The 10 Top Crowdfunded 3D Printers On Kickstarter

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In 2013 one of the most popular categories in the crowd funding realm was 3D printing. 3D printing can be found at the heart of many of the top funded boards across popular crowd sourcing websites. In the beginning, the biggest hurdle for 3D printing technology to overcome when it attempted to enter the commercial and at-home marketplace was cost. Even introductory 3D printers were prohibitively expensive for most hobbyists to truly enjoy. Over the past several years, crowd funding has proven to the ideal platform for the emergence of less expensive and more useful 3D printers.

Another initial problem was popularity. With so few consumers interested in 3D printing technology there wasn’t a lot of incentive for manufacturers to create low-cost, at-home solutions. In the past two years, the popularity of 3D printing has skyrocketed. It has proven to be a great solution for artist and hobbyists alike. If there is one thing crowd sourcing has proved is that popularity is no longer a problem for this technology. A quick look at the top performing 3D printer related crowd funding projects easily demonstrates this point.

1. Form 1

Form 1

The Form 1 high resolution printer has raised nearly $3 million on Kickstarter alone, even though they were initially only requesting $100,000. The goal of Form 1 was to create a true high-resolution 3D printer for professional creators at an affordable price. To meet very detail-oriented standards at a high level, a more expensive commercial option was the only choice. Form 1 spent nearly two years in development before turning to Kickstarter to garner production funds, but once it did, the project took off.

To achieve the high level of detail Form 1 is known for it’s bypassed the commonly used extruded plastic approach of most other lower-end 3D printers. Instead the creators opted for a stereolithography printer which is typically associated with the most expensive 3D printers. This approach not only offers greater accuracy but reduces the necessary layer thickness. In fact, the Form 1 3D printer can create layers as thin as 25 microns. Plus, the Form software gives users the ability to create thin, breakable support structures which are needed during the printing process but can then be easily removed when finishing the item.

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