The RenderBot team, motivated by their own experiences in purchasing equipment, makes it clear they set out to produce a unique 3D printer that would impress on several levels. They actually owned another 3D printer purchased from a crowdfunding campaign launch that was dismally subpar despite all the bells and whistles being touted, and ended up being not only a headache for the team, but far more expensive when parts started going bad.
In their frustration and disappointment, the team assessed all that was wrong with the world in terms of affordable 3D printer kits and they set out to fix it with the RenderBot. Their new 3D printer is yours with a pledge of only $299 (for the first 25 Super Early Birds) on their Kickstarter campaign — which is running through April 20 with a goal of $65K.
“Most 3D printers are created with a focus on cramming a variety of components into them while maintaining a low price point, giving them the illusion of higher functionality,” states the RenderBot team on their Kickstarter page, alluding to what ends up sometimes being a major problem for those who pledge.
While they do include a kit upgrade so that the user can avoid doing complex wiring, with the ‘Easy Kit Upgrade’ for $40, the RenderBot mission is to provide reliability and affordability while giving the user the quality basics at the start. Beginning with the all-metal E3D hotend, users don’t have the hassle of working to upgrade to one later. Right out of the gate they are able to experience high performance coupled with the ability to 3D print with a wide range of materials, including extremely high temperature ones.
A RAMBo controller board is part of the equation as well, offering user friendliness and an easy foundation for adding on other options later, with built-in ports, if you decide you want something like a heated bed or dual extruder — easy to add without having to buy a new board too.
Most important is the ability to be able to print what you want. Obviously, a problem that often accompanies the cheaper 3D printers is limitation due to a smaller build volume. The RenderBot, with a build volume of 10″ x 10″ x 10″, should be sufficient for 3D printing needs so that you can print what you want without having to maneuver or slice.
The creators of RenderBot are also well aware of what an issue assembly can be once the kit actually arrives at your door. Working to alleviate what sometimes turns into an unexpected nightmare, RenderBot focused on the issue of wires and wiring, with the motors being easily detached from the wiring, and as mentioned previously you can also purchase the easy upgrade for avoiding any hassle whatsoever in terms of required wire splicing/soldering — as well as eliminating the need for tools or wiring knowledge.
While assembly is already easy enough with the simple design of the steel frame constructed of two connecting right triangles, for an extra $250 you can also upgrade to full assembly of the RenderBot. It arrives to your door fully ready to print — all you need is a screwdriver to level the build platform.
Check out RenderBot’s Facebook page for the opportunity to enter and win a free RenderBot as well, with those who already ordered the 3D printers from Kickstarter being refunded if they win. It’s important to note that RenderBot will currently only be shipping in the US to start, with plans to implement international shipping options later.
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