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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
3Dmate will change the way you currently use a 3D pen. We can eliminate the struggle many users have with the current free form way of drawing. Our 3D design mat will allow you to draw perfect lines and shapes. It is the ideal tool to prevent filament curling and warping, while improving precision and accuracy when using a 3D pen.
What is 3DMate?
It is a grooved, transparent mat with a combination of basic geometric figures of various compatible sizes
The user simply draws within the grooves. The grooves keep the hot filament in place and prevent warping. Once the filament cools it can be popped out freely and remains solid, allowing it to fuse with other pieces.
To further encourage creativity we will have stencils specifically designed for the mat (available to download soon on our website www.the3dmate.com). The “Fuse and Join” area is uniquely designed to improve precision and accuracy. A 3D Pen alone requires the skill and stability of the human hand. The 3Dmate makes the process more enjoyable and rewarding.
Heat resistant up to 260° C (500° F), it is non-stick, and works with all types of filament and 3D pens currently on the market.
Transparent silicone mat with size of 12 inch x 18 inch (30.5cm x 45.7cm).
Contains a combination of basic geometric figures of various compatible sizes.
Draw within the grooves - the grooves keep the hot filament in place and prevent warping. Once the filament cools it can be popped out freely and remains solid, allowing it to fuse with other pieces.
Heat resistant up to 260° C (500° F), non-stick and compatible with all filaments and 3D Pens on the market.
“Fuse and Join” area uniquely designed to improve precision and accuracy for creating perfect cubes, pyramids etc.
Stencils designed for 3Dmate™ BASE - To further encourage creativity we will have traceable stencils specifically designed for the mat.
Why use 3DMate
The team is passionate about learning and moving with ever changing technology. 3D printing is a way of the future and is being introduced into schools as a STEM educational tool. 3D pens are more affordable then 3D printers and a great way to introduce students to 3D technology. The 3Dmate is the perfect complement to a 3D Pen.
It inspires creativity and design. Students can produce prototypes, landmark structures, rockets, vehicles, doll houses etc. The mat is also really great for helping younger children with shape recognition and spatial awareness. It helps with tactile learning as well as building and developing fine motor skills.
"...I've been looking for a quality product like this. This mat is amazing for architecture or geometric models. Schools using 3dpens would find it useful.
I love that it's flexible silicone, perfect for all kinds of plastic. The grooves keep the plastic straight while cooling. The variety of shapes and sizes is also wonderful. Having the printed rulers, and being able to see through the sheet in case I have a design I'm tracing underneath is perfect for 3Dpen users...."
"...After trying this mat I can see it being tremendous help for students using 3D pens. The variety of geometric figures and their sizes make this product very versatile. It’s great accessory for teaching science and geometry helping to create precise and accurate polygons. The mat is also very useful in art classes allowing students to express their creativity. The mat worked with with both ABS and PLA filaments. I was able to remove the the creations with ease every time...."
"The 3DMate printing mat is a powerful tool for getting the most out of your 3D pen. It makes it easy to achieve clean and accurate lines to create impressive models and have fun instead of frustration."
Product Designer and the creator of 3D Printing Channel on YouTube
"Doodling, with all its possibilities captivated me a year and a half ago and I haven’t been able to stop since. I’ve come to try out, improve, and invent various techniques for innovative creations using a 3D Pen. With this 3D design mat I can now take my 3D art to a whole new level. Creating shapes with difficult straight or curved lines is much faster and easier. Structures and designs I wouldn’t have dared to attempt in the past are coming out perfect. This in turn is getting my creative juices flowing and I’m getting more excited about things I can create. The 3DMate design mat is a must have for any 3D Pen user."
Our rewards include various quantities of these 3Dmate brand items:
R&D is completed and final prototypes are ready. We have gone through various testing of materials and features, and have developed the perfect combinations. We were very selective in choosing a manufacturer and are working with a very reliable factory with a strong track record that has already been tested by large US companies. Our product will be ready to be shipped to backers within 2 months upon completion of the campaign
Risks and challenges
We have completed R&D and have final production prototypes. We need to satisfy minimum order requirements to start mass production. Retail packaging is being developed . With your backing we can satisfy pledges within 2 months from the campaign completion.