Printrbot jr. : Your kid's first 3D printer
ONE Printrbot jr. kit for $375 OR TWO Printrbot jr. kits for $700. Keep one for yourself. GIVE one to a local school.
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The world of 3D printing is exploding, but many schools have special challenges that make it difficult to acquire a 3D printer. We need your help to sidestep these challenges and simply GIVE THEM TO SCHOOLS. Two 3D printers for $700 will be the seeds you can use to grow a community of Makers in your local school.
The Printrbot jr. - the tipping point?
- Small. Folds up and fits in a backpack.
- Tiny Footprint. Sits easily on a desk.
- Light. 6 lbs.
- PLA. Uses biodegradable, non-toxic plastic.
- Batteries optional. Ships with off the shelf 12V power supply.
- Simple to build and operate.
- 99 cu. in. build volume -- 4.5" X 5.5" X 4"
For Schools and Makers, alike.
Education is one of my passions. I have three kids and I know first hand that not all schools can offer the technical training like I received at my high school. I took drafting, machine shop, auto body, auto mechanics and electronics. Shop class helped make me who I am today. Sadly, shop classes have all but faded away, but the "Maker Spirit" is alive and well. 3D printers can be the center of the next "shop class" - it is a tool that makes other tools. I believe that students who embrace this technology, and the Maker Community, will lead the next wave of businesses and ideas that change the world.
Traditional public schools and young students are our chief target with this project, but we have heard from all sorts of Makers dreaming of what they could do with a 3D printer. So this project is for everyone who wants to start a community of Makers. Maybe you want to start a club, or meetup group - that's how I got started even before my first kickstarter! Perhaps you are home schooled. Perhaps you have a friend that you want to partner with in this new, wild, open source hardware world. Better yet, maybe you want to give a 3D printer to TWO SCHOOLS! I will leave it up to you, but my hope is that you will purpose to train, volunteer, demo, support or give to the benefit of students at a local school. Together, we can change the world.
Risks and challenges
Sourcing parts and scaling your business is hard (we have done it) and can slow the process of delivering product. There are always supply chain challenges in manufacturing.
I have labored for months at Printrbot and now have the knowledge and some of the best sources in the world for the parts needed to build these bots. We have overcome immense challenges and have scaled our 3D printer business to deliver hundreds of printers each month.
While there are always surprises, we are now a strong team with great equipment, sources, supply chains, customer support and knowledge. We WILL deliver these rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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