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$1,957
pledged of 5 000 $pledged of 5 000 $ goal
16
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 4 2013 4:22 AM UTC +00:00

About

Grumpy Cat really loves being in 3D, we promise...
Grumpy Cat really loves being in 3D, we promise...

The problem:  There is no major repository of TESTED 3D printable files.  3D printing technology will not move into the hands of the non-tech/hacker crowd of mainstream America until your average person can print files without ever having to know anything about CAD, manifold edges, etc.  There are a number of mega-file sites with 1,000's of files, however most of the files found there have never been printed!  Also, there is no decision tree format to the sites, so finding what you need is very difficult.  Have you every searched for an 11mm wrench and found designs for yoda heads and vases?  I have...

The solution:  Us!  Well, we are the beginning of the solution...  

Our project is to create a repository of over 250 files/designs (more if we get enough backing, hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink) that can be  printed from a 3D printer and are incredibly useful in one's life. 

For EVERY file, we will:

1)  Create it.  Either from scratch, or by modifying a public domain file.

2)  Test it.  For non-manifold issues as well as other problems.

3)  Print it!  Yes, we will print EVERY file out and test it to make sure it works.

4)  Photograph it post printing.  So you can see what you will be printing.  And if possible, we will photograph the object in use.

5) Catalog it.  Provide information on the build such as the printer used, weight, print time, infill, etc.

What will we be creating/printing, you ask?  We wish to begin with usable things that the average person in America would use a printer for:  Household tools, light-switch covers, bowls, cups, flatware, soap trays, etc.   By the way, we do take requests!  If you back us, let us know what kind of objects you would like to see in the list!  We are wide open.

Rewards:  In addition to getting the files (in .stl format), backers may receive the awesome printed objects below!  Thanks to Omnomnom for the tools to create our Grumpy Cat and Giorgio Tsoukalos 3D memes!

Why do we need money?

We need more printing capability then we currently have!  We wish to have either a Makerbot 2X, 3Dtouch, or comparable printer.  We feel that these units are closest to the type of printer that the average person will end out having in their homes.  If you know printers well and have other suggestions, please let us know.  (we do not wish to promote the Cube, due to its exorbitant pricing for plastic)

Also, we will actually be printing every object!  The time and plastic alone is a huge expense...

Delivery:

We will deliver files via mailed flashdrives.  If you prefer you could download files via ftp from a site we will set up for this purpose, but this is not necessary.

What can you do with these files?

Use them to make great things quickly and with confidence.  No more fiddling around large websites to find the object you need, the files you need will already by on your computer/flash drive.  If you are in the industry, you can include them with software starter packs that come with new printers as well.  However, you cannot sell them!  You have rights to distribute, but not to sell.

The below list is a partial proposed list of objects to produce.  This should help give an idea of what we are looking to do.

Risks and challenges

Currently we do not have the print capacity to take on the amount of printing for this project. We will need to purchase a higher end home 3d printer, such as the makerbot 2X or the 3dTouch. Both of these companies have a lag time on production. This could delay our testing of the prints, but not the creation of the files themselves.

That's it! No other risks! We just need to get a better printer, compile files, and test them out. But we cannot do that without funding!!!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You have our eternal thanks and we will include your name in a "Thanks to" file to be distributed to all backers. Also, if we do make a website, we will include your name on there as well.

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    Select any 25 files from the completed list and we will send them to you! All are ready to go! They will be delivered on a flashdrive.

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    Pick any item from www.Thingiverse.com and we will print it for you and send it to you!
    Perfect for those that do not have printers!

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    Select any 50 files and we will send them to you on a flashdrive!
    Also, we'll throw in an awesome mini K-9 from Dr. Who!

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    Pick any 3 things from www.Thingiverse.com and we will print them for you and send them to you!
    Perfect for those that do not have printers!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Get 125 files from us.
    You can choose the files that you wish out of our list of 250+.
    That's under $1 per file, what a bargain!
    Also, pick out which 3D printed meme you would like: Ancient Aliens guy or Grumpy Cat!
    Oh yeah, and there's more! You also get the 3D printed K-9!

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    Get everything above, except you will get all 250 files (if we have tons of backing, we will make more than 250 and you will get them as well).
    Also, we'll send you both 3D printed memes and a K-9! You get Ancient Alien guy and Grumpy Cat both! What a bargain!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Get everything above, but we will also put "sponsored by: your (company) name" on 2 of the printable objects! You will be immortal! But keep in mind, "There can be only 10!"

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    Get everything above, but we will put "Sponsored by: your (company) name" on 10 objects in our library!

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    Pledge $999 or more About $999

    We will have an assembled Printrbot jr (or other comparably priced 3D printer) delivered to your door and send you all of our files!!!
    This is a great way to get started in the next phase of technology!

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Funding period

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