Our weekly roundup of the latest 3D printer projects live on Kickstarter and 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!
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #1: Personalisable 3D Printed Wallet, the Three6 (New/Funded)
Pitch: “A compact 3D printed wallet available in a range of colours, personalized with text or Braille.”
Rewards: The early bird option has already gone. However, you can simply spend £20 or more and you will receive your very own 3D printed wallet. Spend £4 more and you can personalize your design. Your wallet can be any color of your choice and should be delivered to you by June 2017.
Pledges: £965 pledged of £800 goal
Days to go: 22
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: If you’ve been looking for a wallet, this 3D print could solve your problems. It’s a novelty print and has already been funded.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #2: Photogrammetry 3D Printed Bookends (New)
Pitch: “From words to bronze, this project creates 3D printed bookends inspired by classic children’s novels with captured reality techniques.”
Rewards: If you pledge £375 or more, you can receive a pair of bronze bookends. This offer is only available for 22 pledges. If you want to splash out, you can spend £5,000 and receive a custom made pair of identical bookends. Your child can feature as Alice. This process includes photographic capture in a London 3D scanning studio, 3D artwork and printing. The final piece is a bronze casting.
Pledges: £806 pledged of £11,500 goal
Days to go: 22
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The project’s aim is to create 100 bronze bookends from photographs using photogrammetry aka ‘captured reality’. If you’ve been looking for an unusual present for your child, then a 3D print of them as Alice could do the trick.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #3: 3D Printing Medical Devices in Africa (New)
Pitch: “3D printing allows designers to think beyond old manufacturing boundaries and create products that can save lives, time, and money.”
Rewards: Pledge $250 or more and you can receive a working 3D printed fetalscope design that is being tested in the field now in Tanzania. Pledge $500 or more and you can receive a 3D printer waterscope microscope capable of malaria diagnosis. These are currently in printing.
Pledges: $209 pledged of $15,000 goal
Days to go: 40
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Voices of Africa Foundation began 3D printing medical prototypes and recently won a grant of $30,000. However, they now want to go further. This grant doesn’t cover the expenses of the entire project so they’re asking for money through Kickstarter to help create a safe space where the public can access and learn about 3D printing. The printers are being used to create medical devices which certainly is a pretty awesome idea.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #4: Optimus – 3-in-1 3D Printer (Funded)
Pitch: “The Optimus is a smart and modular digital fabrication machine that individuals can use to make final products on their desktop.”
Rewards: For an Optimus batch one, you’ll need to pay $1,070. This machine will include everything you need to start printing, laser cutting and engraving. However, it has a smaller working area. Choose from a 2-in-1 option or a 3-in-1 option depending on which tools you require. Prices vary from $1,070 to $1,679.
Pledges: $137,187 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 25
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The Optimus has been created to bring together three top tools for makers: It incorporates a 3D printer, laser cutter and a CNC mill into one machine.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #5: Case-rap – Portable 3D Printer
Pitch: “This is the best foldable, portable, sturdy 3d printer. It doesn’t need a suitcase, it is one. Very fast and easy to fold and unfold.”
Rewards: Pledge CA$ 40 or more and you will receive access to the STL files and build instructions. You’ll receive the blueprints to plywood or aluminum box. You’ll also receive a video with assembling instructions and a buying list which will cost you around $275.
Pledges: CA$ 842 pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
Days to go: 17
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: You’re investing in an idea but a pre-build 3D printer. Once you get the blueprints, you’re on your own. If you have built things beforehand, this could be interesting for you.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #6: FabPocket: 3D Printing Learner’s Toolbox
Pitch: FabPocket is an educational & practical box for 3D printing. You can print what you want with the 3D printer that you build yourself.
Rewards: Pledge €489 or more to receive the early-bird offer. This is shared custody meaning you can buy the FabPocket with 9 friends. This way, you pay €48,90 each & you can have your own box and share it. Want more? You can spend $999 and also receive one FabPocket T-shirt signed by the team, your name on the website, a FabPocket mug and 3D printing workshop – but only if you’re in France.
Pledges: €1,103 pledged of €30,000 goal
Days to go: 19
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The FabPocket is a starter kit for 3D printing; also, you can build yourself a 3D printer and a digital milling machine.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #7: Makness – The First 3D Printer For The Whole Family
Pitch: “Makness is the first domestic 3D printing solution for everyone (beginners and experts), as easy to use as a capsule coffee machine!”
Rewards: Pledge €449 or more to become one of the MK-I printer early adopters. You’ll receive a white 3D printer Makness MK-I + Starter kit with 8 capsules. The second option is to pledge €649 or more and you’ll receive the MK-I 3D printer and kit. This adds an acknowledgment card saying “I made Makness possible”. You can then pledge more money to receive more kits or printers depending on your requirements.
Pledges: €9,592 pledged of €150,000 goal
Days to go: 51
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Instead of regular spools of filament, this machine uses filament “capsules”. Unfortunately, these little spools are proprietary, so you won’t be able to use all the materials available on the filament market. So far, capsules are available in PLA, wood, metal-looking and rubber.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #8: LumiLamp | A Minimal Grow Pod (Funded)
Pitch: “LumiLamp is a minimal 3D printed grow pod for your home. Designed for accelerating the growth of plant trimmings and seeds.”
Rewards: Pledge $35 or more and you can receive a DIY LumiLamp Kit. You’ll then be shipped a light socket, a cord and an assembled plug. As well as this, you’ll receive the link to your download and you can then print your own LumiLamp. The second option is to pledge $60 or more and you can receive a LumiLamp-Limited 100. This lamp will arrive fully assembled and with a 5W LED grow bulb included.
Pledges: $1,153 pledged of $65 goal
Days to go: 4
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: The LumiLamp will be made in a limited batch of 100. It is completely 3D printed and as this process could take up to 15 hours for each lamp, the final LumiLamps will be shipped out in order of purchase.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #9: make/100: 3D Printed Laptop Stand
Pitch: “Weighing under 2oz and folding flat to just 5mm (<1/4″), this new stand is designed and 3D printed specifically for small, thin laptops”
Rewards: If you pledge $45 or more, you can receive a Make/100 limited edition laptop stand. It will be customized for your laptop size. However, your laptop has to be 13″ screen size or smaller. Once you’ve chosen this option, you’ll need to let Wynsome Studios know the size of your laptop and the type as well as your color request. You can also personalize your stand with text – but no profanity allowed!
Pledges: $245 pledged of $4,500 goal
Days to go: 9
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: This is a quirky idea for the Make 100 project. It claims to be a low-risk project as Wynsome Studios has designed and tested many iterations of the stand.
IndieGoGo 3D Printer Project #10: TapTop – The 3D Printed Glass Bottle Cutter
Pitch: “Recycle your bottles with style. Save the world by cutting those beautiful glass bottles!”
Rewards: You have three pledge options from $39 to $55 depending on whether you catch the super early bird or the early bird.
Pledges: $83 pledged of $15,000
Days to go: 15
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: TapTop wants to reduce trash by creating “functionality, sense, and style… all in one.” The TapTop is completely 3D printed and made of organic PLA.
IndieGoGo 3D Printer Project #11: uArm Swift: Your Personal Robotic Assistant (Funded)
Pitch: “A $209 open sourced robot for everyone to finish 3D printing, laser engraving on your desk.”
Rewards: The featured option is $499. For this, you’ll receive the Swift with additional tool heads (i.e. 3D Printer, Swift Laser, Bluetooth, uArm Swift Pro and Universal Holder). However, options range from $209 for the open source option to $1,599 for distributors.
Pledges: $512,205 pledged of $10,000
Days to go: 19
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: This is the second and improved model of the uArm Swift. The uArm Swift Pro is a plug-in and play, open sourced robotic arm. It has received a lot of positive attention and has already reached funding. This time the manufacturers claim is “much less compromise” on design and manufacturing.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #12: Fire & Bone: Make/100 – Arctic Fox Edition (Funded)
Pitch: “Miniature animal skull replicas, reproduced in high detail using 3D scanning, 3D printing, and traditional lost wax casting.”
Rewards: Pledge $35 or more and you can receive a bronze arctic fox pendant. You can choose from either yellow or white bronze. This also includes a matching 24″ chain. Pledge $5 more and you can also receive a base to display your arctic fox. For the Make/100 special edition, you’ll need to pledge $100 or more. For this, you’ll receive a sterling silver Arctic Fox skull and a silver 24″ chain. You’ll also receive a limited edition mirrored display base, info card, and sticker pack too.
Pledges: $7,255 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 8
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Although not everyone’s taste, this arctic fox is definitely a unique piece. You can find more skull options, instead of the Kickstarter Arctic Fox, on the fireandbone website. As the company are already set up and offering skull jewelry, there appears to be little risk with this project.
Indiegogo 3D Printer Project #13: Indie: Desktop 3D Printer
Pitch: “Intelligent enclosed chamber, a large heated bed & a Snap Extruder. Reliable & Easy to use. All at $549.”
Rewards: For $549, you can receive the Super Early Bird Indie option. This includes a 3D printer at a limited price of 50% off the retail. If you miss this option, the Early Bird option is $649 which includes 40% off retail price.
Pledges: $21,693 pledged of $30,000
Days to go: 11
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Indie is being launched on Indiegogo to help raise money for purchase inventory, setup jigs, and assembly lines. Indie has an enclosed chamber, a heated bed and has a solid gantry design and extruder assembly in a Snap Emotion Lights. However, before you’re set on this printer, make sure to check out some other options.
Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #14: Filament Roller
Pitch: “All-in-one IR sensor & alarm. Detect all filament feeding errors. Automatically pause your 3D printer using OctoPrint, Marlin (1.1.x).”
Rewards: Pledge $38 or more and you’ll receive a Board-Only Kit. For $41, you can receive an inline roller kit. For $44 or more, you’ll get the Spool Roller Kit. All packs are single unless you spend more for double or five pack options.
Pledges: $2,616 pledged of $11,250 goal.
Days to go: 11
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: If your print has ever been ruined by a filament stoppage, you may appreciate the Filament Roller. This invention stops the printer whenever it discovers a problem. Risks and challenges of the project are clearly laid out. The prices of the Filament Roller are deliberately made to be as low as possible to offer you a low financial risk.
IndieGoGo 3D Printer Project #15: 3D Models of Da Vinci Machines
Pitch: “Print your own collection machines da Vinci! Return to the world of the 15th century.”
Rewards: Pledges range from $6 to $79 for STL files and detailed building instructions to create your own da Vinci machines on a 3D printer.
Pledges: $322 pledged of $2,000
Days to go: 9
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: As rewards are STL files rather than assembled prints, this is a low-risk campaign in terms of deliverables.
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