About this project
LumiPocket LT: a Revolutionary Personal Fabricator
LumiPocket LT is the first multi-purpose, SCARA-based, Light curing 3D Printer. It is an affordable, standalone, compact tool that can take your Maker projects to a new level! It is more than "just" a high quality, resin based 3D Printer: it is also a fast PCB etching machine, and a Laser engaver that can work with many different materials!
We have been selected in Kickstarter Staff Picks! (You won't see any "staff picks" badges due to Kickstarter policy about badges here). We have been featured in many of the most important websites about tech and 3D Printing, with a lot of articles just on the first day! Thanks to all our backers, we have reached our goal in just two weeks!
"the LumiPocket is interesting (...) and they’re using a SCARA arm to move the laser around"
"The LumiPocket is already an extremely versatile machine" 3D Printing Industry, 24/08/2015
“...an affordable and cool-looking resin 3D printer (...) At that price, the engraving and etching options are just fantastic bonuses to have.” 3Ders.org 24/08/2015
“it’s going to look great. So if style is a requirement, that’s covered (…) here’s a great way to add functionality without having to purchase an entire lineup of machines to get your projects completed.” 3Dprint.com 24/08/2015
"the LumiPocket is interesting (...) and they’re using a SCARA arm to move the laser around" HackADay 30/08/2018
“The interesting feature is the unusual mechanism used to move the laser. They’ve developed a “Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm”, or “SCARA” system (...) a great price for an inexpensive resin 3D printer.“ Fabbaloo 26/08/2015"
What can I create with LumiPocket LT?
Combining 3D printing, laser engraving, PCB etching features you can create complex projects with a single machine: in this example, we created a Japanese-style lamp, with a led that simulates a flickering candle. The body was 3D Printed, the lampshades were laser etched from a vector image, and the controlling PCB was UV laser etched.
The final result is impressive, and it is just an exampe of how flexible LumiPocket LT can be! (The project files can be found here)
What does SCARA mean?
The SCARA acronym stands for Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm. Its main advantage is the jointed two-link arm; this feature allows the arm to extend into confined areas and then retract or “fold up” out of the way. We modified this design so it can cover all the printing area with the smallest possible footprint. This system allows also good quality and speed; normally its main drawback is that controlling this arm involves inverse kinematics for linear interpolated moves. However, the software we designed takes care of all this and is completely transparent to the user!
Your first light-curing, resin-based 3d Printer
Light-curing, Resin-based 3d Printing is fast and provides much more quality than FDM 3D printers, specially with 3d models with small details.
The maximum printing size is 10 cm diameter by 10 cm high; on LumiPocket LT we suggest our LumiReact and FunToDo resins, however it is also compatible with MakerJuice, 3D Materials, Spot-A and Bukytown Polymers UV pigmented resins.
LumiPocket LT is a UV laser based 3D printer, with a resolution of up to 50 microns on the Z and 100 microns on XY axis. Run our cross-platform Software, slice your 3D model (binary or ascii .Stl file), and save the printing job to an SD card: insert it into the LumiPocket LT, it will do all the rest!
A fast PCB etcher
Ever wanted to make a custom PCB? Of course you can make it "the old way", by printing the mask with a laser printer, aligning the PCB board, than exposing to a UV lamp.. but why not just put a presensitized PCB board into LumiPocket LT's special tray, import your PCB files, and watch it etch your PCB that is then ready to be developed? Quick and easy! Please note that at the moment the resolution of the current prototype is not enough for SMDs based PCBs, but works for standard (pass-through) PCBs.
A compact laser marker & engraver
LumiPocket LT can engrave many different materials using the integrated UV laser. This feature is very useful for example if you want to create business cards, QR codes, coasters, and much more. We tested many materials, including MDF, wood, expanded PVC, heavy cardboard and leather.
Both raster and vector mode are supported by our software. In raster mode, you can load any image (bmp,jpg,gif,png) and it will be converted into and 8 bit grayscale dataset that will be engraved on desired surface. In vector mode, you can load any .svg vector file and get more precise lines and text.
Laser engraving is a feature we are still improving; a feature that we are now testing is metal etching, where a vector based image is etched on the metal surface of a board, with the help of a chemical process.
What are the main advantages and specifications?
LumiPocket LT is a unique machine: it is designed to have a very low power consumption, using less than 5W. It has a very compact size: 20 x 12 x 38 cm, weighting less than 2Kg.
It is completely autonomous, so after you have created a printing / engraving / etching job with our software, you can simply insert the SD card into the LumiPocket LT and it will do all the rest, turning off after the work is done.
You can also have a look at this interactive 3D Preview of LumiPocket LT by navigating through the scene and discovering its main features.
Please remember that for any pledge amount, you are not just buying a product, you are also helping make high quality 3D printing accessible for everyone, from professionals to Makers.
Shipping costs are specified for each perk, and include a standard trackable shipping service. Import duties taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping.
Your support is important! Even if you are not interested at this time in LumiPocket LT, you can pledge 30€ and you will receive a wonderful 3D Printed litohpane from a photo of your choice. The quality is incredible, and you have to see it in person!
If the 100k Stretch Goal is reached, LumiPocket LT will feature interchangeable heads: this will allow for use of additional heads that will expand the LumiPocket LT capabilities.
A set of 3 heads is already in prototyping stage, and will be available in Q3 - Q4 of 2016. The set will include a milling head, for MDF, foam of different densities and other materials. A special configuration of the Scara arm that is being tested allows for a wider working area when milling, covering up to 18cm diameter. The other two heads included in the set will be a probe/scanner for surface geometry acquisition, and an open-source head that can customized by users.
LumiPocket LT uses an UV laser rated at 200mW; it is not a very powerful laser, however it is very important to provide adeguate shielding. We used a plexiglass cylinder with and UV blocking film for our current prototype, with a safety mechanism that turns off the laser if the shield is opened.
If you are interested in becoming distributor or reseller of LumiPocket LT, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you by the end of the campaign.
Since this is not our first time producing a 3D Printer after a crowdfunding campaign, we already know what are the main milestones during the process that starts from an idea (and a working prototype) and ends when the last perk has been shipped. Below you can find how we plan to produce LumiPocket LT after the campaign.
We got this badge from Dragon Innovation, stating that we are on track for a solid development and production plan.
Davide and Manuela are Lumi Industries' founders.
R&D is coordinated by Marin Davide, CEO and founder. Andrea helped us in the technical and electrical design. Sisto Girardi is our consultant for patents and administration; Vicenza Thunders is our main consultant for electronical design and engineeing. Administration, customer care, support and dealing with suppliers is managed by Manuela, co-founder. Dimitri is a freelance videomaker that helped us making the video of this campaign, Enrico did all the special effects, while Giorgio helped us with the planning.
Music in the video: Awel by stefsax
Many collaborators have helped us during this months and we would like to thank them all for their precious support!
A special thank to Francesca, Simone & Romina, Enrico, Michela Valentina, Fabio L.,Nuvola, Nusca and Paolo, Colette, Tifu,Mel and to all our friends and backers of previous Lumifold and Lumipocket campaign for their support and for believing in us!
If you want to know more about the story of Lumi Industries, check us out on OurBoox.
Risks and challenges
From our last experience with Lumipocket, our last campaign, we have finally defined a group of reliable suppliers who already know what what we need and when we want it. Moreover, most parts have already been produced with success and needs only to be replicated, so that all our attention can be put on the UV laser module, so on half of the components.
Assembling and testing it is another critical moment, and testing is never enough. You need to be completely sure that what goes out from your warehouse is a perfectly working device without any defect.
Then, for sure, for Murphy’s law, something will always go wrong or delay will be there, but we feel that we have enough experience now on managing unexpected troubles and solving problems in the best way and in the fastest time. Maybe this is the best lesson we have learned from our past campaigns and from our experience as a fresh start-up: even if all seems to go smooth, you need always to be prepared to fix something in your product, in your working method, in your supply, even in your team! You always need to be flexible and responsive to find a new solution.
Now the major risks are due to a more complex product, and the use of laser, even if low power, in this machine will make the certification process more difficult, and we are aware of this.
If you will decide to support us again backing this project, be sure that we will always keep you updated, sharing with you all what will be going on during production months, so that you will feel really like a part of our team and will be aware of what is going on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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