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An affordable high-resolution open source 3D printer for consumers, professional artists and industrial designers.

If you missed our Kickstarter campaign please visit us at www.plasticscribbler.com to place an order! 

Why choose our printer?

Our Asterid Series printers have been designed for ease of use and quality prints.  Over the last 6 months the Plastic Scribbler team has gone through over 9 generations of prototypes and we're finally ready to release our 3D printer to the masses.  

Product Comparison
Product Comparison

It is the combination of our large build volume and the fact that our printer is fully assembled and ready to use out-of-the-box that makes our 3D printer stand out!  Not to mention the great price!  Even the QU-BD $279 dollar kit doesn't compare, since it has a much smaller build volume and doesn't come fully assembled.

All of our printers are supplied completely assembled and ready to use out-of-the-box. We'll assemble everything from the electronics to the hot-end and wrap it all together with an extruded aluminum frame.  In fact, all you need to do to get started when you receive your Asterid 3D printer is unpack it, install the software & filament and start printing!

Asterid 3D printer prototype view 001
Asterid 3D printer prototype view 001

 In addition, since our 3D printers are completely open source, they'll work with all your favorite open source software.  In fact, to get you started right away, we'll have three slic3r profiles configured for different print settings, fine, medium and course and we'll supply software for Windows compatible computers with every printer we sell.  

Asterid 3D printer prototype view 002
Asterid 3D printer prototype view 002

Rocket Retro 004 design by cerberus333 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26163

Minion design by cerberus333 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:113154

Robust Extruder

The most important part of a 3D printer is the extruder and we've put a lot of effort into designing the best extruder possible.  Our extruders use a standard Makerbot style drive wheel mated to a NEMA 17 high-torque stepper motor using two GT2 timing pulleys and a belt.  The timing pulleys create more torque and deliver backlash free gearing which make for great prints.

Asterid 3D printer extruder view 001
Asterid 3D printer extruder view 001
Asterid 3D printer extruder view 002
Asterid 3D printer extruder view 002

 3D Printed Samples

All the following 3D printed samples were printed on our Asterid series 1000HB printer prototype using the course (.3mm layer height) setting:

Asterid 3D printer sample print 001
Asterid 3D printer sample print 001
Asterid 3D printer sample print 002
Asterid 3D printer sample print 002
Asterid 3D printer sample print 003
Asterid 3D printer sample print 003

Rocket Retro 004 design by cerberus333 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26163

Asterid 3D printer sample print 004
Asterid 3D printer sample print 004
Asterid 3D printer sample print 005
Asterid 3D printer sample print 005
Asterid 3D printer sample print 006
Asterid 3D printer sample print 006
Asterid 3D printer sample print 007
Asterid 3D printer sample print 007

Quality design and excellent prints

Our Asterid 3D printer series provides both cost effective 3D printing with world class results.  In addition, the design is completely open source and all design files will be available on our website at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.  Our design uses all the latest electronics and firmware plus have great prints due to the zero-backlash GT2 belting and pulleys driving each axis (the z-axis is driven by a 5/16-18 threaded rod). Finally a 3D printer that has the quality of a Makerbot but with the pricing of a Solidoodle!

Asterid Model 1000S Features and Specifications

  • 8" x 8" x 8" Build Volume! (204mm x 204mm x 204mm, 512 cubic inch or 8,489,664 cubic mm)
  • Plate glass or acrylic build platform (TBD)
  • 12V 10A 120W Switching Power Supply
  • Extruded Aluminum frame with built-in filament holder
  • Fully assembled -- ready to print out-of-the-box
  • Uses 1.75mm diameter filament
  • Fused Filament Fabrication
  • .4mm nozzle diameter (replaceable nozzle)
  • All metal hot-end
  • 30 second filament color changes and spring-loaded filament tension for consistent extrusion
  • Reprap RAMPS 1.4 electronics
  • Epocs NTC 100k 1% thermistor used for hotend temperature feedback
  • GT2 backlash free timing belts and pulleys on X and Y axes

Asterid Model 1000HB Features and Specifications

  • 8" x 8" x 8" Build Volume! (204mm x 204mm x 204mm, 512 cubic inch or 8,489,664 cubic mm)
  • Heated build platform
  • Borosilicate Glass Print Surface (extremely flat build platform)
  • 12V 20A 240W Switching Power Supply
  • Extruded Aluminum frame with built-in filament holder
  • Fully assembled -- ready to print out-of-the-box
  • Uses 1.75mm filament
  • Fused Filament Fabrication
  • .4mm nozzle diameter (replaceable nozzle)
  • All metal hot-end
  • 30 second filament color changes and spring-loaded consistent filament tension
  • Reprap RAMPS version 1.4 electronics
  • Epocs NTC 100k 1% thermistor used on both hotend and HBP
  • GT2 backlash free timing pulleys and belting on X and Y axes

Production Plan

What we've done so far:

  • Formed an awesome team in Cumming, GA
  • Engineered the system to be mass-manufactured
  • Built and tested 9 generations of prototypes
  • Tested a multitude of slic3r configurations for optimal performance
  • Made arrangements with multiple suppliers for raw materials

Our Asterid series 3D printers are true RepRap machines.  The majority of parts are 3D printed and the frame can easily be made at home using standard hand tools.  In fact, our prototype was made using simple hand tools and 3D printed parts.  Our 3D printer, being a true RepRap, is easily modified and upgraded.  This is where you are needed.   Although you can make a RepRap printer at home, sometimes the process can very daunting and even frustrating.  Mass production lowers costs and create jobs.  We need your help for mass production and tooling to speed up the process of making our 3D printers. We'll use the money generated by the KickStarter campaign to build fixtures for the frame and set-up production printers for the parts. 

We've calculated the time required to produce each printer which equates to roughly 6-8 man hours to assemble and test.  Depending on the outcome of the KickerStarter campaign we will scale our work force and the number of printers required for production use according to the volume.

Why Kickstarter?

We need your help to get our product off the ground.  Our prototype printer is working and complete and we'll use the funds from our Kickstarter campaign to purchase raw materials in bulk and create tooling to mass produce them.

We've focused our attention on producing a great printer at the lowest price point for fully assembled printers.  Your support will help the maker community by continuing the trend of low cost and reliable 3D printers.

Please, help us to help you change the world.  

Thank you for your support!

Tim Manasterski

www.plasticscribbler.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Every project has its risks and challenges and our project is no different! However, we believe by careful planning and extensive testing that the risks associated with our project are low. In fact, our team leader has 14 years experience in manufacturing and machine design. He's also been the project manager for multiple $500,000+ projects. With his excellent project planning experience and the wealth of understanding that comes from 9 generations of prototypes, we'll work hard to overcome any obstacle that we may face. We'll also report any problems immediately to all our backers and keep you up-to-date on goals and planning during the entire project timeline.

On a final note, we're considering one more revision to the y-axis configuration. We feel the current design, although fully functional, could benefit from a few tweaks. We'll keep you informed of every design decision we make from now until the delivery of your rewards.

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