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$632
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 8 2014 8:29 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Thingy Bot 3D Printer; the low cost, large 3D printer!

Hello! I'm Matt and I have designed a 3D printer that is strong, low cost, and easy to assemble and maintain. 

3D printing is honestly amazing. Creating a tangible object from a roll of plastic is exciting and fun. When you first start 3D printing you will understand just how entertaining and incredible it really is. After we have successfully assembled and shipped all of the printers to our backers, we will start selling them online and start development of other models. I made the design so that it can easily be redesigned for smaller or larger applications. Don't expect us to rush any other models out the door for a while though! These are only ideas! 

Another important thing we would like to do is help educate students on 3D printing. We will make it easy for schools to request printers at a discounted price. We will also be educating students on what 3D printing is as well as how to do it, and providing other education resources. Education is key in bringing not only our 3D printers, but all 3D printers to the mainstream market!

Our goal is to have every printer assembled and shipped by June 2015. Most likely the printers will be delivered earlier, but we wanted to include a date that we can meet, even with long delays. 

The Design

I began designing the Thingy Bot almost one year ago. At the time my idea was to make a printer with a stationary bed. My design back then was a little different and was only drawn on paper. After many redesigns, revisions, part testing, and frustration, I have created what I think is the perfect printer. 

It is all based around a central frame. The frame will be made out of aluminum and painted to match your printer color. Some additional parts will be 3D printed, but we made sure that we can print them fast and easily. We originally wanted to go with plastic for the frame and additional parts, but it proved too expensive. We would need to charge 4-5x the dollar amount per printer! The aluminum and 3D printed parts will ensure that the design is both strong and functional, as well as affordable. The aluminum will be 1/8" thick.. thats strong!

The entire frame contains the Y and X movements, with the printhead in the middle. The frame moves up and down, forming the Z axis movement by using two threaded rods connected to two stepper motors on the bottom of the case. 

The Case

The case is made of aluminum: cut and riveted together. The aluminum makes the case very sturdy, I was able to put over 150 pounds on the case without any flex! It sits on 4 plastic feet that help hold the Z axis smooth rods in place. 

I am offering three color choices; black, white, and a limited edition terra cotta color. The aluminum case will be powder coated. The paint will be very durable and the color will last. 

The Specs

The Thingy Bot has a 1.75mm hot end and can be used with PLA and ABS filament. 

The build volume is a little more than 8 x 8 x 8, and each printer will now include a PCB heated print bed! 

The printer prints at a .1 mm layer height, meaning a 100 micron resolution. This is very high resolution. The nozzle on the hot end is .4mm. 

The hot end
The hot end

I have decided to use the Printrboard because it is extremely easy to operate and what I have been using for a while. The board will be powered by an ATX power supply while allows even more flexibility for future upgrades. 

Rewards Breakdown

We are offering five different tiers for the Thingy Bot. 

The first is the standalone printer (black or white). This is meant for users who have the tools and supplies necessary to start printing. 

The second reward is the printer starter pack. This includes the Thingy Bot, a 1 kg spool of PLA filament (random colors), a 2.5mm hex driver (for bed leveling and repairs), a plastic putty knife for removing prints from the bed, and a roll of blue tape for the bed. 

Terracotta color sample, color may vary depending on your screen
Terracotta color sample, color may vary depending on your screen

The third reward we are offering is our limited edition terracotta model. There will only be 15 terracotta models ever made. Eleven of them will be for sale here, and the others will be given away. If you are one of the people who receive the terracotta model, you will get two 1 kg spools of PLA filament (random colors), a 2.5mm hex screwdriver (for bed leveling), a plastic putty knife (for removing prints from the bed), and two rolls of blue tape for the bed. 

The fourth printer reward is the Big Spender Reward. If you buy this reward, you can pick a custom color for your aluminum case, 3 rolls of PLA filament, 3 rolls of blue tape, a 2.5mm hex driver, a putty knife, and a Thingy Bot T-Shirt. Only 2 will be available!

For the fifth reward, we are offering a limited run of a kit. This is meant for people who have experience building, calibrating, and troubleshooting 3D printers. The kit comes with all parts necessary to assemble your printer, and instructions will be available. Once again, the kit is intended for experienced users, it comes completely disassembled!  

And finally, the Thingy Bot T-Shirt. You will be contacted through Kickstarter for your size after funding is complete! They range from Youth Small to 4XL. 

T-Shirt Front
T-Shirt Front
T-Shirt Back
T-Shirt Back

Why $15,000?

In order to make our printer for a low price, we need to buy components in bulk. Since switching from the injection molded plastic parts to aluminum and 3D printed parts, we are able to make the printers at a slightly lower cost and in smaller quantities. Metal is not cheap, but it does yield a stronger product in the end that is easy to work with and worth the cost.

Software

Each Thingy Bot will include a thumb drive containing instructions, drivers, and software to get up and running. The instructions will come in both written and video form. The instructions will be for both Mac OS X and Windows.

We couldn't decide on which software to recommend. I have a lot of personal experience with both Cura and Repetier Host. Both are open source and great software. Because I couldn't decide, I will be including both on the thumb drive and instructions for both. This lets the user choose which program they like better! 

International Orders

The Thingy Bot is large. This causes a problem for shipping. Shipping in the United States is expensive enough, international shipping would cost an insane amount of money. At the time I cannot offer international shipping. I will try my hardest to find a viable shipping option, check back for updates regarding shipping in the future. When I figure it out, you'll be the first to know!

If you help us reach our goal, we can do our part to bring 3D printing to the masses!

Risks and challenges

The hardest part of this project will be assembling and testing all of the printers. We have allowed ourselves more than enough time to build and test a lot more printers than our goal requires. The design is also simple enough that one can be assembled in less than an hour by a single person. Sourcing the parts should be easy, there will be some wait time for the plastic components and metal case, but we have included this delay in the time frame.

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    The official Thingy Bot T-Shirt! Available in sizes ranging from Youth Small to 4XL. It is a gray cotton shirt with navy blue lettering. Pictures are available in the story!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

    You will receive a black or white Thingy Bot for $100 less than everyone else! Great deal!

    This reward is the standalone printer. We will contact you through Kickstarter after funding is complete for your color choice. It does not include filament, tape, or any tools. We offer starter kits in other rewards!

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    The Kit - assembly required!

    The Thingy Bot Kit comes completely disassembled. Instructions will be available on how to assemble your Bot, but it is still a big challenge and only recommended for those who have experience building and troubleshooting 3D printers.

    This will be a limited run, but if all goes well we may offer more Thingy Bot Kits available.

    *Only available in black.

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    Thingy Bot Printer!

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    Thingy Bot Starter Kit!

    You will receive a black or white Thingy Bot. We will contact you through Kickstarter for your color choice after funding is complete.

    This reward is the starter kit. It includes a 1 kg spool of PLA filament (random colors), a 2.5mm hex driver (for bed leveling and repairs), a plastic putty knife for removing prints from the bed, and a roll of blue tape for the bed in addition to the printer!

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    The Limited Edition Terracotta Thingy Bot!

    You will receive a limited edition Terracotta Thingy Bot.

    Only 15 of these will ever exist! If you are one of the lucky ones to buy or win one, you will get two 1 kg spools of PLA filament (random colors), a 2.5mm hex screwdriver (for bed leveling), a plastic putty knife (for removing prints from the bed), and two rolls of blue tape for the bed in addition to the printer!

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    The Big Spender Reward!

    If you buy this reward, you can pick a custom color for your aluminum case, 3 rolls of PLA filament, 3 rolls of blue tape, a 2.5mm hex driver, a putty knife, and a Thingy Bot T-Shirt.

    We will contact you through Kickstarter after funding for your color choice and T-Shirt size choice. Only two of these fully custom Thingy Bots will be available!

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    Two printers are better than one! You will receive 2 Thingy Bots in black or white, and you save $50 on each one!

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