It has been a very long journey and with a heavy heart, I am sad to say the RigidBot is no longer in business.
I leveraged all... Read more
As many of you know, the RigidBot 3D printer was originally a product of Invent-A-Part, Inc. In order to help the RigidBot reach its full potential it became necessary... Read more
We have had a lot of positive response to the FedEx upgrade option and are moving machines out the door. Tracking numbers have been provided and we will... Read more
Shipping Update + New Baby!
The option to use FedEx shipping is now available. The rates are calculated from the USA to your country. We will ship your printer in 1-2 business... Read more
We continue to work very hard to finish shipping out the last of the International RigidBot rewards. As many of you know we have been trying to ship... Read more
International Shipping Update
First of all I would like to thank all international backers for their continued patience, I am very sorry that what I thought was a solution on my... Read more
I want to give an update of where we are with the RigidBot.
The team at Invent-A-Part is working really hard to resolve the International shipping problem. We... Read more
Monday Update #67 - Actually Tuesday...
We continue to work around the clock to get out RigidBot and replacement / missing parts. We have shipped over 200 replacement parts packages alone last week. ... Read more
Monday Update #66
This is a very short update. We have shipped out all of our domestic orders, so if you have not received shipping information for your domestic order create... Read more
Monday Update #65
We continue to stay very busy shipping machines and we have now shipped about 95% of the Kickstarter pledges.
We are working on all of the trouble tickets... Read more
Monday Update #64
We are really far behind on trouble tickets trying to keep up with shipping printers. We have received the trouble tickets but, expect, that it will be an... Read more
Monday Update #63
We continue to ship kits and assembled machines as fast as we can. The air shipment with LCD components, main boards and dust covers is in Salt Lake... Read more
Monday Update #62
It has been a busy week for us at Invent-A-Part. We were able to ship a total of 460 machines within the last week! The machines have been a combination of Kits... Read more
Monday Update #61
We finally received the main boards today at 1pm (460 total boards). They got caught in customs and were finally released. We were able to get 111 machines packaged... Read more
Monday Update #60
I got back from China on Sunday afternoon, it was a long but very production trip. While I was there i was able to prepare all International shipments leaving... Read more
Monday Update #59 - China Trip
Things are going well in China. It took some time to get setup with China Post and get things in order for shipping. i was able to get enough... Read more
Monday Update #58 - China
I arrived in China on Thursday night and of course the airline lost my luggage...
Friday I visited the rework factory for the RigidBoard, they have almost finished... Read more
Monday Update #57
I had a great conversation with Carlton Dodd, he has posted most of our conversation on the google plus page however I wanted to post the information on the Monday... Read more
Monday Update #56
Thank you for all of your support this past week. It has been extremely busy and we are making great progress getting machines shipped. It takes time, however... Read more
Monday Update #55
It has been an exciting and very long week. The RigidBot Team has spent extra long hours working on the RigidBot this week and we are very pleased with... Read more
Monday Update #54
Happy Memorial Day - We are very excited about the RigidBot and plan on shipping out 100 machines tomorrow. To date we have only received 20 reworked boards but... Read more
Monday Update #53
Here are two prints using new materials - Flexible PLA and Laybrick.
There are a lot of questions this week so this update will focus on answering those... Read more
Monday Update #52
We are very excited for the final containers to arrive to Utah. We know that everyone is very excited to receive their RigidBot and we can't wait to... Read more
Monday Update #51
Status update - All of the Kits have been kitted. There are 900 kits in China and the rest are on the water.
Prints from this week.
Questions Answered ... Read more
Monday Update #50
The electronics factory is currently reworking the main board and I am pushing hard for exact dates on when they expect to airship the first shipment. We are... Read more
Monday Update #49 - Manufacturing Problem
Problems in manufacturing
Based on our testing, and feedback from the beta testers, we have identified some manufacturing issues on the main board.
As soon as we received... Read more
Quick Update - CE Certification / final upgrades
It isn't even Monday and I have an update!
We officially received CE Certification for the following items.
- Heated Base Plate Big - PCBA
- Heated Base... Read more
Monday Update #48
It has been one very busy day, I am sorry the Monday Update is coming late.
The Monday Update is the official point for information on the progress... Read more
Monday Update #47
It has been a busy and productive week! I finally received pictures from the kitting factory of the first 300 units. The first 300 (200 regular and 100 Big)... Read more
Monday Update #46
We have started the process of assembling printers! It has been a great experience and it is a lot of fun to see the RigidBot come together. Remember you... Read more
Monday Update #45
It has been a very exciting week. The first five printers deliverd last week have been beta testers. They have been assigned to assemble the kit based off... Read more
Monday Update #44
It has been a very busy week! We would like to thank each of you for all of your supportive and kind comments.
We have been busy... Read more
We have had a lot of toxicity and complaints in the comments section lately and I just wanted to follow with this update.
The RigidBot is a base price... Read more
First 300 Units arrive!
I am excited to report that the first 300 machines arrived from China today! To be more exact there are 200 RigidBot and 100 RigidBot Big machines. It... Read more
Monday Update #43
I received confirmation from the shipping company that the two containers have been released from customs and have arrived at the Salt Lake City, Utah distribution point. They are... Read more
Monday Update #42
I checked again with our shipping company and our container is "Under Review" and still in customs. I can't wait to get that container! but I will update everyone... Read more
Monday Update #41
I received information from our shipping company that the 300 units are at the port of Los Angeles and "in customs". If all goes well we should receive... Read more
Monday Update #40
It has been a very busy couple of weeks. Now that we have received a few full kits from China we have been able to see if all... Read more
Monday Update #39
We shipped the RigidBot Big Kit overseas to make sure the packaging is protecting all of the parts and to get a final kit from the factory. It... Read more
Monday Update #38 (Actually Tuesday…)
We had the great opportunity to go to 3D Printer World in Burbank California and I spent a little extra time there with the family. I just turned... Read more
Monday Update #37
We have received confirmation from the shipping companies that the 300 printers are in fact shipping. 100 RigidBot Big and 200 RigidBot Regular. We had a partial container the has... Read more
Monday Update #36
I have contacted the kitting factory on the schedule for delivery. They have confirmed that 200 RigidBot (10x10x10) and 100 RigidBot Big (12x16x10) machines will be shipped prior... Read more
Monday Update #35
We are still waiting for more information from our metals factory. However, what looks to be certain is 200 regular RigidBots and 100 RigidBot Bigs will ship before... Read more
Monday Update #34
We are still pushing hard to get all of the production parts to the kitting factory by January 15th. We will get a status from our metals factory with... Read more
Monday Update #33
I have an updated production chart. If there are not any unforeseen delays or problems we should have all of the parts to start kitting by the 15th... Read more
Monday Update #32
This is a short update, however we received a box of new metal bar samples today from the factory. We have resolved the problems with quality by having them... Read more
Monday Update #31
We are pushing as hard as we can to get the RigidBot out the door as soon as possible. I wish we could get it out now, but... Read more
Monday update #30
We didn't receive our plastics from China until today. We are really happy with the results and have signed off on most of them. There are a few... Read more
Monday Update #29
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! I had a ton of fun testing the RigidBot all week!
Here are a few of the prints.
My wife is way... Read more
Packages from China
Here is a look at what we received from China Today. It is not the complete kits, however it has most of the parts. We are still waiting... Read more
Monday Update #28
This is a short update today. We are receiving a lot of parts from China tomorrow and I will post an update on that tomorrow afternoon.
Michael... Read more
CE Certification AND more plastics
Here is a quick update on CE certification and Plastics. (And it isn't even a Monday!)
Just as a reminder, please finalize your pledge as soon as possible. ... Read more
Monday Update #27 - Finalize Orders
We are looking to get the last of the backers to update their pledge information on the Invent-A-Part website. So if you have not logged into the online... Read more
Monday Update #26
As many of you know we are doing our best to make sure the RigidBot is delivered as soon as possible with the highest level of quality. It... Read more
Monday Update #25
Hello everyone, we are making good progress on all of our production items. As we get closer to a finished product, we are keeping a close watch on quality. It... Read more
Monday Update #24
*I am so sorry! I fell asleep at the computer last night in the middle of the Monday update.**
This has been a busy week for all of... Read more
I have been so busy working on the manufacturing of the RigidBot. It is a full time job, and I love it. Unfortunately, I have not had a... Read more
Monday Update #23
I got back from China last night. I am way jet lagged so this will be a short update. Overall the trip was a success. I was able... Read more
Dual Extruder - Beta
The dual extruder is being offered as a beta product. If you are interested in the dual extruder it will include the following:
1. New aluminum head plate. You... Read more
Monday Update #22
It has been a very busy last couple of days. I arrived in Shenzhen on Saturday night and then traveled to the City of Ningbo on Sunday.
In... Read more
Hello everyone, we are taking the online system down for a period of time to do some maintenance. While the system is down it will give you an error message... Read more
Monday Update #21 - Online System
The online system is up and running and we have sent it out to 50 backers for beta testing. We will be releasing the system to all users based... Read more
Monday Update #20
It is a short update today. Things are going well with production in China. Unfortunately this is a Holiday week in China so the factories are closed. I am... Read more
Injection Molded Parts
Hello, Here are the pictures of the injection molded parts we received from China.
Monday Update #19
We received samples of some of the injection molded parts. (Corner, motor mount, pulley mount and 8mm Rod Connector) They look great! I will take a picture of them... Read more
Monday Update #18
Hello, I hope all is well with each of you. I wanted to take the time to update you on the RigidBot by cleaning up some loose ends.
Hope... Read more
Monday Update #17
I have received a lot of responses from the many vendors who are making parts for the RigidBot. For now, it looks like the plastics remain the furthest out... Read more
Monday Update #16
We continue to make progress on the RigidBot every week. It is what I do all day everyday. I am putting together a better timeline of delivery for... Read more
Monday Update #15
There is not a lot of additional information to report this week. I have been extremely busy finalizing the online system. It has been a lot more involved... Read more
Monday Update #14 Pictures
Here are the pictures I wanted to upload yesterday.
Monday Update #14
Hello Everyone, I am back from China. Ashli, my wife, did a great job passing on the information and keeping the Monday updates going. She is so awesome and helps... Read more
Monday Update #13
Hello everyone, Ashli here again. Michael put this post together from China for all of you guys. There is a lot of information and I hope you like it. Michael... Read more
Monday Update #12 (repost)
This is a repost of Monday's update. I accidentally did the last one "backer only"
My name is Ashli and I am Michael's wife. Michael asked me to... Read more
Monday Update #11
It has been a busy and productive week. All surveys have been sent out! If you have not already responded, please respond as soon as possible. In the survey... Read more
Monday Update #10
We have made a lot of progress this week with all of the metal parts. We have final designs of all of the metal parts and are ready for... Read more
Monday Update #9
Monday Update Time! I included a couple pictures of the large heated bed as well as some pictures of the final RigidBot Prototype. The steel bars will be black, however... Read more
Monday Update #8
There is not a lot to report this week. We continue to make great progress on the RigidBot and all manufacturing is on schedule. The online system is in its... Read more
Monday Update #7
We continue to make progress on the RigidBot and it is going great. We are still 100% on target to start shipping printers in September.
Power Supply... Read more
Monday Update #6 - Material Colors
Everyone who pledged $299 or more for a RigidBot 3D printer will receive one 1kg spool of White PLA materialwith their order. Thank you for... Read more
Monday Update #5 - Heated Bed
This is a short one this week. I thought I would show off the new heated bed design for the RigidBot 10x10x10. After we have finalized testing we... Read more
Monday Update #4
Happy one month anniversary, it has been one month since our Kickstarter has ended!
We have stayed very busy this week as always. We ordered the Heated Bed... Read more
Thank you for all of your thoughts and concerns. We are glad that everyone is as passionate about the success of the RigidBot as we are. There was a lot... Read more
Monday Update #3
We had a great week and lots of progress on the RigidBot. We shipped out all of the the Keychain and T-Shirt rewards. Those of you who pledged for... Read more
Monday Update #2
Hello and Happy Memorial Day!
A Very Productive Week
We had a very productive week last week. We have sent surveys to the KeyChain and T-Shirt backers and are on... Read more
Monday Update #1
The week sure goes by fast when we are working hard! We just received the money from Kickstarter, so we can now place purchase orders for the RigidBot!... Read more
Thank you for helping the RigidBot 3D printer reach $1,092,098.34! Truly amazing.
We are very excited about building 1952 printersand our number 1 goal is still to deliver... Read more
$5K away from the next stretch goal! $1,000,000!!!!
We are so excited about the community around the RigidBot! Thank you for all of your support! We are just $5k away from getting our heated bed. Tell... Read more
Final Countdown... + RigidBot LOGO
Hey everybody, we are getting down to the final hours! Just 32 hours left!
Don't forget EVERYONE needs to add shipping to your pledge (unless you are planning... Read more
LCD and USB Flash Drive Reader
We did it! $750,000 stretch goal – thank you for all of your support. Lets push to hit the $1,000,000 stretch goal; I don’t think it is out... Read more
Support Structure - High Resolution Printing
Thank you for helping us hit $700,000 today, we are almost to the next stretch goal!
Orange Dragon - Support Structures
Attached is a Dragon we printed on the RigidBot... Read more
We hit $670,000 today - AWESOME. Thank you for all of your support!
We have received some requests to hear the RigidBot in action, so we attached a short... Read more
The decision + Software
Well, we have received a lot of opinions and comments and we really appreciate them. We have decided to keep the stretch goals the same and offer the... Read more
Torture Test - Upgrades
Hey everyone, we wanted to thank you for all of your support! We have been hard at work around our shop. For the last week our printers have been taken... Read more
I thought that I would give you a little update on what we've been doing around the office. We have been in the process of taking our machines... Read more
Yoda Bust Print
Here is a side by side comparison of Yoda. The first set of pictures are printed in ABS at .1mm and took about 6.5 hours to print at 35mm/sec.
The... Read more
A few of you have asked if the Rigidbot could print miniature figurines so we decided to try it out. Here is the print of Olimyoo Pit-Slave by dutchmogul found... Read more
Some new things going on
Hey guys! We have some awesome things going on around our shop lately, and we wanted to share a few with you.
A few of you have asked for pictures... Read more
New Stretch Goals!
We wanted to thank all of our backers for helping us reach 1000% of our goal! We are amazed at the support and excitement that surrounds the RigidBot.... Read more
We wanted to build a special part on Easter. Even though we are at my wife's parents house for the holiday, we brought the RigidBot 3D with us so we... Read more
PLA Material and Stretch Goal
STRETCH GOAL. $200,000.
We want to thank our Backers and offer a stretch goal. If we hit $200,000, we would like to offer a free 1kg spool of PLA material... Read more
Thank you for all of your messages and questions. We love our backers! We have started the FAQ section and will continue to add to it based on your... Read more
Software and LCD / SD Card Reader
We have received some great questions, and most of them are related to 3 topics.
1. Software - We use the open source software Slic3r and Pronterface which is... Read more
Thank you for helping us reach our goal in less then 12 hours! MIND BLOWING! We are so excited to get the RigidBot into your hands. Our number one... Read more