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December 9, 2011

Printrbot – 3D Printer

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I am thinking with 7 days still to go this Printrbot Kickstarter has been mildly successful. Of course I am joking, this Kickstarter has been wildly successful! Brook Drumm had a goal of $25,000, the current funding level is a staggering $382,444. 3D printers are really taking off, for example Makerbot recently got $10 million in funding to grow their offerings. But with the price of many 3D printers in the sub thousand dollar mark I think it is perfect for the new movement of makers to move from CNC to the world of 3D! I think in 10 years you will be able to go to your local computer shop and pick up a $100 HP 3D printer that comes with a starter spool of filament.  🙂

To follow the rise of this new company visit the Printrbot website.

“I designed the Printrbot to be the simplest 3D printer yet.  There are some great kits out there – the Makerbot, the Ultimaker, the Prusa Mendel, and others – but none as small and simple as the Printrbot.  This all-in-one 3D printer kit can be assembled and printing in a couple of hours.  Other kits will not only take you many more hours to build, they will also have hundreds more parts, and they will cost more.  My design also does away with the finicky calibration and adjustment from which most 3D printers suffer.   This is the printer a kid could put together. We assemble the electronics, we assemble the hotend, and we put the connectors on all the motors and components… no soldering required!”


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6 Responses to “Printrbot – 3D Printer”

  1. Fuming Solder Says:

    Printbot’s success on Kickstarter is really nothing short of amazing. It just goes to show that there’s an enormous interest in 3D printing, still largely unfulfilled. I’m curious how long will it take a major printer manufacturer like HP to realize that?

    It’s a very simple principal, relatively simple design and all the know-how is in one part: the print head. Doesn’t that sound like an inkjet printer to you? I’m amazed that something like that does not have a backing of some of the 800-pound gorillas in the printing business.

    That said though, I think it’s great that a small startup has a chance to develop while the big boys are asleep at the wheel. Rock on, Brook, I hope you turn it into something really big!

    I have to find myself $649 for this Christmas ’cause I see Printbot+ kits became available 🙂

  2. Iw2 Says:

    The only problem with those $100 HP 3D printers would be the refills. They would only take proprietary spools with some random electronics trying to lock you down on those. Each refill spool would set you back another $80. 😛

  3. Alan Parekh Says:

    LOL IW2, and the starter spool would come in a roll that is the same size as the normal 1000 foot filament spool but would only have 150 feet in it. The nozzle temperature would be so finely tuned that if you use the Makerbot plastic in it it would work for one item then it would jam.

  4. Fuming Solder Says:

    Well, lighten up, guys! Having a big business enter a new field is of course both a curse and a blessing. For example, they may be able to throw money at a problem of making a better plastic or maybe a different delivery system (as opposed to 1000′ spools of filament 🙂 ). Also, more 3D printers around will lead to more 3D models available for printing. Who knows what sort of transformations that can bring about?

    In any way, Brook picked a great time for starting this business: the technology seems to be ripe for a consumer grade product but no big guys see it yet (or are sure how to make money on it yet – entirely plausible). Looks like he’s got at least a little bit of time to grow this into something big.

  5. Farle Says:

    I thought long and hard about 3D printing and I have, infact, found one flaw with them.

    They’re really boring to watch. Bzzz. click. Bzzz. click. Bzzz. click.

    That said, once they are out there, I can’t imagine it will be long before someone realises that a 3D food printer would make an excellent addition to a bacholars pad.
    “Press 1 for vaguely scrambled eggs, press two for vague hampaste sandwich, press three for…”

  6. Mark Says:

    I was seriously thinking about signing up for the $499 kit, but then I noticed the links under his name. I cannot support someone who whines that “the laws that protect churches registered as non-profits are also under attack”. Churches are the *only* organizations that are automatically tax-exempt, or that have zero oversight.

    I’d go on, but I am already off-topic. Apologies!

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