Desktop Factory Update

By on December 10th, 2008 in blog


Desktop Factory is a startup company seeking to build a usable 3D printer at a cost of less than USD$5,000. Their device is still under development, but we’ve seen some tantalizing evidence that they are getting closer to a release date, touted to be in 2009.

They’ve recently issued a status update, as they usually do in very transparent fashion. Here’s the highlights we observed:

  • “the new imaging subsystem performing better than our prior solution”
  • “our team is resilient and committed to placing a few 3D printers very early in the year to conclude our customer acceptance testing”
  • They’ve developed a standard “diagnostic part”, like a 2D printer’s test page, that can be used to determine problems with the printers
  • They’ve been able to print challenging 3D designs that they’ve been unable to do previously. Pictures here, in the Gallery.
  • Their final focus is “reliability”, implying that the features and functions of the device are now stabilized
  • Reliability problems remain with “bulb life and brush cleaning”
  • Customer acceptance testing commences in January 2009!

Via Desktop Factory

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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