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A truly user-friendly LCD SLA 3D Printer, designed and manufactured to the highest quality levels, created by us, for you.
A truly user-friendly LCD SLA 3D Printer, designed and manufactured to the highest quality levels, created by us, for you.
104 backers pledged €53,241 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Here at Lotus 3D Printers, we are 3D printing enthusiasts just like you. With our sister company Formfutura, we have years of experience in the 3D printing market. Formfutura was founded in 2012 and was one of the first brands in the world to offer FDM filament and till date is still one of the leading brands in the world to offer FDM filament.

Since then, we have been exploring different 3D print technologies, including 3D printing with resin. Our engineers found lots of shortcomings with the resin 3D printers that were available on the market. That’s where the idea of developing a new resin 3D printer started.  

We have spent countless hours researching what we like and don't like about 3D printing. During this time, we explored all the latest technologies, including the use of LCD screens and stereolithography (SLA – the process of curing resin), and found aspects which we thought we could improve upon. All of these can be seen in the design choices we have made.  

From the very beginning we knew that our goal was to make the most user friendly, easy to use and yet brilliantly functional LCD SLA printer. We believe we have achieved this. Our Lotus EZ is a true plug and play 3D printer.

The Lotus EZ
The Lotus EZ

Features  

Every aspect of the Lotus EZ, from its design to the way it is manufactured, was chosen specifically to ensure that everyone who presses the power button on the Lotus EZ enjoys what comes next. We love printing with the Lotus EZ and know you will too!

A number of innovative design features ensure that your experience will be as flawless as possible. This includes the use of CNC machining to achieve ultra precise parts, eliminating the need for time consuming calibrating, and the use of magnets to make attaching and removing parts simple and without hassle.

More specifically:

The build platform and attachment are machined to the highest quality, meaning they are level and calibrated out of the box. The platform’s innovative design in combination with precision manufacturing mean it will never need levelling or calibrating. The top surface of the platform is sloped, allowing the resin to drip back into the resin vat, resulting in less wastage.

A completely level build platform
A completely level build platform

The resin vat uses magnets to attach, meaning no messy spills or difficulty attaching it (more about the vat in our FAQ). The edges of the resin vat are sloped inwards, allowing spilled resin to flow back into the vat. The handy integrated pouring spouts in the four corners allow for ease of pouring resin in and out of the vat. The transparent bottom of the vat (FEP – fluorinated ethylene propylene) is raised and therefore protected in the vat. The FEP will never touch any flat surface when it's taken off the printer, protecting the delicate FEP from accidental punctures.  

A simple solution to a messy problem
A simple solution to a messy problem

To keep the LCD screen safe, it is spring-loaded internally and protected by a durable screen protector. This, in combination with our innovative build platform design, eliminates the risk of damage. We designed the build platform to not only never need leveling, but also to disengage when too much upwards pressure is applied. If your build platform does push into the LCD display, it will simply disengage, avoiding damage. This means more printing for you!

We found that during our time developing and testing the Lotus EZ, we got pretty frustrated with cables and wires. So we decided the Lotus EZ should have as few as possible. Apart from the power cable and the possibility to connect via Ethernet cable, the Lotus EZ is completely wireless! All you need to initiate a print, is a device that has a WiFi antenna and a web browser (more about it in our FAQ).

Our user-friendly dashboard allows for complete control for more advanced users. For those new to 3D printing, the dashboard also offers simple click and print options. It is a modified version of the well-known and highly regarded NanoDLP. The modifications only apply to the front end of the software to make usability between user and machine more intuitive. And advanced users will be pleased to know that you will still have access to all the important parts so you can tinker to your heart's content!

The software is integrated into the printer and is accessible via any browser. This means that as long as your printer works, you will always have the ability to use the software. No third party has influence on this or can affect the functionality of the software (more about it in our FAQ).

We wanted to make sure the Lotus EZ could fit into as many environments as possible, whether it be a quiet office space, or a noisy workshop. For this reason we have used a high quality TMC2100 stepper driver and Gelid Ultra silent fans. These parts, in combination with the high quality bearings and precision CNC machined parts, means the printer will not only be able to deliver countless prints, but without the usual noise of a 3D printer!

Why choose the Lotus EZ? 

Not only is our resin printer able to produce stunningly high resolution prints, but compared to other SLA technologies (such as DLP), it is considerably more affordable. Compared to FDM, our Lotus EZ is in a different league, able to produce far higher quality prints, faster and much more consistently (more about it in our FAQ).

This means that you get super high quality prints, with excellent print speeds at a fraction of the cost.

The Eiffel Tower by CheeseJam printed in EZResin Black. This print shows the crisp details the Lotus EZ can produce with ease
The Eiffel Tower by CheeseJam printed in EZResin Black. This print shows the crisp details the Lotus EZ can produce with ease

It is easy to see from the below image what the difference is between a print on a regular FDM printer versus a print on the Lotus EZ. Both prints are printed from the same file at 30 mm width.

FDM vs Lotus EZ (Hyper Soccer Ball by Dalpek)
FDM vs Lotus EZ (Hyper Soccer Ball by Dalpek)

We have also given careful consideration to a number of problems commonly experienced in this relatively new type of 3D printing in both commercial printers as well as DIY printers. Heat build up, for example, has caused significant problems in the past and can shorten the lifespan of components. On top of the excellent (yet almost silent!) thermal management we have in the Lotus EZ, we have vented the reflective chamber to allow better airflow from the heat generated by the UV LED.

Heat build up
Heat build up

Too EZ!  

Printing with the Lotus EZ is really easy and intuitive. Simply connect to the printer, load up a file, pour in some resin and print. The video below will run you through the whole process from saving a design to printing.

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Timelapse of the Lotus EZ in action (Gherkin Skyscraper by ArchitectureKIT)
Timelapse of the Lotus EZ in action (Gherkin Skyscraper by ArchitectureKIT)

Open-source is the only source  

The origin of 3D printing lies in its open-source network and approach. We have always had a strong belief in this principle. This was in fact one of the fundamentals of the creation of Formfutura and the company still strives on those principles.  

With Lotus 3D Printers we have not changed this mindset and every aspect of the printer is embracing this open-source principle.  

From the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that we use as microprocessor and storage space of the software to the Marlin-based controller for hardware control. From the ability to use any open-source resin to the ability to print any open-source files on the Lotus EZ.  

We will be releasing all related materials on our Github after delivery so users can see exactly how their Lotus EZ works as well as to continue on the spirit of Open Source!

EZResin  

Our EZResin has been specifically designed & developed in close cooperation with Monocure 3D to work flawlessly with the Lotus EZ. It has been optimised and tested to produce the most detailed, highest quality prints possible.  

The post processing involves bathing the print for a short amount of time in a bath of IPA (isopropyl alcohol), rinsing it off with warm water and post curing it with LED light.  

We are also working on a resin that can be washed off with just water. This is not part of this Kickstarter campaign and can be expected to be released early next year.

Made with EZ Resin on the Lotus EZ
Made with EZ Resin on the Lotus EZ

Ready to go!  

This might be your favorite thing about the Lotus EZ, its ready to go! We have finalized designs and locked in manufacturers. For us, this Kickstarter is about giving Lotus 3D Printers a Kickstart. It's not about funding our prototyping and design phase, all of that has already been done and dusted.

All of the rewards in our Kickstarter have next to no profit margin. We just want to cover the costs of getting you your very own Lotus EZ, and show everyone what we believe to be the most user friendly, and ready to use 3D printer on the market today.

Specifications  

Who are we?  

Lotus 3D Printers is the sister company of Formfutura (www.formfutura.com). Formfutura is a 6 year old company with a multi-million Euro turnover, which is based in the Netherlands. 

Lotus 3D Printers has its head office in the Netherlands as well, but also has offices located in Australia and New Caledonia. This also enables us to provide support around the clock.

But in the end we are just some mates from opposite parts of the world with design skills and business acumen, who are passionate about 3D printing and making it more user-friendly and accessible for everyone. 

Support  

We will provide extensive support for any of your questions. Not only during the campaign. We will continue to deliver the same high level of support during the lifetime of the product. We are in it for the long run.  

We can and will also help you with any questions you have regarding modelling and setting up your models for printing.  

Feedback would be much appreciated and we are very keen to hear it all. Nothing is too small or big an idea to shoot to us, and we will be forever grateful to have you contribute to making our products better.

What they are saying

Have a read of what others have to say:

"Dutch startup Lotus 3D Printers has already raised over €50K for its user-friendly SLA machine"
"Dutch startup Lotus 3D Printers has already raised over €50K for its user-friendly SLA machine"
"There’s a new resin 3D printer option: The Lotus EZ LCD SLA 3D Printer"
"There’s a new resin 3D printer option: The Lotus EZ LCD SLA 3D Printer"
 
...the LCD SLA 3D Printer has been designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards..."
...the LCD SLA 3D Printer has been designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards..."
      

Risks and challenges

Every project has its risks. The biggest risk usually lies in ensuring the supply chain runs according to schedule.

We have done everything possible before the launch of this Kickstarter campaign to minimize risks as much as possible. We have done this by presenting you a fully designed product, ready to be manufactured. Alongside this we have already identified and placed test runs with all manufacturers, with the exception of the injection molded parts supplier(for the exterior casing and the cover). We have however also identified this manufacturer and pre-approved the parts to be made. We are highly confident there won't be any unsolvable obstacles along the way.

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    Pledge €87 or more About US$ 97

    EZResin - Greytones 4 x 500g Bottles

    Our EZResin will help you make even the finest details come to life! The clear colours have fantastic optical clarity and produces stunning finishes. For €89 you will receive 4 × 500g bottles of EZResin in Black, White, Clear and Grey.

    --RRP €140 (€35 per bottle) --

    Shipping is not included and will depend on the country you reside in. It will be charged separately before the parcel is ready to be shipped. Please contact us via info@lotus3dprinters.com for an estimate for your specific region/country.

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    Pledge €89 or more About US$ 99

    EZResin - Colours 4 x 500g Bottles

    Our EZResin will help you make even the finest details come to life! The clear colours have fantastic optical clarity and produces stunning finishes. For €89 you will receive 4 × 500g bottles of EZResin in black, red, green and blue.

    --RRP €140 (€35 per bottle) --

    Shipping is not included and will depend on the country you reside in. It will be charged separately before the parcel is ready to be shipped. Please contact us via info@lotus3dprinters.com for an estimate for your specific region/country.

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    Pledge €599 or more About US$ 665

    Lotus EZ - Early bird package

    We want to reward our very first backers, and for that reason we are offering the Lotus EZ + a 500g bottle of EZResin for only €599. The unit comes fully assembled and is ready to print straight out of the box.

    --RRP €1100--

    This offer has limited numbers available though, so get in quickly!

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    Pledge €625 or more About US$ 693

    Lotus EZ - Earlyish bird package

    You may have missed the early bird pack, but this offer still represents great value. For €625 you will receive a fully assembled Lotus EZ unit as well as a 500g bottle of EZResin black. The printer is ready to go straight out of the box, just plug it in, connect to it, pour in some resin and load up a file!

    --RRP €1100--

    Shipping is not included and will depend on the country you reside in. It will be charged separately before the parcel is ready to be shipped. Please contact us via info@lotus3dprinters.com for an estimate for your specific region/country.

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    Pledge €650 or more About US$ 721

    Lotus EZ - The 3rd Round

    You may have missed the Early Bird pack, and you may have missed the Earlyish Bird pack as well, but this offer still represents great value. For €650 you will receive a fully assembled Lotus EZ unit as well as a 500g bottle of EZResin black. Thats over 40% off! The printer is ready to go straight out of the box, just plug it in, connect to it, pour in some resin and load up a file!

    --RRP €1100--

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    Pledge €780 or more About US$ 865

    Lotuz EZ - Deluxe Print Package

    Planning on printing lots? This is the package for you! Not only will you recieve a Lotus EZ and 4 x 500 ml bottles of EZResin, you will also get a spare resin vat and print platform. This means you can start another print, or change the colour before having to clean the vat and platform. Meaning more printing, and more creation!

    --RRP €1400--

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