A group of Brazilian and Hong Kong entrepreneurs, focused on sharing the practical benefits of 3D printers all over the world, makes up Puzzles Dynamics. They already offer several options meant to facilitate the realization of creative projects and ideas, such as this Longboard electric skateboard, available on their website. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, with high quality standards and a low-cost culture, they’ve been working on popularizing Delta 3D printers in Brazil, but now they’re starting something new. They’re launching a campaign on popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter for their affordable ARMBOT, a robotic arm 3D printer that runs Windows.
The ARMBOT joins the ranks of popular Kickstarter robotic arms, including the Dobot M1, the LittleArm and ShopArm robots from Slant Concepts, and the FLX.ARM from Flux Integration LLC, which launched a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014. As you can see on the ARMBOT Kickstarter campaign page, it was inspired by industrial robots, which is clear in the precision and utility of the ARMBOT’s features. You’re able to download, or create, a 3D file directly from the ARMBOT, and then print that object using highly precise robotic arm technology.
The ARMBOT has an articulated arm layout that is not unlike our human arms. This layout lets the ARMBOT expand the print area, and enhance the speed of printing, without losing any of the print quality. It features precision drawing, and can even draw on a PCB board or a pad of paper! According to this video on the Kickstarter page, it looks like anything can be a print bed for the ARMBOT! Just create a 3D file directly from the ARMBOT, export the STL, and print away, using the robot arm’s fast print option.
The ARMBOT features a standalone Windows 10 operating system, with an Intel Cherry Trail X5 processor 1.84 GHz, 2G Ram and 32G ROM, and 8th generation Intel HD graphics. You can create, download, and slice right from the 3D printer! It has a parallel-axis joint layout: the arm is smooth in the ‘X-Y’ direction, but rigid in the ‘Z’ direction. Another plus: you have remote access to your ARMBOT from your smartphone, tablet, or another computer, by using the integrated remote control software or any other third party remote software. It uses fused filament fabrication, and can print at speeds of up to 150 mm per second. The only visible drawback I can see is that they are still working on improving the laser engraving of the ARMBOT.
Several of the early bird special rewards are no longer available, but there is still one left. For a lucky 21 more backers, if you pay HK $3,100 ($399 USD), you can get the ARMBOT with Windows 10 completely installed and calibrated, plus 500g of PLA filament, by this coming April! The regular price of the Windows 1-enabled ARMBOT, plus 1kg of PLA filament, is HK $3,900 ($449 USD). If you’re looking for a smaller way to contribute to the ARMBOT, you can pledge HK $80 ($10 USD) and get a key chain with your name 3D printed on it. Learn more, and watch more videos about the ARMBOT’s capabilities, on the ARMBOT’s Kickstarter campaign page. Discuss in the ARMBOT forum at 3DPB.com.