About this project
A special message from HYREL 3D:
A Rugged all-Metal 3D printer pre-assembled and tested. Print plastic parts you design or download immediately.
We created the HYREL 3D Printer to be a pre-assembled 3D printer anyone can take and use right-away. The only thing you have to do is pull it out of the box, install our 3D printer software, plug it into the wall & your computer, and start printing!
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Who are we?
We are a small group of engineers, designers, and business people who have been making automated machines for the semiconductor industry for the past 35 years. Our machines are in use today in hundreds of semiconductor fabs worldwide. Our expertise covers all major areas of machine design and fabrication; both mechanical and electrical CAD design, software and firmware, captive machine shop, and electronics assembly.
We are located in Atlanta, GA and have our own shop, complete with a machine shop, electronics soldering stations, programmers' and CAD modelers' bull-pen, and assembly & test area. You can see some of our facilities in the first opening seconds of the video and also here:
With our experience in motion controls and material science, we can expand the materials used in our 3D printing systems to include emulsified materials, epoxies, bonding agents, and other proprietary materials.
What's a 3D printer?
Most common 3D printers make an item by extruding a thin line of plastic onto a printable surface. Building layer upon layer of plastic on itself until the item is completely built.
It's easiest to think of squeezing a line of toothpaste onto a toothbrush, then continuing to squeeze toothpaste out on top of the toothpaste already on the toothbrush. This layering of material is what 3D printers is all about.
Our Story / Why we are making a 3D printer:
When we first approached the 3D printer market, we were buyers. We were looking for a machine which would quickly and reliably build prototypes. So we researched the high end and low end 3D printers. As we educated ourselves about the industry's products, we found there were 3D printers available at the $1,500 to $500,000 price points.
Because we could not afford investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a single 3D printer system we wanted, we bought one of the higher-priced 3D printer kits to use for prototyping. We tried to put it together and tested it. Unfortunately, the results were as follows:
- Excessive Time to Build
- Leveling and Squaring the machine was Extremely Difficult
- Vibration from motion cause the fasteners (screws, etc). to loosen and required constant maintenance
We were not looking for a calibration and maintenance nightmare (some assembly and TLC greatly required).
This left us back at square one. We still needed a reliable 3D printer. We could not afford to tie-up more time and money into other 3D printers if they had the possibility of not working right out-of-the-box.
We needed a professional, industrial grade 3D printer.
This is why we created the HYREL 3D Printer.
What can you do with the HYREL 3D Printer?
You can make custom 3D designs, custom plastic parts, working prototypes, custom toys, hooks for clothes, whistles, etc...
Just about anything you can design in a CAD package (even free CAD software like Google Sketch-up!) can be printed. Let the HYREL 3D Printer set your imagination free. If you can dream it and sketch it, you can make it! The HYREL 3D Printer is your own personal 3D factory!
As an example, below is what we were able to print with the HYREL 3D Printer prototype:
To a Fully Printed Part:
Un-locked for Open Source
Open Source is awesome. We love what the open source community has done to enable this technology for everyone to use, which is why we are keeping the HYREL 3D Printer unlocked. This means that if you want to use any of the open source software platforms with the HYREL 3D Printer, you're free to do so. However, because there are far too many open source packages out there to support, we will not be able to offer support for these platforms if you choose to go down that path.
NOTE: You will also have the option to overwrite the firmware on our electronics. If you decide to do this, it will void the warranty and you operate the printer at your own risk.
Main Features of the HYREL 3D Printer:
- Pre-assembled (NOT A KIT!)
One of the greatest assumptions with 3D printer kits is the assumption that the customer knows how to assemble their 3D printer kit properly. Even with our expertise assembling machines, it still took us over five days to put together the 3D printer kit we purchased.
By pre-assembling the HYREL 3D Printer, it saves you time, money, and hassle.
- Fully tested to ensure quality, reliability, and accuracy
How can you ensure the 3D printer you receive can print reliably and accurately? A single fastener, not properly tightened, can cause a 3D printer to misprint parts, cause instability in the printer, or worse, cause other fasteners to shake loose.
Before we ship any product, we always run a rigorous and thorough quality control check on it. So, if one of our HYREL 3D Printers does not pass our standards, it does not ship.
- Rugged metal chassis made of steel and aluminum
Another common complaint we have seen with multiple 3D printers is the unstable and flimsy material which has been used to hold the machine together. It has been our experience with acrylic, plywood, and plastic parts that they either crack, warp, sway, bend, or distort in some fashion in shipping, assembly, or while printing. This results in poor registration, accuracy, repeatability, and overall reliability of the printer.
The metal frame of the HYREL 3D printer is more than strong enough to withstand the amount of movement of the extruder head(s) and base platform. This provides excellent registration, accuracy, repeatability, and overall reliability.
- Precise motion control
Extensive use of fabrication technology and CAD modeling was utilized to provide a rigid, durable, and cost effective platform. Our high quality components are usually only found in systems costing over $10,000.
Precision linear rails are used in the HYREL 3D Printer for all three axes. We also include a precision ball screw in the Z axis to provide years of high precision trouble-free performance.
- Single or Dual "Hot-Head" extruders
The HYREL 3D Printer features a hot-swap interchangeable mounting system. Both extruder heads can be removed and replaced in less than a minute, even if the tips are operating at the extruding temperature. The interchangeable mounting system was inspired by other industrial mounting systems used in heavy-duty machine tools. This interchangeable design enables mixed build material technologies not available in other systems today.
By having precise positioning with an interchangeable mounting system, it removes potential creep of the extruder heads, thereby solidifying its registration and reliability.
In addition, we included a quick filament change system, which allows any user to easily replace and replenish a filament (ABS / PLA). You'll never have to fight against a motor, gear, or screw ever again.
Should I get a Single or Dual "Hot-Head"?
While a single extruder head can create most items, the advantage of having a dual extruder system is two-fold. First, it allows the final part to be printed in two different colors (ABS / ABS, ABS / PLA, or PLA / PLA). Second, dual extruder systems which use an ABS / PLA combination allow the user to create shapes which cannot be made with a single extruder. In this case, the PLA is used as a supporting "filler" base material where the ABS prints on top of it. At the end of a print, the PLA can be dissolved in an Ultrasonic Wash Tank, leaving the ABS part intact.
What kind of filament does the HYREL 3D "Hot-Head" extruder use?
All HYREL 3D Printers use the standard 3mm filament (ABS / PLA).
- High Resolution
There are five things which affect resolution:
1.) Structure of the 3D printer (rugged or flimsy)
2.) Precise motion controls
3.) Software programming
4.) Layer thickness
5.) Nozzle tip
Let's face it, the lower the resolution of a part, the courser the part becomes, the lower the tolerances are.
- Build Area of Your Choice (see Additional / Optional features below)
You can choose to have a build area of 150x150x150mm (x,y,z) or 200x200x200mm. Please take note that a larger part takes a proportionally longer time to print.
If you get the 150x150x200mm build area and realize later you really wanted or needed the 200x200x200mm, we will be offering an expansion pack on our website, www.HYREL3D.com, after the Kickstarter campaign is over. For more details, see the Additional / Optional Features section below).
- Heated Bed Platform
All HYREL 3D Printers have a heated bed platform. We tested the Prusa Mendel heat bed and it was good! However, we have a few issues using it, due to the flatness and distortion which can occur with it.
Because we have been making heated bed platforms for other projects for the past 20 years, we are building our own version(s) for the HYREL 3D printers. more information about it will show up in the "Updates" tab at the top of this Kickstarter page and on our website, www.hyrel3d.com.
- Our Software
We have been coding our own firmware and software for many years. No need to download, research, and test multiple firmware and software packages to make the HYREL 3D Printer to work. The firmware will ship pre-flashed. The software will be available on a USB flash drive and on our website, www.HYREL3D.com.
All you need to do is download and install.
Additional / Optional Features:
1. Standardized Enclosure
- Built for a 200x200x200mm HYREL 3D Printer, which will easily enclose the 150x150x200mm printer.
2. Expandable Build Area
- Go from the 150x150x200mm to 200x200x200mm with the expansion pack
- Video tutorials available online
3. Ultrasonic Wash Tank
- Used to remove PLA from ABS parts
- PLA is typically used as support material
4. Integrated PC and Web-Cam (release TBD)
(the following specs can change, but only for the better.)
- Dual-core Intel Atom Processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 60+ GB Hard Drive
- Logitech Web-Cam
- Check-Your-3D-Printing app from a computer or smart-phone
5. New Extruder head design to use with multiple new materials (not just ABS / PLA)
What's some of the hidden value of the HYREL 3D Printer?
Every HYREL 3D Printer will have the expandable and upgradable features build into it. Those features include:
1. Expandable build area pack - Go from 150x150x200mm to 200x200x200mm
2. Expansion slot and electronics included for second HYREL 3D "Hot-Head" extruder
3. Holes drilled and tapped for a Standard HYREL 3D Enclosure
4. Modular mounting system which is compatible with alternative materials such as epoxy, RTV, chocolate, play-doh, etc.
This way, if you start with any of the lower pledge HYREL 3D Printers and discover afterward you'd like to expand or upgrade, you'll have the flexibility to do so through our website at www.HYREL3D.com.
Summary of the Rewards:
All HYREL 3D Printers will include 1 lb of ABS to get you started printing. More filaments can be purchased directly from our website, www.HYREL3D.com, after the Kickstarter campaign is over.
For all International Shipping (any country outside the United States) please be aware that duties and shipping are the responsibility of the purchaser - no exceptions.
To best estimate your International Shipping costs (non-US & non-Canada (major cites)), please use our website's shipping calculator found here:
FOR SHIPMENT TO MAJOR CANADIAN CITIES, PLEASE ADD THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR PLEDGE AMOUNTS: (You are still responsible for all duties and taxes)
- $100 USD FOR ALL ENGINE / BIG ENGINE ORDERS
- $200 USD FOR ALL SYSTEM ORDERS WITHOUT THE ULTRASONIC WASH TANK
- $250 USD FOR ALL SYSTEM ORDERS WITH THE ULTRASONIC WASH TANK
Domestic US Shipping is included in the pledge price.
There are three main pledge levels of the HYREL 3D Printers:
1. HYREL Engine - (PE668 -S and -D), the Base printer
One pre-assembled HYREL 3D Printer with either a single or dual "Hot-Head" extruders, and a build area of 150x150x200mm.
2. HYREL BIG Engine - (PE888 -S and -D), the Next-level printer
One pre-assembled HYREL 3D Printer with either a single or dual "Hot-Head" extruders, and a build area of 200x200x200mm.
3. HYREL SYSTEM - (PS888), the Whole Enchilada
One pre-assembled HYREL 3D Printer with Dual "Hot-Head" extruders, a build area of 200x200x200mm, the Standard Enclosure, and an Ultrasonic Wash Tank!
3a. HYREL *Lite* SYSTEM - (PS888-L), the Lite Enchilada
One pre-assembled HYREL 3D Printer with Dual "Hot-Head" extruders, a build area of 200x200x200mm, and the Standard Enclosure!
3b. HYREL *Spare Head* SYSTEM - (PS888-SH), the Enchilada with sides
One pre-assembled HYREL 3D Printer with Dual "Hot-Head" extruders, a build area of 200x200x200mm, the Standard Enclosure, and 2 (two) extra spare "Hot-Head" extruders!
3c. HYREL SUPER SYSTEM - (PS888-S), the Enchilada Copy Machine - SOLD OUT
One pre-assembled HYREL 3D Printer with Dual "Hot-Head" extruders, a build area of 200x200x200mm, the Standard Enclosure, the Ultrasonic Wash Tank, and the embedded 3D Scanner! This last feature turns your HYREL 3D Printer into a 3D Copy Machine!
NOTE: THE HYREL SUPER SYSTEM (PS888-S) HAS BEEN LIMITED FOR "POWER-USERS" ONLY. WE ARE STILL WORKING ON THE 3D SCANNING TECHNOLOGY. BECAUSE OF THIS, WE REQUIRE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THESE BACKERS TO PERFECT THE TECHNOLOGY. If this level is Sold-Out, please let us know if you want to become a "Power-User" via email. After perfected, this option will be made available to all Kickstarter printer backers at a special rate.
Included Starter Pack of Materials:
HYREL Engine (PE668-S), Single "Hot-Head" - 1 lb ABS
HYREL Engine (PE668-D), Dual "Hot-Head" - 1 lb ABS & 1 lb PLA
HYREL Big Engine (PE888-S), Single "Hot-Head" - 1 lb ABS
HYREL Big Engine (PE888-D), Dual "Hot-Head" - 1 lb ABS & 1 lb PLA
HYREL SYSTEM (PS888*), Dual "Hot-Head" - 4 lbs ABS & 2 lbs PLA
What is our Goal?
Our goal is to provide an economical, reliable, and high-value 3D printer to the world. By doing this, we believe it will give the additive manufacturing industry a much needed nudge into the consumer market, allowing anyone to start making their own products on a high reliability 3D printer.
What stage are we at?
Phase 1 - Business and Market Research - COMPLETE!
Phase 2 - Concept Creation and Modeling - COMPLETE!
Phase 3 - Alpha Testing - COMPLETE!
Phase 4 - Beta Testing / Pre-production Tooling - IN PROGRESS
Phase 5 - Kickstarter Production Run - Scheduled for November 2012
Final Phase - World-wide Product Launch!!! - December 2012 / January 2013
Every professional project requires a budget to create a finished product. The HYREL 3D Printer project is no different. We have already invested quite a bit of our own time and money into this project. Now we are ready to see how many of you want to back our project and bring this amazing machine to market.
We need your help to scale production!
We have used our industry contacts and networks to source all of the parts needed to build the HYREL 3D Printer. In order to make it economical for anyone to own the HYREL 3D Printer, we have to order parts in large quantities. By knowing how many of you want the HYREL 3D Printer, we can ramp up production appropriately, keeping costs low, thereby passing the savings onto you.
Please help us bring this solid project to market. Every little bit helps!
Thank you for your consideration,
1.) OVER THE $50,000 GOAL LINE -- Status: Unlocked!
We are now offering a new pledge level, the "HYREL SUPER SYSTEM". By taking the HYREL 3D System and adding an embedded 3D Scanner, it turns the HYREL 3D System into a 3D Copy Machine. This is offered at Kickstarter Exclusive Price of $5,000! After Kickstarter, this price will go up to $7,500. Please note the estimated delivery date will be in Feb. 2013.
This will be an upgradeable option for all of the SYSTEMS. However, because the embedded 3D Scanner requires the Enclosure, the Engines / Big Engines can be upgraded, but will require purchasing the Enclosure and 3D Scanner together.
Also, for all Pledge levels over $100 USD, there will be a 5% discount extended to all Kickstarter backers for after Kickstarter purchases from our website, www.hyrel3d.com for the next 2 years!
As a note of thanks for your support, we are committing to free software upgrades to all Kickstarter printer backers for the next two years!
2.) 2nd Goal Level: $75,000 -- Status: Unlocked!
All right! Second Goal Level Unlocked!
We are including the embedded PC in all of the Big Engines and Systems. This means you'll have the functionality of the print server in both the Big Engine and Systems!!!
Also, we are extending our commitment to all Kickstarter backers of our printers to have free software upgrades for the next 5 (five) years!
3.) 3rd Goal Level: $100,000 -- Status: Unlocked!
Third Goal Level Unlocked!
1.) Embedded Camera System for Auto-calibration
This enhancement will be installed into all Big Engine, System, and Super System pledge levels at no extra charge. This enhancement has two main features in one. The first works by extruding out a small amount of material on the build area at different x & y positions in a pre-determined test pattern, takes pictures of the test patterns, and then gives you an evaluation of line thickness versus feed rate. All you need to do is select the line thickness you want and press start. The second feature gives you a pictorial history with a picture of each layer and stores it on the hard drive. With this feature, you can do two things. In the unlikely event the build encounters a problem, you can easily identify the exact slice where the problem occurred. This is very valuable when refining complicated shapes and mixed material builds. The second, which is something we are working on right now, allows you to do a quick check of the build via your PC or smart phone. You'll be able to see the last picture the printer has taken, so you can free yourself from having to stand-by the printer at all times.
Unfortunately, we cannot support the embedded camera at the Engine level because this enhancement requires an embedded PC. HOWEVER, we have made all HYREL 3D printers modular, which allows the Engine pledges to be able to upgrade their printer at a later date. (When it comes to the prices of the upgrades, please contact us directly via email.)
2.) All Printers will come with a TRUE build area.
What is a TRUE build area? Some of you who have purchased other 3D printers with "Dual extruders" have found this marketing caveat. The build area "stated on the box" typically reflects the build area of a Single extruder head system. This is NOT the TRUE build area of a Dual extruder system. For instance, one of the 3D printers we worked with said it had a build area of 8x8x8 inches (200x200x200mm). When you added the second extruder, it removed 2 inches (~51 mm) in the X axis, making the TRUE build area 6x8x8 inches (149x200x200mm) -- this was NOT stated anywhere and was taken as a "well, what did you expect?" attitude from that corporation.
We remembered this issue and have added in for all Engines, Big Engines, Systems, and Super Systems a TRUE Build Area. We were planning on having this enhancement come standard on all printers from the start; and truth be told, we weren't going to tout this enhancement until this Kickstarter campaign was over.
Also, the Heated Build Platform remains 8x8 inches (200x200mm).
4.) 4th Goal Level: $200,000 -- Status: Locked!
· Pre-Assembled and Fully Tested (NOT A KIT!!!)
· Rugged Metal Chassis
o Powder Coated Steel
o Anodized Aluminum
· Precise Motion Control
o Precision Linear Rails
o Precision Ball Screw in Z axis
· Extruder Head
o Single Hot-Head Extruder – comes standard on the Engine
o Dual Hot-Head Extruder – comes standard on the System
o Hot swap interchangeable extruder head mounting system
o Quick change filament system
· Model Material / Support Material
o Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) / Polylactic acid (PLA)- both 3mm
o To be compatible with multiple new materials, not just ABS / PLA
o Layer thickness: (Presets available)
§ 1- 10 mills / inch or 25 – 250 microns per layer
· Build Envelope:
o 150mm x 150mm x 200mm (x,y,z) – (6”x6”x8”)
o 200mm x 200mm x 200mm (x,y,z) – (8”x8”x8”)
o Custom (larger or smaller) envelopes to be available next year
§ We can build just about any size build area you need
· Integrated Cabling
o Out-of-sight, out-of-mind cabling
o Simple plug-and-play connectors
· Enhanced Electronics
o High performance 140+ Mhz ARM Processor
o Integrated Color QVGA LCD Operator Screen
o Modular Microstepping Motor Drivers
· System Compatibility
o Windows XP, Vista, 7
· Network Connectivity
o Optional: 10/100 base T connection, Ethernet (RJ-45) protocol.
o Optional: 802.11 based WiFi
· Power Requirements
o UL approved, universal 500W+ power supply
· Regulatory Compliance:
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