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A desktop 3D printer you can build in a couple hours. Print plastic parts you design or download - even parts for another printer. Read more

Lincoln, CA Hardware
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This project was successfully funded on December 17, 2011.

A desktop 3D printer you can build in a couple hours. Print plastic parts you design or download - even parts for another printer.

Lincoln, CA Hardware
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New Update #19 Video:

Sign Up for Printrbot Store Opening News Here:

Printrbot Build Videos:

Printrbot Build 01:
Printrbot Build 02:
Printrbot Build 03:
More on the way!

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If we win, we will donate 5 Printrbot+Plus printers to 5 lucky schools!  If we lose, we will host our own contest to give away some Printrbots.

8000+ Printrbot file downloads
We have been on the front page at Thingiverse for 16 dys straight - in the #1 position under "Popular things".  8000+ downloads in all!  Go download all the files and get your feet wet.

Other Recommended software downloads:

Pronterface for Windows:

Pronterface for Mac:



WE LOVE OUR BACKERS!!  Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support. Watch the video and send your stories!

Thank you all,

Brook Drumm

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    1. Creator Karan Checker on April 27, 2012

      Brook, can we have an update about how many Printrbot's have been delivered and how many are pending.

      I think it is a fair question. All backers would be interested in knowing this.

      Hope to see that in an update soon. And hope to see more regular updates.

    2. Creator Gavin Maxwell on March 1, 2012

      Thanks Paul!

    3. Creator Paul Rachu on February 29, 2012

      Looks like build videos 4 through 7 were uploaded a couple days ago. You can see them all on Brook's youtube chanel:

    4. Creator Ante Vukorepa on February 25, 2012

      Dude. Seriously. Look at the comments above yours. Then the video above that.
      Like he said, the shipping dates are delayed a couple of days. For international or domestic shipping, there is no difference. Both must be printed out, packed and sent the same way.

    5. Creator Right Sun on February 24, 2012

      Can I know what's the expected date for a international shipping? I sent your a mail couple days ago but not receiving the reply.


    6. Creator Thomas Vagning on February 22, 2012

      @Paul Rachu
      No I didn't watch the video update because it chased when I tried, so no I haven't.
      BUT thanks for the answer !

    7. Creator James Floyd Kelly on February 21, 2012

      @Paul Rachu -- I've said it on another Kickstarter project comment and I'll say it here -- there really should be a series of tests that must be passed in order to register as a Kickstarter user -- reading comprehension exam, eye exam, and a short video followed by multiple choice questions. Pass/Fail only.

    8. Creator Paul Rachu on February 21, 2012

      Did you even watch the video update? No, they are not sent yet. He is still printing plastic parts and waiting on electronics and some other parts. He said he is a couple weeks behind the original schedule.

    9. Creator Thomas Vagning on February 21, 2012

      Hey Brook,

      At first great job !

      Second I would like to hear if all of the printrbots are send?
      And if us backers get a track and trace number?

    10. Creator Lillian Duggan on February 21, 2012

      I will make a candle mold for my double spiral ( I saw a plastic copy that Zarquan made, and the candle will look the same, but it will have a wick out of each spiral and drip wax.
      Also, I know someone who got the handle to their car door broken off in an accident( not a crash, more like a baseball or something). If they haven't gotten it fixed, I'll replace it for them.

    11. Creator Gavin Maxwell on February 21, 2012

      Checkout the pronterface site - there's details there on running under Ubuntu/Debian/Fedora...

    12. Creator badger on February 21, 2012

      Hello Brook,
      will there be also a frontend for GNU/Linux?

    13. Creator Bret Mogilefsky on February 21, 2012

      Potential project for me: My son (6yo) has two old "Big Big Loader" toy sets; a single motor drives three different machines to move plastic balls from place to place. Endlessly fascinating, and ingeniously made! They connect together to make one bigger set, as you can see in this video...…

      However, to do that you need an additional T-shaped connector piece like the one in the bottom-middle of the frame, which is of course nearly impossible to find. It's identical to one already in the set, so my plan is to model an approximation, print and refine it until it works, then release it on Thingiverse so some other dad can be a hero to his kid. :)

      My daughter (3yo) has requested that I print a crown for her mermaid doll... Completely her own idea! :)

      I've also got a faceplate for a NAS that snapped off of its pegs, for which there's no easy replacement. I'll be printing a replacement for that.

    14. Creator DB on February 20, 2012

      So what is the shipping schedule looking like? I get the impression that it will not be until sometime in March that printrbots start shipping.

    15. Creator Fred Kahl on February 20, 2012

      I agree with Peter! Your ramblings are the highlight of my week! Any PrintrPorn you want to post will keep us all happy until the day our magic packages arrives! Keep up the hard work. I live for the day my Printrbot arrives!

      Quick Question:
      Is there some Pronterface documentation? I'm not finding much on it. I downloaded it but am realizing I need to probably install python and skeinforge first, huh?

    16. Creator Keesman on February 20, 2012

      Philip, if you are running ubuntu, there are apt packages for Pronterface:

      Installation was a breeze.

    17. Creator calvinbean on February 20, 2012

      What? You mean you get orders for 30 times the # of kits you planned for and you can't keep up?!? Imagine that! :) No problem, just keep the build videos coming and I'll have something to keep me occupied. I'm really looking forward to some software tutorials, too. I'm not an idiot but I am new to 3D printing,

      First project-from-scratch for me will probably be to design & print a frame & handle for a 6" glass magnifying lens that I salvaged from a fluorescent ring light. I think a 1-piece print will fit on the bed of my Printrbot+ but the handle might end up a little on the "short but usable" side.

    18. Creator Peter Current on February 20, 2012

      While the risk/reward of the finical commitment varies greatly between supporters, I think that the level of excitement about the project is equally high for everyone. Getting ~13 minutes of you ‘rambling’ is one of the highlights of my day.

      Most of us are newbies, like ‘volunteers’ waiting to ship out to the front lines of the revolution. Impatient with excitement and anticipation. Vive la 3D revolution! Vive la Printrbot!!!

    19. Creator Brett on February 20, 2012

      Hey Brook,
      Good to hear things are coming along. I greatly appreciate the communication form you on where things are at with you and your group. I look forward to haring back from you on my queries, the store opening and most of all the eventual PrinterBot arriving at my door!

      Thank you for all your had work, vision, and effort in getting this going. I'm very pleased I could participate in helping make this happen for you, your family, and those working with you. Please keep up the great effort and I look forward to seeing where this goes for you and those who work with you.


    20. Creator Philip Pokorny on February 20, 2012

      What printer interface software would you recommend for Linux?

    21. Creator Jens Peter on February 20, 2012

      It's ok that you take your time to answer those emails. But please don't ignore any of them. If the questions are already covered somewhere, send those people a standard mail with links to these places. That should hardly take longer than just reading and realizing that you don't want to answer. And it at least lets us know that the mails arrived. I like what you're doing, but communication has not been so great lately. Please don't let that ship sink alltogether..

    22. Creator James Floyd Kelly on February 20, 2012

      Great video -- and glad to hear you've finally got some help!! Delays are inevitable with these kinds of projects on Kickstarter, so no worries on my part. It'll get here when it gets here. But thanks for letting us know about the upcoming assembly and software tutorials... definitely want to test the software before I get the machine.

    23. Creator Gavin Maxwell on February 20, 2012

      Where are the extruder parts? I can't print anything but would love to see how it all goes together.