About this project
A big thank you to all backers! It’s really amazing that we've received pledges beyond our initial funding goal. Because of all of your support, we can make our dream come true. And now, we can offer you even more cool things.
There are 4 stretch goals. When the goals are met, the following additional rewards will be added to the rewards of every backer who get a machine (i.e. backers who pledge $499 or more). The rewards are all consistent with our 3 core ideas: UNLIMITED, ELEGANT, and SIMPLE. All of them will enhance the FLUX for every user.
A Difficult Choice Made Easy
With so many 3D printer options, it can be difficult to decide on the right model. Luckily, FLUX makes the choice easy by combining printing, scanning, laser engraving, and more modular functions. It is the only 3D printer you will ever need – for work or at home.
The Right Choice for Everyone
Unlimited, elegant, and simple — FLUX is the right choice for everyone because it is simple to set up, elegantly designed, and has an unlimited capacity for expansion. In addition to the basic FFF (fused filament fabrication) 3D printing, FLUX is equipped with a built-in 3D scanner and supports an ever-increasing array of interchangeable modules. FLUX is the everything 3D printer that grows with you— meeting not only your 3D printing needs today, but also of all your tomorrows.
With FLUX’s modular design, customizing your FLUX experience to meet your specific needs is a cinch. Modules come with magnets for effortless interchangeability–no tools needed.
FLUX’s 3D printer uses high resolution stepper motors to print objects of stunning quality. The 3D printer comes with three efficient cooling fans that enable printing with precision at top speed while minimizing the risk of malfunction due to overheating.
Not everyone can make 3D models. FLUX has a built-in 3D scanner that allows you to clone 3D objects effortlessly – just like using a copy machine. No need to learn complicated software! The only limit is your imagination.
Laser Engraving (Expandable Option)
Personalize your creation with FLUX’s laser engraver. FLUX’s first interchangeable module is a 200mW laser head that allows you to take your creativity to the next level.
The laser engraving module is only the beginning. Many other modules are under development, including a dual extruder, a ceramics extruder, and a pastry extruder (for chocolate, jam, and many other edibles).
FLUX has an open module SDK. Besides developing our own new modules, we have also invited other talented engineers to create more modules and to share their ideas with the user community. We are collaborating with several promising startups to develop innovative toolheads for special materials and applications!
FLUX is the most elegant 3D printer on the market. Enjoy watching your creativity take center stage!
Perfect for Any Setting
FLUX is extremely compact. Unruly wires are hidden from sight. Its elegant look fits any setting or decor. It is small enough to blend in with your living space but large enough to satisfy your creativity.
FLUX is not only just another gadget – it will change how you see the world. Imagine this: you want to prepare a special gift for your significant other. She adores chocolate – and elephants. If only you could give her a chocolate elephant.
With FLUX, you can! Simply choose an elephant model from the open source files or scan your own model, swap in the chocolate-printing module, and press print! Why settle for a generic gift when you can customize the perfect present every time?
Go from unboxing to printing in just a few minutes. FLUX is built with several easy-to-assemble modular components. When FLUX needs repair, just replace specific parts instead of the entire machine.
Operate FLUX with ease from your smartphone! FLUX is designed to connect wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet, or other devices via Wi-Fi.
FLUX Studio: User-friendly Interface
FLUX Studio (currently in development) provides user-friendly softwares for more sophisticated design needs. FLUX Studio simplifies the process of 3D modeling, hardware control, and system configuration.
While FLUX Studio is extremely intuitive and easy for beginners, the advanced settings also provide a robust tool for professional users.
FLUX was built from scratch. We gathered the team and each member wrote down all the functions and capabilities we wanted in FLUX. Some were attainable while some were just fantasy, but that’s where our dream started.
We took the best parts of open source designs and infused them with our own ideas. Our dream took shape with the rotatable base for the scanner, interchangeable modules, and seamless integration of software and hardware.
We have been through 4 different prototype versions and built over 30 working units. We showcased our creation at Maker Faire. We are now ready to take the next step of mass production.
We want to create a 3D printing lifestyle where everyone can explore his or her creativity. To enable this lifestyle, FLUX is priced within the reach of most households.
Our machine is fully functional as demonstrated by our video. Our current main priority is to begin mass production. Building a single prototype and producing in large quantities are two different things. We are doing everything we can to provide you the best product, but we will need your support for our project and our dream.
While we prepare for mass production, we are putting on the final touches to refine the existing integration of the software and hardware.
We are a young, but professional team from Taiwan. We have recruited top talent who share the same passion for 3D printing and the dream to bring 3D printing into everyone’s lives.
Our team includes specialists in industrial design, software programming, hardware engineering, marketing, and operations. Our team slowly came together through previous business projects, where we not only acquired knowledge and experience in a range of fields, but also learned how to work seamlessly as a team. Now is the time for us to combine our talent and passion to build FLUX through mass production.
We also have many experienced mentors, advisors, and motivators behind the scenes. Of course, that includes our backers on Kickstarter! We believe that our team will get bigger and stronger with your support!
We are honored to announce that the team of Discov3ry (www.structur3d.io) has collaborated with us as our first partner in technological development in early October this year. With their outstanding input, we believe that all modules of FLUX can be developed sooner and work better!
The Last Magical Ingredient: You
We are dedicated to beautify all that is around us by promoting the use of 3D printers. We believe that this will lead to improving the quality of people’s lives, and our ultimate dream of changing the world.
Appreciation is extended to every open-sourcer that has made this product possible. This is just the beginning of our journey, and we are inviting you to join us. If you are interested in our product, we look forward to hearing from you. Whether you make an actual purchase or simply offer a piece of advice, your feedback is extremely valuable to us.
We are grateful to everyone who has helped us out along the way, and that includes you. Thanks for reading about our project and hopefully we can hand over our FLUX to you in the near future.
And Creators Of Magical 3D Models!
Julia Vase #011 by Virtox
Low-Poly Totodile by Flowalistik
Marble Head by Bdipaolo
With Creative Commons - Attribution License
Risks and challenges
No one wants to see a good idea executed poorly. We have worked extremely hard to prepare this product for manufacturing, but we still face several challenges.
For a high quality machine, we require precise parts. Therefore, we decided to produce our parts with injection molding. Injection molding requires large capital expenses, which means that we need to secure a very reliable manufacture partner that will deliver great quality. We have talked to many reliable manufacturers in Taiwan who would like to support our production. All we need is the capital to execute mass production. There is typically a 60-day lead time to fabricate the molds, and this is where delays may occur because we strictly demand the best quality for our parts. To prevent this delay, we have also been working hard with mold design specialists.
SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS
Our components can be divided into two categories: injection molding parts and other parts. We have already secured some of the suppliers for the other components. The remaining issue is setting up warehouses for the production line. This is why we are constantly working with supply chain specialists to establish an efficient and reliable production line – so that we can deliver this amazing product to you as soon as possible.
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