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Dollo 3D: A 3D printer that prints more 3D printers

A 3D printer that can replicate itself, scale by printing its own volume upgrades, and every thing you'd expect from a 3D printer

Dollo 3D: A 3D printer that prints more 3D printers

A 3D printer that can replicate itself, scale by printing its own volume upgrades, and every thing you'd expect from a 3D printer

$13,404
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
64
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 18 2016 4:25 AM UTC +00:00

About

The next step in self replicating machines

Can your print a 3D printer? That question was our initial motivation. It was a question that needed to be answered. The RepRap project had printed parts, but it was still mostly metal. So we came up with a modular, scalable, and more printable 3D printer.

Replication

Self replication puts the power of manufacturing in everyone's hands. If you have a Dollo printer, it will change the conventional limitations of manufacturing at home. A Dollo 3D printer can make another Dollo 3D printer, and with our modular tool heads you can make that new Dollo into a CNC mill, or a laser cutter.

Future Proof

Since the Dollo is 3D printed it becomes self repairing, and self upgrading. This is even better since we are fully open sourcing the Dollo's 3D models, and we are encouraging the community to contribute to the official Dollo files.

Simplicity

If you can build with Lego, you can build the Dollo. With our experience in 3D printing we noticed that everyone thinks 3D printers are complicated, and thats because up till now it has been. All current printers have a lot of metal rods, a ton of different screws that are easy to mix up, and if you try to build one your self it would take a couple of days to assemble. Dollo can be assembled under an hour. Dollo 3D has 15 different 3D printed parts, and only 24 screws! This also helped us with our goal of being able to self scale.

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Biography

Ever since we discovered the world of 3D printing we wanted to make a printer that could print itself. We started this as a side project because we thought it was a cool idea. When we shared our ideas, and saw how much excitement there was, we felt the need to develop a company and the Dollo 3D printer.

Why we need kickstarter 

We have come to kickstarter so that we can bring this idea to reality. Your backing will help us to manufacture on a larger scale and make the world of 3D printing available to everyone. This will allow us to bring the costs down to $500 for a Dollo printer whereas similar printer are over a thousand.

If you were to buy the electronics, motors, hot end and heated build plate individually, you would spend more than what we are asking for an entire Dollo 3D Printer. You get an amazing value AND get to be part of the revolution.

By using self scaling manufacturing, we can deliver thousands of printers in a very short period of time. 3D printing is normally for rapid prototyping, but we are exploiting its scalability to use it as a full fledged manufacturing process. As a result, our early bird adopters will receive their Dollo 3D Printers within 90 days at the end of the campaign. Don’t worry if you couldn’t snag an Early Bird reward, the rest of the printers purchased during the campaign will ship soon after.

Specs:

  • IC3D spools of plastic with every pledge $250 and above. 
  • All metal hot-end
  • default print volume is 140mm x 90mm (subject to change) and since you can print your own parts to expand (we send everyone an extra spool of plastic) this is definitely not a limiting factor, this is just the smallest you can can make the machine.
  • $250 pledge comes with a spool of plastic and all of the hardware needed, including hot-end, heated bed, RAMBo, switches, and all of the other parts needed to build your own 3D printer
  • $350 will be the same as the pledge before it, but on top of all of that you will also get all of the 3D printed parts to make it already printed along with your electronics, extra spool of plastic, shirt, and stickers.

With your help we can all evolve.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is engineering the Dollo so that it can generate printed parts that are high enough quality to endure multi-generational replication. This is a mechanical process, not DNA. We believe that we can achieve, in a short time, what has taken biological evolution quite a while.

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    Dollo 3D printer fully assembled

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    Wifi printing

    + a Raspberry pi with OctoPrint and a camera mounted to your printer for making time lapse video and wifi printing

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    Aluminum cast and numbered

    + Full lost casting in aluminum, fully comparable with all of the other Dollo parts, so it can still expand

    individually numbered and your name on all of the parts,

    A hand written letter of thanks

    This is one of only 5 to be made

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    EARLY BIRD: You will get a fully assembled Dollo3D printer and be in our first shipping group

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