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3D Printer

David is a new 3D printer and one that is taking aim at the materials side of
the industry. A new Kickstarter project, yet another in the mushrooming
world of 3D printers, is live with a new twist instead of long spools of
plastic material, this team has created a printer that will use pelletized
materials.
Their premise is this: Every plastic product, even filament, starts out in pellet
form. Because of this, raw pellets are readily available in thousands of
different materials, colors, and grades. By printing directly with plastic
pellets, David can print with many more materials than traditional 3D printers
making him useful to many more people and industries.
At first glance, it makes a lot of sense. Even at second glance, it is a logical
idea. I believe theyll fund and not long after they start selling product a
larger company will acquire them. Its a good idea. Not only do you get an
expanded, much wider selection of materials, but at a lower cost. They
compare the costs on the campaign site, over a period of time. You do not
see immediate financial gains since their printer costs a bit more than the
MakerBot Replicator, which targets the desktop hobbyist with its affordable
machines. Total cost of ownership comparisons equal out after year two of
using the printer. David is from a company called Sculptify which termed
their new method of printing: FLEX (Fused
Layer Extrusion).
What I like about it is the diversity of materials and the potential to mix your own. Thats the winning
formula in my mind the ability to toss in some carbon fiber pellets (if such a thing exists) or wood (as
they mention).

It makes me think about the guy who invented the Filabot, which allows you to recycle plastic items into
your own filament. What if they allowed you to create pellets instead of filament. It might be a very fast
process since you wouldnt have to create long strands of plastic.


You can get direct to their Kickstarter campaign here. The printer appears to mirror many of the features
that you would expect to find on a standard 3D printer. Items like a heated build platform, auto-
leveling and different nozzle sizes (among others). All in all, it is an elegant looking machine with an
exterior made from aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized. They added extra windows so that you can
see your project as it prints which is a great idea and sometimes lacking for other printers.

Currently I am traveling around the USA on an 8-month roadtrip (in a bright blue RV) exploring 3D
printing, 3D scanning, and 3D design. You can follow me on Twitter or at 3DRV.com.