Last year we saw a deluge of new, innovative 3D printers hitting crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, promising to take 3D printing to the next level. Recently, however, innovation has been lacking, as the few new machines which enter the crowdfunding arena tend to be nothing more than the ideas of others wrapped up into new packages. This might all be about to change though.
A new company called NFire Labs, located in the UK, and founded by a young man named Alex Youden, will soon be launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a new 3D printer they call the NFire One. The NFire One, which is built on a delta framework, is unlike anything you’ve seen before for several reasons.
First it will be priced well under the average machine on the market at just £250 (approximately $389). They are able to offer this price to customers by using local suppliers, reducing their shipping costs and import taxes, while not having to sacrifice quality. For example, the plastic casing found on the printer’s frame is supplied by a Hull, England-based company called Ino-Plaz, while the extruders are also locally obtain from E3D.
While an affordable price is certainly an attractive aspect of the NFire One, what will really attract eyeballs towards this new machine is its modularity. Billed as the “world’s first truly modular 3D printer,” the NFire One is constructed unlike any 3D printer you’ve seen before. Each of its main components is treated as its own sub-assembly, making adding new components and changing the size of the machine a breeze. Basically this means that as long as FDM 3D printing remains relevant, this 3D printer will never need to be replaced. Instead, users can simply swap out components as technology advances.
What makes this modularity even more appealing is the fact that users can expand upon the frame, turning the 3000mm³ build envelope into a 5250mm³ build envelope by expanding each axis of the printer.
“The NFire One is fully customizable. You need to raise the height of the machine to create a greater printable area? No problem! You need to make the printable area wider to accomodate your designs? Sure thing! You can even add a second print head if you require two-colour prints! In fact, every aspect of the machine is upgradable, meaning that as your needs adjust, the NFire One can adapt right alongside you to increase its longevity and usability,” explains the company on their website.
Despite the incredibly affordable price of the NFire One, the company uses some of the best extruders on the market, built by a name that most 3D printing enthusiasts will recognize, E3D. With a build envelope that’s well above average, even for a delta-style machine, the NFire One may have what it takes to make a grand entrance into the market when the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launches at the end of this month. If you are in the Hull, England area on July 27th, a Kickstarter launch party will be taking place at The Fruit Market, on 47 Queens Street, where the company’s founder Alex Youden will be on hand meeting and greeting those who show up.
Youden has been backed by the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI), Hull’s first dedicated workspace and venue for tech startups. This has allowed him to access connections and develop the NFire brand as he prepares for his new company’s flagship product to be released. Also, as a special bonus leading up to the Kickstarter launch, those who subscribe to the company’s newsletter on their site will receive a free order of Floreon filament when they place an order for the printer later this month.
Let us know if you plan on backing the NFire One on Kickstarter. Discuss in the NFire One 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com, and check out the promo video below pertaining to the machine: