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Kickstarter Form 1 3D Printer Raises $800,000 in 24 Hours

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Another 3D printer promises professional-grade models with a hobbyist-friendly price.

Over the years, we've seen a number of companies bring high-quality 3D printing mainstream with the creation of affordable 3D printers. At the forefront of the industry is Makerbot and its Replicator 3D printers. The company may have just recently came out with its new and improved Replicator 2, but it looks like it may already have some serious competition. 

Dubbed the Form 1, this 3D printer promises to create models sufficient enough for most professional engineers. According to its creators, there are currently no low-cost 3D printers that meet the quality standards of the professional designer. As researchers of the MIT Media Lab, the bunch has very high standards when it comes to quality.

Form 1 3D Printer

To put into perspective the exact level of quality the Form 1 offers, the printer can print layers as thin as 25 microns (0.001 in) with features as small as 300 microns (0.012 in) in a build volume of 4.9 x 4.9 x 6.5 in. Makerbot's Replicator 2 on the other hand is only capable of layers as small as 100 micron, though the build volume is quite a bit larger at 11.2 x 6.0 x 6.1 in.

Started Wednesday, the Form 1 3D printer has already reached over $1,000,000 in funding, more than 10x its goal of $100,000. Achieving $800,000 in its first 24 hours, the Form 1 has been selling like hotcakes. While the initial price tiers came in at $2,299 and $2,499, engineers and crafty hobbyists will now have to contribute $2,699 or more for their own Form 1. For more information on the project or to contribute yourself, head on over to its Kickstarter page here.

 

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    Wolygon , September 29, 2012 1:14 PM
    Standard RepRap Prusas have been printing at this kind of quality for a while now.

    0.35mm (350 microns) nozzles are the standard and ones down to 0.15mm are available.

    And people can go down to 0.01mm (10 micron) layers.

    Check out this for RepRap print quality (admittedly one of the highest quality printed parts ever):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/prusajr/6048211970/in/photostream/
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    elcentral , September 29, 2012 1:34 PM
    lovely and epic at the same time,
    i can actually see myself getting this to create special design pc parts, like fan vents and much more. but how much does the actual plastic like subs-tense you build whit cost ?
    cuss if the machine is pricey but the build material is low cost its not to much of a problem.
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    thecolorblue , September 29, 2012 2:16 PM
    elcentrallovely and epic at the same time,i can actually see myself getting this to create special design pc parts, like fan vents and much more. but how much does the actual plastic like subs-tense you build whit cost ?cuss if the machine is pricey but the build material is low cost its not to much of a problem.

    my experience with 3d printed parts is that they are extremely brittle and fragile.
    They are nowhere near as strong or durable as injection molded parts... i.e. they are pretty much for prototyping and little else.
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    nebun , September 29, 2012 3:25 PM
    how durable would a dildo be?....i am sure that all the hot single geeks women are wondering the same thing lol
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    alidan , September 29, 2012 5:48 PM
    all i want is a home use 3d printer, because you know the moment they do, people will model action figures and the like in 3d for home printing.

    it would probably also be all the kick i need to really learn a 3d program, what with being able get a physical coppy of what i make and all.
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    master_chen , September 29, 2012 10:33 PM
    HELL YEAH.
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    Darkk , September 29, 2012 11:14 PM
    When the resin gets better you will see this popping at shopping malls as a fun thing to watch your creation comes to life without buying the machine. Sounds like a money maker idea.
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    velocityg4 , September 30, 2012 2:03 PM
    Can't wait until the resin is much stronger and harder, the print size is much larger, the printing is far more precise and these run about $150. It'll get there in a few years. Who'd have thought 12 years ago that you could get a 1920x1080 23" LCD for less than $150, a 40" 1080p Plasma TV for less than $350 or a color laser printer for less than $150. All of these were more expensive than that 3D printer and not as good as the current cheap counterparts.
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    alidan , September 30, 2012 2:19 PM
    otacon72When the resin gets 100x better (stronger) maybe. A good start but a ways to go. The average home user has no use for one in the foreseeable future except for people who just want toys.


    people who routinely make/buy/paint mainatures.
    could print your own custom game pieces,
    could probably fabricate body parts for small cars just to make them look cooler
    or could completely fabricate your own car body (rc)
    you want an action figure, or something cool looking, well here you go

    granted i would neve buy into this at ovr 2 grand, but if you got it down to about 2-500$ i could see buying it, but only if the material they use is cheap.

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    alidan , September 30, 2012 2:21 PM
    velocityg4Can't wait until the resin is much stronger and harder, the print size is much larger, the printing is far more precise and these run about $150. It'll get there in a few years. Who'd have thought 12 years ago that you could get a 1920x1080 23" LCD for less than $150, a 40" 1080p Plasma TV for less than $350 or a color laser printer for less than $150. All of these were more expensive than that 3D printer and not as good as the current cheap counterparts.


    but the lcd because the standard of what we get tvs by, same with plasma
    color lazer printers are also a multi function device
    a 3d printer, im afraid will always be a specialty item, unless they get so good that you can print most if nto all the things you use.
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    jhansonxi , September 30, 2012 11:48 PM
    nebunhow durable would a dildo be?....i am sure that all the hot single geeks women are wondering the same thing lol

    It's not just sex toys that are going to be an interesting social/political/judicial problem, especially in conservative cultures, but also weapons.

    It also makes it nearly impossible for a company to enforce their patents when anyone can easily download a file and make a replica with little investment.

    i suspect that in a few years this will have a major impact on the service parts industry. Just think of all those consumer goods that get thrown in landfills because of a little plastic part breaking that costs a fortune from a service parts supplier. If you could access the design over the Internet and quickly (and cheaply) fabricate a replacement, the service parts industry won't be able to justify their 1000% mark-ups.
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    kenyee , October 1, 2012 12:50 AM
    jhansonxi: you can't make weapons out of this stuff (I'm assuming you mean guns). The firing forces are wayyyyy too high. You'd blow your hands off. And if you try making a sword, it'd probably break when you use it, even if you made the resin 100x stronger. The resin would have to be stronger than steel and I can safely say that's a fat chance, you're dreaming thing :-)
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    cumi2k4 , October 1, 2012 2:00 AM
    YOU WOULDN'T DOWNLOAD A CAR! :p 

    seriously, in a few decades, this will be the issue... unless these 3D printers follow the cutthroat inkjet printer ink pricing...
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    WyomingKnott , October 1, 2012 1:31 PM
    jhansonxiIt's not just sex toys that are going to be an interesting social/political/judicial problem, especially in conservative cultures, but also weapons.It also makes it nearly impossible for a company to enforce their patents when anyone can easily download a file and make a replica with little investment.i suspect that in a few years this will have a major impact on the service parts industry. Just think of all those consumer goods that get thrown in landfills because of a little plastic part breaking that costs a fortune from a service parts supplier. If you could access the design over the Internet and quickly (and cheaply) fabricate a replacement, the service parts industry won't be able to justify their 1000% mark-ups.

    I read a couple of science fiction stories like that, a decade or two ago. And here it is.

    In regards to the poor strength of the results: could they be used as prototypes, to make molds? you get the mold and then you can make as many as you want out of long-established materials.
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    alidan , October 1, 2012 3:33 PM
    kenyeejhansonxi: you can't make weapons out of this stuff (I'm assuming you mean guns). The firing forces are wayyyyy too high. You'd blow your hands off. And if you try making a sword, it'd probably break when you use it, even if you made the resin 100x stronger. The resin would have to be stronger than steel and I can safely say that's a fat chance, you're dreaming thing :-)


    isnt there a kind of pvc that is good for 1 accurate shot, but after that its worthless for accuracy?

    imagine someone who wants to snipe a person.

    if you just want the gun to shoot once and be done with it, you could print most of the parts and re enforce what just needs to be stronger.

    its sad, but if we want to kill someone, as humans, than we will figure out a way to do it.
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    alidan , October 1, 2012 3:37 PM
    cumi2k4YOU WOULDN'T DOWNLOAD A CAR! seriously, in a few decades, this will be the issue... unless these 3D printers follow the cutthroat inkjet printer ink pricing...


    no, you still couldnt, unless you got a car sized printer that uses metal instead of plastic. ill take a guess that in my lifetime that will never be a consumer device.

    WyomingKnottI read a couple of science fiction stories like that, a decade or two ago. And here it is. In regards to the poor strength of the results: could they be used as prototypes, to make molds? you get the mold and then you can make as many as you want out of long-established materials.


    i was thinking the exact same thing with the molds, except im wondering about quality and the how... id probably want the printer as a negative, wax as a positive, and than bronze as a positive too, because that will evaporate the wax.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , December 5, 2012 11:53 AM
    kenyeejhansonxi: you can't make weapons out of this stuff (I'm assuming you mean guns). The firing forces are wayyyyy too high. You'd blow your hands off. And if you try making a sword, it'd probably break when you use it, even if you made the resin 100x stronger. The resin would have to be stronger than steel and I can safely say that's a fat chance, you're dreaming thing :-)

    You were Saying? http://www.tomshardware.com/news/wiki-weapon-3d-printer,19551.html