IndieGoGo is the biggest name in online crowd-funded incubation platforms and rightfully so. Just under 15 million visitors every month means the community is booming and the funding is coming in. And with that so are the results of those investments. In the personal 3D printing arena, quite a few names and companies have come up. Here is our list of favorites from all IndieGoGo projects.
New Matter MOD-t
New Matter MOD-t is an affordable and personal 3D printer development project. Unlike most printers, this printer’s design and configuration make it as easy as snapping your fingers, without the snap sound, because it is literally that quite. It was made with the simplicity of design in mind and has been suggested for home as well as classroom usage.
A library of free designs and biodegradable PLA filament are available at the store, whereas the built-in WiFi and the browser-based software allows you to use the printer seamlessly whether from a connected desktop or a smartphone.
|Technique||Fused Filament Fabrication – FFF|
|Build volume||6 x 4 x 5”|
|Resolution||0.1 to 0.4mm|
Coming from Toronto, Canada, Nea 3D is literally out for every desk-space within its reach. The Nea3D printer is a family of three, with the smallest printer hosting a build volume of 4.1L and the largest version boasting a whopping 48.2L (yes, you’re reading it right – check it here).
The filaments hide in the top part, whereas the bottom has a replaceable docket containing the electronics and USB/Ethernet/Power ports. The docket can be replaced as well as upgraded. LED lighting at the bottom front are customizable and remind you of your job’s and printer’s status. Almost all major parts of the printer are removable and allow extremely maintenance and cleaning. A self-leveling bed and open source software, as well as filament compatibility ensure ease of use and out of the box usage.
|Technique||Fused Filament Fabrication – FFF|
|Build volume||4.1 L – 48.2L|
The Gizmo 3D is a genius design, the design currently pending a patent. The design basically prints the object on top of the build plate… whilst being a top down SLA/DLP printer. With just the change in orientation of the printing bed and projection, the print requires no extra support for it to be taken off.
The print can easily be scraped off, leaving the plate right where it is so you can start printing immediately after. The printer’s technology also allows it to print much faster than its competitions, with prints completed under half an hour that would usually take a few hours with regular printers.
|Technique||Digital Light Processing – DLP / Pure Stereo lithography – SLA|
|Build volume||3.14 L|
The Peachy Printer
The world’s first 3D printer for USD 100. Oh, and it scans too. The Peachy Printer comes from Canada and was developed using rubber bands, refrigerator magnets, and salt water. Other household items were also taken into the design allowing the young CEO (inventor/entrepreneur) to come up with a working SLA 3D printer without having spent even a single dollar. Nine months and almost USD 10,000 later, the printer is nearing its final stages of development with beta and production versions already having been delivered.
The printer’s design rids the need of complicated equipment and gives you a lot more (functionality) for a lot less (dough). One last thing, the printer can be hooked to mounts that support the build area. The device by itself if just the printer, and hence the build volume is unlimited.
|Technique||Pure Stereolithography – SLA|
|Build volume||Relative to support/mounts|
|Resolution||No official statement from the developers|
From China, Uncia3D has unveiled its upgraded Uncia 3D printer, for just under USD 300. The catch? None. Even better, it's not FDM (Fused disposition Molding), instead it’s a DLP, projector based printer for that price. The partially open casing and tower design make it maintenance and cleaning a snap.
Upgrading the projector or other parts is just as easy. With the commercial aspect of the campaign, the company also has an academic outlook with the intent to popularize the discipline and art of 3D printing around the world. With a build volume of a little above 1 liter, the printer prints with a resolution of 100mm. The resins for the printer have been developed by the company but it also works with most standardized resins.
|Technique||Digital light Processing – DLP|
|Build volume||1.33 L|
From Budapest, Hungary comes CraftBot, the 3D printer meant for the hobbyist for almost USD400. The printer uses FDM with a build volume of almost 10 L. It’s got a heated platform, removable for effective handling. The touchscreen LCD give you control over the job, even though the same is achievable through their free software which supports slicing as well as other 3D modeling functions.
The electronics designed for the printer are one of a kind, with custom architecture that allows duplex communication and least amounts of calibration efforts. PLA, ABS and Nylon filament is compatible with a resolution of 30-100mm.
|Technique||Fused Disposition Molding – FDM|
|Build volume||10 L|
From the US, Gadget Labs have put out there a hack, namely the 101Hero 3D printer. Using FDM, and an open frame, the device looks like it has been put together with Lego pieces. The 101Hero has no connectivity options, and takes print jobs from MicroSD cards, eliminating the need of a computer or any other software. One press of the button and the model on the card will get printed. With a maximum temperature of 250˚, PLA, ABS, as well as HIPS filaments, are the supported. The resolution is 50-350mm. Designer and consumer versions are available for different prices and a slight change in the configuration. The consumer version will be available for almost USD99.
IndieGoGo is the same as KickStarter in concept but varies in design and logistical operations by a landslide. It has support and care strategies that make sure the crowds are attracted and that you are going in the right direction when it comes to developing your project and also creating awareness amongst the crowds.
It goes further by providing post-campaign support and consultancy, as were the words of an IndieGoGo participant and CEO of a tech startup which was born from an IndieGoGo campaign, IndieGoGo helped the team for 8-months after the campaign had ended. Hence it is no wonder that the campaigns turned into real companies and are today hallmarks of the evolution of a fairly new discipline.
Most of the project noted here have DIY designs or are open source, meaning you can hack them or modify them for your own usage. For any serious CAD hobbyist or professional or even home users, all of these would be a great fit.