A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
We are thrilled to bring to you Pingo, our 3D Printer!
Large Build Volume
Pingo boasts an impressive 200x200x200mm build volume - large by the standards of even much more expensive printers. To put that into perspective, if you were to print a hollow box as large as you could, it could hold over 2 gallons of water!
Extrusion issues can be some of the most frustrating problems in 3D printing. Hotends tend to clog, extruders jam up, and motors overheat. That is why we have spent the most time developing our extrusion system. We went with a Bowden-style system to reduce moving weight and improve print speed, but we didn't stop there. The extruder is integrated into the X-End so that the filament path is always consistent. Furthermore, we use an authentic E3D hotend for sharp prints and jam-free printing, and a Kysan stepper motor with 5.5 Kg.cm of torque.
Precision Z-Axis Motion
An issue plaguing many other consumer 3D printers is Z artifacts. Manufacturers skimp on components and often use imprecise threaded rods or sloppy couplers for the Z axis, causing ribbing and banding on prints. To avoid these issues, we use CNC-grade leadscrews and couplers. These precisely-machined parts give the Z axis smooth motion, and prints have flawless sides.
We know exactly where Pingo fits into the market - an affordable printer that produces excellent prints time after time. By focusing primarily on quality and not on extra features, we were able to meet both of these goals with a low price of $399 (Early-Bird price is $370).
Carbon Fiber Printed Parts
We use 3D printed parts in our printers -everyone does. It is a cheap, easily-scalable way to prototype and manufacture mechanical parts. But then we went a step further. Our parts are printed from a composite carbon fiber filament that gives our parts extra rigidity and stiffness - as well as a beautiful matte black finish that complements the printer nicely.
SD Card Support
Pingo comes with a built-in SD card. You can send a print to the SD card from a computer, then start the print and run it without being connected to a computer. This feature frees up your computer and negates the need for a control panel on the printer itself.
We don't want to limit anyone to our current vision for Pingo. That is why we will be releasing all of the source files for free to the public. You can tweak, customize, and modify to your heart's desire. Here at Pingo3D we believe in collaboration and teamwork among makers, and we want to help give back to the maker community. 3D printing has been developed by the community, and that is how we want to keep it.
There are countless brands and varieties of filaments out there. Wood, conductive, metal, carbon fiber, and flexible, just to name a few. Pingo does not limit you to a specific proprietary filament - you can run wild experimenting with you favorite kinds of filament. Pingo can print with PLA, PHA, PETG, TPU, TPE, wood composite PLA, bronze composite PLA, iron composite PLA, UV color changing filament, PET, and much much more. You can print any material up to 245 degrees Celcius, but due to the lack of heated bed, materials like ABS that warp a lot would potentially pose a problem. Feel free to contact us for questions about specific filaments.
Flexible filaments (TPU, TPE, Ninjaflex, Filaflex, etc) are normally quite difficult to print. Our extruder path supports the filament as much as possible so that flexibles can be printed easily - however the speed will need to be reduced.
The most important aspect of any 3D printer is print quality. Thanks to all of the above design considerations, Pingo is capable of producing beautiful prints time after time.
Below are some photos of prints that demonstrate Pingo's capability. Note that the prints have not been sanded or smoothed.
Pingo comes partially assembled with clear instructions and all the tools required to assemble. Also included is everything you need to print (a sample PLA filament pack, a gluestick for the bed, and a print removal tool). No soldering, drilling, or gluing is involved, and most builders should be able to finish assembly in an hour or two.
Risks and challenges
We have spent over a year and a half developing Pingo, and are confident that it is ready for production. However, several challenges or delays could occur after completion of the campaign - delayed orders from manufacturers, shipping issues, or quality issues with parts we recieve.
To help eliminate these risks, we have lined up all of our manufacturers and part distributors to ensure quick, riskless fulfillment of your pledges.
Please note that printers are shipped out based on pledge order. We anticipate being able to produce and ship around 50 printers per month.