A few weeks ago we wrote on the launch of BigBox, an incredibly powerful desktop 3D printer; Now it seems they’ve smashed their funding targets to smithereens.
BigBox3D, a collaboration between E3D and LittleBox, set a goal of £30,000 (USD$47K), but as of this writing have hit around £240,000 (USD$375K), a multiple of almost 8x their original target. This has enabled the team from BigBox3D to unlock their stretch goals, providing subscribers with additional filament and an extra nozzle.
An additional stretch goal to be enabled at £200,000 was to be the addition of infrared sensors to speed auto-leveling and a far more accurate temperature sensor, but even though the campaign has raised more than this amount, their Kickstarter page does not official indicate this goal has been met. Presumably it will be, making the BigBox even more attractive.
According to our informal count on their campaign page, it now appears they’ve sold almost 300 units with many sold sets of instructions and parts. For a launch of a new 3D printer, these are not bad totals, and should vault BigBox3D into the group of serious players in the group of desktop 3D printing manufacturers.
It’s not surprising this machine has hit high acceptance, as the machine seems to be a collection of the favorite features for DIY 3D printer operators. It’s open source, has high quality components, several productivity features, massive build volume (which is almost 300 x 300 x 300mm, by the way) and several very useful options to make the machine even better.
Units are expected to be delivered in December and no doubt the BigBox3D team will be quite busy producing them. However, we expect them to take orders for future delivery as soon as they can.