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!
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Pitch: “Offers CNC Carving, Laser Engraving & 3D Printing In One Design. The new standard in accuracy and precision.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: MOOZ looks like an affordable all-in-one machine with interchangeable heads for 3D printing, laser engraving and CNC milling. Plus, it’s got a solid frame for precise and stable performance.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird for $239 gets you the base 3D printer with a heated bed, control panel and spool of filament.
Pledges: $145,025 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 30
Pitch: ” Easy, fast and efficient 3D printing directly from Archicad, Revit, Rhino, Vectorworks and Sketchup.”
Comments on this Indiegogo 3D Printer Project: In development for nearly 2 years, the Platronics Ark is the first 3D printer designed especially for architects for easier and faster 3D printing. It has time-saving software that allows you to print directly from Archicad, Revit, Rhino, Vectorworks and Sketchup, in tandem with hardware the promises reliable operation and minimal maintenance.
Rewards: The Super Early Bird is €2095 for a Platonics Ark Basic package, which includes the 3D printer and slicing software. This reward is a 40% discount off the final retail price.
Pledges: €25,402 pledged of €50,000 goal
Days to go: 30
Pitch: “STL Files for print on your own 3D home printer .”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is a crowdfunding campaign for STL files around a maritime theme. If successful, backers will receive the files to fabricate model boats on any standard desktop 3D printer.
Rewards: Pledges start at €5 for a model of an old fishing boat. Scale up your pledge to €45 to secure the full set of files.
Pledges: €2,916 pledged of €500 goal
Days to go: 10
Pitch: “User-friendly for beginners; Quality printing expected by pros; A petri dish for creative children; Attractive & Affordable for YOU.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: If this 3D printer resembles a compact sewing machine, then so much the better. It’s presented as an easy-to-use, affordable 3D printer that fits seamlessly into any living space. Practical features include a modular extruder, break-resuming capability, intuitive touch screen and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Rewards: The Super-Duper Early Bird is long gone, but you can still put $219 shekels down for a Super Early Bird (do these terms have any meaning any more…?). This is a pledge for a base model and a spare nozzle.
Pledges: $52,096 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 2
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: $34,423 pledged of $18,000 goal
Days to go: 1
Pitch: “3D printed spaceship models for board gamers and anyone who is into scifi to download and print at home.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This project will provide sci-fi lovers, model enthusiasts,and tabletop gamers with custom designed spaceships which they can 3D print and play.
Rewards: A pledge of CA $5 grants you one pick from 11 available models. Incremental pledges open up access to more designs. Please note that this campaign is for the STL files only; there are no physical rewards.
Pledges: CA$ 1,784 pledged of CA$ 500 goal
Days to go: 6
Pitch: “PTP2 Teleprompter for studio use with iPad and Tablet, available as a build your own 3D printed project, kit or finished product.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The PTP2 is a studio quality 3D printed teleprompter designed around larger iPads, tablets, PCs, and displays. It’s lightweight and adaptable to a wide range of cameras from professional video cameras to DSLRs. This project makes the PTP2 available as a full out-of-the-box ready to go product as well as a 3D printed build your own kit.
Rewards: Pledge £15 or more for a set of STL files that you can 3D print at home or via a 3D printing service. Scale up your pledges for additional components like a hood and mirror.
Pledges: £376 pledged of £2,000 goal
Days to go: 5
Pitch: “Cubibot is a small, clean, simple, stylish & cloud base 3D printer with a heated bed that brings fun and education to your life.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This miniature 3D printer looks like a microwave, serving up pipin’ hot fabricated goodies. Cubibot offers filtered ventilation, Wi-Fi and cloud printing, “smart” leveling and a heated bed (up to 100 degrees Celsius). The build volume is 5 cubic inches (127 mm). The team plans to ship the first batch of the printer in February 2018.
Rewards: For the Cubibot extended Early Bird, you’ll need to pledge $249 or more. This price is 50% off the retail offer, and the printer will arrive with a filter and a “Cubi spool”.
Pledges: $581,729 pledged of $50,000 goal
Days to go: 10
Pitch: ” We build models of cities chosen by you, and bring those cities to life through 3D printing!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: These are scale models of cities bought to life through 3D printing. The first five have the same proportions as their real-world counterpart, and more locations will be added in the future. Vote for your favorite!
Rewards: The Early Bird Skyline is $50, where you can choose from one of five available skylines, or wait until a city of your choice is added in the future.
Pledges: $10,828 pledged of $7,049 goal
Days to go: 18
Pitch: “An airtight filament storage solution that keeps your filament dry.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: It might be a boring factoid, but no less an important consideration. Leaving your filament spools unprotected means it will absorb moisture in the air and reduce its printability. Store your filaments in a dry environment like these containers to ensure a longer shelf life.
Rewards: Pledge CA $48 for some Early Bird action, a six pack of filament containers.
Pledges: CA$ 28,093 pledged of CA$ 3,500 goal
Days to go: 32
Pitch: “Print your own Tabletop Terrain from 15mm – 28mm (or larger)”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is the eighth Kickstarter campaign from 3D-Print-Terrain and it’s clearly going down very well, raising over ten times the initial funding goal.
Rewards: For €40, you can go all in and receive the STL files to print the buildings and accessories. This price includes every pledge and stretch goals. However, if you’d prefer to simply buy a single model, you can pledge just €10.
Pledges: €4,059 pledged of €300 goal
Days to go: 12
Pitch: “Commercial quality printing for $249! Innovative, 200% faster, and you can easily build to any size!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The concept is that you can customize this 3D printer to a size of your choosing, offering a scalable production platform.
Rewards: For $249, you can receive the New Nine Complete Kit which is ready to assemble. Domestic shipping to the continental United States is included.
Pledges: $2,839 pledged of $1,500
Days to go: 13
Pitch: “DRAGONLOCK is a 3D printable snap-link dungeon and outdoor terrain system for RPGs and wargames. Join the 3D printing revolution!”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: By far the most popular 3D printing system for tabletop gaming is Dragonlock. It’s the first, the original, and the best. With two outrageously successful campaigns already behind them, you can be reasonably confident that you’re backing a quality product that with clear deliverables.
Rewards: Pledge $15 bucks for a Wilderness Scenery Pack, including a full campsite with tents, shelters, and much more. Dial up your commitment to $149 for the entire kit and kaboodle. Please note that the rewards are for STL files only; they are not physical products.
Pledges: $120,988 pledged of $500 goal
Days to go: 8
Pitch: “Print directly from your smartphone or tablet. A mobile 3D printer that has it all. Multi-Color. 360 Degree Scan. Open Source.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a smartphone 3D printer on Kickstarter. That would be the ONO, which controversially hasn’t been delivered to backers after a two year wait. Could the TCT Printer deliver first, albeit at double the price point? You might be better off just buying a 3D printer off the shelf.
Rewards: The Early Bird Starter Pack is available for pledges of $219 or more, which nets you a TCT 3D Printer and a 100ml vial of visible light resin.
Pledges: $139,751 pledged of $35,000 goal
Days to go: 12
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 your choice of tool head. You’ll be wanting the 3D printing option, naturally.
Pledges: $123,038 pledged of $100,000 goal
Days to go: 13
Pitch: “Consistent. Reliable. Compact. Affordable. Aesthetic.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: It’s always exciting to see a fresh innovation in the desktop 3D printing space, and Kappa certainly qualifies. They claim to be the first Straight Line Mechanism 3D printer, which is inspired by the robotic assembly lines used in the automobile industry. We’d be really curious to see this printer in action.
Rewards: Pledges start at S$ 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$ 73,876 pledged of S$ 50,000 goal
Days to go: 8
Pitch: “A 3D printed kit for building a panoramic camera that shoots 6x14cm negatives on 120 film.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: K-Pan is supposedly a precision tool camera that offers versatility, reliability and “utterly gigantic negatives”. The camera is designed with traveling photographers in mind, and can be upgrade with 3D printable components.
Rewards: For the K-Pan camera standard kit, you’ll be looking at paying £270. This comprises of the camera body and one standard lens cone of your choice.
Pledges: £20,942 pledged of £40,000 goal
Days to go: 9
Pitch: “New Era of 3D printer & Laser Engraving machine, Affordable, Compact, Large print volume, Superior print accuracy. Unique design.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: With it’s metal frame, the Dynamics 3D Printer looks compact but durable. But the real appeal is the dual functionality, thanks to a laser engraving & cutting module that can enhance your creativity beyond 3D printing.
Rewards: The Basic Package is available for pledges of S$ 539, which includes the 3D printer, an extruder module, and a free spool of filament. Add-ons are required for a heated bed, LCD controls, and other features.
Pledges: S$ 9,115 pledged of S$ 240,000 goal
Days to go: 11
Pitch: “Phase 1 is the affordable 3D printer you have been looking for.”
Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The Phase 1 is an attempt at a low cost 3D Printer that is still high-quality where it counts. It comes equipped with a genuine E3D hotend, a heated bed, and an LCD screen. Keep in mind that this is still a kit, however, so assembly will be required.
Rewards: Pledge $375 or more for a full DIY kit, with everything you need to get started. But also consider making separate pledges for upgrades like the E3D V6 hotend and the PEI build surface.
Pledges: $876 pledged of $3,500 goal
Days to go: 18
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