There is now one week left in the Indiegogo campaign for the T-1000 3D printer, and developer Global 3D Systems (G3D) is continuing to see growing levels of interest in the innovative SLA DLP machine. The system is the most cost-effective in its class, says G3D, with the fastest build speed and largest build volume. The campaign has now surpassed 500 percent of its funding goal, and shows no signs of slowing down. According to Eric Machala, CTO of G3D, the company is seeing robust sales and significant interest from resellers for the T-1000.
The Indiegogo campaign has now hit and surpassed its second stretch goal, which means that all backers will be able to take advantage of 50 percent off resins from the company’s website. G3D currently offers its own resin, also known as G3D 3D Ink, in clear, red, blue, green, and orange, and the company assures that many more colors and formulations will be coming soon. Backers will receive one liter of resin with their 3D printers, and G3D will continue to offer deals on refills. Each bottle of resin is currently priced at $75. Backers will receive coupon codes for their discounted resins after the campaign.
At this rate, it will not be surprising if the campaign reaches more of its stretch goals, so let’s take a closer look at what those are. If support hits $250,000, G3D will donate 3D printers to veterans’ hospitals and nonprofit organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, for the purpose of 3D printing prosthetic devices. If the campaign reaches $500,000, each printer’s warranty will be extended from one year to two years. If it gets to $1 million, every backer will receive a 3D printer with his or her name engraved on it. They will also be able to choose from 10 different printer colors, with metallic and non-metallic options available.
G3D’s tagline is “You thought it was science fiction!” but it’s just plain old science that went into the making of the T-1000. The company’s CEO, Edward W. Machala, has more than 36 years of experience in design and electronic manufacturing, so backers and future customers can be confident that they’re getting a 3D printer with plenty of expertise behind it. According to G3D, the feedback offered on their prototypes has been very positive, but that has not stopped the team from continuing to improve. They are already working on future 3D printers, even as the T-1000 waits to begin shipping at the end of the campaign.
“The world is changing all around us,” the company states. “To continue to grow and be a dominant force in a competitive business over the next ten years and beyond, we must look ahead. We must understand the market trends and develop units with more functionality and drive a cost-effective solution through technological advancements.”
We have seen too many companies launch crowdfunding campaigns before fully thinking through what comes immediately after the campaign. It is refreshing to hear a company talk about planning for a decade down the road. We are already looking forward to seeing what G3D comes up with next, and we cannot wait to hear about the performance of the T-1000 after it ships to its backers. We will keep you updated as this young yet experienced company moves into the next phase of its development. Discuss in the T-1000 forum at 3DPB.com.
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