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The open source L5 3D printer has unique features that make it affordable and easy to use without sacrificing quality and style.

**Limited offer - get a L5basic kit for $499.00 **

Introducing the L5 and L5plus 3D printers.

***Update - Checkout the updates tab for more pictures and videos ***

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1650950769/l5-3d-a-stylish-and-affordable-3d-printer/posts

Hello Kickstarter, as a team we have built a 3D printer that has some unique features that make it affordable and easy to use without sacrificing quality and style.

Read about the L5 3D Printer on:

 3D Printing Industry - B3dge - Jakajima - 3D Printing Event

DIY 3D Printing - ikedahayato - Personalize

What makes this printer so unique?

This is not just another 3D printer!  See what makes the L5 printer so unique. 

Injection-Molded Plastic Parts

All of the molded parts have molded-in inserts that eliminate a lot of complication and extra hardware (no nuts to tighten!).  This allows the printer to be assembled quickly and provide consistency in manufacturing, making your printer more accurate. 

 New Head Design

We have taken components that we have liked from other designs and combined them to create our complete head design.  The cold end and the hot end combine to make a functioning and simple to put together head.

 X-Axis Movement

A gear on rack design controls the movement in the x-axis; this means there are no belts or pulleys, simplifying the assembly as well as eliminating calibration. 

 Y-Axis Movement

A uniquely designed motor mount allows both sides of the motor to control movement in the Y-Axis.  This ensures that the build tray will move evenly back and forth.

 Z-Axis Movement

We use ACME threaded rods and screws with two nema 17 motors wired in parallel.  One of the challenges is getting the Z-Axis to home to the build tray at the right level.  We have designed a special clip that snaps onto the Z-Axis rod, which fixes this problem making it simple to calibrate.

 Heated Build Tray

With a heated build tray, you can build PLA or ABS plastic without warping.  It is very easy to level with four screws, one on each corner.  Together with easy leveling and the Z-Axis clip you can have your build tray homed and leveled without getting frustrated.

 Snap-in Roller Bearings

The L5 printer uses 12 roller bearings to give it the smoothest movement in the X Y and Z-axis.

 Great Design

We wanted a printer that not only prints well, but also looks great.  A printer that would be a conversation piece that looked good on an office desk, in your home or at school.  We went through many design iterations until we found a design we felt was clean and simple.  A design that was inspired by speedboats and sexy cars.

Design Concept of the L5
Design Concept of the L5

 The KIT

If you want the adventure of putting together your own 3D printer the injection-molded parts make a big difference.   All of the molded parts have molded-in inserts that eliminate a lot of complication and extra hardware.   With easy to follow step-by-step instructions you can assemble the mainframe in less than 2 minutes.

 The roller bearings simply snap into their respective components making it easy to assemble.

 The electronics are all pre-tested and ready to run.  You just need to install them into their correct locations, add a few motors and hardware, and you are done!  With a little calibration you are ready to print.

The L5plus in kit form.
The L5plus in kit form.

 Fully Assembled

The fully assembled L5 and L5plus 3D printers have been designed to look great and print great.  They are simple to operate right out of the box.  With our unique frame design and high-end components you will have high quality 3D prints that look amazing.

The fully assembled L5plus on a desk at the office.
The fully assembled L5plus on a desk at the office.

Rewards:

$499 - L5basic Kit - **Mid-project Special**

  • All of the hardware you need to put the printer together
  • All of the electronics to control the hardware
  • A 5 foot sample of material  
    Online assembly instructions/videos and a link to download the printer control software

    * if you would like to add material, just increase you pledge by $18 per 1lb spool.

$695 - Complete L5 Kit

  • All of the hardware you need to put the printer together
  • All of the electronics to control the hardware
  • Choice of machine color (black, white or crowd choice)
  • USB flash drive with ready to print sample parts, printer control software and PDF of the assembly instructions
  • 3 - 1lb spools of material - colors of your choice
  • Printed Assembly Instructions

$795 - Complete L5plus Kit

  • All of the hardware you need to put the printer together
  • All of the electronics to control the hardware
  • LCD screen
  • SD card reader
  • Choice of machine color (black, white or crowd choice)
  • USB flash drive with ready to print sample parts, printer control software and PDF of the assembly instructions
  • 3 - 1lb spools of material - colors of your choice
  • Printed Assembly Instructions

$950- Fully Assembled L5 3D printer

    • All of the hardware and electronics assembled and ready to print
    • Choice of machine color (black, white or crowd choice)
    • USB flash drive with ready to print sample parts, printer control software and PDF of the calibration instructions
    • 3 - 1lb spools of material - colors of your choice
    • Printed calibration instructions

$1050 - Fully Assembled L5plus 3D printer

    • All of the hardware and electronics assembled and ready to print
    • LCD screen and SD card reader
    • Choice of machine color (black, white or crowd choice)
    • USB flash drive with ready to print sample parts, printer control software and PDF of the calibration instructions
    • 3 -1lb spools of material - colors of your choice

    • Printed calibration instructions

3D Printing

3D printing is an additive process that begins with simple software that slices your creation into layers (open source software that is included with your kit or fully assembled L5 printer).  Each layer is built one at a time on top of one another until your part is completed.

Coral Wall - Lamp Shade - Design by Dizingof - Printed - 10-26-12 (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:21488)

Why is 3D printing important to me?

The L5 printer will allow you to unleash your creativity.  Whether you are a student, teacher, engineer, product developer or designer, you can take your ideas and bring them into reality quickly and affordably. 

For so long people have had to restrict their creativity, either they don’t know about 3D printing, or it was too expensive.  Now you can!

 Here are just a few examples in my life where 3D printing has saved the day.

 #1 - My wife wanted a tie shaped sugar cookie for a party for our newly born son.  She didn’t have time to order one off the internet and couldn’t find one in our local stores, so she designed a simple tie shaped cookie cutter and printed it out on the L5 printer.  While she was making the cookie dough her custom cookie cutter was printing.  She now had the exact cookie cutter she needed for less than a $1.00 in plastic, and it made awesome cookies.

The cookies all frosted.
The cookies all frosted.

 #2 - I had a Stainless steel worktable at my office.  I was moving it from one side of the office to the other and I snapped off one of the plastic feet.  Frustrated, I looked online for a replacement and found that it was $17.00 and would take a week to get here.  I drew the part in SolidWorks and printed it out In about 4 hours.  It worked perfectly and it only cost me about $2.00 in plastic.

L5 3D Printer Highlights

·      Sleek frame design made from injection molded ABS plastic

·      Has a huge 7.5 X 7.5 X 7.5 inch build envelope

·      Has a heated build platform

·      Builds ABS or PLA plastic material

·      1.75mm filament for better print quality and extrusion control

·      Prints at speeds up to 1.6in/s (40mm/s)

·      Provides a layer thickness of .005in (.125mm)

·      Uses roller bearing and ACME rods to provide smooth printing for the absolute best results

·      We use high quality Sanguinololu electronics

·      USB connection to your computer

·      Easy to expand or upgrade

·      Uses intuitive open source software

L5plus includes everything above and…

·      Full LCD Display – allowing you to control your printer without a computer and check the status of your printer before, during and after the build

·      LCD Control Knobs

·      SD Card Reader, so you can load files via USB or with an SD card

**Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/L53D

**Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/L53dPrinter

Here are a few pictures of some of the parts we have printed on the L5plus printer.

Amazing Design by Dizingof - Printed - 10-26-12 Coral Wall - Lamp Shade - (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:21488)
Amazing Design by Dizingof - Printed - 10-26-12 Coral Wall - Lamp Shade - (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:21488)
Pumpkin - Printed ABS Ivory - 10-25-12
Pumpkin - Printed ABS Ivory - 10-25-12
Both parts were printed on the L5 Printer
Both parts were printed on the L5 Printer
Custom printed iPhone 4s case out of orange ABS
Custom printed iPhone 4s case out of orange ABS

We need your help Kickstarter!  In order to bring the L5 printer to market and keep it affordable for everyone we need to buy in bulk and get our custom injection molds made.

We are raising funds so we can purchase our injection molds as well as buy in bulk so we can make this project a reality.  A 3d printer that is affordable and easy to use without sacrificing quality and style.

Thank You for your support!

A vase design i downloaded from thingiverse.com printed in ivory ABS
A vase design i downloaded from thingiverse.com printed in ivory ABS

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have spent a lot of time developing our 3d printer. We feel that there are a few challenges to overcome.

Our first challenge is the fulfillment process. Once we have reached our goal on Kickstarter we will have to fulfill orders! That is a very exciting time, but we feel one of our largest challenges. We are confident in getting all of our components and injection molds completed, but we are not as experienced in fulfillment. We want to make sure we are able to coordinate all of the components into the correct kit and still make our deadline goals.

Challenge number two, is a consistent and accurate assembly of the completed printer. We have built several prototypes of our L5 printer. Each time we build a prototype there are unique challenges with the assembly. It has been a great learning process, and each time we make changes to better the next printer. We want to make sure we have the best quality printer and that it is repeatable. There are a lot of components in the assembly that require special skills to complete a perfectly functioning L5 printer. Our goal / challenge is to properly train other employees to complete the task.

The third challenge is customer confidence and satisfaction. We want to make sure that once our backers have the printer, and it is assembled and ready to print, they know how to use it to its full potential and to accommodate their specific needs. Software and hardware for 3d printers is difficult to use because not everyone has experience. The challenge we face is educating all of our backers in a simple way, how to properly calibrate and use the hardware as well as easily navigate the software.

We want to make sure you, the backer, is confident and happy with your purchase!

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