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Draken is characterized by its large build area, 37 micron XY resolution, low noise, and high print speed
Draken is characterized by its large build area, 37 micron XY resolution, low noise, and high print speed
Draken is characterized by its large build area, 37 micron XY resolution, low noise, and high print speed
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Draken - Affordable, Fast, High Res DLP-SLA 3D Printer

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Pre-order your Draken at 3dfacture.com

Do you feel that your designs take too long to print? Are you upset that low-end 3D printers don't have the quality to make the true beauty of your designs real? Are you frustrated if your 3D printer can't print large enough designs? Do you dream of having an affordable, high resolution and fast 3D printer on your desktop? We’ve created Draken, the ultimate 3D printer to address these concerns.

Draken
Draken

Update: Stretch goals 2 reached, we will support wireless printing!

Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

Innovations

1. Traditionally, 3D printers fall into two categories: high resolution printers  costing thousands of dollars, or low resolution ones costing under a thousand. The Draken prints at 37 microns on X-Y axis and can print down to 10 microns on the Z axis,                           which results in printing features as fine as a strand of hair.

2. Draken prints  up to 8.66" tall with up to 3.86" x 7.09" build base at 90 micron XYZ resolution, one of the largest and tallest among all personal SLA printers.

The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty

3. Because 3D printers can take several hours or longer to complete taller builds, it's important to reduce the noise pollution as much as possible. Draken makes almost no noise.

4. Draken is one of the fastest personal SLA printers in the market today.  For other SLA printers to print a 6.5 inch Statue of Liberty with 100 micron Z resolution, it takes anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. With Draken, it takes less than 4 hours.

5. The printer frame is made of an integrated piece of high-quality aluminum alloy and sheet steel, which assures the stability and precision of the printer.

6. Draken is so flexible that you can easily take out the commercial-grade high definition projector and use it to project HD movies.

7. Our peeling technique in the print platform reduces the adhesion  force at each layer separation and increases the printing speed dramatically.

8. For most SLA printers on market, the resin vat needs to be replaced every few months, because the silicone coating on the vat might get cloudy after extensive usage. In Draken, we bonded a thin Teflon layer on top of the silicon coating, which greatly extended the lifetime of the vat. You won't need to worry about frequent replacement of the vat anymore.

Comparison with competitors

Applications

Draken is terrific for jewelry design, art work, research prototypes, and hobby crafts.

Draken is capable of printing out the details of complex structure needed for jewelry design.

Jewelry design
Jewelry design
Jewelry design details
Jewelry design details
Jelwelry design 2 credit: @SHERAZ
Jelwelry design 2 credit: @SHERAZ
Ring
Ring
Jewelry design casting
Jewelry design casting
Jewelry design casting 2
Jewelry design casting 2

Draken's high rate of speed is suitable for creators and art designers for printing large builds with high accuracy.

Creative models
Creative models
Fang (originally designed by square enix)
Fang (originally designed by square enix)
Fang (originally designed by square enix)
Fang (originally designed by square enix)

A black dragon designed by TheRat. The dragon wing membrane is extremely thin such that the black resin becomes almost transparent.

Black dragon designed by TheRat.
Black dragon designed by TheRat.

Propeller by Umake

Propeller designed by Umake
Propeller designed by Umake

Sleeve Case for Raspberry Pi B+ designed by walter

Sleeve Case for Raspberry Pi B+ designed by walter
Sleeve Case for Raspberry Pi B+ designed by walter

A mini-crown

Mini Crown
Mini Crown

Draken can print out extremely small features below 100 microns.

Small features
Small features

Draken is a perfect tool for creators, companies, and schools because it is easily adaptable to fit various user preferences and project needs.

Technological breakthrough

In order to achieve a higher printing success rate and expand the reach of SLA technology to homes and small businesses, we developed the worlds most affordable, most reliable and most convenient SLA 3D printer. We are now ready to share this technology with you.

First, SLA technology’s cost is high due to maintenance and materials. 3Dfacture addresses these issues by modularizing components and using higher quality parts. Draken's high resolution is achieved through the high precision linear stage module, which is often seen on high-end semiconductor equipment.

3Dfacture’s engineering team has made great efforts in the past two years to develop a peeling technique, which reduces the adhesion force at each layer separation and increases the printing speed dramatically. Therefore, features as tiny as a strand of hair can be preserved during the printing process. 

Draken's commercial-grade HD 1080p projector with 1920x1080 native resolution and passive peeling mechanism are keys to its higher reliability, durability, and speed. Draken's projector solidfies a layer in a two-dimensional fashion without mechanical movements. This reduces the likelihood  of mechanical failure compared to the conventional one-dimensional laser technique, which requires rotating two motors continuously. Draken's resolution can be easily tuned without complicated laser alignment and calibrations by applying a bottom-up
SLA configuration. DLP projector bulbs usually need to be replaced at their service interval, generally at 3000-8000 hours of use. A flat plate which can slide is used between DLP projector and build platform is used to protect the projector lens. 

Finally, our printer is modularized and very easy to assemble, maintain, upgrade, and manufacture.

Draken is an affordable, reliable and high-resolution printer, which is perfect for small business and personal use.

Materials

Draken supports major third-party resins. We have tested several stable resins for Draken with various properties. MakerJuice, MadeSolid, and FTD work perfectly with Draken. Furthermore, Draken's materials development team has created our own resin, priced lower than similar products on market.

Currently, we provide both hard and flexible resin of multiple colors and will assure our customers are supplied with high-quality resin at the lowest cost.

We are also developing castable resin, which is designed to burn out cleanly, without ash  or residue and captures crisp, precise detail as well as extraordinarily smooth surfaces. It allows jewelers, designers, and engineers to go straight from a 3D design to a model suited for direct investment.

Control Board

Draken has simplified the design of the typical two-piece control boards into a single control board, which is not only more stable but also extended the printer functions with more possibilities.

Left: regular Mega2560 + A4988 + RAMPS control board; Right: Draken's control board
Left: regular Mega2560 + A4988 + RAMPS control board; Right: Draken's control board

Software

Due to its simple and modulated design, Draken is compatible with various open source softwares such Pronterface, Slic3r, and Creation Workshop, and works with Windows, Linux, and Mac computers. Draken is also developing its own software to add additional features for advanced users.

Accessories-Starter kit

All printer rewards come with a starter kit, including  a metal spatula to separate the printed models from the build table, scissors to separate support from printed objects, and a lens cleaner brush to remove dusts from the projector lens. 

After printing, all you need to do is use metal spatula to remove the build platform form the printer, then snap the model off its supports, and use the rinsing device to clean the design.

Post-Curing UV LED Lamp

Many SLA 3D printer users need to post-cure their prints in the sun before being able to use the objects. We developed two kinds of Post-Curing UV LED Lamp so that our users can shorten the post-curing time and be able to post-cure regardless of rain or shine.

Basic UV LED Lamp
Basic UV LED Lamp
Deluxe UV LED Lamp
Deluxe UV LED Lamp

What will I get?

 ●Rewards options

 ●What do the  Rook, Silver Logo Plate and T-Shirt rewards look like?

They look like this:

Rook
Rook
3Dfacture Silver Plate
3Dfacture Silver Plate
3Dfacture T-shirt
3Dfacture T-shirt

We are ready for full production with your support.

We have already developed and made a few fully functional prototypes at our facility. We are testing and building the final version to verify its stability, to be sure every detail is perfect. We are checking every part on Draken to optimize the design and functionality. We have testing the new assembly to finalize the design for mass-production.

We need your support to take 3Dfacture to the next level and start a revolution in the high resolution 3D printing community!

Production Timeline

The Story Of 3Dfacture

3Dfacture was founded in 2013 with a mission to construct a 3D printer that surpasses those on the market in speed,  efficiency, reliability, scale, and high resolution. A passionate, talented, and inter-disciplinary team of engineers, designers, and problem-solvers gather together to bring our concepts to life in a revolutionary way. After two years of development, we finally present you our first product-Draken, which brings your imaginations to life.

3Dfacture is committed to bringing innovative and sophisticated fabrication tools into the creative hands of the designers, engineers, and artists around the world. We would like to give all the supporters our most sincere and heartfelt thanks!

Many thanks for these media to feature Draken:

Risks and challenges

Many Kickstarter campaigns can encounter problems when taking their prototypes to production. This includes issues finding suppliers and engineering products for mass-production. We take these issues seriously and have been working for months negotiating with suppliers and testing component quality. Our plans are nearly in place, and we now only require the resources to execute them. We have already placed our first order for key components of 50 printers and have constructed a few beta units to test, modify, and optimize our design.
Our priority is to provide our consumers with an amazing 3D printing experience, including the on-time delivery of units and product durability. Our experienced team has already taken steps to help mitigate potential risks and challenges. We will make sure every element of the Draken works perfectly. If any unanticipated delays or manufacturing problems affect the delivery, we will work diligently to resolve the problems and maintain open communication with our backers.

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