A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
SpoolBoss 6.0 is the world's first, open-source, 3D printer filament management system (available in four different options) that can store, house, manage, dry, maintain, house and organize your 3D printer filaments into a nice, neat and organized form factor.
We've identified the need for a low cost, open-source design, that combats all of the day-to-day problems that 3D printer users face every day.
With the SpoolBoss 6.0 there will be no more messy desks or bench-tops. No more need to run filament on a wire rack or open-air system that can get tangled or stuck over time. No more absorbing moisture into your filament because you print in a humid or damp garage, basement "Man Cave" or outdoor shop. No more getting your filaments in the hands of those who shouldn't touch it. No more need for multiple spools or racks to house and organize your filaments!
SpoolBoss 6.0 is the ULTIMATE and OPEN-SOURCE 3D printer filament management system, for any maker, school, university, makerspace, engineer or prototype firm who wants to increase productivity in their 3D printing lab!
With SpoolBoss 6.0 you can store, protect, and dry your 3D printing materials to ensure high quality prints, better resolution, less clogs, less jams and less 3D printer problems.
SpoolBoss 6.0 comes in four different versions, all with varying levels of capability depending on your specific budget and need.
SpoolBoss 6.0 base model, has the filament rack system, built-in humidity control, LED lighting, Glass door, temperature monitor.
SpoolBoss 6.0 MMP is the base model plus an MMP mounting kit; which allows the user to mount a Mosaic Mfg Palette+ unit and scroll wheel on top of the unit for a seamless, enclosed printing experience from the filament all the way to the extruder of the 3D printer!
SpoolBoss 6.0 HT is everything in the SpoolBoss 6.0 base model, with a 12V 100W Heater and fan built-in for drying damaged filaments or maintaining a higher temperature inside of the enclosure.
SpoolBoss 6.0 Pro is the base model, MMP model and HT model All-in-One for the most advanced users. This version also has upgraded Aluminum T-slot tubing and hardware with a black anodized finish.
All units are fully assembled and Ready-To-Run, out of the box.
Just orient the spool holders and hardware components for your specific filament requirements, cut and route your Capricorn PTFE tubing, plug in the power cord for the unit, and you are ready to start printing!
Rapid Dehumidification via Peltier thermo-electric cooling
Safe, silent and efficient operation
Built-in and adjustable hygrometer
Adjustable filament system (height and width for various spools)
LED lit enclosure for dark conditions
Durable, tough glass door
Magnetic cabinet door for tight seal
Maintenance free. There are no hoses, pipes or filters to replace on the electronic dehumidifier unit.
Approximate Dimensions: 11.375" X 12.625" X 24.5"
Temperature Readout (C and F configurable)
Humidity Readout (as a percentage)
5VDC Electronic Humidity Control via on-board thermoelectric dehumidifier (Range between 60-25% without heater option, less than 25% with heater option)
On-board Hygrometer Calibration
12 VDC, 100 Watt Heater Control (Room temp. to 180 degrees F) with 12 VDC circulating Fan (HT or Pro units only)
Door lock for limited entry into the enclosure
Tempered, durable, scratch resistant glass
Powder Coated Enclosure
Magnetically sealed enclosure to eliminate moisture penetration
Upgraded components on the Pro version (black anodized aluminum extrusion and black anodized hardware)
Adjustable Mosaic Manufacturing Palette+ and scroll wheel mount system (for existing Palette users)
Approximately five (5) meters of Capricorn PTFE tubing supplied with each unit for appropriate configuration of filament to your specific printer
Adjustable filament mount system for various spool sizes
Filament Storage for up to six (6) standard, full-Size 1 Kg (2.2lb) spools
PTFE Tubing Provider
Multi-Material Printing Provider
3D Printer Filament Provider
So what do we plan to do with the money raised?
A large portion of our set funding goal will be used to procure ordering our components in bulk to drive down the price. The remainder of the funds will be used to fund the final development and final testing and to also fund our shipping requirements for custom packaging.
If we go above and beyond the goal, our plan is to use some of the funds raised to not only make SpoolBoss even better with new enhanced features. In addition, we will use the funds to hire some part time assemblers and technicians to assist in the final development, testing and manufacturing.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting SpoolBoss! We hope we can do business with you!
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges in manufacturing and delivering any hardware product at scale. Mass manufacturing isn't the same as prototype development and we want the product to be reliable and ensure that the product can be manufactured efficiently at larger volumes.
Fortunately, because we are utilizing proven housings and enclosures to help package the SpoolBoss, it does not require the same tooling expenses and long lead times that other products may require. This significantly decreases our fixed costs and delivery timeline.
Of course, there are still risks associated with producing SpoolBoss. Unexpected changes in component lead times, availability, final testing results and cost are examples of factors outside our direct control that could affect our delivery timeline, but we are working hard to alleviate those risks and plan to be transparent throughout the delivery process.
The other risk with this and any other project that involves physical delivery comes with shipping. There are a number of unforeseen circumstances that can cause problems during the actual physical shipping.We will also make sure to have methods/resources in place to overcome any difficulties regarding shipping of your reward.
Early Bird - Take your 3D printing to the next level with the capability for Multi-Material Printing using the included Palette+ mount system. Included in this reward is the standard Spool Boss 6.0, plus bracket mount system and special PTFE tubes to hold your Palette+ on top of the SpoolBoss to create a seamless printing experience!
Early Bird - This is the ultimate Spool Boss. This one has it all. Get the Spool Boss with Multi Material Printing Palette + bracket system and the heater! Dry out your filament and print in multi-material, seamlessly from the Pro. Use the Spool Boss 6.0 Pro to repair and maintain your filament and keep it in tip top shape, all while printing to your multi-material Palette+ system.
Early Bird - Take your 3D printing to the next level with the capability for Multi-Material Printing using the included Palette+ mount system. Included in this reward is the standard Spool Boss 6.0, plus bracket mount system and special PFTE tubes to hold your Palette+ on top of the SpoolBoss to create a seamless printing experience!
This is the ultimate Spool Boss. This one has it all. Get the Spool Boss with Palette+ mounting system and the heater. Dry out your filament using the electronically controlled heater option. Use the Spool Boss 6.0 Pro to repair your filament and keep it in tip top shape, all while seamlessly printing in multi-materials!