Create FULLY WORKING PRODUCTS with your 3D printer
Now available as a retrofit option for existing 3D printers for just $250/£165
Create FULLY WORKING PRODUCTS with your 3D printer
Now available as a retrofit option for existing 3D printers for just $250/£165
Retrofit kits for existing 3D printers....just £165 (~ $250)
Our launch product - the Industrial Revolution III - all singing, all dancing large format, multihead printer proved a bit too costly for most. Happily, the recent launch of new multi-material upgrades for existing 3D printers has enabled us to make our proprietary technology as a much more affordable retrofit option for existing 3D printers.
Over the past couple of weeks, we've worked to extract the best of our tech. Kits for the Rostock Max v1 or v2 are available now.
We intend to launch kits for other popular Cartesian and Delta printers, but additional development and testing is required, so these will follow in a separate Kickstarter later this summer. If you would be interested in adding fully functioning product assembly to your printer, then please message or comment to let us know your printer type.
The Industrial Revolution III
This is our no compromises, large fomat 3D printer that is designed specifically for those who want to get a head start as a next generation, home 3D printable product designer. Over and above the functionality available in most prosumer 3D printers today, the Industrial |Revolution III (IR3) also offers
- ROBOTICS - to pick and place non printable items into a build to create sophisticated fully working products.
- 5 EXTRUDERS - feeding two high quality e3D hot ends and a triple filament color blending nozzle.
- ELECTRIC CIRCUIT printing.
- REUSE - ecoflex layer printing enables products to be disassembled and the picked/placed modules reused.
- QUICK CHANGE option allow faster speed/accuracy changes on the E3D hot ends - 0.4mm to 1.2mm nozzles are available.
- AUTO LEVELING of the print head to the print bed.
- FUTURE PROOFING - our upgrade friendly design helps keep your machine at the cutting edge for longer.
- VERY LARGE BUILD VOLUME (450mm x 550mm x 250mm).
- COMPACT WALL MOUNTED DESIGN - folds away to only 255mm deep.
- LOCALLY MANUFACTURED - in the UK with other locations to follow .
- FAIR SOURCE - supports innovation and the open source movement.
The biggest opportunity in 3D printing is...the democratisation of design. This means that anyone with a next generation product or product enhancement - one that offers function, form or cost benefits over existing products - will be able to sell and deliver it directly to consumers through their 3D printer.
Up until now, 3D printers have only been able to create inanimate plastic objects - parts or ornaments. The Industrial Revolution III (IR3) changes all of that. By picking and placing modules into a print and connecting them electrically by printing conductive tracts, it is able to create fully functional working products. These modules are existing products such as WiFi enabled electronics, rechargeable battery packs, display screens, motors with removable wheels all wrapped in standard size housings. The IR3 can also print separation layers in EcoFlex PLA which enable these modules to easily be removed and reused in a new product when the old one is no longer required...saving both money and the environment.
This Kickstarter is all about helping you to join the 3D printer powered industrial revolution. If this opportunity excites you, then please read on...
There are three parts to our offer...
We want to make this opportunity available to as many people as possible, so we are offering packages starting from just £9 (approx $15). These contain some or all of the following elements.
IDEAS AND KNOWLEDGE - or more accurately, training on how to conceive, develop, protect and market ideas for next generation products and/or product enhancements. We will give you access to 20 webinars/podcasts on how to conceive, develop and sell IR3 printable products.
The topics covered will include:
- 3D printing & the IR3 - what's possible now & what's coming
- How to come up with next generation product ideas.
- Current open & closed source idea protection - the pros and cons - and own FAIR SOURCE alternative.
- How to use the IR3 collaborative product development platform - to (a) find and work with collaborators and (b) work with others to plan, share tasks and rewards.
- How to brainstorm to the content for a self drafted patent application. NB. This will not include patent drafting and we do recommend the use of a patent attorney if you can afford it.
INFORMATION on (a) enhancements that we and others are working upon for the IR3 to increase the sophistication of products that it will be able to deliver to your customers (b) product teams looking for collaborators (c) IR3 crowd investment and distributor opportunities. (d) guidance on how to protect your ideas.
A PRODUCT LISTING - once your IR3 printable next generation product or enhancement has been tried and tested on an IR3 to ensure that it meets our quality standards, we will help you promote the product within our online/offline distribution channels. Testing and marketing will cost extra, although we may agree to provide an element of it in exchange for a revenue share at our discretion.
Designed to be as future proof as possible, we are offering you a machine that will enable you to design and develop fully functional 3D printed products - not just inanimate plastic objects like most other 3D printers. With 3 print heads, it can switch from printing mechanical parts to electrical connecting tracts to support/separation material unattended. It can also optionally resin pots - a process that involves quickly 3D printing a thin wall container, then optionally placing strengthening material into it, then filling it with resin and UV curing it. This can enable shorter build times and the creation of stronger reinforced parts. Our patent pending pick and place technology enables the precision placement of standard modules (see list below) into a print.
The IR3 is a large build volume, next generation 3D printer with pick and place - for less than the cost of other big brand, large build volume printers. Designed to be future proof, our machine will evolve where others become obsolete. You can use use it to make money by offer services to test print the next generation designs of other IR3 Global Designers.
- smartphone controllable electronics
- rechargeable power packs
- touch screens
- custom modules - you can create with other items
IR3 backers and Full Designer Support Pckage backers get two years access to MatchMaker and DealMaker - our two web based platforms that can help you find and work with others to design and develop next generation 3D printable products.
Stake your claim - duplicate products will not be supported
To maximise efficiency and incentivise innovators, we will only publicize and offer for sale a single product of each type. Only one originator* per product or enhancement will receive a share of revenue from products or enhancements that we sell.
As part of the training, we’ll point you to patent office examples on how to draft your own patents or find a patent attorney before revealing your idea to us or other IR3 platform users. As an IR3 collaborator, you will need to agree to a (generous) revenue share for your input, so others can then build on top of your innovation with their own enhancement ideas. If you have an idea for a next generation 3D printable product already - or want to try and come up with one before the more obvious ones are taken - then back the Kickstarter now.
Whilst the IR3 has been fully developed, we are continually working to enhance the design to deliver an increased print volume, better accuracy and additional functionality. 3D printing is a fast evolving technology and we want to ensure that we can provide you with the most up to date machine available and that is is as future proof as possible. As a result, all of the specifications quoted may vary and the pictures shown are not contractual.
Open Invite to Collaborate
We are interested in talking to individuals about working together to establish local manufacturing bases, distribution, support and marketing activities. We do also believe that it is crucial that we work together to deliver the best home 3D printing solution to the world, so would be interested in discussing collaborations with forward thinking 3D printer, component, software and consumable manufacturers - as well as open source practitioners and closed source IP holders. If there is a way for us to work together that is better than what we are doing now - let's find out what it is...
We really appreciate the contributions made by the open source movement and have contributed many ideas of our own...so will give 1% now and 5% when we have recovered our R&D costs to date - if the market pricing allows.
Having worked with both patents and open source for some time now and discussed the same on a number of forums, we felt that a better solution was needed to ensure that a fairer share of the value created went back to the value creators. Many talented people who contribute to open source projects, but can only do this part time by relying on day jobs in closed source companies. We developed the IR3 collaborative development platform to help these makers, engineers and designers get to a point where they can do what they love - creating and making - full time. The platform helps its users plan a product development, share out tasks and rewards. We propose that both innovators and finance providers agree to the following conditions to market products or product enhancements to the IR3 user base - (1) that they get a fixed - attractive, but not extortionate - share of the revenue that they generate and; (2) they patent protect their products but allow other innovators to offer additions or enhancements to their products. Faraz coined the term 'Fair Source' to explain our solution which seeks to comine the best parts of the open and closed source worlds.
We're ready to go!
A lot of work has been into designing and developing the best possible machine for you - one that can deliver the most functionality now and be easily updated to take on board new breakthroughs as they happen.
We’ve had an exciting journey exploring many weird and wonderful designs as shown in the infographic below. We aim to bring even more functionality to your IR3 as we progress through the revolution, which we will keep you updated on throughout the kickstarter campaign.
Our plan reward deliver schedule
Current Status and Limitations
3D printing technology is evolving fast. There are a number of enhancements that we will incorporate into the machines that we deliver as part of this Kickstarter if they are
1. Print head
Three nozzles for plastic, conductive and support/separation material. To keep the price down, the electronics used is for a dual extruder 3D printer so a relay is used to switch between extruders. This means that only one extruder can be operated at a time.
Manual editing of the gcode is required to stitch together the print, pick and place operations, but we will show you how to do this in our webinar/podcasts. CAD and controller software will eventually be developed to do this - ideally with a 3rd party supplier or ourselves.
We have identified a number of UV fast curing potting compounds. Some cure faster, others are stronger and/or more suitable for home use (safer). Discussions with suppliers are ongoing, so we hope to increase the range over time.
4. Heated bed
The current solution to preventing prints from warping is to use a heated bed. A unit is available for the IR3, but we believe that there is a better, more energy efficient solution - watch this space. The IR3 is designed to print in PLA (a biodegradable, plant based plastic).
5. Conductive filament
Filament technologies are evolving fast. When we first printed out the car shown in the video and GIFs, we found the resistance of the conductive filaments to be very high - in fact, we achieved much better results with layered paint. Much improved filaments have only just come onto the market which we are shortly going to try out. Watch this space for the results.
Suppliers and Quality
Our aim is not to reinvent the wheel, so we are using with tried and tested solutions and proven suppliers where possible.
At this time we intend to provide the IR3 with E3D volcano hot ends, but these may be upgraded to the E3D Cyclops to enable quad extrusion in a smaller print head so that the Y-axis build size can be increased. Other proven elements of the machine are the main electronics controller, extruders, motors and position sensors.
Service and support
To enable us to deliver this cutting edge printer at this price, we are only able to provide support in the following ways:
(a) from the community via our discussion boards or;
(b) by email - our target response time is 48 hours, but this may vary.
Please note the following: "THE MACHINES OFFERED AS REWARDS UNDER KICKSTARTER SHOULD BE USED AFTER PARTICIPATING IN THE TRAINING WEBINARS AND UNDERSTANDING THEIR CONTENTS. WE EXTEND NO WARRANTIES REGARDING YOUR FITNESS OR THAT OF OUR PRODUCTS FOR ANY PURPOSE. THE USE OF THE PRODUCTS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE PURCHASE OR USE OF ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS WILL SERVE AS YOUR EXPLICIT RECOGNITION THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AND DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES, LOSS (ECONOMIC OR OTHERWISE), INJURY OR DEATH RESULTING FROM OPERATION OF OUR PRODUCTS OR THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE CREATED USING OUR PRODUCTS, WHETHER AS INDICATED OR OTHERWISE, AND SAYS NO EVENT HAS THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR MISUSE OF OUR PRODUCTS. "
It's time to go into details. The table below shows the specifications of the IR3 and compares them with other 3D printers currently on the market - many of which have only just been launched by the market leaders.
Team and supporters
Our team comprises of some very experienced engineers, materials scientists and roboticists. In addition, we do have a number of PR, marketing, finance and legal specialists helping us in the background.
Sen A is the inventor of the IR3, the architect behind the IR3 developer platform and the founding director of Buzz Technology Ltd. He is a serial entrepreneur who's set up his first company, MSA Engineering Systems Ltd - to commercialise a mechanical handling innovation. He subsequently went on to design and manufacture production line pick and place machinery for companies in the food, engineering and construction sectors. Senake studied Electrical Engineering at Southampton University.
Faraz S is our Chief Maker and an enthusiastic participant in the Maker and ReUse movements. As a seasoned software and electronics specialist, he will push forward the R&D function for value adding functionality. Faraz studied Materials Science at Oxford University.
Rui M is an experienced Roboticist and Production Line Machinery Designer. He is also the founder of two Portugese Maker Spaces. His completely autonomous robot went on to take first prize against many well funded corporate teams at a recent international robotics competition. Rui has helped enormously to push our microbot development forward and will oversee procurement and production of the IR3. Rui studied Automation and Robotic Control at ATEC, Portugal.
Sid A cut his teeth as an Advanced Materials Specialist and then a blue sky Materials Scientist at Courtaulds plc. Key achievements include working as part of the team who designed the first carbon fiber brake disks for the Benneton Formula 1 car. He has been instrumental in highlighting what works and what doesn't in both our FDM and resin potting systems.
Henry H was the Co-Producer and Advertising Specialist for the production of the IR3 kickstarter video, He has and will continue to provide invaluable advice on how we roll out the machine as the user base expands.
If you believe that you may have skills and/or knowledge that may benefit the IR3 or our user base, please get in touch.
Ornella B - Video Producer and Director
Gorgio G - Camera and Editing
We would like to offer our special thanks to everyone who has helped us along our journey especially those at CreateSpace London:
Rory Gallagher - Founder of CreateSpace London
Mark Stroop - Maker & Teacher
Mark Cairns - Maker, Inventor & Photographer
Judit Kollo - Ceramic Designer
If you support our vision and want to become one of the new breed of global designers, then please go back to the top of the page and pledge now to support the Industrial Revolution III.
Risks and challenges
There are actually two main types of risks that you as a backer face when buying a 3D printer - delivery risk is the one that everyone thinks about, but obsolescence risk is just as important. Will the printer that you buy today still be worth the money that you pay for it in a years time. We have detailed below the measures that we have taken to minimize both types.
MINIMISING DELIVERY RISK
The basic design of the 3D printer that we are offering is not new. Having gone through many iterations from radial to micro-robotic printing, to minimise technical delivery risk, we settled on and have completed the development of a positioning mechanism that is based on the proven cartesian design that is used in thousands of 3D printers and CNC mills. At the same time, the pick and place unit uses a design that our founder has used time and again in food and textile machinery installed in pick and place machines supplied worldwide.
With this in mind, the main risks and challenges that we have identified - and addressed - are as follows.
Most of the components used are widely available, however, the IR3's enclosure uses a high tech automotive and aerospace material that was chosen for it's rigidity and lightness. There are a limited number of large suppliers who mold this component worldwide. In the unlikely event that our supply fails, we have designed and built a higher strength alternative frame/casing that is still within budget.
We have currently just daisy chained the Gcode from 3D printable parts with that needed for pick and place operations. There are several free and chargeable programs that will allow you as a designers to create sale-able output whilst preserving a layer of complexity that makes it more difficult for your designs to be pirated when they are sold to other IR3 owners in the future. We plan to build a drag and drop interface as the number of IR3s and printable products grows to make it easy for anyone to buy your designs.
As per our goal of supporting local manufacturing, the machines will be manufactured in the UK - 100% under our control.
Depending upon the volumes ordered and the locations of backers, we may also set up local manufacturing in the US - with trusted parties - and elsewhere where the transport and other cost savings justify it. This does introduce the risk of under performance by unknown parties, however, we will canvas the views of you as and other backers before localizing any production that might impact deliveries or quality.
MINIMISING OBSOLESENCE RISK
Like the Internet, 3D printing is a fast evolving, open source technology that is delivering greater speed and accuracy every day. For that very reason and unlike many of the prosumer and consumer printers offered today, the IR3 has been designed with future proofing in mind.
Some of the key ways in which the IR3 Designer Edition will protect your investment – and stay current for as long as possible – are listed below.
Use of Advanced Materials
The IR3's casing is made of a high tech material that is widely used in automotive and aerospace applications including the doors of a recently launched high end electric sports car. In addition to being both strong and light, the material is pliant enough to allow the easy mounting of additional components.
Enabling Incremental Innovation using Tool-Free Production
Many manufacturers make use of mass production processes which require costly, high precision tooling. Whilst this helps bring parts costs and the selling price to you down, it discourages them from offering you incremental innovations because doing so would make their investment in the tooling obsolete. We will be using jigs, fixtures and automation to produce a precision machine as cost effectively as possible, but all of these will be be adjustable and flexible so that as soon as we discover an enhancement, we can add it in or offer it as an enhancement.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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