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Venturi 3DBy Venturi 3D
First created
Venturi 3DBy Venturi 3D
First created
$11,694
pledged of $180,000pledged of $180,000 goal
42
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 12 2018

What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

The Venturi 3D Printer is:

- Fully Assembled and Tested

- Fully Enclosed

- Can Print up to 4-Colors/4-Materials

- 100% Open Source

- Includes up to 1,000+ models pre-installed and optimized in our lab for proper printing every time.

- Includes Highest Quality Components

OUR GOAL

That's the dream of 3D printing....a dream that hasn't been real, until now.

For the past 2 years, we've worked to bring a new kind of 3D printing experience, not by re-inventing what exists, but by redefining how we interact with 3D printers.

Put simply, we've created a strong platform with high quality components and a mixture of software and research and development to greatly improve the user experience.

IMAGINE THE FUTURE

Imagine, in the near future...a 3D printer with a large database of replacement and upgrade parts for the products you already own. Pre-sliced models for your washing machine, refrigerator and other appliances, and are officially licensed from the manufacturer.

Imagine being able to customize car parts and interior pieces that snap in place to replace existing pieces, to make it your own style, or have more usability for the other devices you own.

Imagine buying a doll or action figure for your child that they can 3D print pre-sliced accessories for, in whatever color they want.

Imagine a big superhero movie is coming this weekend, and the movie company offers a special offer if you print out a custom 3D printed ring to bring with you.

Imagine that soon, many of the products you buy will have official 3D printable enhancements and customizations available to make it fit your needs and lifestyle.

Now imagine that all of those parts are designed to print properly using several iterations of the model already tested for optimization in a lab environment.

That is the future we're working toward here at Venturi 3D

PROTOTYPE IMAGES

Your Filament stays Enclosed within the Printer, helping to keep it away from dust and moisture.

Side view with filament door open
Side view with filament door open

Enclosure Covers slide back and forth for easy access to the top of the printer and also can be open for printing of certain filament types.

THEIRS VS. OURS


HIGH QUALITY COMPONENTS

Next, it was imperative that we use components from the highest rated parts suppliers on the market.

The printer is controlled by a 7" Android Touchscreen which connects to an SQL Database which keeps track of which filaments are loaded via QR Code using a front-facing camera. Choosing a model and filament updates the gcode on the fly based on the touchscreen input. This unique format provides that much more versatility and features that can be built upon in the future.

The printer also is fully open source, including open filament and open slicer, so any other Gcode files can be used. A free support plan will also be included, with a 24 hour response time.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: CoreXY FDM/FFF 3D Printer

Fully Assembled: Yes

Extrusion:  Four Extruders to Single Nozzle for the Primary model.

Extrusion Drive Layout: Bowden Setup

Print Size: 220mm x 220mm x 220mm (8.6in x 8.6in x 8.6in)

Fully Enclosed: Yes

Heated Bed: Yes (up to 100° C)

Nozzle Temp: Up to 300° C

Nozzle Size: 0.4mm

Bed Leveling: Automatic Mesh Leveling (with BLTouch)

Filament Size: 1.75mm

Resolution: 50-300 microns

Exterior Dimensions:

Length= 610mm

Width= 400mm

Height= 450mm

Weight= 21 KG (without filament spools)

(NOTE: For the final production version, the dimensions may change slightly)

Power Requirements: 24 V DC @ 9.2 AMPS

AC Input: 100-240V / 4A / 50-60HZ

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

- Fan and HEPA Filter

- Password Protection (optional)

- Locking doors

- Interior LED Lights

- Sliding Top Panels

- Filament Detection / Run-out Sensor

- Humidity Sensor

- Video how-to guides that can be viewed on the 7" display, such as how to load filament and remove prints.

E-MAIL SUPPORT w/24 HOUR RESPONSE TIME

We stand behind our product, or next to, or in front of, either way, we want our users to have the best experience possible.

We are offering email support with a 24 hour response time to answer questions, give advice or ensure there's no issues with the hardware and software, EVEN on Weekends!

CRUCIBLE LABS

Optimization Examples
Optimization Examples


BENEFITS OF A LAB ENVIRONMENT

  • Fast testing of various model iterations in a print farm of several dozen printers
  • Ability to do quality assurance testing of the printers before sending to end users
  • Filament combination testing, not only for the models we offer, but we will share our settings and recommendations with the community as a whole
  • Creating Manual supports, which makes model print times more efficient than having automatic support structures created. It also makes removal of supports easier and the models much smoother.
  • Custom attachments for large models which require multiple prints. We can create tabs and sliders to fit pieces together.
  • Part strength testing where we test how parts perform with different materials and various conditions.
  • Filament testing for each type and color. Not all PLA, ABS or PETG is created equally, even different colors of the same material may have unique properties which require slightly different settings for printing.

Here's an example video of one of things we'll be doing in Crucible Labs:


FILAMENT WITH QR CODES

QR Code Scanning
QR Code Scanning

Another way that we're ensuring print quality is to offer a QR code with the filament suppliers we've tested (we may also post QR codes on the website, along with code numbers you can just type in). The front facing camera will automatically read and adjust the type, temperature, color and other information for the gcode files, so when you choose your model, it's as simple as choosing which filament type/color you want to print.

This is what makes the dream of "just pushing a button" become a reality.

Supported Filament Types:

-PLA

-ABS

-PETG

-Nylon

-Carbon Fiber Filled, Wood Filled, Brass Filled, Copper Filled, Steel Filled, and similar.

*We will also be testing various types of flexible and dissolvable filaments as well.

UP TO 1,000 MODELS PRE-INSTALLED! :)

Every Venturi 3D printer will come with hundreds of 3D models, ready to print at the push of a button. Pre-sliced means that the programming to print the model has already been completed, since all Venturi 3D printers are built with the same high quality hardware and tolerances.

We will use a combination of creating our own 3D models and also working with artists and creators who have shared their creative commons designs on various online repositories.

This is designed as the first step toward a much larger online database which will have hundreds more models posted by our team every month.

We've organized them into 10 categories for ease of use:




FOCUS ON EDUCATION

One of the key goals for us, was to make a printer that is useful in a classroom environment for practically any age group. We will be offering models that are designed for a K-12 or similar curriculum with models that can be printed for various subjects. We feel that bringing this usefulness to the classroom can be a very beneficial tool in visceral learning, not only from the subjects taught, but of the printer and 3D modeling itself.

Since the printer is fully enclosed with locking doors and can be password protected, it can be safely operated around small children.

It is also easy to let children learn how to create and print their own models using any standard slicing program.

EXAMPLE PRINTS

The HIVE - Modular Hex Drawers by O3D - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1743145

Dragon Door Knocker by Shira- https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1458545

Multi-color Rubik's Cube by fractalmfg - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2524730

Cleo the Kitten (multi-color version) by cipis - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2312713

Cat (standing up) by Scintilla - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:102957

(Above examples are for print quality demonstration purposes only and not necessarily part of the 1,000 models included, though we are working to make that possible)

WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR

- Further development of the prototype to streamline the build process and improve reliability

- Setting up the Lab and Print Farm for testing of the models




MEDIA


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

OUR TEAM

We are a small group of dedicated individuals with varied talents, including 14 combined years of 3D Printing and 3D Modeling experience. We have worked with large industrial Stratasys machines to consumer grade printers including Prusa, Printrbot, and Ultimaker.

 

We believe in the future. Help us take one step closer to making 3D printing available for everyone.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges we face are similar to the ones that most technology and hardware manufacturers face. Namely, receiving supplies on time and in good condition, verifying reliability of each printer before shipping it, and meeting our deadlines. We also plan to ensure full communication with our backers on a weekly basis, even if we have no new changes in status, communication is the key to trust.

From the start, we built into this project the idea that it should not require much custom or proprietary hardware. Our goal was a robust, reliable platform to utilize our software and pre-sliced models, not to re-invent the proverbial wheel. To that end, we reached out to the existing top manufacturers of 3D printer components and verified the supply chain, delivery schedule and if our print quality goals could be met.

That also means that our printer is easy for our assembly team to build and easy for our backers to modify.

In addition, we decided upon a steadfast goal of maximum number of units (well below 2,000 total) to ensure we didn’t over-promise and under-deliver. We have worked out the estimated time to assemble a unit on a basic assembly line and will be hiring employees based on that number.

We have seen the pitfalls of other kickstarter campaigns and we strive to recognize and prepare for any outcomes in advance.

All assembly and testing will be performed in our headquarters in Florida. We are not out-sourcing assembly and sending it here for testing as that can often cause delays and miscommunication. There are no other requirements or reviews needed, other than FCC/CE Certifications which we plan to complete early in the process.

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    Get your name "etched" in a 3D Printed hexagon tile that will become floor tiles in our office.

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