About this project
cob·ble verb /ˈkäbəl/
:roughly assemble or put together something from available parts or elements.
The Little Monster
The Cobblebot Little Monster was designed to provide an affordable desktop 3D printer capable of high speeds, high resolution, and a very, very low cost of ownership. The printer was dubbed “Little Monster” by the Cobblebot team due to its incredibly simplistic design and frighteningly awesome performance. It’s an extremely easy to assemble 3D printer. A X6" x Y6" x Z6" build area is provided standard, which is expandable up to X10" x Y10" x Z10".
The Cobblebot Vanguard is a modified version of the Little Monster that provides additional Z support so that the build area could be increased to 12" x 12" x 12". The Vanguard 3D printer is capable of high speeds, high resolution, and has a very low cost of ownership.
Start Your Journey Into 3D Printing
Whether you are looking to put your creativity to work and bring your ideas to life or to start a business, Cobblebot Little Monster can help you get there. Our high quality and low cost ($199) 3D printer makes Cobblebot Little Monster a unequaled consumer 3D printer that can be used for business or personal use.
You dream it, let Cobblebot make it!
Material & Filament
The Cobblebot Little Monster is primarily designed to print in PLA and ABS plastic. For those interested in printing in other materials, the hotend may be upgraded to allow printing in other materials, such as: Nylon, Polycarbonate, Flexible Filament, LayWood, PVA, HDPE.
Assembly And Calibration
Cobblebot Little Monster can be assembled in 1 hour and calibrated in minutes. The Little Monster is an extremely simplistic design with few parts which makes assembly a breeze. You can follow our detailed written instructions (with pictures) or follow along with our video build guide.
The Final Push
Cobblebot Little Monster is already a completely functional consumer 3D printer. But we will be working to improve / perfect its custom parts until the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Additionally, we will be working to pretty it up a bit.
All plastic parts will be injection molded for smooth and solid parts for everyone. Metal parts will be avaliable as an upgrade option.
What The Future Holds
Cobblebot Inc. is a rapidly expanding business that expects to launch half a dozen new machines in 2015, including a CNC Mill, Engraving Machine, Laser Cutter, and 3D Scanner. We also plan to launch a line of filament for use with 3D printers. The current level of success of Cobblebot Inc. means our supporters can look forward to continued support of all of the products we design and manufacture.
Company Name Clarification
When we launched our first Kickstarter campaign we were not a corporation - which is why you see the name Cobblebot LLC as our name. Kickstarter does not allow a name change once any campaign is complete - so we are unable to change the name to our new legal name: Cobblebot Inc.
For the purpose of attracting and securing large investors, we changed our business type to that of a corporation. So please note, we are NOT a LLC (Limited Liability Company) as stated under the name section, we are in fact a corporation (Inc.).
We know this clarification means very little to everyone, but we did want to clarify so that when everyone is doing their research on our company they aren't asking themselves "Why is there a Cobblebot Inc. registered in Texas and not a Cobblebot LLC?".
We could have opened a new Kickstarter account, but we wanted to make sure everyone knows that we are the same Cobblebot Team that launched the previous Kickstarter - which would only be obvious if launched from the same account.
We hope this clarification will prevent any confusion concerning our company name.
Physical Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 12" (304mm x 304mm x 304mm)
Build/Print Dimensions: Default: 6" x 6" x 6" (152mm x 152mm x 152mm); Upgradeable to a max of 10"x10"x10" (254mm x 254mm x 254mm) in 1" increments.
Layer Height: 100-300 micron
Print Speed: 30 - 60mm/sec (Can be faster with hot end upgrade)
Weight: roughly 10 lb (7.7 kg).
Compatibility: Windows, Mac, or Linux.
Connections: USB & SD Card.
Materials supported: ABS, PLA (No Upgrades); + Nylon, Polycarbonate, Flexible Filament, LayWood, PVA, HDPE (Upgraded)
Hotend: Currently Planned Default: J Head (PEEK + PTFE liner), .35mm Nozzle. Upgraded: All Metal Hexagon Hotend, .4mm Nozzle;
Filament Size: 1.75mm
Power Supply: 12V 30A Recommended (Approximately $24 on Amazon) - Not included with kit due to the excessively high rate of damage during shipping encountered in our previous Kickstarter campaign (Our cost per unit is expected to be higher after warranty claims than our backers could purchase the power supply for independently - so we've determined we would take a loss by offering power supplies - one of the many things we've learned from our previous Kickstarter campaign). We will recommend the appropriate power supply for purchase to our supporters and provide instructions on how to set it up.
Stepper Motors (x4): Nema 17 Stepper Motors
Electronics: Ramps 1.4 & Arduino MEGA 2560 (Most supported and widely used 3D printer boards)
LCD: Model 2004 LCD Included; Upgrade: Model 12864 LCD.
SD Card Slot: Included
Stepper Drivers: A4988 (Default - Allows 1/16 stepping)
Heated Bed: PCB Heatbed is an Optional Upgrade.
Risks and challenges
The hard development work is already done and the team is 100% invested in its completion over the next few months.
So what risks and challenges are there?
We would say that the primary risks/challenges are encountering manufacturing delays, delays with logistics, and customs delays. This is something that we have encountered with our first Kickstarter Campaign. So what we have done with THIS Kickstarter campaign is we have calculated the delays we previously encountered with our manufacturers and with customs into the estimated delivery dates for this project.
Obviously this means if we don't encounter the same delays we encountered in our first campaign, everyone could receive their rewards months sooner than projected (as early as late April). But we prefer to deliver sooner and have everyone thrilled about getting their Cobblebot Little Monster ahead of time than to have to explain why our manufactures didn't complete production or ship on time.
The design, manufacturing and importation of products for small businesses can be complex. Most of the Cobblebot Team has experience working with large corporations and many of our Team has had experience working with some of the very manufacturing companies that we use to manufacture Cobblebot parts. What we have learned the hard way is that there is a big difference in the importance that China manufacturers place on a company that is ordering tens of millions of dollars worth of products vs. tens of thousands of dollars worth of products, despite any previous relationship with the manufacturer. As a small business we won't be the priority for our manufacturers and this can cause delays - we believe this is actually the reason for some of our delays in our previous Kickstarter campaign (another delay was that we had quality control issues with a manufacturer and they had to reproduce the product) - but the end result is the same: We use reputable manufacturers who will ultimately deliver the goods we ordered and they will be of high quality. And we will turn around and get those parts to you, our wonderful supporters.
With a company like Cobblebot Inc. there is no real risk of not receiving your product, only a risk of delayed shipment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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