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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.
A desktop 3D printer you can build in a couple hours. Print plastic parts you design or download - even parts for another printer.
1,808 backers pledged $830,827 to help bring this project to life.

Printrbot Update: Meet the Double Wide

Meet DW - the newest member of the Printrbot family!  Just a fun update to keep people informed and excited about the growing Printrbot Nation.

Happy Printing,



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If we win, 5 schools will get a Printrbot totally free - my "Thank you!" to the Printrbot Nation.

THIS JUST IN: We now have all our heater boards... and our power supplies... we are getting close.

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    1. Royale Phoenix on March 6, 2012

      You will be waiting a long time now it seems, shipping is now April?

    2. Evaristo Ramos on March 5, 2012

      wow this is sooo awesome Mr. Drumm I cant wait to get the printr!!!

    3. Brook Drumm 2-time creator on March 5, 2012

      @josh LOVE the name analysis... I have yet to decide on all of it, but I was indeed thinking of Printrbot LC DW and the Printrbot+ DW.... The Printrbot+ may be the only candidate for the Quad.... time will tell. Keep up the comments!

    4. Josh Webb on March 2, 2012

      Well, there's already a precedent for naming Printrbots when all the dimensions are scaled together. The Printrbot+ shows that we're dealing with an implied 2. Allow me to explain:

      Printrbot = 6x6x6
      Printrbot+ = 6+2 x 6+2 x 6+2 = 8x8x8
      Prinrtbot* = 6*2 x 6*2 x 6*2 = 12x12x12
      Printrbot^ = 6^2 x 6^2 x 6^2 = 36x36x36 (You could print a chair!)

      I suggest the spoken names for those last to be "Printrbot Star" and "Printrbot Carrot". The fact that "Printrbot Carrot" sounds crazy is fitting, because its size would be crazy! Of course, not everyone needs the same amount of scaling in all dimensions, à la, Printerbot DW. Though, if it's 8x16x8, I'd suggest calling it Printrbot+ DW. That way, you could get DW variants of each of the base models. I was going to suggest Printrbot+ 4X for the name of a 16x16x8, but as you referred to it as a "quad" version in the video, I think Printrbot+ Q would be even better! Seems like every product has an X in its name, but so few have Q's. :-)

    5. Jay Yu on March 2, 2012

      @Lillian Duggan: Thanks for the update.

    6. Josh Wild on March 2, 2012

      Hey Brook,

      Just wanted to say I'm really happy with the level of communication. :) I know that every two weeks (give or take 12 hours) I'm going to get another update :)

      Well done, and keep going!

      (PS, a laser cutter attachment would be super awesome)

    7. David Thomas on March 2, 2012

      Printrbot Four Square is a good name.. then you can call it the Printrbot 4S :-)

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      Lillian Duggan on March 2, 2012

      @Jay Yu It was February. Then Brook got hundreds of orders as opposed to 50 and he had to super-bulk-order parts. At this point, we're waiting for motors and hotends to arrive so he can ship the kits.

    9. Jay Yu on March 2, 2012

      When do I expect delivery? Was it February? Sorry don't know what's the best way to contact you.

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      Jason W. on March 2, 2012

      Now all we need is Double extruder!

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      john h davis on March 2, 2012

      hey I hope I am on for the plus version..if not please notify me asap..

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      Entity325 on March 2, 2012

      WRT extension naming: dimensions are Width(W), Length(L), Height(H)

      Slap number on the modified dimensions to indicate the level of modification.

      Double-Wide would become Printerbot 2W, "quad" would become Printerbot 2W2L.

      I can see some potential instability arising from a 2H model, perhaps brackets to mount on the top of the poles to stabilize things might be a good idea.

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      Paul Rachu on March 2, 2012

      Brook has enough on his plate with the kickstarter stuff as well as the other printer versions that he is working on and plans to work on. I really doubt he has time to work on everyone elses side projects as well. The printrbot is an open design, if you want a laser cutter, cnc, or any other attachments on a printrbot frame you are free to take the basic printrbot design and adapt it to what you want.

    14. Taller13 Arquitectura Regenerativa on March 2, 2012

      Hello, I have sent a couple of messages and have not heard back from you.
      When are you planning to send the printrbots our way?
      Best regards

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      Scott Campbell on March 2, 2012

      I'll vote with Mr. Hemmer on this one. Once you're done with the DW design and production, will you please focus on different extruders and attachments such as the following:

      Modifications for various size filament 1mm, 3mm
      Dual-color printing
      Icing extruder (for cakes/cupcakes/cookies)
      CNC Mill
      Laser cutter/etcher

      Thanks for the update!

    16. Hans-Peter Hemmer on March 2, 2012

      Hi Brook, can you do for us a cutter (laser) graving and cutting is nice to do.
      You know, swapping the thermo unit to a laser will give what we need.
      Adaptive design are one area, cutting flat sheets is fun as well; think about origami!

    17. Adam Mellor on March 2, 2012

      Youre gonna need more of those heater boards with that DW :-), my mind is boggled thinking about the Hex version :-)

    18. Conor Nolan on March 2, 2012

      WRT which schools. What if all backers could nominate and then have a raffle.