About this project
Pegasus Touch: The Next Generation of Desktop Consumer 3D Printing Using Laser Technology
As designers and engineers, we have found lasers and 3D printers to be amazing tools. Naturally, we wanted to combine the two and build a 3D Printer with lasers! Thanks to the wide adpotion of Bluray players, low cost near UV laser diodes which can cure liquid resin are now readily available making high quality 3D printers a reality.
Using software/electronics technology developed for our laser cutting/engraving products, we’ve perfected an affordable high quality laser based Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printer that sets a new standard for desktop 3D printing for every maker and maker to be. Starting below $2000 on Kickstarter, Pegasus Touch produces by far the best quality 3D printing output for its price.
Come visit us at CES 2014 in Las Vegas Booth #32027 Jan 7-10, 2014 and see the printer first hand!
Speed: Controlling lasers properly takes years of experience. Pegasus Touch’s advanced control electronics can pulse its laser source at over 500kHz while moving the laser beam at 3000mm/sec thanks to the same special FSL real-time laser processor used in $100,000 scanning laser systems. Faster laser control allow us to tune the resin to cure more quickly without sacrificing quality allowing for up to 10x the speed of FDM printers and 3-5x the speed of other SLA printers.
Output Quality: Nearly all current low desktop 3D printers below $3000 use FDM technology but Laser based SLA technology has set the gold standard for quality since it was invented in the 1980s. Due to finer control offered by laser technology, the finish of laser based SLA printers is just better.
Affordability: Starting below $2000, Pegasus Touch is the lowest cost assembled SLA printer available – it’s even less expensive than many leading consumer FDM printers. Pretested, fast, high quality resin is available at only $100/liter (when purchased in 4L bulk).
Standalone Ease of Use: Other low cost printers transfer several gigabytes of post processed data from a tethered PC. Pegasus Touch has an on-board Linux computer that can do much of the 3D processing computation on the printer itself. Typical transfer file sizes are only a few megabytes so it never needs to be tethered to another computer.
By putting a full internet connected touchscreen computer right into the printer, FSL3D has been able to build a 3D Printer App Store right on the printer. Find high quality, pretested models right from the printer itself - no more digging endlessly or tweaking to find perfect printable 3D models.
- 3D Technology: 405nm scanning galvo laser liquid resin stereolithography
- Build area: up to 7”x7”x9” (177x177x228mm)
- Case Footprint: 11"x14"x22.5" (280x360x571mm)
- Processor: Built in 1GHz Linux computer with 512mB memory and 4.3” Touchscreen LCD Interfaces: Ethernet, USB, WiFi (requires optional USB dongle)
- On Board Software: Built in on-board Internet Connected 3D Printer App Store (no computer required)
- Desktop Software: Tightly integrated multi-touch capable desktop software with automatic slicing and automatic breakaway support generation with manual editing support for Windows PC (Mac coming soon)
- Speed: up to 3000mm/sec (>10x faster than most FDM, up to 6x faster than other SLA)
- Focused Laser Spot Size: ~250 microns
- XY Positioning Resolution: 16bit precision, ~3 micron
- Z Motor Resolution: ~5 micron (typical layer thickness 25-100 micron)
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing hardware products always has its challenges that all Kickstarter projects face. A laser based SLA 3D printer is additionally complicated in that it requires expertise in many fields: chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software.
However to minimize these risks FSL3D draws on the same engineering and manufacturing experience from Full Spectrum Laser. Making hardware is not easy but FSL has years of manufacturing experience and pre-existing supplier relationships. Last year on Kickstarter, FSL introduced the 20”x12” 40W/45W Hobby Laser cutter raising over $259,000. We successfully delivered all rewards and shipped thousands of additional laser orders so we have developed strong supplier and manufacturing relationships.
FSL3D has built several working prototypes and thousands of prints and is confident we have a great working printer but we are always working hard to improve our products. Come visit us at CES Jan 7-10, 2014 Booth #32027 and see the printer and prints for yourself!
In addition, we have already purchased long lead time parts like motors and PCBs in advance to shorten the wait for rewards as much as possible. In addition, FSL3D can make use of the same 20,000+ sqft assembly line space in Las Vegas that is used to assemble FSL laser cutters.
Testing of thousands of printers in the field may uncover design flaws but FSL3D will work hard to solve any issues and maintain good communication with our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes the Pegasus Touch has a single external auto-switching 110v/220-240v power brick for easy worldwide power compatibility.
Currently the Pegasus Touch is designed and optimized for use with FSL3D resin only. We plan to have a variety of colors and material properties. We may consider adding support for other resins at a later date but optimizing speed while maintaining quality requires a lot of testing and tweaking of several parameters. You will find our resin is priced competitively with other commercial offerings especially for the quality.
We may consider offering a low cost open source resin at a later date for "draft" mode printing if we can meet our funding goals.
We have two methods as shown in the video to print objects:
1) Directly through the printer's touchscreen which connects online to our 3D App Store. No computer is necessary in this case. These models are pretested with all necessary settings and supports in place.
2) Importing an STL, OBJ or 3DS file through our Desktop software. Our desktop software will automatically slice the object and give the option to auto-generate supports. You can also click on supports to manually delete them or manually add new supports. The desktop software also supports multitouch features and advanced CAD like manipulations for positioning/rotation/scaling.
Advanced software and electronics is a specialty of FSL which we brought to FSL3D.
We haven't had time to test burnout qualities (since we are testing mostly for output quality) but it's on the to do list for the near future. We're sure we can provide a compatible burnout resin from us or we will support a 3rd party resin that burns out cleanly. We'd be happy to work with a backer to test the burn out qualities at a later date. Since we mix the resin ourselves in house, we can optimize it for particular processes easily.
Our preliminary shipping dimensions/weights (Pegasus 3D Printer only) are 15"x18"x26.5", 45 pounds. We can fit extra resin inside the shipping box if you choose to buy extra. Shipping is from our Las Vegas office: 6216 S Sandhill Rd, Las Vegas, NV, 89120.
You can use our Fedex shipping rates (Printer only, Laser+Printer ships as 2 boxes and additional shipping applies) as follows by adding it to your pledge:
USA: $75, Canada: $150, Hawaii: $150, Europe: $350, China: $500, Australia: $525.
Keep in mind international customs/taxes are NOT included. If your country charges VAT likely you will need to pay this extra amount on the declared value.
You can use your own shipping company and send us a shipping label but we take no responsibility after it leaves our warehouse if you use your own shipping method so ensure you buy insurance.
Currently we are estimating a MSRP of $3499. Save over $1000 by supporting our Kickstarter campaign! In addition, we will ship all Kickstarter pledges before any orders taken through our website.
The resin container will likely need replacement or recoating after 2-4 L of resin printing. You can recoat yourself with instructions provided or you can buy a new one for $75.
Resin of course needs to be purchased for printing at a cost of $125 for 1 liter or $400 for 4 liters ($100 per liter when purchased in 4L bulk). Our resin cost is one of the lowest direct from a manufacturer.
Backers are encouraged to order resin at the same time as their printer pledge by adding the difference in price to their pledge. Kickstarter pledges ship first before all other orders and can ship in the same box as the printer to save shipping costs.
We offer a standard 90 day base warranty on all parts/service for the Pegasus Touch (this is the same as most other consumer 3d printing companies). In addition, you can buy an extension to 1 year for $300 extra.
We see almost unlimited shelf life of the resin as long as it is kept out of light. To encourage people to buy in bulk and save, we will offer a 1 year warranty on any unused resin. If it ever spoils in the bottle (it shouldn't), send it back and we will swap it for new resin.
We ask all interested potential distributors/dealers to support our Kickstarter to get familiar with the product and see if it is something you would like to sell. We want distributors that are excited about our product enough to buy one to try. Without trying it and understanding the product we feel the relationship will not be productive.
We will make a selection of distributors after receiving feedback on the printer and shipping all Kickstarter rewards.
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