The SUMPOD 3D Printer And Router

The SUMPOD 3D Printer And RouterTime to look at another inexpensive 3D printer kit seeking funding. This one is called the SUMPOD and it’s not just a 3D printer – it’s a router as well. 
 
Designed by Richard Sum of the United Kingdom, the project now appears on IndieGoGo looking for USD$5,000 from sponsors until the close date of February 12. As is typical in this type of funding, sponsors can select from several levels ranging from a straight donation of USD$1 to a complete, fully assembled and painted (red, green, blue and white) SUMPOD for USD$1,000. 
 
What makes the SUMPOD unique? Here’s what we noticed:
 
  • The machine’s case is made of MDF, much stronger than typical wood or acrylic
  • Linear bearings and steel belts ensure smooth, reliable operation
  • An LCD panel displays useful statistics such as current temperature
  • A Dremel attachment permits “light routing”
 
We think this approach typifies what’s needed going forward on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter: make your project very unique, otherwise it likely won’t meet funding goals. Just putting together a basic 3D printer kit isn’t going to cut it anymore. 
 
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