We got our start in the 3D printing industry in 2011, providing contract manufacturing to a worldwide leading 3D printer OEM company. Over the years assembling and testing 3D printers, we learned what features and performance were essential to users, so we decided to design and build our own product. It was a success and the FDM 3D printer we designed can be found in R&D labs, universities, hospitals, manufacturing plants and homes all over the world.
With the rapid development of the AM market in recent years and the changing needs of consumers and industrial clients, we began to consider what the next generation FDM 3D printers should be. We believe that printers with high performance and affordability are essential to today’s users. It is with that philosophy that we created iBridger and aspire to become a leading manufacturer of innovative FDM 3D printers providing the best, affordable industrial-grade 3D printers to users worldwide.
Over the past 3 years, all our efforts have been focused on concept designs, prototypes verifications and functional validations, so far we have applied 15 patents already. After countless tests and changes, we are honored to launch our latest 3D printers - i340 and i330 to the market.
Today, we are at Kickstarter to seek your help to bring our printers to the world sooner, and also to have the privilege of gathering your great ideas to help define the next generation of FDM 3D printers. We believe that together, we can make the best performing and most affordable printers for now and for the future. Thank you.
The i340 and i330 are both dual extruders, industrial-grade printers designed for producing functional prototyping, manufacturing tooling, end-use products, and more.
With 3 types of nozzles, high-temperature print heads (410°C/ 400°C) and thermostatic printing chamber (90°C/ 80°C), iBridger 3D printers support multiple engineering plastics, even high-temperature plastics such as PEEK.
With a large build area and 4 auto feed filament bins, bigger models can be printed out in a single print session without interruption. In addition to high quality, accurate prints, iBridger 3D printers are more user-friendly, more reliable, require less maintenance, and are more affordable compared to other industrial grade printers with similar features.
- Bigger Build Area: 17 x 17.5 x 23″／430 x 445 x 585mm
With a large-scale build volume up to 17 x 17.5 x 23″/430 x 445 x 585mm, iBridger is designed for high-performance industrial applications, including prototyping, creating tooling for manufacturing, or volume printing of completed end-use products and models.
- Enclosed Thermostatic Chamber
An enclosed heated printing chamber maintains a constant temperature of 90°C(i340)/ 80°C(i330) that is optimal for shrink-sensitive filaments and results in a more stable printing process and better finished products.
- Four Filament Bins Configuration
iBridger i340 and i330 are equipped with four filament bins (two main bins and two backup bins) and filament run-out sensor, which will automatically switch bins as the filament is used up to ensure interruption-free, non-stop prints. It’s especially perfect for bigger prints.
- High-temperature Print Head
Different filament materials require different temperatures to perform properly. With print nozzles that can reach up to 410°C/ 400°C easily, iBridger is ideal for any filament, including high-temperature filaments.
And we provide 3 types of nozzles for your choice, Brass, copper plated and hardened steel. With above nozzles, iBridger can print almost most 1.75mm diameter filaments on the market.
- Supports A Widest Variety of Filaments
No matter what your application, iBridger is ready. The printers support multiple high- performance filaments, such as PEEK, PETG, PA6-CF, PA6-GF, ABS, PC, PA6/66 and more, even water-soluble and high-temperature specialty filaments. iBridger can handle any print job with professional results. Moreover, we’ll release more filaments after more material testing.
We strongly recommend you to use iBridger affordable filaments, and come with slicing template (such as FFF profile of simplify 3D) shared by iBridger, you can get optimal printing results. Besides, iBridger also open to 3rd party filaments, which makes you print without filament limitation.
- High Layer Resolution
When it comes to 3D printing, the details are important. iBridger is capable of producing incredibly detailed and smooth 3D models of any size. With a constant temperature chamber, dual nozzles and advanced print heads, iBridger ensures reliable printing success while maintaining high-resolution.
For functional use purpose we suggest to set layer height at 0.2mm, it will help to achieve a good balance between speed and quality. If you want super fine details, you can set layer height at 0.05mm. With this setting you can’t see layers with the naked-eyes while surface is smooth to touch. iBridger 3D printer can print right down to 0.01mm layer height, just depending on your choice of speed or details.
- Accuracy: 0.2mm or ±0.002mm/mm
With a unique X/Y/Z axis positioning design, iBridger delivers accuracy with high precision and better axial motion stability. The result is models of better accuracy and print resolution.
- Liftable Dual Nozzles
iBridger 3D printer has a dual extruder that is liftable, it will be setting up to an idle distance of 5mm to avoid the scratch or damage between prints and nozzles. Also, it enables the printing of two colors at the same print as well as with two different materials. Or to print complex models with dissolvable supports.
- 10.1 inch Rotational Touchscreen
The 10.1-inch color touchscreen allows users to interact with iBridger more easily. This screen gives you the ability to control all aspects of iBridger and monitor your print job as it progresses. You can even view the chamber temperature and slice parameters, right from the screen!
- Built-in Camera for Remote Monitoring
If you’re going to be printing things that take more than a few hours, you’re probably going to be away from your 3D printer for a while but still want to monitor your prints. With its built-in camera, you can monitor and control your printing status via App or your PC anywhere and anytime.
In addition, you can also remote control the printer and start new jobs. You can slice models with your PC, then just transmit the files to the printer for starting prints (make sure your printer is standing by).
- Automatic Nozzles Cleaning Design
One of the challenges we hear about quite often is the dual extruder 3D printer will ooze material and bleed in dual extrusion prints. iBridger is different, with its special nozzle cleaning feature the printer can clean the extruder and pre-extrude filament residue within the nozzles, which maintains dual extruder print quality as good as single extruder print and improve the print success rate.
- Intelligent Humidity Controller
Some filaments are very sensitive to moisture, the concentration of excessive humidity will cause printing quality issue and even nozzle jam. With an advanced humidity controller, iBridger 3D printer maintains the filament bin at the optimal humidity - 20%RH for the best possible printing environment.
- Removable Plate
iBridger is easy to use conveniently for repeated prints. Our build plate is designed to spring metal sheet with plastic film, features better bottom layer adhesion and easier 3D print removal. With the electromagnetic locking mechanism, it keeps the build plate flat durable and warpage free.
- Auto-Leveling Platform
The automatic leveling system makes print preparation simple. Made of 12mm thick aluminum alloy and featuring double-layer structure, the printing bed achieves the best toughness and stability. Also, it can detect and analyze the platform flatness via the probe on the print head, all printers are pre-aligned at the factory. You’ll never have to worry about constantly leveling the machine like other 3D printers.
- Easy-Swap Nozzles Design
iBridger makes nozzle changes easy. We designed nozzle kit with no connection to the heating wire, you can changed among the 3 types of nozzles we provided, and more sizes are available. It’s fast, convenient and reduces maintenance downtime.
- The Specialty of iBridger Extruders
Here we want to highlight the special designs of iBridger 3D printers’ dual extruder printing with PVA:
1. Idle extruder auto turned off. You can set idle time to auto turn off nozzle heating to prevent overheating of support material.
2. Support extruder auto slows down the print speed during the first few layers: You can set the first few layers speed of supporting print to get better adhesion. This will improve the print success rate significantly.
3. Support extruder auto increase extrude rate (flow rate) during the first few layers: You can set the first few layers flow rate of supporting print to get better adhesion. This will improve the print success rate also.
4. Left support layers: You can set the first few layers of supporting print use model extruder to make sure that the separation distance of raft will not cause support problems.
- Prints Annealing
You can set the chamber cooling curve to control the prints annealing. This can help to reduce model shrink after printing, especially for the big models that utilize high-temperature materials.
-What 3D Printer We Want
We set our goal very clearly as we establish the team, it is to develop a true industrial-grade 3D printer to satisfy the users’ requirements on prints’ form, fit and functions.
• Create an affordable industrial 3d printer which compares to other true industrial-grade 3D printers.
• Make the excellent print quality and accuracy as other name brand printers
• Design dual extruders configuration with liftable nozzles for complex prints
• Provide high-temperature hot end and thermostatic chamber to support multiple filaments, especially for high-performance materials such as PEEK.
• Set 4 filament bins to ensure bigger prints can be completed in one go without interruption.
• Make sure the reliability of 3d printer for continuous printing, easy to use and less maintenance required.
-How We Achieve Our Goal
From concept design to mass production, it’s really time-consuming. For ensuring our goal, we follow the ISO processes to manage design reviews, test plans, design changes, components selections, assembly and test processes setups etc.
Our designers spent a great deal of effort on solution study, supplier collaboration, professional users communication, eventually we delivered superior engineering designs with qualified premium quality components.
We arrange our workshop as pre-assembly workstations + final assembly line, and set up the whole assembly & test processes with working instructions / checklists, a team of certified personnel to assemble the printers from start to finish, moving with the printer down the final assembly line, this can significantly increase the output and ensure the quality.
Risks and challenges
With our years of experience in the 3D printing industry, we are very confident with our process and production schedule for the iBridger 3D printer.
However, we also know that hidden obstacles and challenges often occur. Because of that, we’ve made sure to account for some amount of craziness or unforeseen problems that may occur in our schedule. If something does go wrong, we promise to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues and about the way in which we are solving them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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