Our goal is to make a premium product and we worked hard to keep costs as low as possibly without sacrificing quality. The old adage that you get what you pay for holds true in 3D printing as well. In the 3D printing world there are some ways to make a cheaper print:
1) Use a lower quality material to save costs. This sacrifices strength, surface finish, etc. We will only use the high grade nylon material specifically designed for the industrial printer.
2) Using a lower print resolution would mean a faster build time (less cost), but it would yield a lower quality part. We will use the highest resolution setting on the machine to ensure the highest level of precision. Just looking at the threads you can see just how precise the printing is!
3) Recycle rate of nylon powder is another factor in the build quality. When printing using SLS it is possible to filter and re-use the powder on the next print cycle and this is what helps makes the process environmentally friendly. However, the higher the recycle rate, the higher the tendency for a lower quality part (specifically the finish). We will be using a very low recycle rate for the best part finish. Remaining nylon powder will be sent back to the manufacturer for recycling, so it is still environmentally friendly. However, it is a little more expensive because there is more virgin material being purchased.
4) Using a cheaper printer would lower costs, but sacrifice strength and in many cases precision. We are using a high end industrial 3D printer as you can see in the photo and combined with a premium material will create the strongest and most precise parts.
Finally, we have carefully calculated our costs including transaction fees, credit card fees, cleaning, assembly, packaging, shipping costs, etc. We know exactly what it takes to make this quality pen and deliver it to your door and have factored in all costs, so we will not have any issues delivering on our promises.
You can pledge with confidence knowing that if we meet our funding goal this unique pen will be in your hands and it will be the exact same quality as the prototype you see here!