Focus: The First Multi-material Portable 3D Printer
Focus: The First Multi-material Portable 3D Printer
3D Print creative things with edible materials as well as PLA, ABS, wood, bio-rubber, nylon, bronze, ceramics and silicon! All in one!
3D Print creative things with edible materials as well as PLA, ABS, wood, bio-rubber, nylon, bronze, ceramics and silicon! All in one! Read more
About this project
The focus by 3D By Flow that translates your creative ideas into products made of all kinds of materials.
The ByFlow Focus is a compact, foldable, lightweight and durable 3D printer that is easy to transport, space efficient and can also print in high quality. Even setting up the Focus is easy and done quickly.
You can print much more
With this printer the print quality is much better than most of the competition in the same category. We spent a lot of time making the most out of one machine. With our multi-material printer you can print much more than just plastic parts. You will be able to print with many different materials like ceramic, silicon and even edible materials like chocolate. In this way you can personalize your print or food with your own drawing. Furthermore, we work with high quality and strong materials so the printer is not broken after a year of use.
The unique aspects
...It's with exchangeable extruders
Easily exchangeable and intelligent extruders allow for printing a lot more with a lot more materials. The different extruders will be a filament-, paste- and granulate extruder to make working with all kinds of materials easy and straight-forward. The filament extruder is included, the others can be ordered separately. The Focus uses magnets to aid an easy extruder switch.
The different extruder types make it possible to print with different materials like PLA, ABS, wood, bio-rubber, nylon, bronze, ceramic, silicon as well as edible materials such as chocolate. The various extruders (print heads) are recognized by the printer and the software adapts automatically. Also equipped with an extra end stop for accurate height adjustments. A unique piece of software has been especially developed with electronic extruder recognition capabilities. Moreover, featured updates will be possible without modifying your printer.
You can work with slic3r, Cura, Repetier Host or with for example Doodle3D. With Doodle3D you can draw your own design.
See in the FAQ how to print with chocolate, explanation of the software you can use, the materials and many more.
...It's lightweight and easy to transport
The Focus can be folded into a compact suitcase and can be taken anywhere. The suitcase only will be 7 kg, and helps protect against dust and other contaminants that can ruin your prints. After unfolding it’s easy to set up and doesn’t even need leveling or calibrating. It's set up in 20 seconds and print-ready within 2 minutes. You can insert your SD card and use the display to start printing straight away or use a USB cable and control it from the computer. With the replaceable print- beds you can even start a new print right after one finishes.
... It's with a high quality, stationary, heated and isolated print-bed Completely stationary, heated and with the bottom isolated print-bed, means no failed prints anymore. The stationary print-bed allows for more accuracy, especially with soft materials such as ceramics. The print-bed is also heated (up to 100°C) and isolated.
...It's doesn't need calibration
And no calibration means a completely fixed print platform.
...It's durable and prints high quality products
Because of the durability and rigid design of the Focus, it is possible to print in a consistently high quality, even after folding and unfolding.
...It's set up to fit later upgrades
The Focus is designed to facilitate the addition of upgrades.
We have made 20 printers and field tested them with various interested parties for meaningful feedback, with which we made the last few changes before our Kickstarter.
We are confident that we have addressed every important aspect of the project and we have worked very hard to make sure we have everything under control before showcasing the Focus to the world. Technical risks are extremely unlikely at this stage since the hardware has been extensively tested and the software is almost complete.
We have chosen for the Focus to be produced and manufactured in The Netherlands, and we already have a manufacturer lined up who is ready and willing to build our printer as soon as our campaign ends. We will be present when the first products come off the assembly line, to make sure everything is perfect.
Where are we now?
At the moment we are past the developing phase and have a fully working 3D printer. We have even been able to assemble a few printers. Once the Kickstarter campaign is complete we can ramp up production, guaranteeing delivery worldwide, and will continue developing upgrades.
What's in store for the future?
With this quality printer we offer a platform to enable you to easily 3D print with a lot of materials, we've even already been experimenting with chocolate and other types of food! At the moment we are working together with a Michelin-starred chef to combine high 3D printing quality with great tasting food. We have also already been asked to do 3D food printing demos and participate in food printing conferences both in The Netherlands and abroad.
This year, we willl produce a 2nd printer, an "MKB" printer (50x50x50cm) with modifications to facilitate use in healthcare - making prostheses - and a 3rd printer: a printer dedicated to printing chocolate for the world's largest chocolate maker. We will also continue to innovate, look for new materials and develop the Focus.
Why we need you?
Tooling, production, and fulfillment are expensive. Funding all up front produces too high a risk for a small company like ours. We are ready to start production of the 3D By Flow Focus printer, we just need your support to ramp up production efforts so that we can deliver it to you as early as possible. The sooner you pledge, the sooner we reach our funding goal, and the sooner we will start production.
To reach our funding goal, we need as many backers as possible. Please help us spread the word by telling your friends and family, and by sharing this page on your social media.
Let's get focused with the Focus by 3D By Flow!
Special thank you
Ward Hupperets, Johan Vrielink(Flevobike), Marcio Barradas , Mateo Blanch, Juan Medina, Peter Briër, Paul van Doremalen, Kees Hoeijmakers, Ruben Roumans, Bart Beckers, Mehmet Baksi and all the friends and family.
Special thank you to the chefs
Wouter van Laarhoven, Marijn Roovers, Peter van Rooij, Tim Raue and Bart Aussems
Risks and challenges
VAT and Shipping
Value Added Tax:
Because we're based in the European Union (EU), we need to charge a VAT rate of 21% for backers within the EU. After successful ending of the campaign we will contact you by email for the exact location you want your 3D Focus to be sent to. If the location is inside the EU we'll send you a request to pay the 21% VAT before shipping. Once you've fulfilled that request we will send out your package as soon as possible.
If you live outside the EU (for instance the USA or Canada) we won't charge VAT. Local VAT and import tax might be applicable to you. Your countries local customs department will collect the import tax and VAT if necessary.
Shipping costs vary by location and country. To keep the shipping costs as low as possible for you, we will charge the costs individually. After the campaign we will send you a survey to give us your address details. Based on your location we will provide you with the exact costs for shipping. When we are ready to ship we will ask you to pay for the shipping costs.
Risks and challenges:
Every project has it own risk and challenges. We have minimized the risks as much as possible. The 3D Focus is a finished, working product instead of a prototype. This way we are certain no unexpected challenges are left in the design.
We have communicated a lot with our suppliers and all of them know we're launching this campaign. They are ready to ship the parts we need. Delivery and shipping time has been set, so that we can give you the most accurate delivery time possible.
After the campaign we will set up our production. We have enough people behind us to call in and work with us to complete production. If production might get delayed, these helping hands will make sure we catch up and get the printers out on-time.
We are discussing the best shipping options with our logistics partner to make the shipping as smooth as possible. This includes the best rates for you and tackling any foreseen difficulties with customs. Component parts availability and lead times are well taken into account, that's why we have six months between the end of the campaign and the delivery. Our goal is to deliver before the estimated delivery date.
3D By Flow guarantees all mechanical and electrical components for 60 days after delivery. If you have received a Focus with faulty/defective/missing parts, please contact us by submitting a Broken/Missing ticket inside of this 60 day window. The component must be deemed defective by 3D By Flow. If a component is found to be defective, 3D By Flow will provide a replacement part.
This warranty only covers normal use of the printer. 3D By Flow shall not be liable under this warranty if any damage or defect results from (i) misuse, abuse, neglect, improper shipping or installation; (ii) disasters such as fire, flood, lightning or improper electric current; or (iii) damages incurred through irresponsible or other non-recommended practices. All shipping fees both to and from 3D By Flow during the 60 day period must be paid by the original purchaser.
3D By Flow will accept returns within 15 days of the date of delivery. After obtaining an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) from 3D By Flow, you may return your item(s) for a valid reason within these 15 days. After this 15 day period, your purchase is final and no returns will be accepted. 3D By Flow charges a restocking fee of 10% of the purchase price (price of the product, excluding tax and shipping), and in addition the buyer must pay all shipping charges (shipping charges on the initial purchase is not refundable).
The 10% restocking fee goes to the cost of us verifying, disassembling, repackaging, handling and re-testing components. 3D By Flow has the sole discretion to determine whether or not a returned product is eligible for refund.
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