It’s been a week since we last checked in with Global 3D Systems (G3D), and the company’s Indiegogo campaign for the T-1000 SLA 3D printer is still rolling along nicely. There are now two weeks left in the campaign, and the printer is at 340% of its funding goal. The ambitious young company all but ensured crowdfunding success by announcing, right off the bat, that they had several units of the T-1000 already complete and ready for shipment – not to mention the fact that G3D’s experienced engineers have designed what looks to be a genuinely high-quality 3D printer.
The T-1000 is still available as a backer reward for $1,900, with shipping taking place this month immediately after the campaign ends – you can also pre-order it for the same price with delivery expected in June. Designed with at-home users in mind, the T-1000, according to G3D, still offers the detail and quality to make it well-suited to professionals, whether they’re jewelers, dental offices or others. It’s a fast 3D printer, with a maximum print speed of 2.6 inches per hour, but G3D made sure not to sacrifice quality for speed – the T-1000 offers a minimum layer thickness of 0.0075 mm, and users have the ability to switch both the XY and Z axes from 120μm to 7.5μm.
G3D has carefully designed the T-1000 to be easy to use, as well. The 3D printer’s layout and slicing software is separate from the machine, allowing for complete web-based control, and G3D plans to be there for their customers every step of the way.
“The support we will offer our clients will be unparalleled to other 3D printing companies,” G3D Chief Technical Officer Eric Machala tells 3DPrint.com.
That support will come in the form of apps for Android and iPhone, which will have built-in links to G3D’s support site, consisting of videos, PowerPoint presentations, whiteboards, and video chats, so that you can be assured of immediate help if you’re having difficulty with anything.
G3D notes that they have gotten some negative comments recently from people who doubt that they really do have a product ready or that it can do what the company says it can do. That seems to be on par for the course with any successful crowdfunding campaign these days, and it’s hard to blame naysayers after so many successful campaigns have been unable to deliver recently. For their part, G3D says that they’re actually honored by some of the critical comments, as they’re evidence that their product is generating attention from some of the biggest names in the 3D printing industry.
It is hard to be insulted by the insinuation that one’s product sounds too good to be true, admittedly, and G3D responds with confidence, assuring anyone concerned that they’re ready to deliver the excellent product they have promised. The Indiegogo campaign is being run for the purposes of marketing and scaling up production; the hard work of product development and fabrication has already been done, and they’re ready to become, as Machala tells us, a “dominant force” in the 3D printing industry.
For anyone who is skeptical about the T-1000’s print speed, G3D has released an hour-long, real-time video showing the 3D printer’s 2.6″ per hour speed while printing a 2.6 x 2.6 x 2.6″ object. You can see it below:
The T-1000 Indiegogo campaign will wrap up in two weeks, at which point the printer will begin shipping out to backers. That’s another reason for G3D – and their backers – to feel confident: if anyone does have doubts that the company can deliver on their promises, those doubts should be put to rest in less than a month’s time. We’ll continue to follow up with G3D over the coming weeks as the campaign finishes and the rewards begin to ship. Discuss in the G3D forum at 3DPB.com.
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