About this project
Read about RoBo 3D: MASHABLE AOL 3DPrinter.net 3Ders Konstructs
FAQs on ordering:
1) Unassembled Kit w/ ABS- $475+$99+shipping (locally or internationally)
2) If you already pledged for a kit and want to do a $99 ABS upgrade, just go to manage your pledge and add an additional $99 and we will be able to process it on our end. Thank you!
Feel free to message us with any other questions and please, if you have not added shipping to your printer ($48 US, $70 international) then please go into manage your pledge and add the additional amount according to your location. Thank you so much backers!
*Open source 3D printer that anyone can use, regardless of knowledge and skill level.
*Precise and high detail printing.
*Low cost without sacrificing quality.
*Easy to use/Easy to assemble
*Large print area 10x10x8in / 254mm x 254mm x 203.20mm
*Looks great, professional, and enticing
*Sturdy structure, high quality parts, built to last
*Great beginner printer, or advanced printer-RoBo does it all!
What is 3D printing?
3D printing is additive manufacturing that turns computer models into real physical things. It takes biodegradable PLA plastic filament, melts it into thin layers onto a surface, moves up and prints another layer. After layer upon layer, you are left with a physical object. You can use 3D modeling software such as Solidworks, the free google sketch up program, or go to thingiverse.com, download free things that people have already created, and print them out in your own home or office or classroom.
What is RoBo 3D?
RoBo 3D is the ultimate 3D printer everyone has been waiting for. We combined the best minds from the open source community, the best hardware we believe can give the best prints, and our own ideas based on our experience working with 3D printers. The open-source design is made so people like us can go online and find all the documents that show the ins and outs of how to make a RoBo 3D. In true rep-rap fashion, RoBo 3D has been made so that it can print out its own parts. Once in your hands, print out another for a friend! Come experience it and together, lets create something great.
Who is RoBo 3D for?
Architects- print out model homes and buildings for clients. Change and print out again without hassle.
Designers- Have an idea that you want to bring to life? Print out your designs and see if they were everything you imagined. If not, change it and print out the next idea.
Hobbyists/DIY- Easily create your projects in the comfort of your own home.
Small Business owners- Manufacture your own products at the office!
Students- Senior engineering project coming up? Use RoBo 3D to proint the parts you need to get the job done done.
Home owners- Replace broken household items for next to nothing!
What can you create with RoBo 3D?
The amount of things you can print out with our 3D printer are only limited by your imagination. The list goes on and on but some examples are iphone cases, prototypes, household items, replacement/spare parts, and more! There are plenty of free 3D modeling software out there such as; google sketchup, tinkercad.com.
3D Printer Beginners: Go to thingiverse.com, check out all the different designs people have created. When you see something you like, It's as easy as plugging RoBo 3D into the wall, plugging it into your computer via usb, downloading that design, and then let the printer do the work!
Why RoBo 3D is Great!
**Open Source 3D Printer that anyone can use
RoBo 3D was created for ease of use. Buying the fully assembled printer will allow you to plug it in, download an open source software like Google Sketchup, and start printing within minutes. You do not have to create anything yourself before you begin prints. Like we said, you can go to thingiverse.com, find something cool that has already been designed by other 3D printer artists, download it into Sketchup, and press print! Simple as that.
**Low Cost Without Sacrificing Quality
We wanted to create RoBo 3D to not break the bank in the Consumer 3D Printing Industry. For just around $520, we are not only one of the cheapest, but one of the most precise printers out there...Which brings us to our next topic:
*Precise and high detail printing
We had to make sure that our printer was extremely precise and as detailed as possible when printing. Still in the works, but these are some of the prints we have currently done! We will upload more as the crowd-funding continues.
Summary of Rewards
All RoBo3D assembled and disassembled kits will include plastic filament so you can get started from the minute you plug it in. Ready to go when you are!
RoBo T Shirt
PLA Plastic Filament: just what it says
A Bobble head of YOU:
Download 123D Catch on your smartphone and follow the instructions to capture your head in 3D space! send us the file and we will make a personal bobblehead of you or a friend!
RoBo 3D Printer fully assembled ready to go! PLA only
RoBo 3D printer with installed heat bed for ABS
Manufacturing Pipeline: From Start to Finish
After tinkering with other DIY 3D printers,such as Printrbot and Prusa, we decided to take our favorite components of each, and combine them into one awesome, easy to use 3d printer. Starting from scratch, we made 3D renders to see how our product would look on our desk. After agreeing on the right printer design, we set out to create it. Using mainly wood and our existing knowledge of key components, we made a mockup of our finished product. Our satisfaction of this mockup led us to further seek a manufacturing partnership. Using outsourcing websites and communicating with dozens of plastics manufacturers, we found a company to produce our 3D CAD engineered prototype. We based our encasing around the idea and concept that people can build into it. The holes are pre-cut, and pre-sized to fit the different screws, rods, etc in. The encasing will allow even the most beginner builder to make a RoBo 3D Printer. While working on manufacturing the right encasing, we simultaneously sought out manufacturers for different components such as motors, rods, bearings, wires, hot end, build platforms, and the open source community for different parts. We found the best tactics, what not to do, and how to build an effective and efficient 3D printer inside our encasing.
Production and fulfillment plans:
We will use a large part of the money to work together with our plastics manufacturer to create a mold for mass manufacturing so we can lower the cost per encasing in order to reduce our retail 3D printer price. This manufacturer has already successfully built us a prototype, has the 3D CAD engineered files and is ready to go once funds are provided.
While we are getting the mold manufactured, we will be simultaneously obtaining the other key components like motors, pulleys, etc which we already have developed the relationship with manufacturers for. We have gotten this to a point where we just need the funds to fulfill the orders for parts. For parts we can print, we will be running a RoBo 3D Farm that will allow us to print multiple parts at once that we can use to build Backer models. All this will be done in a timely fashion and we will make sure we are as efficient as possible when it comes to compiling and fulfilling rewards.
Risks and challenges
Some of the risks and challenges throughout the production of RoBo 3D are:
1) Overcoming great leaps when determining print quality- Everything in a 3D printer has to be tuned very fine in order for everything to work perfect. We know it will be a challenge and we challenge ourselves to create this product so that when it is fully assembled, it can be calibrated and in perfect working order very easily and efficiently. We know that that is the basis of a successful printer and we will strive throughout the funding stages to make sure that is our main focus.
2) Manufacturing the printer encasing- A large portion of the investment will go to creating a mold for mass manufacturing allowing us to produce the encasing for a much cheaper price in the future. Essentially, we will then be able to lower our printer retail price.
3) Delivering products in a timely manner according to our strict quality guidelines we impose on ourselves- we are almost fully done working on fine tuning the development of the encasing and all the components successfully working within the encasing so people can build RoBo 3D in their own homes if they wish to purchase the disassembled version. As the funding progresses and at this moment, that is something we are tackling and working directly with our manufacturer and CAD engineer on. It will be perfected and tuned properly and successfully. We also understand that in order to complete all the orders in a timely manner, we will need a way to build pieces quicker and consistently. Our solution to this problem is to build a RoBo 3D Farm with multiple printers all printing parts simultaneously.
4) The founders all have their own individual work schedules outside of RoBo3D therefore matching time and time committing has made the process getting here take a little longer. We have all spoken in regards to this and have all agreed that we are getting closer to a stage where we want to be doing this full time because we enjoy it so much. We just need that push to the next stage. Taking it one step at a time and trying to put out the best product possible to you all is our first concern.
Another topic we want to address here is that we will assure questions and concerns by backers will be responded to promptly and taken very serious. We want to succeed and we have been following many different past projects on kickstarter and we know that the only way to build success from this point is to make sure that the backers are our #1 priority during this campaign outside of perfecting our actual product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Currently, RoBo prints in both PLA and ABS filament if you order the upgraded version RoBo 3D Printer under rewards.
RoBo uses 1.75mm diameter filament.
.STL files are loaded into the software and are sliced into layers with the Slic3r program.
We like to use REPETIER-Host to control and print our objects, Any open source 3d printing software is functional with RoBo also, such as pronterface. You can download these programs for free off the internet.
By the end of our funding date, we will have put up assembly and calibration videos online (most likely YouTube). Assembly takes around 45 minutes and well show you how to do it.
Yes the ABS option prints both kinds of plastics. It comes with a heated bed all wired and ready to go to allow you to print with both plastics.
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