an online poll, before the final result is 3D modeled and printed. This is a not-for-profit project. All profits to UN Women, working globally to further women’s equality.
Rewards: Pledges start at £10 for the STL file to make a Christmas Tree Topper of your very own. But if you’d like an actual 3D printed and full color Serena for your tree, then you’ll need to pledge £80.
Pledges: £235 pledged of £15,000 goal
Days to go: 37
Pitch: “Sculpto+ is a compact desktop 3D printer and app-based software that makes 3D printing more accessible than ever before.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a new and improved Sculpto, where the original was a successful crowdfunding campaign in its own right. The distinctive thing here is that it’s a Polar 3D printer, which is a different technique for fused deposition modelling that is quieter and more energy efficient.
Rewards: Bag an Early Bird for around $378 dollars, and upgrade your pledge for extra spools of filament.
Pledges: DKK 1,028,677 pledged of DKK 200,000 goal
Days to go: 7
Pitch: “Printable Terrain from French Indian War to American War of Independence – Tabletop Wargaming.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The 3D printable terrain market can be weirdly specific, and yet still wildly popular. Case in point is this campaign for printable terrain concerning the French Indian Independence War, with STL files for authentic and historical scenery.
Rewards: You’re pledging for the STL files only, not for physical objects, so you’ll need access to a 3D printer. Pledges start at €10 euros for a log cabin, and scale up in complexity.
Pledges: €4,903 pledged of €300 goal
Days to go: 2
Pitch: “Fastest consumer level extruder on the market. High quality & precision filament, thanks to a new & innovative approach to the process.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: If you’re 3D printing with fused deposition modelling machines at high volume, then you’re probably working through a lot of filament. The DNA extruder is a home solution to making your own filament, based on ABS pellets or a combination of ABS and PLA pellets. The project creators boast that the DNA extruder is fast, compact, and high-quality.
Rewards: Early Bird Specials for the DNA machine start at $600, though you can pitch in at lower tiers for sample filament made on a DNA machine. In effect, you can try before you buy.
Pledges: $15,103 pledged of $60,000 goal
Days to go: 7
Pitch: “w.r.yuma turns recycled car dashboards, soda bottles and fridges into quality sunglasses.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The concept of 3D printed glasses is nothing new, but to have those frames made from recycled plastic is certainly — ahem — eye-catching. A stylish product with a great story behind it; what’s not to like?
Rewards: All the Early Birds have been snapped up; pledges for a pair of sunglasses start at €74 euros, including a cork folding case and a cleaning cloth.
Pledges: €20,043 pledged of €10,000 goal
Days to go: 10
Pitch: “Powerful, agile, and precise. Z-Arm is a professional robotic arm with interchangeable heads for your desktop workstation.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: It’s a 3D printer! No, it’s a Laser Engraver! Uh-uh, it’s an Electric Gripper! Actually, the Z-Arm is all of the above and more. It’s an ambitious, multi-functional robot with interchangeable tool heads. And the design is rather impressive.
Rewards: Early Bird Specials are still available for $1,399, where you can pledge for a base set and you choice of tool head. You’ll be wanting the 3D printing option, naturally.
Pledges: $103,873 pledged of $100,000 goal
Days to go: 34
Pitch: “Consistent. Reliable. Compact. Affordable. Aesthetic.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: It’s always exciting to see a fresh innovation in the desktop 3D printing space, and Kappa certainly qualifies. They claim to be the first Straight Line Mechanism 3D printer, which is inspired by the robotic assembly lines used in the automobile industry. We’d be really curious to see this printer in action.
Rewards: Pledges start at S$ 349 for the base model Kappa; you need to scale up the pledge for extras like a heated bed and an accessory kit.
Pledges: S$ 52,754 pledged of S$ 50,000 goal
Days to go: 29
Pitch: “A remarkable key holder inspired by nature partially made by hand and 3D printing. Made from reclaimed wood and recyclable plastic.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a key organizer using plastic dongles that slot into a honeycomb grid. It’s rather neat and effective, and with a 3D printer you could probably attempt to make one yourself. Or back this version, complete with eco-friendly components and hand-finished designs.
Rewards: Pledges for the key-holder are $45 dollars, but smaller donations can be made for the dongles themselves, or simply to support the project without expectation of a reward.
Pledges: $205 pledged of $100 goal
Days to go: 11
Pitch: “A low cost, open source, wireless, 3D printed, Scratch programmable Hexapod Robot designed for games, education, and FUN!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The Vorpal Combat Hexapod is a 3D-printed, Bluetooth-controlled, Open Source, low cost educational robot. It uses the Scratch drag-and-drop programming language developed by MIT (and already used by many schools). It’s made from standard Arduino hardware and other open source or commonly available components.
Rewards: The Early Bird Basic Kit starts at $99, but you’ll have to 3D print your own parts. Raise your pledge to $159, and you’ll bag the Early Bird Full Kit which includes the 3D printed parts.
Pledges: $7,140 pledged of $18,000 goal
Days to go: 22
Pitch: “The Critter is for beginner robot builders to learn coding and 3D Printing on a robot that is different from anything they’ve seen.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The premise here is that everyone should learn about robotics, and the availability of tools like Arduino and 3D printing makes that goal more accessible than ever. If the Critter looks familiar, that’s because it’s an evolution of open source designs that have been doing the rounds on Instructables and Thingiverse.
Rewards: The Critter maker kit is available for a very reasonable $49 dollars, but you have to 3D printer your own parts. Discounting the Early Birds, pledges go up to $65 for the full kit with 3D printed parts.
Pledges: $2,419 pledged of $3,000 goal
Days to go: 10