Additive Manufacturing Strategies

The Wait is Over: Solidoodle 3D Printers Finally in Transit, Expected Shipment Schedule Released

ST Medical Devices

Share this Article

solidoodle logoWe all know that good things come to those who wait — especially when it comes to awesome new technology — at a wonderful price. That can’t be beat, and you certainly want it to be just right. While the Solidoodle team has hit a few snags along the way, they have assured everyone the waiting time would be worth it as they tended to some design issues, post-assembly modifications, and shipping delays. Soon though, with shipping in progress, the waiting will be over for a number of Solidoodle’s expectant customers, toe-tapping at their doorways ready to break out their new 3D printers.

Brooklyn-based Solidoodle is proving to be a good example of how easy it is to take orders and payments for a bevy of new products and price points that customers are getting very excited about, but it’s not always so easy to complete the work on time and deliver. New releases often require changes, and snags occur along the way as well. As customers held tight, the new company has suffered a multitude of delays spanning several months and has issued a number of what can’t really be called apologies, but are definitely thorough communications and explanations. The Solidoodle hold-up has turned into a bit of a saga of delays that is coming to an end now, thankfully, for excited customers.

cervantesIt would seem that the team handled all the design, manufacturing, and shipping challenges as well as humanly possible. It’s certainly a better thing to attend to problems and delay a product release and shipment than to send out defective products. Throughout the history of technology, that’s certainly been done — and often enough — with highly unpopular and not easily forgotten results. So, hats off to Solidoodle owner Sam Cervantes who is obviously working double overtime to make sure their 3D printers are tiptop before they arrive on doorsteps ready for a big red bow this holiday season, or um, sort of soon after.

The original rollout of their three printers –the Press, the Workbench, and the Workbench Apprentice — was a big deal and definitely got the attention of competitors in the marketplace with the Solidoodle team offering a solid product at $1,300 or less. This received equal attention from Solidoodle’s eager customer base who set the phones to ringing and online orders streaming in for pre-sales in August, and expectations for the 3D printers to start shipping in six to eight weeks. As pressure mounted to deliver, deadlines were pushed back while they tended to manufacturing issues, missing the September date to begin shipping. The delays escalated from there, but have been strictly controlled with communications regarding necessity.

Cervantes, just back from a month at his factory in China after training and setting standards, has reported in another email that Solidoodle 3D printers are indeed ready to go and they have begun shipments on a number of these, with a schedule listed regarding dates and orders, which is as follows:

sol

So while business is good, the follow through has been a little shaky, but we all have high hopes that Cervantes and Solidoodle are about to redeem themselves with some quality products that will have customers reporting in on positively. Hopefully the product will indeed deliver with the simplicity, quality, and reliability promised and make up for the deficits in those areas regarding delivery of product.

Are you waiting on a Solidoodle 3D printer, or do you know anyone who is awaiting delivery? Tell us about it in the Solidoodle 3D Printers In Transit forum over at 3DPB.com.

sol

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: January 16, 2022

3D Printing News Briefs, January 15, 2022: 3D Laser Printing, Housing, & More



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Featured

Max the Macaw is Back in Business with 3D Printed Titanium Beak

Birds use their beaks for a number of reasons, from grooming and eating to climbing and fighting. Max, a handsome 20-year-old macaw now living in the Hyacinth Haven Bird Sanctuary...

3D Printed Vaginal Rings Could Treat Bacterial Infections

There are plenty of examples in which 3D printing has been used to develop drug delivery systems, but this research out of Hungary is tackling the issue from a new...

3D Printing News Briefs, January 12, 2022: Rebranding, Bioprinting, & More

First up in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, Particle3D has gone through a rebrand, and a team of researchers developed a way to 3D print and preserve tissues in below-freezing...

“California-based Rocket Company” Orders Two of SLM’s 12-Laser Metal 3D Printers

When the equipment you make costs millions of dollars, every sale is newsworthy. When that equipment is meant to revolutionize metal 3D printing and, therefore, manufacturing as a whole, it...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.