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: Z-Arm Collaborative Robotic Arm (New)
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: $101,702 pledged of $100,000 goal
Days to go: 41
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #2: Vorpal Combat Hexapod (New)
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: $2,788 pledged of $18,000 goal
Days to go: 29
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #3: The New Nine 3D Printer (Final Week)
Pitch: “Commercial quality printing starting at $199! It’s packed with innovation, lightning fast, and you can easily build to any size!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The New Nine 3D Printer offers a build volume of 8 x 8 x 9 inch,105 mm per second print speed, a heated bed, and a mass damper. What’s interesting is the “open frame”. It allows users to customize and expand the relatively small 3D printer.
Rewards: For $199, you’ll receive the New Nine ready to assemble kit. Follow the video instructions to put together the (supposedly) easy to assemble printer. For a shipped complete printer, you’ll need to pledge $399.
Pledges: $23,393 pledged of $60,000 goal
Days to go: 2
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #4: 3D Print Your House (Final Week)
Pitch: “Would you like a 3D printed copy of your home? Hand painted in the famous Dutch Delft Style.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Whether you miss your childhood home or recently built your own, a mini 3D printed replica could look nice on your shelf. You send the photos of the front of your house or an address on Google Maps where the house is clearly visible. The miniature house in the traditional Dutch Delft Blue style will be available for Christmas.
Rewards: Early Bird Special offers you a mini home for €85, with a regular price of €120, standing at between 6cm and 9cm tall. For a 10cm to 13cm home, pledge €120.
Pledges: €5,490 pledged of €8,500 goal
Days to go: 3
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #5: Bezel 3D Printed Jewelry (Final Week)
Pitch: “Shop Bezel’s 3D-printed jewelry online. Learn your size with digital ring sizing, and try jewelry on in augmented reality.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: You can design and order your rings, necklaces, charms, earrings, and bangles. The company also offers an app for customizing.
Rewards: Early adopters will receive a 3D printed stainless steel logo ring, coated in permanent PVD coating. All sizes are available. Regular retail price will be $89.
Pledges: $971 pledged of $5,000 goal
Days to go: 6
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #6: Toybox (Final Week)
Pitch: “Best new 3D printer just for kids. Quickly print and design your own toys. Affordable and fun for all ages.”
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: This 3D printer offers a model catalog of 500 pre-configured toys and the promise of being easy to operate. Also, you can draw on an iOS or Android device and 3D print your own creations. Be aware that the build volume is a bit limited.
Rewards: Save 37% on the Early Bird Toybox and spend just $249. This price includes both the printer and “printer food”. However, if you need more filament, you’ll need to pay $34 for a four pack.
Pledges: $84,289 pledged of $40,000
Days to go: 4
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #7: PIXEL3D 3D Printer (Final Week)
Pitch: “The PIXEL3D 3D Printer has been designed to print fast and achieve high quality in a tabletop package.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Project creator Colyn Bunn claims to have tested this 3D printer for over 300 hours. The machine comes as a kit, has a build volume of 150 x 150 x 150 mm, and a graphic LCD display.
Rewards: Pledges of £400 will get you a PIXEL3D kit, but there are only 10 available to be delivered by February 2018. The second batch of 10 will be available by March 2018, and so on. The early bird option is already gone.
Pledges: £1,303 pledged of £11,900 goal
Days to go: 2
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #8: Sculpto+ Desktop 3D Printer (Funded)
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 877,785 pledged of DKK 200,000 goal
Days to go: 14
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #9: Sunglasses 3D Printed from Plastic Waste (Funded)
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: €18,821 pledged of €10,000 goal
Days to go: 17
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #10: Printable Tabletop Terrain from FIW to AWI (Funded)
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: €4,183 pledged of €300 goal
Days to go: 8
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #11: Honeycomb Key Holder (Funded)
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 $100 goal
Days to go: 18
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #12: Kappa Straight Line Mechanism 3D Printer
Pitch: “Consistent. Reliable. Compact. Affordable. Aesthetic.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: It’s always exciting to see a fresh innovation in the desktop 3D printing space, and Kappa certainly qualifies. They claim to be the first Straight Line Mechanism 3D printer, which is inspired by the robotic assembly lines used in the automobile industry. We’d be really curious to see this printer in action.
Rewards: Pledges start at S$ 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$ 47,482 pledged of S$ 50,000 goal
Days to go: 37
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #13: The Critter 3D Printed Arduino Biped Kit
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: $2,278 pledged of $3,000 goal
Days to go: 17
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #14: DNA Precision Filament Extruder
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: $15,127 pledged of $60,000 goal
Days to go: 14
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