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: “The first desktop printer with 50-micron laser spot – impressive details and smooth finishes for makers, artists, jewelers, dentists.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This industrial 3D printer offers a high resolution, still claims to be affordable for small businesses. The team also strive to solve the problems of image distortion and light uniformity thanks to a F-Theta lens.
Rewards: Pledge $999 or more for the early bird package which includes a complete assembled printer, 500 ml of resin, and the starter kit.
Pledges: $44,295 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 38
Pitch: “iPen is a low-temperature 3D printing pen that is designed and R&D completely for children. It uses the most convenient base charging.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: iPen comments that recent 3D printer pens are high in temperature and need to be plugged in. However, they obviously haven’t read about the 3doodler Start Pen (suitable for children) or other models that are using the same technology (some of them are even cheaper).
Rewards: To receive the pen, you’ll need to pay HK$ 382 (or 49 US Dollar) or more. This is the super early bird option and you’ll receive a pen, charging base and cable, two packs of filament and free worldwide shipping.
Pledges: HK$ 125,994 pledged of HK$ 390,000 goal
Days to go: 25
Pitch: “3D printed jewelry, keepsake and lifestyle products directly fabricated using your images and ideas for truly customised gifts.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Not totally new, but we haven’t seen 3D printed jewelry on Kickstarter for a while. It offers the chance to create your own design and have it 3D printed. Choose your image and a personalized silver design will be ready for you to wear.
Rewards: Spend £85 or more for a sterling silver pendant 3D printed using your image, £100 for a Rhodium Plated Pendant and £165 for Sterling Silver Partner Pendants.
Pledges: £252 pledged of £15,900 goal
Days to go: 18
Pitch: “This model of truck is a popular light-duty truck. 3D print your own 1/64 scale model by supporting this project.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This design will offer backers an opportunity to support and receive a variety of designs that will print in Frosted Ultra Detail at Shapeways. In addition, source files will be included.
Rewards: For $150 or more, you can receive either the day cab, extended cab, Crew cab/4 door. Spend $500 or more for a 13 file kit plus source files.
Pledges: $2,000 pledged of $1,200 goal
Pitch: “This chess set is inspired by the famous 1950 Dubrovnik set, but has been optimized and improved so you can 3D print it yourself.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: 3D print your own chess set inspired by 1950 Dubrovnik pieces. However, be aware that the rewards are STL files. If you don’t have a 3D printer, it shouldn’t be hard to find someone who does. If you’re worried whether the pieces will print on your printer, you can download a pawn and king before you pledge to test it out.
Rewards: For AU$ 15 or more, you’ll receive STL files and instructions for the entire chess set and a full-color 15-page PDF printing and assembly guide. For $10 more, you can customize your rook.
Pledges: AU$ 350 pledged of AU$ 300 goal
Days to go: 26
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: $9,455 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 17
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: 11
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: $2,799 pledged of $8,000 goal
Days to go: 29
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: €227,489 pledged of €28,000 goal
Days to go: 12
Pitch: “Efficient, compact and discrete air purifier specially designed for your 3D Printers.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: One of the biggest drawbacks of FDM 3D printing is the stink of melting plastic. The Zimpure 2 is a compact and discrete air purifier compatible with many models of 3D printer, designed to hoover up that mix of harmful gases and nanoparticles. The folks behind it previously crowdfunded the original Zimpure, and they’ve proven that they’re capable of delivering a finished product.
Rewards: Super Early Bird rewards are still available, where you can secure a Zimpure unit for €99 euros. The eventual retail price is going to be €189 euros.
Pledges: €16,763 pledged of €10,000 goal
Days to go: 2
Pitch: “28mm 3D printable Modular Sci-Fi Buildings, Scenery & Vehicles – OpenLOCK Compatible – STL Files – Hobbyist Sized Print Bed Friendly.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: WoW Buildings is offering a series of 28 mm Sci-Fi buildings, terrain, and vehicles for 3D printing. These corridors, rooms, vehicles, and accessories are primarily for Sci-Fi skirmish gaming and RPG/D&D games. The project creators promise that these designs will not be commercially available until six months after the campaign ends.
Rewards: Pledge £10 or more a basic builder kit, which features 10 STL files from the corridor set. Please note that these are not physical artifacts, but 3D model files for 3D printing.
Pledges: £8,300 pledged of £800 goal
Days to go: 3
Pitch: “The world’s most elegantly simple desktop 3D printer; now 30% faster, 50% quieter, 100% easy-to-use.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The first generation Mod-t is a highly regarded 3D printer for it’s safety features, ease-of-use, and wallet friendly price-tag. If the second generation unit can deliver more of the same but with key improvements, then it’ll be a sure-fire winner.
Rewards: The Early Birds and Super Early Birds have been snapped up, but ordinary pledges are still very attractive; $249 for the printer, a removable print plate, and a spool of filament.
Pledges: $104,811 pledged of $100,000 goal
Days to go: 3
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: €42,919 pledged of €25,000 goal
Days to go: 13
Pitch: “Offers CNC Carving, Laser Engraving & 3D Printing In One Design. The new standard in accuracy and precision.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: MOOZ looks like an affordable all-in-one machine with interchangeable heads for 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC milling. Plus, it’s got a solid frame for precise and stable performance.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird for $239 gets you the base 3D printer with a heated bed, control panel and spool of filament.
Pledges: $399,556 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 2
Pitch: “28mm Scale 3D Printable kits with superb finish, designed to print great even on low-end 3D printers!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: A simple project with a simple goal; if you like model tanks and you like 3D printing, then you can combine both with a collection of iconic tanks and armored vehicles as printable STL files.
Rewards: Pledges start at $19 Canuck Bucks for 2 STL files. You can scale it all the way up to $12,000 for a bespoke model design service, whether it’s a tank you’re after or not.
Pledges: CA$ 21,879 pledged of CA$ 1,000 goal
Days to go: 3
Pitch: “An airtight filament storage solution that keeps your filament dry.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: It might be a boring factoid, but no less an important consideration. Leaving your filament spools unprotected means it will absorb moisture in the air and reduce its printability. Store your filaments in a dry environment like these containers to ensure a longer shelf life.
Rewards: Pledge CA $48 for some Early Bird action, a six-pack of filament containers.
Pledges: CA$ 51,318 pledged of CA$ 3,500 goal
Days to go: 4
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: £8,905 pledged of £35,000 goal
Days to go: 10
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: $373 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 39