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: “A new collection of Sci-Fi Wargaming terrain designed specifically for 3D printing. Easy prints with no support material required.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Tabletop gaming and 3D printing make for a strong partnership, based on the solid response to this campaign. It’s a well designed set of props for sci-fi wargaming, with no supports required when printing.
Rewards: Pledge $40 or more for the Orbital Drop set, which includes all stretch goals. Please note that these are the digital STL files only; there are no physical rewards for this campaign.
Pledges: US$ 2,665 pledged of US$ 500
Days to go: 44
Pitch: “Providing an online service to offer 3D printed photos which are unique and surprising gifts for different personal occasions.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Lithopanes are a beautiful and striking application for 3D printing, where the brightness of a pixel is interpreted as the thickness of a layer. Hobbyists and makers probably already know how to make them, but this project is offering a service for 3D printed trinkets embedded with your choice of lithopane.
Rewards: Pledges start at $2 for a personalized keychain, scaling up to $45 for a 3D printed photo box with color-changing LED.
Pledges: US$ 667 pledged of US$ 2,000 goal
Days to go: 8
Pitch: “We’ve created 13 miniatures for tabletop RPG games that can be printed on your 3d printer, or that we can print for you.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Another tabletop gaming project on Kickstarter, but the point of difference here is that this is for a peculiar set of figurines (as opposed to props or terrain). There’s also an option to pledge for a physical reward, rather than making them yourself on a 3D printer.
Rewards: Pledges start at £5 for a single STL file for a single figurine. However, pledges of £135 will net you the complete set already fabricated via professional 3D printing service Shapeways.
Pledges: GB£798 pledged of £30 goal
Days to go: 25
Pitch: “The first SLA 3D printer that really fits on your desktop!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This printer is designed to be compact and easy to use while also being affordable. Also, it’s open source. For an SLA 3D printer the build space isn’t exactly big, but you’re getting a neat option to learn about the technology.
Rewards: Pledge US $799 or more and you can receive the Pluto 3D printer with resin tank, Z motion axis, build platform and resin. You can also pay for extra add-ons including an extra build platform and extra resin.
Pledges: US$53,058 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 6
Pitch: “This kickstarter will provide funders a massive number (over 500) of 3D files for people to print their own tabletop gaming items.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Another printing project to benefit tabletop gaming. This one looks like it will be rather hands-on by the project creator, soliciting ideas for new designs and adding them on the fly as stretch goals.
Rewards: Another unique feature, there’s only one pledge level of $60 for the entire collection of STL files. There are no physical rewards for this campaign.
Pledges: $10,535 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 6
Pitch: “iPen is a low-temperature 3D printing pen that is designed and R&D completely for children. It uses the most convenient base charging.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Aimed at children, the team behind the iPen claims that their 3D printing pen operates at lower temperatures compared to other pens on the market. This is only partially true; the 3Doodler Start Pen also offers low temperatures, so make sure you do some research before making a pledge.
Rewards: Pledges for the iPen start at HK$ 382. This is the super early bird option and you’ll receive a pen, charging base and cable, two packs of filament strands, and free worldwide shipping.
Pledges: HK$ 125,984 pledged of HK$ 390,000 goal
Days to go: 4
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: In 1950 the 9th Chess Olympiad was held in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia and a modern, original chess set was designed for the tournament. Only 50 sets were made and they are now so rare that it is impossible to buy an original one. This new set is inspired by the original Dubrovnik design, but updated and improved for 3D printing.
Rewards: Simply pledge AU$ 15 for a set of STL file to 3D print at home, complete with instructions. A higher pledge of AU$ 25 entitles you to a customized Rook of your specification.
Pledges: AU$ 867 pledged of AU$ 300 goal
Days to go: 5
Pitch: “Portable, Internet-Enabled, Industrial Quality. Migo is the perfect printer for you. Just plug it in and play! From $149.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a very attractive looking budget 3D printer, utilizing a single piece frame for stability and robustness. Optional upgrades and the choice between two sizes enhances it’s flexibility, though it’s not clear whether the software is open source.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird Packages have already been snapped up, but the next tier actually looks more appealing; pledge $219 for a base Migo with an OLED screen, heated bed, built-in camera and a spool of filament. That’s less than half the suggested RRP of $499.
Pledges: US$128,130 pledged of US$100,000 goal
Days to go: 10
Pitch: “We are back with The Tomb Entrance, Amun-Ra Buried Ship and many new tiles in strengthened sandstone and OpenLOCK 3D printer files.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a follow-on campaign for a previously successful Kickstarter project, extending the original with new models based on user feedback to further improve the tabletop experience.
Rewards: The rewards come in both digital and physical formats; pledge CA $45 or more for STL and OBJ files of the Throne Room or pledge CA $110 or more for the tomb entrance in painted sandstone.
Pledges: CA$ 24,348 pledged of CA$ 2,000 goal
Days to go: 10
Pitch: “Unleash your ideas by overlaying your designs onto reality with only the Wand & your phone. Play with them & 3D print them.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This item is rather intriguing, even by Kickstarter standards. Using a wand and a phone or tablet, you can craft 3D models in augmented reality, and have those models exported for 3D printing.
Rewards: You can still pledge $99 for a Super Early Bird YeeHaw Wand, and customize it with optional add-ons like a tablet stand or travel bag.
Pledges: $48,453 pledged of $25,000 goal
Days to go: 41
Pitch: “A series of high quality 3D printable modular and interlocking dungeon tiles inspired by computer-based RPGs from the 90’s.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a new line of high-resolution STL files to fabricate modular dungeons and accessories. A neat touch is that the models are designed for vertical printing to minimize the use of supports.
Rewards: A base pledge of $10 allows you to mix and match a selection of STL file sets. There are no physical rewards for this campaign.
Pledges: $8,400 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 11
Pitch: “Print your own Tabletop Terrain from 15mm – 28mm (or larger).”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The latest in a long line of successful crowdfunding campaigns from 3D-Print-Terrain, this is printable scenery for tabletop games requiring a Mediterranean setting. Extra Virgin Olive Oil not included.
Rewards: No early bird specials to speak of. Pledges start at €10 for an STL file to print a house. There are no physical rewards for this campaign.
Pledges: €3,521 pledged of €300 goal
Days to go: 14
Pitch: “Portable, multi-tool, biodegradable, and battery powered.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The team behind Poly believe in open-sourcing, being eco-friendly, and upcycling. The frame of their printer is made from an ecological and compostable material, PHA. Read more about the 3D printer on All3DP. We think the printing bed might be too small, and the frame might not be as stable as a metal one.
Rewards: The Early Bird specials are gone, but you can still pledge €199 for the PolyMaker Faire EU Edition. You’ll receive the Poly Basic, a 3D extruder, battery case (but batteries not included) and a 500g Eumaker PLA filament spool.
Pledges: €1,711 pledged of €170,000 goal
Days to go: 18
Pitch: “The one and only two-tier axial clock ready for you to 3D print or CNC machine!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is not a finished product, but the blueprints for a project you can work on in your own time and at your own pace. The maker has created a striking design that might just be worth the effort, and you can create the casing with either 3D printing or CNC milling.
Rewards: Pledge CA $15 and you can receive STL/GBR/PDF files, code & instructions, STL files for the entire clock ready to 3D print or CNC machine. All instructions for assembly are available to help you along the way.
Pledges: CA$ 188 pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
Days to go: 16
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: $4,591 pledged of $8,000 goal
Days to go: 8
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 biodegradable 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: $522 pledged of $10,000 goal
Days to go: 18
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