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$1,913
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 27 2015
$1,913
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
4
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 27 2015

About

 
3D SIDEKICK DIRECT PELLET PRINTHEAD

First of all, Thank you for taking an interest in our Kickstarter.

We would like to raise enough funds to bring the "3D Sidekick Direct Pellet Printhead" to the manufacturing, creative design and development communities, who are interested in taking a giant leap forward in Large Format 3D Printing

By using the 3D Sidekick on your existing CNC machine, you now have the ability to make large precision parts in a short time by 3D printing the part and cleaning it up with the router or spindle on your CNC machine. With the 3D Sidekick you can do all this without leaving the original work surface, without remounting the part on another machine. This cuts setup time to mere minutes saving many hours of labor and shop time. And, you can do all this with inexpensive pellets instead of expensive filament, which saves money, saves on inventory and makes it easier to blend and color to your exact specs.

Take your CNC machine and add The 3D Sidekick Direct Pellet Printhead to the side mount of the spindle, connect the control cable to the 4th axis input, plug it in to 110v, and you have just set up the printhead for 3D Printing.

3D Sidekick Direct Pellet Printhead
3D Sidekick Direct Pellet Printhead

Now using the "Slic3r" program to generate your G-code, post it to your machine and you are ready to create.

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  • ABS, 1.5 mm layer height, Print Time 49 minutes
1mm (Small), 1.5mm (Medium), 2mm (Large) Layer Height
1mm (Small), 1.5mm (Medium), 2mm (Large) Layer Height
 
For a fraction of the cost of a new machine or large format 3D printer, you have added 3D printing and rapid prototyping to your profile of operations in your shop.
 
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Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

Eight months of design changes, part sourcing, working with distributors on everything from electronics to plastic pellets. Along with hours upon hours of melting plastic have lead us to the first commercially available "DIRECT PELLET PRINTHEAD".

Along on this magic and informative journey with me, has been two great and very patient friends. The machine shop guru (Phillip at PMK Machinery LLC) and a blessed plastics and composites distributor (Bill at Covenant Plastics). They have made my sketch on a paper towel into a well designed and fully functioning product.

With a combined 50 years of manufacturing experience under or belts. We can and will provide a level of confident, intelligent and courteous service in manufacturing, production and customer service that will make delivering our product on time to satisfied backers our number one mission.

As with everything, there are risk. Showing the world that pellets are cheaper and more efficient than spools of filament will be the big hill to climb.

Educating the people who already have CNC routers as to the new worlds and business opportunities this will bring to their existing operation will be hands on. From standing in their shop to answering their phone calls, text messages and emails in a timely and courteous manner.

If there is a set back. Dealing with it in a timely and efficient manner is the only way to do business.

Obstacles come from not preparing to do business. Supply chains, parts availability and the ability to be flexible in your design and production. This is the best way to minimize or avoid obstacles in all stages of your business.

While a prototype has been developed for proof of concept, the funds raised will help us to:

Establishing Supply Chains
Manufacture Tooling and Production Line
Production Run Of Units
On Going Improvements Of Assemblies, Controls and Universal Mounting System
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Deliver The First "Direct Pellet Printhead" to the Backers And The World Market

Once again, Thank you for taking the time to look at our project and I hope you find a reward that fits your needs and budget. Hope to see your name on our "Thank You" page.

Bill R.
3D Sidekick Direct Pellet Printhead

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    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    A "Thank You" note, a "3D Sidekick" Sticker and your name on our website.

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    A "Thank You" note, a "3D Sidekick" Sticker, Your initials (3 letters) Printed with the original 3D Sidekick 2" Tall, and your name on our website.

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    A "Thank You" note, a "3D Sidekick" Sticker, Your initials (3 letters) Printed with the original 3D Sidekick 2" Tall, T-shirt with 3d Sidekick Logo and your name on our website.

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    Pledge US$ 1,800 or more About US$ 1,800

    "Evaluation Team", An evaluation unit 3D Sidekick Direct Pellet Printhead "Pro Team" T-shirt and 2lbs of ABS pellets for testing. You will receive a new unit upon return of the evaluation unit along with the test and evaluation form (MSRP $3495.00)

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    "Early Bird Special" You will receive a 3D Sidekick Direct Pellet Printhead before it is offered to the rest of the world, a "Pro Team" T-shirt and 2lbs of ABS pellets. (MSRP $3495.00)

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    "OEM Distributor", You will receive 4 units and a territory of sales. Territory will be determined upon purchase. Please contact me for details.

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Funding period

- (21 days)