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Rigidbot 3D Filament Printer with 10inx10inx10in volume $340+$50 ship (Kickstarter)

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Note: Kickstart Funded and Closed. 1952 backers and $1,092,098 pledged of $31,500 goal.

Posting this here as this has become an incredible deal for what you're paying. Rigidbot is in the last day of their Kickstarter project and is about to pass the $1,000,000 mark (I've got NO connection to the team, just an interested purchaser).
Link: RigidBot 3D Printer [kickstarter.com]
(Note: If you're unfamiliar with Kickstart projects, I suggest your read their FAQ [kickstarter.com]- there is some risk with KS projects)

I'd been looking at making my own RepRap style printer, but had been following some of the Kickstarter projects since volume purchases definitely give buying power. I found that there was no way I could buy the parts for this one anywhere close to the offering price here. The Rigidbot is a Fused Filament style printer with a 1,000 cubic inch print volume (10" cube). This is a significantly larger print volume than most low cost units out there (they also have a 12x16x10 unit). What makes this a slickdeal though is the stretch goals that have been hit (and is about to be hit) that really push it over the top. The printer includes a 1kg spool of PLA, an upgraded power supply, and is on track to get the heated bed thrown in as well this afternoon. PROJECT FUNDS AT 6PM Central time so take a quick look

Specs:
build volume 10"x10"x10"
Filament Size: 1.75mm
Nozzle Size: 0.35mm
High resolution (layer height): 0.1mm (100 microns)
Material: PLA, ABS, Laywoo-D3, Nylon 618
Power supply: 12v 30A

The cheapest unit is a kit (assemble yourself) which is in many ways preferred if you want to understand and expand your printer. But you can also buy these fully assembled and calibrated. All printers include 1kg of PLA

Price:
$340 10"x10"x10" Kit
$460 10"x10"x10" Assembled
$550 12"x16"x10" Kit
$735 12"x16"x10" Assembled
Add $50 in USA and $90 International for shipping

Options (no extra shipping needed)
Extra PLA $25 each or 5 for $100 (shipping included only on first 5 extras)
Z-rod upgrade for even smoother prints $50
LCD/USB reader/controller for completely off-line printing $125 (kit) $175 (assembled)

When submitting a pledge, you select which printer you'd want, and then in the pledge amount enter the TOTAL cost of the printer, options, and shipping. The creator of the project then sends out a survey at the end of the funding period to verify which options your "extra" pledge money is for. So for 10x10x10 kit, z-rod, and shipping, you'd enter a pledge amount of $340+$50+$50=$440.

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#91
Quote from JerseyJay View Post :
Yea, that's part of the reason I decided to back out. I remember how excited I was about the Pebble watch last year and when I FINALLY got it earlier this year, the novelty had already worn off seeing similar products already on the market and was a bit disappointed by the lengthy delay.
I don't thing anything has really come close to the pebble so far, the iwatch and others are still 'concepts', the cookoo watch was just a simple 'you have email'. I love my pebble, yeah it took a while, but they took the time to make it right, they could have easily made their first batch and be like 'good enough' and released a sub-par product. Still the best thing I've backed on KS.

That said, I agree with the uu9817 sentiment that this is a long time for something that a lot of people are getting into and that doesn't require 'precise' engineering like the pebble did. I'll wait until something like the form 1 gets cheaper or the resolution gets better than 100 microns.
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#92
Quote from uu9817 View Post :
Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't see it. It was lost amongst all the all gones. December though. That's a long time in tech. Who knows what can come out before now and then? Anyone know why the delivery dates are so long? It seems he has the prototypes working. If that's ironed out it shouldn't take months to produce a couple of thousand of these things. There are literally thousands of small factories in China that will make anything you can send them a CAD/CAM file for. They can produce in small quantities and the turn around is days.
The timetable, and campaign in general, is to pay for injection molds to be cut to make the connecting pieces + those and all the other parts to be sourced. They're an existing business (Invent-a-part) that does rapid prototyping work for clients. Hopefully they're familiar with their suppliers ability to deliver, but certainly everyone backing (myself) is taking that risk. There are also a few things still up in the air I believe. They switched from SD reader to USB reader on the LCD module mid-campaign, and they're investigating other controller boards than the one in the prototype. They also developed a pulley tensioner during the campaign that was an improvement over the prototype.
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#93
If this prints in a honeycomb pattern do any of the parts made have real strength? Someone mentioned using it to make a part for a walker, but I imagine those pieces from the professional 3d printers print in a fashion to withhold such tension. Would this hold up or would this work for mostly "show" items?
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Quote from Phenomenon View Post :
If this prints in a honeycomb pattern do any of the parts made have real strength? Someone mentioned using it to make a part for a walker, but I imagine those pieces from the professional 3d printers print in a fashion to withhold such tension. Would this hold up or would this work for mostly "show" items?
You choose how to fill the manifold in the software. Hollow to save on plastic, honeycomb to offer a balance between strength and material cost, solid for the best strength... but I wouldn't use it in any life-saving or life-supporting device for sure.
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Quote from FloorMat View Post :
How far off are we from being able to make...a 3d printer with an existing 3d printer? I mean, when will these things be able to print electronics?
There are actually 3D printers rigged to print organs and skin. The organ part, is more the scaffolding for an organ then it's placed in a stem cell bath or something like that, then it fills in. I don't remember the details completely.

Problem is, I crack up when people say you can print things to replace broken stuff. At $1000-$1500 you need to print up a ton of crap just to pay for the unit, let alone the materials and if you get real fancy the acetone bath. (Which brings up other issues about home safety with volatile liquids.)

Now, at $400 it's finally in the laymen consumer range, but again is still a bit of an investment if you're only going to be printing out little plastic doo dads, such as a bracket for a broken desk drawer or what not.

Your better bet is to invest in the companies selling the printers. Or better yet, investing in the companies that have cornered the market selling the supply spools. Pretty sure one of the big 3D printing companies is a French company.

Meh, I'm rambling, anyways. There are only a few big 3D printing companies, they've basically got a monopoly going right now, so investing in them isn't too risky. If this takes off for the basic consumer rather than small business/big business uses then the stock for the 3D supply and 3D software companies will explode.
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Quote from gregrebholz View Post :
You choose how to fill the manifold in the software. Hollow to save on plastic, honeycomb to offer a balance between strength and material cost, solid for the best strength... but I wouldn't use it in any life-saving or life-supporting device for sure.
What software can you use to print to this printer?
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#97
Project funded with 1952 backers and $1,092,098 pledged of $31,500 goal
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#98
Quote from threeclaws View Post :
Not going to readily find a 1/2 thick plastic cutting board (tap plastics is 3hrs roundtrip from here) and since it is a collared roller I'd have to deal with that as well. Of course, that was just an example but trolls will be trolls.
The roller on your filing cabinet is 1/2" think? Yeah I call B.S.

But either way... here's a 1/2" cutting board for $15 shipped [amazon.com].

And I'm sure with 2 minutes of effort you could finder a smaller (cheaper) one as smart as you are.

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Project funded with 1951 backers and $1,091,753 pledged of $31,500 goal
Stand by for the class action lawsuit when these guys buy Escalades with 29 inch rims as company cars and never ship a product.
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Quote from tstarks420 View Post :
So these printed materials are rigid and durable? Do you need different materials with different tensile strengths? What if that piece for Granny's walker gives out and she breaks a hip...worth saving $15 then?
The pieces I modeled is much thicker and better reinforced. It's not for a critical part of the walker, just the tray.
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Quote from airventor View Post :
The roller on your filing cabinet is 1/2" think? Yeah I call B.S.
Yep I have a huge incentive to lie...oh wait shake head

But since you are looking to do legwork, 1/2" total width, 3/8" for the roller + 1/8" for the collar, 7/8" tall and 1/4" hole. So run along and find me one so I don't have to bother with a cutting board.
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#101
I made my pledge around 7:30 PM (EDT). At that time, they did not display the various options but had some bundled ones with the lowest available at that time $345 (only one available at this price!0 and I picked it up and proceeded further to pay. I never got any option to add upgrade or shipping (or is it included in the $345?) and Amazon also charged me that amount only. How to modify this order to get the extra material etc.? TIA
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#102
I guess I can not pledge anymore. I'd like to have gotten one of these printers.
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#103
Really want one, but im going to wait until I can get a fully assembled printer for around $300 shipped with some material from a company that has some sort of track record. Also waiting until the detail gets a little better on these cheaper units.
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Quote from Windows7User View Post :
Really want one, but im going to wait until I can get a fully assembled printer for around $300 shipped with some material from a company that has some sort of track record. Also waiting until the detail gets a little better on these cheaper units.
Like I said before I don't see how that's going to happen unless we see a complete redesign. You need precision parts for these to print perfectly.

Quote from z32tt View Post :
Ordered.

Does anyone know where I can download the file for printing a gun?
You do realize the guy had to put the barrel piece in an acetone vapor chamber right? Not worth it.

Quote from uu9817 View Post :
You people that got it got a great deal. Cheapest 3D printer yet.
As I mentioned makibox has a $300 option, they've also rolled out a $200 option. They started taking pre-orders a year ago and are shipping beta units now. You'll get one of those WAYYYYYYY before you get one of these.
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#105
for those looking for cheap 3d printers i'd look towards a makibox or solidoodle. i've owned a solidoodle 2 for awhile now and its an amazing machine for a good price(buy the enclosure, you'll regret it if you dont) and the makibox looks like its a couple months from really ramping up full production but its also one of the cheapest available
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