A VERY CHEAP 3D printer has appeared on Kickstarter and has already raked in more cash than its target.
The Peachy Printer wants to make 3D printing seriously cheap and aims to build a machine for just under $100 (Canadian).
The inexpensive 3D printer should also make it cheap to print, according to the Peachy Printer sponsor. People have faith in the idea, too. The printer went onto Kickstarter at the end of last week with a $50,000 target. Today, with 27 days left to run, it has raised $177,340.
You can invest in the printer for as little as $2. Funding of $90 and up secures access to the printer when it is finished. That's an early bird price, and buyers will have to put their own printer together. The Peachy Printer outfit reckons it will take around an hour to assemble and recommends some parental oversight.
The early bird deals are all gone, as are the next two tiers. Open to investors now are packages that cost upwards of $350. For $400 you can get a completely built printer with 500ml of resin.
"Just as the personal computer and internet have given us the power of borderless social connection and information sharing, we hope that the Peachy Printer (scanner) will put in your hands the power of manufacturing," said the firm. "The power of making. The power of creating..."
Unlike other 3D printers the Peachy Printer uses a laser and directional mirrors to build up a model. "The Peachy Printer is a photolithographic printer. That means it uses a controlled beam of light to cure light sensitive resin into hard objects," it said.
"The [Peachy Printer] moves a laser beam along the X and Y axes to create the shape of the object, while using a drip system to control the level of the resin on the Z axis which determines the height of the object."
The printer project, which is sponsored by Canadian firm Rinnovated Design, runs until 20 October. µ
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