From investors including Lockheed Martin Ventures and RTX Ventures.
SmartZavod Takes on a Lifesaving Mission in the Midst of War
A 3D print entrepreneur faces huge challenges in Ukraine, and has launched an important initiative.
Oh No: The End Of The ONO 3D Printer
One of Kickstarter’s more notorious 3D printing campaigns has finally called it quits.
Medical 3D Printing Workshop Needs Assistance
Tashkeel3D, a 3D print startup producing medical components in Gaza has been destroyed.
The Biggest 3D Printer Company Could Now Be Carbon
Carbon announced they’re acquiring more cash through a Series E funding round.
A Home for Unused 3D Printer Materials?
I’m reading a fundraising campaign for a school’s 3D printer and had an idea.
Big Controversy With The ONO Smartphone 3D Printer Project
Another crowdfunded 3D printer project seems to be undergoing some controversy.
FitForLaunch: Something Needed for Many Startups
Have you ever invested in a crowdfunding launch and been disappointed? Me too. But that doesn’t always have to happen.
Thieves Strike 3D Printer Operator
A very unfortunate incident occurred at the residence of a desktop 3D printer operator.
AstroPrint Tries an Unusual Fundraising Method
3DAGOGO, the startup company behind 3D print cloud service provider Astroprint, is attempting to raise funds through crowdsourcing.
Recent Kickstarter 3D Printer Successes
There’s been lots of bad news regarding inexpensive 3D printers appearing on Kickstarter, but there have been some successes, at least from the funding standpoint.
An announcement from XMachines on their Kickstarter page this week revealed the company will not manufacture desktop 3D printers as promised.
Tend.ai Receives Funding for Their Robotic 3D Print Operator System
Startup Tend.ai has received a huge boost with a fundraising round of USD$2M.
XMachine’s Genesis 3D Printer Launch Seems to be Having Challenges
We have been contacted by a backer of the Genesis desktop 3D printer by XMachine, who has some complaints, which appear to be legitimate.
Carbon’s Massive Expansion
Two years ago, few had any idea about Carbon, the 3D printing startup that’s now rapidly expanding across the globe.
The RoVa4D Smashes Funding Goals at a Sweet Spot
We described ORD’s innovative RoVa3D multicolor desktop 3D printer some weeks ago, as launched with a fundraising campaign. How did they do?
Thoughts And Reactions To The Peachy Printer Debacle
As we reported yesterday, the $100 3D printer project, Peachy Printer, has fallen to a major scandal where their business manager allegedly stole half of their crowdfunding raise.
Gizmo 3D Printers: First Doomed, Then Rescued
I’ve been following the progress of Australia-based Gizmo 3D Printers, who recently survived a near-fatal corporate heart attack.
Four Unfortunate 3D Printing Crowdfunding Ventures
Launching a new product on a crowdfunding site can be quite challenging. Today we’re looking at four unfortunate ventures that are likely to fall far short of their goals.
Pirate3D To Sail Again? Or 3D Hubs To The Rescue?
Troubled 3D printer manufacturer Pirate3D continues to operate, according to a report in The Straits Times.
MyMiniFactory Hits Funding Target; Changes The 3D Printing Investment Game
MyMiniFactory’s fundraising campaign has overtaken their target level of £500,000 (USD$775,000) and makes us think a bit differently about 3D printing investment.
Is the Cost of Personal 3D Printers Too High?
After perusing the 3D print inventions in Indiegogo recently we came to a conclusion: many of the campaigns are not actually inventions.
Help a Teen Start a 3D Printing Business
Many people are now considering starting a business in the 3D print world, but not many are as young and ambitious as Michael Becerra.
3D Printer Crowdfunding Suicide?
Daniel Brown created a very detailed analysis of crowdfunded 3D printer startups on his blog, 3D Prototypes and Models.
The Lix 3D Pen Printer Controversy
We wrote about a new Kickstarter project last week, the Lix 3D Pen Printer. But now some believe it cannot actually work.
The Micro 3D Printer Hits the Jackpot
An inexpensive 3D printer we examined several weeks ago has raised a staggering amount of cash from their crowdfunding launch.
Stax: A Platform for 3D Printed Modifications
There’s lots of 3D printer projects on crowdfunding sites, but one involves 3D printing in a new way.
The Robox Personal 3D Printer
We’re looking at another Kickstarter campaign for yet another 3D printer. There have been so many recently it has become very difficult to distinguish one offering from another. So how does Robox do it? We were surprised to find it does have several very unique and interesting features. Aside from the now-industry-standard features… Continue reading The Robox Personal 3D Printer
The Helix 3D Printer
Created by Acuity Design of Montana, the Helix is a higher-grade personal 3D printer focusing on professional markets, unlike the countless other low-cost 3D printers appearing on Kickstarter that hope to address consumer needs. While professional offices currently have commercial 3D printer options that range from USD$10-20K, that price, although lower than industrial 3D… Continue reading The Helix 3D Printer
The $200 Ready-To-Rock 3D Printer
We’ve heard about the USD$100 3D printer – but it’s an experimental resin-based 3D printer. What if you’re interested in acquiring a low-cost plastic filament 3D printer? You might want to consider the QU-BD One Up, billed as a sub-USD$200 “production ready” personal 3D printer. This no-frills device is in fact a kit, but… Continue reading The $200 Ready-To-Rock 3D Printer
Breaking: Formlabs Raises $19M
Formlabs announced today they’ve raised USD$19M investment to help grow their company. Formlabs produces the Form 1, the first popular resin-based personal 3D printer, which raised an amazing USD$3M on its first Kickstarter campaign just a few months ago. The new funding, led by venture capital partner DFJ Growth, now enables Formlabs to embark… Continue reading Breaking: Formlabs Raises $19M
The Peachy 3D Printer is Looking Very Peachy
We wrote earlier this week on the launch Peachy, a new 3D printer with some very revolutionary features. It, like many new ventures, used crowdfunding to get started. With a Kickstarter goal of USD$50,000, it was inevitable that they’d hit it. They did the first day. But what happened next? So far they’ve… Continue reading The Peachy 3D Printer is Looking Very Peachy
3D Printer Vaporware
Tom’s Hardware has a thought provoking article on the notion of 3D printer “vaporware”. “Vaporware” originally referred to software that was splashingly announced, but didn’t quite come through with the goods later. Scott Dunham of Tom’s Hardware believes the same phenomenon is now occurring in 3D printing. It’s not happening at the corporate level,… Continue reading 3D Printer Vaporware
ZEUS: Another 3D Copy and Print Machine
It’s another week and another 3D print “all-in-one” device has emerged to join the likes of Radiant Fabrication’s Lionhead and the Mebotics Microfactory: the ZEUS by AIO Robotics of Los Angeles. This project delivers four functions: 3D Scan, 3D Print, 3D Copy and 3D Fax, simulating the existence of multiple devices in a single… Continue reading ZEUS: Another 3D Copy and Print Machine
Fuel3D’s Harker Offering
We wrote recently on Fuel3D’s new 3D scanner, just launched on Kickstarter. While the project has been quite successful, gaining more than three times their goal of USD$75,000, they’ve created even more reason to buy one of their devices: Fuel3D has teamed with noted 3D print artist Joshua Harker, who has produced a unique design… Continue reading Fuel3D’s Harker Offering
You Can Help Make 3D-Rex
A new Kickstarter project from Namisu proposes to produce a series of geometric mesh Tyrannosaurus Rex heads using 3D printing. The Namisu project team behind 3D-REX, four folks from Spain and the UK, view 3D-REX as their first of many similar decorative 3D art projects. They say: Through the 3D-REX project we wanted to… Continue reading You Can Help Make 3D-Rex
Could the Buccaneer Raise USD$1M?
The launch of Pirate3D’s inexpensive and classy Buccaneer personal 3D printer on Kickstarter was explosive, raising their initial funding goal within mere minutes. Now, weeks later into the campaign, they’re approaching USD$900K in funding and seemingly within reach of the magic USD$1M mark. Will they make it? We think so. The… Continue reading Could the Buccaneer Raise USD$1M?
Free 3D Scans Of Famous Sculptures?
Cosmo Wenman is well-known for his incredibly realistic and large-size 3D prints of ancient sculptures. How does he do it? He visits museums to capture 3D scans later offered online at no charge. Now he’s taking the concept to a much higher level: a Kickstarter project hopes to raise funds for him to scan numerous… Continue reading Free 3D Scans Of Famous Sculptures?
A 3D Printer From Togo
Yes, Togo. It’s the home of Afate Gnikou of WoeLab, a technology incubator in the small African country. Gnikou has launched a crowdfunding project on Ulule to raise funds to begin building a Togo-designed personal 3D printer. The goal of the project is to design a 3D printer that can be built from commonly… Continue reading A 3D Printer From Togo
When the name of the product is “Gigabot”, it’s not hard to imagine their key feature: size. From Texas-based re:3D, the Gigabot has one of the largest print volumes we’ve seen in a personal 3D printer: a whopping 600x600x600mm (that’s two FEET cubed, for you Imperial measurers). The Gigabot is capable of layer sizes… Continue reading The Gigabot
The cost of a 3D printer is not only the printer itself, but also the print material. In most cases, personal 3D printers use plastic filament, either ABS or PLA plastic. If you’re a prolific 3D print maker, you might actually spend more on plastic than you did on the 3D printer. How can… Continue reading The Filastruder
A 3D Print Refiner
We’ve seen countless startup 3D printer companies launch crowd funding campaigns in the past year. Now we’re seeing a plethora of 3D printing accessory devices sprout from the minds of world’s entrepreneurs. Today’s 3D print accessory is the 3D Refiner. 3D Prints Express’s 3D Refiner attempts to solve one of the banes of early… Continue reading A 3D Print Refiner
The Photon 3D Scanner
Tired of designing your own 3D CAD models? Worn out from endless searching 3D repositories for that specific 3D design? If so, why not scan your own physical objects and replicate them? Usually you can’t because 3D scanning is frequently an expensive proposition. But that could change with the introduction of the Photon 3D… Continue reading The Photon 3D Scanner
The mUVe 1 3D Printer
With the expiration of key patents around photo-curable 3D printer techniques, we’ve seen several new resin-based personal 3D printer projects. Now another has emerged, the mUVe 1 from mUVe 3D, created as a part-time project by maker Michigan-based Dean Piper. The mUVe 1 is the first product from mUVe 3D, now seeking initial funding via… Continue reading The mUVe 1 3D Printer
The RigidBot 3D Printer
Another 3D printer startup has shown up on Kickstarter: The RigidBot by Michael Lundwall of Utah. As there are so many small 3D printer startups recently, any new entrants must distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack. How does RigidBot do that? They have a couple of interesting advantages, one being expandability. They… Continue reading The RigidBot 3D Printer
The B9Creator Returns
Readers may recall the hugely successful B9Creator 3D printer kit Kickstarter project last year: it raised a ridiculous USD$513,422 to develop a revolutionary personal 3D printer based on photo-cured resin technology. The project was obviously successful and a number of “version 1’s” were sent to happy customers. But now founder Michael Joyce has returned… Continue reading The B9Creator Returns
3D Captured Tattoos
We’re looking at an unusual 3D scanning project on Kickstarter: the “3d tattoo body art scanner” by UK artist Lee Wagstaff. Wagstaff is notable as he was the first person to use his own body art as presentation material during his Master’s degree defense. Having such an incredible array of intricate tattoos poses a… Continue reading 3D Captured Tattoos
Sandboxr’s Figurine Service
There’s another 3D print service about to emerge: Sandboxr. It’s specialized for the easy creation of 3D figurines using a friendly interactive interface. The new service should enable you to create a unique figurine 3D model by posing a pre-made highly detailed 3D model prepared by professional artists. It appears very reminiscent of game… Continue reading Sandboxr’s Figurine Service
A Donation and Your House in a Snowglobe
It’s true: if you donate to the Home For Christmas online fundraiser, you could qualify for a rather amazing prize: your own home, 3D printed and placed within snow globe. According to Home For Christmas: Every year around 75,000 young people in the UK risk spending the festive period on the streets. But… Continue reading A Donation and Your House in a Snowglobe
PandaBot Succeeds – and Fails
We wondered what might happen to the Toronto-based project attempting to produce a user-friendly personal 3D printer. Their Kickstarter campaign languished and didn’t seem to have the momentum to make to their target, and it seems they didn’t. Their campaign was abruptly closed with a total slightly south of USD$40K. That’s the bad news.… Continue reading PandaBot Succeeds – and Fails
Millions To Form 1
We’ve all heard about the success of Formlab’s incredible fundraising success on the launch of their new Form 1 resin-based 3D printer, but how well did they do? Their Kickstarter campaign has officially closed today and the results are beyond startling: They’ve raised exactly USD$2,945,885 They’ve received orders for 1,028 Form 1 machines by… Continue reading Millions To Form 1
UK to Invest an Additional £7 million in A.M.
On the heels of a story we reported last week, the Technology Strategy Board, an advisory group to the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, has announced it will invest £7 million to help spur innovation in additive manufacturing. MP David Willet’s had this to say about the program, “3D printing technologies offer… Continue reading UK to Invest an Additional £7 million in A.M.
Will PandaBot Make It?
We’re watching the PandaBot 3D printer fundraising campaign closely and we’re wondering if the project will reach its goal of USD$50,000. Currently they’re running over USD$10,000 short with over a week to go. If you read through the comments on their Kickstarter page, you’ll encounter some controversy surrounding the print quality and ability of… Continue reading Will PandaBot Make It?
PandaBot is on Kickstarter
Toronto-based Panda Robotics has finally launched their first personal 3D printer, the PandaBot, on Kickstarter. They’re raising funds for their first big production run, a modest USD$50,000. In their video, Panda Robotics’ Design Engineer Liav Koren explains their goal is to produce a unit suitable for anyone to have on their desk. This means… Continue reading PandaBot is on Kickstarter
The Ultra-Bot 3D Printer
The Ultra-Bot is yet another Kickstarter project producing a unique 3D printer. This one is already successful, raising over 5x its goal of USD$7,500. Project creator William Steele of Indiana did indeed do something very unique on this project. No, he didn’t invent or incorporate a new technology. No, he didn’t make something incredibly… Continue reading The Ultra-Bot 3D Printer
Startling Form 1 Update
We discussed the sudden announcement of Formlabs’ amazing Form 1 resin-based 3D printer yesterday, but we need to talk about it some more. Something amazing is happening. The Formlabs is raising funds for device production on Kickstarter and set a goal of USD$100,000 within 30 days of launch. How close are they to meeting… Continue reading Startling Form 1 Update
The Incredible Form 1 3D Printer
You heard the rumors, as did we. Formlabs has been working on a top secret “revolutionary” personal 3D printer and today it’s unveiled for your consideration. We consider the new Form 1 3D printer to be a very important step in the development of personal 3D printing, and something you’ll want to check out. … Continue reading The Incredible Form 1 3D Printer
The HYREL 3D Printer
Another KickStarter project is launching an inexpensive 3D printer. It’s the HYREL 3D Printer by Daniel Hutchison of Alpharetta, Georgia. There are so many similar crowd funded 3D printing projects up at the moment it’s becoming difficult to distinguish between them. So what’s different about the HYREL? It’s fully assembled, calibrated and tested,… Continue reading The HYREL 3D Printer
Legends of Kalidasia Pioneers A New Approach
Jason Rutherford of Kalidesia contacted us to talk about a new approach he’s taken in his gaming business. Rutherford makes the Legends of Kalidasia game, played with traditional resin and pewter figures. His company manufactures and markets these figures, but he’s concerned about the future. You know, the future where people print out their own… Continue reading Legends of Kalidasia Pioneers A New Approach
Easy 3D Printing with File2Part
Preparing 3D models for 3D printing is often problematic. They’re in the wrong orientation, wrong size, etc. While most 3D printer-specific operation software can do rudimentary orientation and sizing, you’ll still have to use other programs to fix errors in the model and slice it into printable form. That will change with the introduction of… Continue reading Easy 3D Printing with File2Part
The Folding 3D Printer
There was once a time when your 3D printer arrived as bags of teeny parts that you had to carefully assemble over a weekend. Then there came a time when your 3D printer would arrive fully assembled. Now is the time when your 3D printer can arrive folded. Folded? Yes, folded. Maker Emmanuel… Continue reading The Folding 3D Printer
Another Open Source Resin 3D Printer: Sedgwick
We’ve uncovered another resin-based 3D printer project. The “Sedgwick Open Source 3D DLP Printer” by Ron Light is now crowd funding on Kickstarter with the very precise goal of USD$24,750 by July 14th. So far the project has had limited success raising funds, but there is plenty of time left to achieve their goal. … Continue reading Another Open Source Resin 3D Printer: Sedgwick
Matt Underwood’s 3D Vision
Manufacturing engineer Matt Underwood’s Kickstarter project is the Vision 3D printer. Yes, it’s another RepRap variant, but with quite a few interesting improvements. Underwood observed that while many inexpensive 3D printer kits are available they are typically difficult and time consuming to build, making them beyond the reach of non-technical mortals. He set out… Continue reading Matt Underwood’s 3D Vision
How to Crowdfund Your 3D Printer Project
We’ve actually lost track of how many 3D printer startups have launched this year. It seems that every week another one shows up on a crowd funding service looking to raise money for their idea, which often takes the state of the industry one step further ahead. Don’t get us wrong; this is the… Continue reading How to Crowdfund Your 3D Printer Project
The MiiCraft 3D Printer Available Soon
More developments on hobby 3D resin printers: the team at MiiCraft, which we described the other week, have launched a fundraising campaign to develop their 3D printer – and you can own one, too! Their campaign on Indiegogo has a goal of USD$100,000 raised by July 20th. So far they’re nowhere near that level,… Continue reading The MiiCraft 3D Printer Available Soon
B9 Is 350!
Some weeks ago we informed you on the new B9Creator resin-based 3D printer project on KickStarter. Resin 3D printers promise super-high resolution and fast prints, but they’re outside the mainstream personal 3D printing technology, which has been plastic extrusion. We wondered how the community would react to the emergence and possibility of owning such… Continue reading B9 Is 350!
Anarkik3D has opened a crowd funding initiative at IndieGoGO to raise money for enhancements to their Cloud9 haptic 3D modeling software. The project’s goal is sufficient funding for two full time programmers to develop the improvements, which means USD$120,000 by June 27th. We think this is important, because, as Anarkik3D’s CEO Ann Marie Shillito… Continue reading Haptic A-Go-Go
$600 Resin 3D Printer Kit Available
3D printer inventor Junior Veloso has transformed his home experiments in ultra-high resolution resin-based 3D printing into a business launch. The as yet unnamed 3D printer is now available in kit form for pre-order on Indiegogo at a cost of only USD$599. The USD$599 is actually the price for a “Basic Kit” that includes… Continue reading $600 Resin 3D Printer Kit Available
The Stelliform Owl
California-based customer service rep Grant Miller is one of many folks who moonlight as a 3D artisan when not doing their day job. Miller’s particular interest lies in “toys, statues and animations” and he’s been freelancing in this area for some time. To produce a “portfolio piece” he drew upon his love for owls… Continue reading The Stelliform Owl
The $300 Desktop 3D Printer?
Another 3D printer startup has emerged: the Makibox A6, billed as: “The $300 Desktop 3D Printer”. The project is led by Jon Buford, who hopes to raise USD$40,000 by the end of February through the funding site Makible. Buford says: “we’ve set out to build the most affordable, compact, and easy to use 3D printer… Continue reading The $300 Desktop 3D Printer?
North America’s Largest 3D Print?
Everyone asks how big can you print, but we have a group trying to print something truly massive. JF Brandon of Vancouver, Canada wants your help to print a gigantic version of famed 3D designer Bathsheba Grossman’s “Rygo” for outdoor installation at Gropp’s Gallery of Vancouver. The Rygo is an algorithmic design – generated… Continue reading North America’s Largest 3D Print?
The SUMPOD 3D Printer And Router
Time 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… Continue reading The SUMPOD 3D Printer And Router