We’ve checked in periodically with Canadian startup ISG3D over the past year, most recently in September when we wrote about the upcoming launch of their eagerly anticipated Eleven 3D Printer. As of today, the Eleven has officially launched via Kickstarter. Between now and November 8th, the company hopes to raise $11,000 CAD (approximately $8,400 USD) and begin production by mid-November, with the goal of making first shipments by January of 2016.
The Eleven, which is ISG3D’s first contribution to the 3D printer market, has been been in the works for a while and has gone through several iterations. Based on the design of the Prusa i3, the Eleven was developed as a prototype with a conventional 20 x 25 x 25 cm build area, which the company was planning to go ahead with, until they decided they could do better.
Making improvements to the design would delay the launch, but the consensus was that it would be worth it to make the printer bigger, sturdier, and more affordable. Thus, the final design has a much larger build area at 22 x 40 x 40 cm, and, at an approximate retail price of $1,000, is a fraction of the cost of similar printers on the market. Special pricing, as low as $850, is also being offered for early birds.
Also attractive are the printer’s precision, light weight and simple design, making it ideal for first-time 3D printer buyers. The company has added a few more features to make it even more user-friendly, such as an easy-to-change filament spool and an LCD screen. The Eleven also includes a set of LED lights, which come with options for 15 colors and 4 different effects, for those who like a party atmosphere while they print. (The lights can also be turned off if you’re trying to sleep in the vicinity.)
The Eleven comes fully assembled, with a USB key with everything needed to set up the software. It comes equipped with Repetier Host software, but is compatible with Cura and other open-source software. ISG3D, which places a lot of importance on customer support, is also offering a support forum on its website, so any customers with questions will be able to easily request help from the company as well as a large community of RepRap users.
Some extra perks have been added for campaign backers. Donate as little as USD$.75 ($1 Canadian) and your name will be listed on the company website as well as in the Eleven’s user guide. $4 will get you a digital package including video tutorials, wallpapers, and STL files for the Eleven’s 3D printed parts. Pledge USD$25 and you’ll get a T-shirt, but if you up your pledge to USD$33 you will receive a 15″ 3D printed spaceship designed by the ISG3D team.
If you pledge USD$850, you’ll receive “super early bird” status and will be one of the first to receive your printer, with estimated delivery in January. (The super early bird price is limited to the first 15 orders.) USD$950 gets you into the second round of deliveries, estimated for February. For the Kickstarter campaign, shipping is limited to the US and Canada, and is not included in the backing price.
The release of the Eleven is what ISG3D hopes will be only the first in a new line of open source 3D printers. We’ll certainly continue to keep an eye on this company to see what they deliver next. Discuss this new machine in the Eleven 3D Printer Forum thread on 3DB.com.
See the Eleven in action here: