Our weekly roundup of the latest 3D printer projects live on Kickstarter & Indiegogo. Which Kickstarter 3D printer is worthy of your support?
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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!
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #1: Monoprice MP Mini Delta (New)
Pitch: “Ready to print out of the box. Professional-grade features found on 3D printers hundreds more.”
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: Monoprice has already had a huge success with their MP Mini Select and MP Maker Select range. That inspires confidence over the quality of this little Delta unit — as does the price.
Rewards: All the Early Bird packages are gone baby gone, but you can still pledge at the standard price of $159, with units shipping in October.
Pledges: $167,401 pledged of $30,000 goal
Days to go: 30
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #2: Polaroid Design 3D Pen (New)
Pitch: “Created with artists, designers, engineers and other professionals in mind.”
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: The Polaroid Design 3D Pen features a built-in fan to reduce heat and eliminate jamming, plus auto-feed and auto-eject functions for prolonged use, variable speed, precise temperature setting, an OLED screen, and much more.
Rewards: The Early Bird pledges were limited to unique colorways for the pen. You can still back this item for $130, which is a decent saving off the $170 retail price.
Pledges: $4,490 pledged of $15,000 goal
Days to go: 24
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #3: Waggle Remote Control for 3D Printing (New)
Pitch: “With the Waggle, 3D printing has never been easier. Plug in to print on the go.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Remote network control for desktop 3D printers are a popular trend on Kickstarter. If you’ve missed out on the action for the Astro Touch (or can’t be fussed with building your own via OctoPrint), then here’s a viable alternative.
Rewards: The Early Bird specials have been scooped up, but you can still pledge for a Waggle at the Kickstarter price of $70.
Pledges: $5,871 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 24
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #4: Wolf Pack Alpha (New)
Pitch: “Wolf Pack Alpha is our first deployment of 3D printed miniatures perfect for table top games like Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: If you’re a regular player of RPGs and tabletop games, then these beautifully designed miniatures might appeal. Backers should note that they’re pledging the production of the items with a 3D printer, not for the STL files to make them yourself.
Rewards: The first tier for physical rewards starts at $10 for a trio of 3D printed wolf miniatures.
Pledges: $135 pledged of $1,000 goal
Days to go: 28
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #5: Canada Day 3D Printed Stud Earrings (New)
Pitch: “3D printed stud earrings to commemorate and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. Show your Canadian pride in style!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a fun project with a modest goal. If you’re Canadian and are a fan of 3D printing, then supporting this project is something of a slam-dunk.
Rewards: Some Early Bird specials are still left, with pledges for a pair of earrings starting at $10 Canadian dollars.
Pledges: CA$ 546 pledged of CA$ 500 goal
Days to go: 18
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #6: Hylemore (New)
Pitch: “The world’s best full color 3D prints. Turn any image into your own exclusive work of art. Feel the surface, empower your touch.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Transform any digital image into high-definition full color 3D prints? That sounds pretty exciting to us. Match the right image to this technique and you could have some spectacular results.
Rewards: Pledges start at 25 euro for a small image of your choice, and top out at 310 euro for a large size print with your choice of image.
Pledges: €907 pledged of €30,000 goal
Days to go: 33
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #7: Printable Tabletop Terrain Cold War (New)
Pitch: “Print your own tabletop/modeling buildings. You will get files for German buildings useful for Cold War Settings”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: More accessories for tabletop gaming fans, this time geared less towards fantasy RPGs and more about wartime escapades from the 20th century. Some of these items have been modelled on the campaigner’s own childhood home.
Rewards: Pledges start at 5 euros for an STL file that you can download and 3D print.
Pledges: €3,246 pledged of €300 goal
Days to go: 24
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #8: Choc-O-Bloc Moulds (New)
Pitch: “Chocolate is running out! These 3D printed silicone moulds can help you make your chocolate go further and last longer.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This campaign suffers from having a terrible set of marketing materials. It’s hard to tell how exactly a 3D printed chocolate mould will help save the environment. But the concept is a good one, and worthy of further investigation.
Rewards: Pledges start at £25 for an actual 3D printed chocolate mould. Below that tier, you’re looking at recipes and chocolate samples to try.
Pledges: £15 pledged of £2,500 goal
Days to go: 18
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #9: ClayXYZ -- Desktop 3D Clay Printer (Funded)
Pitch: “ClayXYZ combines 3D Printing with Reusable Natural Material to create intricately textured ceramic artwork. Affordable and easy to use.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Printing in clay is getting more popular, where items could make fantastic gifts, mugs, light shades and models. It’s certainly a niche of 3D printing that’s worth exploring further.
Rewards: If you already have an FDM printer, you can take advantage of the Extrusion Device Early Bird offer for a $349 pledge. But contact the team for information about whether your printer is compatible. The Early Bird pledge for a complete ClayXYZ printer stands at $749.
Pledges: $64,898 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 47
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #10: Industrial 3D Printer
Pitch: “We are proud to offer the first closed loop, industrial 3D printer based on 100% open source software and an all metal design.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The team says their campaign will help address the challenge of bringing down the price of industrial printers, and address market demand for open-source and closed-loop motor control.
Rewards: Pledges start at $3,340 to receive the OL1720S Industrial 3D Printer. This includes a fully functional OL1720S Industrial Grade 3D Printer and shipping within the United States.
Pledges: $963 pledged of $15,000 goal
Days to go: 17
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #11: AstroBox Touch (Funded)
Pitch: “The AstroBox Touch is a simple, powerful touchscreen that is wireless, cloud-connected, and infinitely extensible with apps.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The team smashed their funding goal in just three hours. They hope that this box will bring 3D printing to the masses and simplify the process. It is powered by Raspberry Pi and is the second successfully funded AstroPrint project on Kickstarter.
Rewards: The early bird options have already gone, but you can still pledge $150 or more to grab one of the last batch. This is a Kickstarter-only price.
Pledges: $56,890 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 17
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #12: MatteForge Pro Filament (Funded)
Pitch: “Unique Matte finish, 3D print filament that reduces the visibility of layer lines. High impact resistance and good flexural strength.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is the company’s third campaign, who claims that the benefits of matte filament are that it reduces the appearance of 3D printed layers. Pledges will be fulfilled in August or September.
Rewards: Pledge £23 or more and you can receive the early bird spool of MatteForge Filament in your choice of color. The higher your pledge, the more filament you could receive.
Pledges: £43,491 pledged of £9,000 goal
Days to go: 16
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #13: Commodore 64c Raspberry Pi Conversion Frame (Funded)
Pitch: “Turn your Commodore 64c platform into a retro-look Raspberry Pi computer.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: For this project, COREi64 promise that they already have everything which is needed for every stretch goal. This project is described as realizing a desire to work with modern technology while engaging with a piece of computing history.
Rewards: Pledge CA$20 and receive CAD files in December 2017. Pledge CAD $50 and you will also receive Complete FDM Printed Part Set. However, if you pledge CA$ 175 or more then you’ll receive FDM Printed Part Set with Electronics. This includes the STL files and also port open or closed FDM printed parts. As well as this, you’ll receive a Raspberry Pi 3 and icomp.de Keyrah interface.
Pledges: CA$1,834 pledged of CA$ 500 goal
Days to go: 50
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #14: Phrozen Make LCD 3D Printer (Final Week)
Pitch: “The World’s Most Compact, Reliable, and Precise LCD 3D Printer. 10 Times Faster. 2K Resolution. Wireless Printing. Open to 3rd Party.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The company is one of the largest resin 3D printer groups in Asia. Their Phrozen One DLP printer, launched last year, has been successfully delivered. The company is now offering a second printer. The Phrozen Make has been designed to be a reliable LCD light-cured resin printer.
Rewards: Pledge $939 or more for the Brunch Bird option and receive one Phrozen Make Now. For later tiers, you can pledge $1,089 or more for the Kickstarter price.
Pledges: $338,384 pledged of $30,000 goal
Days to go: 3
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #15: The Updated Flux Generator
Pitch: “Development & publishing of a template design pack for loss testing and advancing a permanent magnet generator design”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: With just three backers so far, and a lack of incentives in the pledge tiers, it looks dubious whether this campaign can reach its ambitious goal.
Rewards: Essentially you’re paying for access to a forum. The pledges are between £1 to £8,000 — you decide how much you’d like to contribute.
Pledges: £1,011 pledged of £20,000 goal
Days to go: 16
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