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Root is an affordable, easy to use, compact desktop 3D Printer that does not limit the imagination of its users.

Root is an affordable, easy to use, compact desktop 3D Printer that does not limit the imagination of its users. Read More
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$19,748
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Funding Suspended

Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on January 27, 2015.

About this project

Are you frustrated with over promised and under delivered kickstarters? Do you want to create "things" you have imagined? Do you want to be an owner of an affordable and simple 3D printer that you won't be frustrated with? Root is the answer.

GP3D is the subsidiary of Green Project Inc., a leading ink and toner manufacturer. We expanded our line of products to include 3D filaments, but customers asked why didn't we have a printer as well. That is why we are creating Root.

Our team of imagineers truly need capital for production. Root is an amazing desktop 3D printer that can perform and deliver. Our competitors have said their 3D printer is “affordable”, but what is affordable? $1,000? Root is the definition of an affordable 3D printer at HALF the cost. The final design is ready to be shipped out in months, not years. All we need is your help to reach our goal to produce. We know that other kickstarter campaigns have promised and sold their ideas to you with over promised ideas; not adhering their own timeline and stretch goals. GP3D wants to change your mind on crowdfunding technology and 3D printing. We want to introduce you to Root.

Root is a new take on affordable 3D printers. It features an all-metal body; accepts PLA, Color Change, and Flexible filament; and it is easy to use. 

Root Extruder Detail
Root Extruder Detail

Limited Edition

Be special, be unique, be different. You can be the owner of a very limited edition champagne gold Root (heck, it is numbered too!) 

Looking for a few more printing features, introducing Root Plus! Featuring ABS printing, upgraded LCD, and a heated bed! ABS filaments just straight work better with a heated bed, they won't stick to cold surfaces. So we did things right to make your ABS printing experience amazing. Root Plus also works with PLA, HIPS, PA, PC, PVA, Wood, Color Changing, and Flexible filaments (that is a lot of acronyms! Scroll down to the filament section to learn what they all mean!). It accepts USB flash drives instead of SD cards and has an updated touchscreen interface. 

3 color sample spool

All orders for Root and Root Plus will receive this 3 color sample PLA spool so you can get started printing immediately with color variety! 

Timeline

 Root:

 Root Plus:

Why are we doing this?

We want to help bring 3D printing to more people than ever before. Our vision is to have one next to every computer at home. 3D printing is the future and we want to enable more people to take part in this exciting area. This printer is accessible to parents with children, teachers, and start-ups which let a new generation prepare for a 3D printed future.

10 Reasons why you should own Root

Plastic shell bodies on other printers cause more flexing. More flexing means higher print inaccuracy. That is why we designed Root to have a study metal body so you never have to worry about prints being incorrect due to movement of the printer. 

Long printing projects are no issue for Root. We tested it to print for 300 hours straight. Even your longest printing projects will finish without error or printer shut downs. 

 Root is not a pipe dream. It is fully designed and ready for production. We need the kickstarter funding to purchase the raw materials in bulk so that we can make Root affordable. What you see here is what you will get in a timely fashion.

There is going to be certain parts that need replacing on any 3D printer, like the extruder. We don't want to make your life harder than it has to be, so we designed Root to have an accessible area to open up and get these parts changed out.

No one wants to be left in the dark, especially when printing! Root's unique open build area allows you to view your project from all angles as it prints.

3D printing has been out of reach for many, but with Root we want to change that. We want to bring 3D printing to a wider audience. Root won’t break the bank so more people can afford to start creating with their own 3D printer.

Root makes printing easy. Just load a file on the SD card (or USB flash drive for Root Plus) and it will show up on the LCD screen. Click the file to begin printing. It is that simple!

Control, set-up, and manage your prints with Root's large and full-color 3.5 inch touchscreen. Touch screen interfaces are second nature to us now with smartphones, so why have a printer with buttons? We want Root to be user-friendly and a touch screen is the way to do it!

We stand behind our product and proudly offer a one year from date of purchase warranty (certain wear and tear parts are excluded, like the build plate, so please read the full warranty!) In addition we offer full online support at our website, www.gp3d.com

No need to have a dedicated computer to print from. Just load the files to Root via SD card (or USB flash drive for Root Plus) and your computer is free!

Tech Specs

You want the nitty-gritty numbers and measurements huh? Well we have plenty of them for you! 

Software

As if we weren't busy enough on the printer, we also have our own 3D printing software that works with Root. It is called Germinate, it will accept STL files and convert them to X3G and WTK to work with Root. STL files are the most common 3D printing file type, so any existing printing file you have will work with Root! 

 

Featured On

These awesome places featured our printer, we are blushing!

Shout Out to BackerClub!
Shout Out to BackerClub!

CES 2015 Booth

Did we mention filament??

GP3D started manufacturing high quality filaments 2 years ago. All of the colors below are Pantone standardized and RoHS and REACH compliant.  Check out the filaments we offer below!

 $1, $5, $15 Backers

 GP3D Bookmark -- $1 Contribution

Glass Smartphone Screen Protector -- $5 Contribution 

 GP3D T-Shirt  -- $15 Contribution

Risks and challenges

The manufacturing involved in Root is straight forward. As all the suppliers are lined up, we are confident we will deliver according to schedule to backers, our number one priority. Our job is to focus on production and manufacturing. We know the nature of the challenges we may encounter and how to overcome them. We do not take pledges lightly, as each pledge will come from people who believe in this project and our ability to execute. We will maintain excellent communication with backers, post updates on the project, and respond to all questions in a timely manner. We are looking forward to producing an incredible product with great features.

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Rewards

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00 USD

    THANK YOU! We will mail you a card and 3D printed bookmark. Shipping included.

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    20 backers
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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    GLASS SCREEN PROTECTOR - We will send you a tempered glass smartphone screen protector of your choice*. Shipping included. (*iPhone 4/4s, 5/5s, 6, 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Note 2, 3, 4)

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    14 backers
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    Pledge $15 or more About $15 USD

    T-SHIRT - We will send you an amazing GP3D t-shirt(S, M, L, XL sizes) designed by our very own Robin Holmes! Shipping included.

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    2 backers
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    Pledge $375 or more About $375 USD

    ROOT - EARLIEST BIRD SPECIAL - Be one of the first to get Root. Be the envy of all your friends! Better jump on this reward early because it won't last! Shipping not included. (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Pledge $440 or more About $440 USD

    ROOT - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - It is not too late, get those worms! Jump on this reward now because quantity is limited. Shipping not included.
    (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Limited 3 backers
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    Pledge $475 or more About $475 USD

    ROOT - SLIGHTLY LATE BIRD SPECIAL - Ok so you missed the best worms but there are still some more out there for you! Get Root for cheaper than it will be after the kickstarter. Shipping not included. (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Pledge $475 or more About $475 USD

    ROOT - LIMITED EDITION CHAMPAGNE GOLD - Get your monocles ready, you classy person you! Print in style with a limited edition champagne gold Root, only available during our kickstarter campaign. Shipping not included. (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Limited 1 backer
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    ROOT PLUS - EARLY BIRD - With a heated bed, USB port and ABS printing capability, Root Plus is pretty amazing! Get it early for less here!
    Shipping not included. (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Limited 6 backers
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    Pledge $525 or more About $525 USD

    ROOT - FILAMENT BUNDLE - Open the box and get printing with this Root bundle! You will get Root and 5 rolls of PLA filament in your choice of colors. Shipping not included. (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $550 or more About $550 USD

    ROOT PLUS - NOT SO EARLY BIRD - With a heated bed, USB port and ABS printing capability, Root Plus is pretty amazing! Get it early (well somewhat early) for less here!
    Shipping not included. (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Pledge $575 or more About $575 USD

    ROOT PLUS - FILAMENT BUNDLE - Open the box and get printing with this Root Plus bundle! With a heated bed, USB port and ABS printing capability, Root Plus is pretty amazing! You will get the Root Plus and 5 rolls of ABS filaments in your choice of colors. Shipping not included. (Shipping to AK, HI, and PR is $75)

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    Pledge $4,300 or more About $4,300 USD

    ROOT - 10 PRINTER COMBO - Do you truly want to be number 1 (through 10)? Then jump on this reward level to receive the first 10 Root Plus printers!
    Thank you for your commitment toward GP3D!! Shipping not included. (We will let you know the shipping charge when you place your contribution! Contact us first for shipping quote)

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $4,800 or more About $4,800 USD

    ROOT PLUS - 10 PRINTER COMBO - Do you truly want to be number 1 (through 10)? Then jump on this reward level to receive the first 10 Root Plus printers!
    Thank you for your commitment toward GP3D!! Shipping not included. (We will let you know the shipping charge when you place your contribution! Contact us first for shipping quote)

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Funding period

- (37 days)