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Poieo3DBy Poieo3D
First created
Poieo3DBy Poieo3D
First created
CA$ 12,584
pledged of CA$ 100,000pledged of CA$ 100,000 goal
24
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 1 2015 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

 Our Vision

We believe that every family, student and child should benefit from the amazing world of three dimensional printing.  Poieo3D commits to developing an expanding line of 3D printers and accessories designed to be easy to use, affordable, and elegant for your home, school or office.   We strive to bring you the latest and greatest 3D print technology with a quality we stand behind, and at a price you can afford.

Our Story

We started as several families that love technology, and some time ago were introduced to the amazing world of three dimensional printing.  Mankind is on the cusp of a new wave of innovation and personalized design that uses three dimensional printing technologies to make virtually anything imaginable materialize right in front of your eyes.  3D Printing will literally shape the world of tomorrow and we wanted to learn about it and give our children the opportunity to embrace it.

However the 3D printers we found were both too expensive and looked like they belonged in a lab or factory rather than at home. Further we could not find a good source of easy to understand educational material on how to take advantage of your 3D printer and teach us and our kids about it.

We challenged a brilliant team of local 3D printer engineers to design a printer that was affordable to own and operate, simple and safe enough to use so that even our young kids could use it, and looked elegant in a home setting.

We loved the new 3D printer design so much that we wanted other families all around the world to enjoy it as well. We learned so much along the way and want to bring that to your family and children through a family friendly on-line educational community.  Will you help us get kickstarted?

Why do you need the Poieo3D Printer?

For your children

The Poieo3D is probably one of the best investments you could make today in your child’s future.  Children have a tremendous capacity for learning, for creativity, and an inherent enthusiasm for technology.  They are able to conceptualize shapes and objects in space at a young age; just look to the popularity of games like Minecraft even with very young children.  Give your child the tools to harness this energy and thirst for technology into a positive educational experience. 

Thousands of free 3D image files are available on-line or make your own with free software!  Build games, toys and crafts with your children!  Create objects for school projects, for hobbies, even costume jewelry!  Whatever you or your child can dream up, the Poieo3D Printer can help them make it a reality. Give your child the opportunity to learn important spatial, engineering and conceptual design skills to prepare them for the world of tomorrow. Make fun and educational crafts with your children.

Your children can make 3D printed objects that integrate with their existing toys to stretch their imagination. For example your child can make unique furniture for their doll house or Lego creation.

For your students

The simple, user-friendly software also makes an excellent educational tool for teachers.  Help your students conceptualize 3D objects and become masters of the tools of tomorrow.  It offers students the perfect opportunity to work with a new medium that combines technology and art and even learn aspects of design engineering.  Children and students of all ages love to see their ideas materialize into something they can touch and feel - learning becomes fun.

For you

The Poieo3D Printer is not just a kids’ toy; it is a highly precise machine with advanced capabilities for the discriminating buyer.  Make a personalized holder for your phone, a 3D keepsake of your child’s profile, repair things around your home.  Print a holder for your GoPro Camera, make parts for your model airplane, or print unique and custom baking decorations and or cookie cutters.  Make unique holiday gifts and decorations. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Make unique gifts and holiday decorations

Repair things around the home

Make cookie cutters and baking decorations

Make Architectural Models and Working Prototypes

How Does the Poieo3D Printer Work?

The Poieo3D software slices a 3D image file into thin layers and physically builds it up by printing one layer at a time out of plastic. Think of it like you’re making a loaf of bread by placing individual slices, one on top of another, in correct order to form its shape. Each slice is only as thin as a piece of paper so very fine detailed is captured.

Poieo3D is Environmentally Friendly

Poieo3D uses a plastic that is environmentally friendly and biodegradable; it is derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugarcane.  This also means printing does not give off nasty fumes like some other plastics, making it suitable to use at home or in the classroom.  The material comes as a filament that is wound on a spool and is available in a rainbow variety of colors.

What makes the Poieo3D Printer right for you?

Three dimensional printing can bring almost any object you can imagine to life - but we’re taking it further.   Poieo3D is easy to use, looks great, and is economical for today’s consumer. 

Poieo3D is Easy to Use:

Factory Calibration

Each unit is factory calibrated and tested before we ship it, so you don’t have to.  Just install the software, plug it in, and you are ready to start printing.  Even young children are able to use the printer to make things.  It is one thing to buy a toy from the store, but it is so much more rewarding to make your own.

Easy to Use Software

Thousands of 3D image files are available on-line to download free of charge from a variety of websites. To print one, you simply open it in the Poieo3D software, click slice and then print. That’s it.  Advanced users also have the ability to precisely control every aspect of their print.  You can also make your own 3D image files using free 3D modeling software from the internet or even from smartphone apps that make 3D images by taking photos around an object. We’ll provide instructions to show you how.

Easy-to-remove magnetic build plate

We’ve designed a unique easy-to-remove build plate on which your objects will print.  It is held securely in place magnetically, making for easy setup and removal of finished prints  with no need for clumsy clamps or other means to hold it in place.

Advanced Options and Flexible Open Source Architecture

Although easy to use for anyone, the Poieo3D Printer is an advanced tool with many sophisticated features for the discriminating user.  Advanced users will find options to control every aspect of the printer in the software.  We don’t believe in locking you into using proprietary 3D image files and the Poieo3D will work with other open source software that produces Gcode. This gives advanced users and students the flexibility to use Poieo3D without constraints

Poieo3D Can Make Complicated Prints and is Accurate

Poieo3D can print complex models and maintains a high degree of dimensional accuracy.

Poieo3D has a build volume well suited for projects around your home, school, or office.

Poieo3D Looks Great

We have taken great care to design the Poieo3D to have simple elegant curves and a form factor that will look great sitting on your desk at home, in your child’s bedroom, or in your classroom! There are no buttons and flickering controls to contend with.  A bright white LED light illuminates your masterpiece as it comes to life.

Poieo3D is Economical to Own and Operate

Not only are we enhancing 3D printing, we’re making it affordable too.  A Poieo3D Printer is an economical investment for the home, classroom, or even for your business.  Through rigorous design principles, our talented engineering team has been able to cut costs without cutting corners. This makes us able to deliver such a great product at a great price. 

It does not stop there however. What good is a printer if it is too expensive to operate?  Our mission and commitment to you is to continue to provide economical printing supplies so that you can enjoy your investment for many years to come.  Poieo3D uses standard 1.75mm PLA filament that is widely available.  In addition, we have optimized a high quality PLA filament. When used with the Poieo3D Printer, our filament will help produce higher-quality prints, reduce filament problems, and minimize downtime.  Our initial product line has a rainbow assortment of colors and will come in several sizes.  We will continue to add colors and variety, including flexible material in the near future.

Our commitment is to make the filament available at a very reasonable price on our website. Typical prints will cost anywhere from pennies to a few dollars in filament. For example a beautiful rose to top this cake costs only 40 cents in material and the functioning toy car that rolls along is only 2 dollars in material:

Designed in Canada

The Poieo 3D was designed by a talented team of engineers and computer scientists in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To keep price down and quality high, we will use a combination of imported and domestic components and final assembly, quality assurance, and factory calibration will be done in Canada at our Greater Toronto Area location.

Where does the name come from?

Poieo (pronounced poi-e'-ō) is the Greek word meaning “to make, to produce, construct, form, or fashion, a thing out of something” and this is precisely what the Poieo3D Printer allows you to do! Your and your kids’ imagination is the limit.

Next Steps

We are ready for production and really need your support to ramp up assembly to get printers to you as early as possible.We have prepared for this milestone for a long time, evolving over many iterations of prototype designs. Our talented design and engineering team used advanced software to bring conceptual ideas from paper sketches into reality.

By pre-ordering now you will help us reach our last crucial milestone to purchase the injection molds that will allow us to make the Poio3D for your family with a beautiful high quality finish.In return for your order, you will be front of the line to receive the Poieo 3D and at a special Kickstarter price.We cannot thank you enough for your order and will go to every effort to make sure you are satisfied.

Any pledge amount helps bring an affordable easy to use Poieo3D printer into the homes of families and students everywhere.  Help us reach this goal by clicking the 'Back This Project' Button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

Poieo3D – Shaping the World of Tomorrow.  Happy printing.

Poieo3D Design Specifications

Mechanical

  • Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.3 mm
  • Outer Shell: Polycarbonate-ABS injection moulded exterior
  • Chassis: Aluminum frame inner cage
  • Product Dimensions: 38 L X 30 W X 27 H Cm
  • Product Weight: About 7 Kg
  • Build Volume: 200mm length X 100mm width X 100mm height
  • Build Surface: Replaceable Acrylic plate with magnetic hold down

Operating Environment

  • Ambient Operating Temperature: 15-30°C
  • Storage Temperature: 0-38°C

Precision

  • Stepper Motors: 1.8° Step Angle With 1/16 micro stepping
  • XY Positioning Precision: 11 microns
  • Z Positioning Precision: 2.5 microns
  • Layer Resolution: 100-250 microns
  • Cooling: variable build cooling

Electrical

  • Power requirements: 100-240 VAC,  2.0A, 50/60Hz (power adapter included)

Connectivity

  • Connectivity: USB Cable (included)

Filament

  • Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Filament Compatibility: Poieo3D PLA Filament

Software

  • Supported File Types: Stl, Obj
  • Print File Type: Gcode
  • Operating Systems: Windows (7+), Developing for Mac as well

Risks and challenges

We have worked extremely hard to make this product ready for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but as with any product launch there are always some risks and here is what we see:

INJECTION MOLDING: Creating tooling for the Injection molded parts is expensive and requires expertise – it is part science and part artistic optimization to get it right. At Poieo3D we demand tight tolerances and a high quality finish. Although we have allotted sufficient lead time to produce the large components, there is the chance that it may take longer than expected. To minimize that possibility we have been working in concert with the tooling manufacturers to help design parts that not only look great and work well, but are also easier to manufacture.

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS: Sometimes things go astray that can’t be planned for during fulfilment: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets delayed or even lost. Any of these things could cause a delay. To minimize that likelihood our 3D printer engineers are using component suppliers and supply chain partners with whom they have established experience and comfort in delivering quality parts on time.

We will certainly encounter some surprises along the way, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise. Our goal is to make the very best possible 3D printer for you, our customer.

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    BACKER: You’ll receive a Poieo3D printed bookmark, customized with your name in a choice of vivid colours. Plus you’ll also receive the limited edition 3D printed snowflake ornament made right on the Poieo3D printer.

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    KICKSTARTER BUNDLE: This is a great DEAL; perfect for schools, Libraries, or a group of friends! Get THREE Poieo3D production printers with everything you need to get started: the printer, software, a 500g roll of filament (you can pick the color) with each printer. You will be saving almost $400 off the combined future retail price for these THREE printers!

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