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3D Pandoras based on powder technology: Give you a colorful, affordable 3D Pandora printer. The real Full color with CMYK 3d technology
3D Pandoras based on powder technology: Give you a colorful, affordable 3D Pandora printer. The real Full color with CMYK 3d technology
65 backers pledged $156,885 to help bring this project to life.

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Why do we want to design Pandoras for you?

Since using the 3D printer, we always have to print lots of models. However, final printout(s) will be significantly different due to the complexity level of each model. Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology, developed by S. Scott Crump in late 1980s, was very popular and commonly used in 3D printing regarding to modeling, prototyping and production applications. The primary issue on this technology is that it usually requires support structures. These support structures need to be removed (either broken away or washed away). The process will be not only time consuming and involving high costs, but it is disastrous if it ruins the final printout(s). An additional limitation on FDM technology is that only one color can be printed at a time. Efficiency issue is highly questioned. This type of printer cannot meet our needs well. What we really need is a fully fledged 3D printer, which can transform 2D to 3D with full color capacity and make our dream come true. Ideally, as long as we can draw an object on the paper, our 3D printer can print it out in an efficient and effective manner. 

Gypsum Powder

The object provided by our supporter  to show our capacity"Gary Wu". Thank you! ;)
The object provided by our supporter to show our capacity"Gary Wu". Thank you! ;)

Sugar Powder

Paper Powder

Rice Husk Powder

Gypsum Powder

 

What magic powers does “Pandoras” have?

After we own Pandoras, everything is so simple on 3D printing and life becomes beautiful again.  

1. We do not have to worry about what position the object should be placed on. Success rate can be achieved significantly higher than before.  

2. We can take support structures out of our minds and totally forget about their positioning, density etc. The most important thing is that we do not need a whole bunches of tool kits to take away support structures.  

3. No matter how complex 3D objects are, we can use Pandoras to make it happen with little effort.  

4. OMG! Finally we are able to have 3D printout(s) with full color capacity. Product(s) can be applied to:  

a. General single-colored 3D object for engineering purpose 

 b. Full color on bas-relief

c. It also can be used as molding through mixing powder from metal material into gypsum or casting it into copper and aluminum alloys  

d. A wide range of colored 3D objects

The material we used is powder under our special treatment. We spent six years working on the “magic” powder for more than a dozen trials and errors. Ultimately we come up with a highly satisfactory recipe until this year. This recipe will let the printout have better appearance and it will not “collapse” when the printing is over. After the completion of printing on each layer, we still need to use a “special” type of binder, which will make powder from each layer adhere more tightly than before. Although this step costs us lots of effort and resource, the progress is developed tremendously and quality of the printout substantially improved. We all strongly agree it worth us doing it. After the printout is finished, we will soak it into our “exceptional” curing agent for 20 seconds in order to improve its toughness and hardness. Since this additional step is over, we just need to take the object out and finalize the shape and it’s done. If you need to print out an object for a quick and dirty use, you can simply pour curing agent onto the object. The finally quality is still good to use but less hard and durable compared with soaked version. Below is the complete picture for our related material, including “magic” powder, “special” binder and “exceptional” curing agent. Please enjoy!

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Product Specifications:

1. Build Volume Size: 300 * 292 * 140mm ( or 11.8’’ * 11.5’’ * 5.5’’)

2. Resolution: 9600 * 2400dpi 

3. Prototyping: 10mm / hr ( or 0.4 inch / hr)

4. Machine Size: 100 * 80 * 170cm ( or 39.4’’ * 31.5” * 66.9’’) 

5. Weight: 70kg ( or 154 lbs)

6. Color: CMYK

7. Power Supply: 110VAC or 230VAC

8. Material: Powder(Gypsum, Rice Husk, Paper, Sugar), Clear Binder, Clear Curing Agent  

How much effort do we spend on Pandoras? 

Our hardware is co-developed by over a dozen of working professionals. Its prototype started from the first generation to the sixth generation. We use four separate control panels to control the entire printer. However, we believe our best can always be better. A further optimization will occur in the future. If we have the opportunity to get your support, we hope that the whole machine will have no extra buttons. All of the external controls will be able to be integrated into a unified control panel. Additionally, all functions can be migrated into the software system. Unlike a traditional machine which has many useless functions and buttons, our product will be simple and very user-friendly to implement. The total outlook will be simplified for three distinct zones, including “Power” button, “Execution” zone on the upper side and “Maintenance” zone on the down side. Our dream is to simplify the operation process for users. This will come true in the near future.

How does the printer operate?

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Software History

Our software systems have two versions. They are “3D Pandoras Printer 6th Generation Single Color” and “3D Pandoras Printer 6th Generation Full Color.” As the model name suggests, one is for single color printing and the other is multi-color printing. We sincerely hope our customers will enjoy using our products once they receive them, which is able to be integrated into one complete set and very easy and intuitive to use. The only thing that customers have to do is to load your target image into the software and press “Print” button. That’s it! Your perfect 3D object will be available momentarily. Furthermore, we also have “Expert” mode available for customers, who are looking for more customization on relevant parameters. This mode will capacitate customers to pursue perfection on 3D printing. Unbelievable!

Team History

Our team has been established for six years. By combined effort and expertise from several teams with collectively over a dozen of experts and professionals in this relevant field, we already made a total of six prototypes of Pandoras. Each one is our masterpiece attributed to our persistent hard work. It takes our team countless nights and wee hours to stay at laboratories, working hard through computers and writing thousands lines of codes. What’s more, we tested more than a dozen of different types of powder and binder. Additionally, we modified at least ten versions of control panels. Until this year, we finally obtained satisfactory results. Currently we are ready to enter the pilot production stage and will cautiously review and strengthen the reliability of the product to ensure the final product can meet our needs in a close to perfect manner. We desperately need your support to make this product come into the world and truly born in each laboratory where R & D staff work there. We cannot wait to see you use our products to design the perfect 3D model. We will be very proud of it!

We look forward to your support on our “3D Pandoras”

As you may not be aware, what a good price can you get if you are willing to be our supporters at “Kickstarter?” Our “3D Pandoras” future market price will be around $10,000. If you join our supporter list, you will only spend one third of the price to get this most advanced printer, whose price can actually match FDM printers. This is our maximized sincerity because your support  will be our best return.   

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Risks and challenges

Software combination:
Currently, our software, single colored or fully colored slicing, preview and operation are completely separate. Before next year’s shipping, we hope that all the software components can be integrated into our newly developed software platform. In order to achieve this goal, our team recruited lots of professors and sophisticated PhDs from highly recognized universities to work together. In addition, our HR team is actively looking for and recruiting more talented people to join our family. However, we have to say that this job is very hard and tedious. We will try our best to make that happen.

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS

After we observed lots of Kickstarter's campaigns, we found that many manufacturing companies are facing the same problem "supply chain management and control." Fortunately, our production base is in Taiwan. All the large and small sized electronic parts suppliers, machinery equipment even Japanese precision machinery vendors, are close to us, we always have the opportunity to find a better supplier to maintain our quality to a high level. However, testing and perfect quality control, are really time consuming. Although our team is highly sophisticated and experienced, it may cost us longer time than usual to work on supplier verifications and production process control. Therefore, we set up delivery time at April 2015 because we hope we can utilize this critical time frame to do our best on the most difficult section. This will be our best gratitude toward our backers from Kickstarter, who usually support us with great care and patience.

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    Branded Special! This level is for those who love our printer and want to get the special color with your name on it. There are 5 colors, like Gold, Silver, Blue,White and Black that you can pick up any one of it.
    Get The 3D Pandoras Printer 6th Generation Full Color at a very limited special price and help kick off our launch. You will also get a special “Branded Supporter” badge with your order. Comes with Three kilograms powder, 1000ml Clear Binder and 1000ml Clear Curing agent.
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