With numerous inexpensive 3D printers continually emerging, many won't survive. But the latest wave of failures is not the first. Indeed, several bold attempts at creating revolutionary 3D printers came and went before the days of crowd funding. Today we'll remember three notable 3D printers of the past.
Desktop Factory was the original commercial personal 3D printer project, started long before MakerBot. The goal was to produce a sub USD$5,000 3D printer, at the time, an astonishing goal. Today, not so much. In mid 2009 Desktop Factory's assets were acquired by 3D Systems, who today market several different personal 3D printers, ironically all priced less than USD$5,000.
The Veloso 3D Printer was a bold project by one Junior Veloso, who attempted to create a resin-based personal 3D printer capable of amazing resolution. The project proceeded slowly until an Indiegogo fundraising campaign that launched in 2012 - which failed to raise the required capital. We haven't heard anything since. Meanwhile, Formlabs successfully launched a similar resin 3D printer later that year.
Solido marketed a 3D printer with a difference: it was sheet fed. Plastic sheets were individually fed into a chamber where each layer was "cut" and glued to the next layer. Objects were then produced by removing the "cut" material. Excess plastic was recyclable through Solido. Alas, Solido folded in early 2011.
Which bold ideas will join this list in the future?