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Want to upgrade your 3d printer, we have something for you: the BBP
Want to upgrade your 3d printer, we have something for you: the BBP
Want to upgrade your 3d printer, we have something for you: the BBP
246 backers pledged $28,591 to help bring this project to life.

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The BBP is a 3d printer controller board, features everything you need to upgrade your 3d printer. It can also be used for laser cutters, CNC Mills, pick and place machines.

It is powered by AM335x, 1GHZ Cortex-A8 processor, and contains 5 or 6 stepper motor drivers, 3 heaters, 6 endstops, 6 fans, 1 microSD Card socket, 1 Ethernet socket, and 1 USB socket so you can connect with USB WiFi or camera.

It is Powerful!

The BBP runs on a powerful 32-bit ARM (1GHZ Cortext-A8), and with the help of Programmable Realtime Units inside this chip, it can generate high frequency step signal, at least 4 times faster.

 Firmware

We have developed a 3d printer firmware to fully use the PRU. With the help of this firmware, it is easy to generate high frequency step signal, and that is why BBP can make 3d printer faster.

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Apart from the advantage of speed, the BBP also makes 3d printer easier to use. 

Remote controlling & monitoring

It is quite mesmerising to watch a 3D printer create an object in front of you but sometimes you don't have the time to check it in real life.

WiFi enabled 3D printing

Connect an USB WiFi dongle to BBP, and it will enable your 3D printer to connect wirelessly to any web enabled device. There is no need for cables anymore and you can start, stop, and monitor your print from anywhere!

The BBP supports OctoPrint for remote controlling & monitoring.

Mobile Application

We also created an Android APP to make printing easier, which integrates the 3D viewer and the slicer. You can move, rotate and resize the model on the platform. When you want to print, you just need to press the make button, then it will automatically slice the STL file into gcode command and print it out.

Do you need to know more detailed hardware specification? Here you are!

Technical Specs:

Microcontroller

  • Texas Instrument Sitara AM335x, 1GHZ Cortex-A8 ARM
  • 2 Programmable Realtime Units (PRU) to generate really high frequency step and dir signals
  • 4GB eMMC
  • 512M DDR3 memory
  • 10/100M ethernet
  • microSD card
  • USB Host to connect USB disk, WiFi, Camera .etc
  • USB Device interface, shows to the computer as a mass storage device

Stepper drivers

  • 5 to 6 DRV8825 stepper drivers
  • 1/32 microsteps / step
  • Each capable of driving bipolar steppers up to 45V and 2.5A
  • Digital control of the current setting for each driver

Outputs

  • 3 heaters, 2 for extruder and 1 for HBP
  • 6 connectors for fan or LED light belt, all adjustable

Inputs

  • 3 Thermistor (ADC) inputs
  • 2 Thermalcouple (MAX6675) inputs
  • 6 endstops
  • 1 connector for external power button

Extensibility

  • 50 pins FFC connector for 24 bits TFT LCD and touch screen
  • connector for 2 extended steppers
  • connector for 3 extended heaters
  • Serial connector to print debug log
  • Lots of pins broken out, including step, direction and enable pins for the stepper drivers

We also offer a special version: BBP 1S, which allows you to print more materials and support dual Z-axis printers. 

It adds more powerful features,including a user defined stepper driver to support dual Z axis type 3D printer, 2 thermalcouples interface which allow you to print high temperature materials, 2 extended interface for steppers and heaters so you can add more extruders in your printer for color printing.

  $10,000 Our kickstarter company will be founded. 

  $50,000   A LCD and HDMI connector board will be created.

  $60,000   A extended board for more steppers and heaters will be created.

  $80,000   BBP will support the MachineKit software, which allow you to control more machines, such as Laser cutters, CNC Mills.

                   http://www.machinekit.io/

  $100,000  We will create another open hardware 3d printer.

                 We have created a 3d printer, uploaded on thingiverse:

                   www.thingiverse.com/thing:699667

   All rewards will shipped with wires and connector, so it will easier to connect with your 3d printer.

   You can find the design files of BBP at:

    https://github.com/fastbot3d

  $1     Thank you!

  $79    GEEK EDITION, the BBP Board

  $89    EARLY BIRDS, the BBP Board and one colorful box

  $109    CLASSIC EDITION, the BBP Board , one colorful box and one USB WiFi dongle

  $999   SUPOR EDITION, 10 BBP Boards, 10 colorful boxes and 10 USB WiFi dongles

  $99    GEEK EDITION, the BBP 1S Board

  $109   EARLY BIRDS , the BBP 1S Board and a colorful box

  $129   CLASSIC EDITION, the BBP 1S Board, a colorful box and a USB WiFi dongle

  $1199 SUPOR EDITION, 10 BBP 1S Boards , 10 colorful boxes and 10 USB WiFi dongles

OCT 2014 - Received the first prototype of BBP

DEC 2014  -  Remote controlling is developed

JAN 2015  -  Received the BBP 1S

FEB 2015  -  Contracted 2nd & 3rd manufacturer

MAR 2015  -  Start of our kickstarter company

                    Production of the early birds batch of BBP & BBP 1S

APR 2015  -  Completion of Kickstarter campaign

MAY 2015  -  Geeks edition batch rewards shipped

JUN 2015  -  Early birds batch rewards of BBP & BBP 1S shipped

Aug 2015  -  Classic edition batch rewards of BBP & BBP 1S shipped

                    All rewards shipped.

We are young but experienced enthusiasts of electronic and science. We were involved in many innovative projects in the fields of electrical engineering, automatics, computer science. With significant experience gathered during our work for large companies operating in the tech industry, we decided to establish our own brand and make our dream come true. We are FastBot, we make things cool.

Truby Zong

Co-Founder and CEO of FastBot

Embedded Software Engineer. Even the most advanced microcontroller is a piece of cake for him – nothing is difficult, he just needs time. 

Paul Fontanez  

Co-Founder and CFO of FastBot  

Android and Web Application Developer. It is thanks to Paul that the BBP is so great. He has made the Android and web server so that the BBP is easier to use, and allow you to remote control your 3d printer.

David Li  

Co-Founder and CTO of FastBot  

Electronic engineer, be skilled in FPGA and digital signal processing.

Jimmy Chan

Mechanical engineer ,Distinguished expert of drawing machine and injection molding machine.

Heidi

Community Manager , She is not very familiar with technology, but in this case it’s a big advantage. Her experience and combative personality complement our team's qualifications.

Risks and challenges

We have finished most of the electronic modules designing and prototype testing. For the production, we are negotiating with local factories. There is always risk when manufacturing systems as complex as electronics. We will spare no effort to meet deadline for delivery.
We will of course do everything we can to prevent any delays. We will be sure to keep you up to date at every step of the process whether the news is good or bad.
If you have any questions about the project feel free to contact us!

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