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 ***New Design***

We took your feedback and got to work.  

Phase 1 v2
Phase 1 v2

New Features:

  • Part Cooling Fan
  • Automatic Bed Leveling
  • Sturdy wood frame
  • Z-axis stabilizers 
  • Power switch and mains wiring cover (Preassembled for you)
  • Vibration dampening rubber feet

Still only $375

Finally, an affordable 3D printer

When I first wanted to get a 3D printer, I spent weeks scouring the internet for an affordable 3D printer that could deliver high-quality prints.  I could not find one.  It was either a $700 quality kit or a $200 Chinese Acrylic i3.  There was no middle ground. I ended up shelling out the $700 for a RepRap kit that still was incomplete. Phase 1 changes that by offering the same quality as an expensive printer while only costing $375. Phase 1 also comes as a complete kit that includes all necessary parts for assembly.  

Why buy a 3D printer Kit?

Building a 3D printer, is the best way to enter the world of 3D printing.  By assembling a printer yourself, you learn the basics of how a printer works and gain a greater understanding of what they can really do. You will learn how to wire the control board, how to upload firmware, how the hotend works, and how to tune in your slicer to get perfect prints every time. Phase 1 is designed to be easy to assemble with no soldering, while also giving you the full learning experience of assembling a RepRap 3D printer. If you want to get started with 3D printing there is no better way than to build your own Phase 1. 

High-Quality Parts

With Phase 1 we wanted to offer the lowest cost 3D Printer that is still high-quality where it matters most.  Phase 1 is equipped with a genuine E3D hotend, not some cheap Chinese clone.  At Spark 3D we have a standard in features. We hate to see others charge extra for a heated bed or an LCD screen, they are essential to the printer.  That is why the Phase 1 comes standard with both.  With Phase 1 you receive the quality and features that come standard in a printer twice its cost.  

Specifications:

  • 200 x 200 x 200mm Build Volume (8 x 8 x 8in.)
  • Genuine E3D Lite6 / E3D V6
  • Uses 1.75mm Filament
  • Heated Bed Standard
  • Print Resolution up to 50 microns
  • LCD Screen
  • SD card reader for untethered printing
  • Print Speeds up to 60mm/s
  • Ramps 1.4 running Marlin firmware
  • Nema 17 Stepper Motors

3D Printing a 3D Printer

Phase 1 is a RepRap 3D printer and is mostly 3D printed, and with that we could not just use any cheap low-end filament. After searching for the perfect filament we finally found Makergeeks Raptor Series PLA. It provides the quality and affordability that no other filaments can offer. This also allows to you to choose from Makergeeks wide range of colors for your own printer. Colors available are:

  • Grey
  • Black
  • Clear
  • Natural
  • White
  • Chocolate
  • Khaki
  • Turquoise
  • Purple
  • Blue Steel
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Army Green
  • Pink
Phase 1 is a 3D Printed 3D Printer
Phase 1 is a 3D Printed 3D Printer

Phase 1 is a RepRap 3D printer

Phase 1 is a true RepRap 3D printer.  It is fully open source is based off the designs of many other great RepRap printers.  Being a RepRap also gives you the ability to modify and upgrade the printer as much as you like and then share those designs with the rest of the RepRap community. Together we can help upgrade Phase 1 to become an even better 3D printer.

Connectivity

Phase 1 is compatible with Windows and Mac or you print standalone via SD card.  Phase 1 runs Marlin firmware and uses gcode, it is compatible with Slic3r, Cura, and any other slicers that support Marlin.  

Sample prints

Twisted 6-sided Vase Basic by MaakMijnIdee, #3DBenchy by CreativeTools, Stretchy Bracelet by emmet (.2mm layer height)
Twisted 6-sided Vase Basic by MaakMijnIdee, #3DBenchy by CreativeTools, Stretchy Bracelet by emmet (.2mm layer height)

 

Owl statue by cushwa, #3DBenchy by CreativeTools (.2mm layer height)
Owl statue by cushwa, #3DBenchy by CreativeTools (.2mm layer height)

 Timeline

  • October - Campaign
  • November - BOM finalized and Suppliers notified
  • December - Parts arrive from suppliers and 3D printed parts printing
  • January/February- Delivery

The Future of Phase 1

Phase 1 will always be a work in progress and will never be complete.  As new 3D printing technology emerges, Phase 1 will be kept up-to date with upgrade kits available for purchase after all deliveries.  Upgrade kits in the works are Auto-Bed Leveling , Filament Runout sensor and OctoPrint module.  

 

Risks and challenges

Once we have the final number of printers ordered we will begin to contact our suppliers and start printing all of printer parts. We have chosen to do a very small batch of printers for our kickstarter run in order to ensure customer satisfaction and utmost product quality. With Phase 1 being a mostly finished product, we just have to finalize the BOM and we are ready to order parts. All that is left for us to do is create a good instruction manual as well as assembly videos.

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    You will receive an PEI build surface that will vastly improve print adhesion with any printer. A PEI build surface is a must have for your PHASE 1 and is strongly recommended for any printer.

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    ADD ON - E3D V6 Upgrade

    Add this reward if you want to swap the E3D Lite6 standard for an E3D V6 Hotend. The E3D V6 adds the ability to print almost every material, and reaches up to 400 degrees Celsius. This is only an Add-On Reward.

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    Early Bird - Phase 1

    Be the first to have the Phase 1! Includes a full DIY kit, with everything you need to start printing. Available in any color. Comes standard with E3D Lite6. **If you want to upgrade to an E3D V6 hotend also add reward #5.**

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    PHASE 1

    You will receive a full DIY kit, with everything you need to start printing in the box. Available in any color. Comes standard with E3D Lite6. **If you want to upgrade to an E3D V6 hotend also add Reward #5.**

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