This is a bustling world full of technology created to fulfill our every whim and need. Today, when things don’t happen fast enough, efficiently enough, or perfectly enough, we are quickly frustrated. It’s a convenient, all in one, one stop shop society that we live and work in. We want–and often expect–it all: quality, speed, affordability, and aesthetics. And Adam does not disappoint.
Unveiling a 3D printer made for creative people, with the Adam All-in-One 3D Printer, Northype designed a machine that’s the very definition of dynamic. The best designs often spring from innovators working to create tools for themselves that they then decide to share–as is the case with the Adam 3D printer, which is a modular headtool system. This unique machine allows you to:
- 3D scan
- 3D print
- Laser cut
- Engrave and mill
Now on Kickstarter, the Northype team is hoping to raise €100,000 (around $112,405 USD) by November 7th for manufacturing and production of the Adam 3D printer, which operates with a fixed carriage that users can insert and change the provided modules on.
While the modules can be purchased separately, they are open-source, which brings a whole new level to this machine for the creative maker, hacker, and tinkerer.
“For example, nothing prevents you from making a pen holder to ‘draw’ in a highly accurate way on a card or sheet of paper,” says the design team on their Kickstarter page. “Adam is designed for creative people, and thanks to interchangeable headtools continuously developing in the future there will be further implementations like an extruder for fluid materials.”
To begin, the 3D scanner is user-friendly and extremely convenient for creating 3D models. With the 3D printing function being most central, the design team put special effort into optimization of that area. Featuring a .4mm nozzle module that uses 1.75mm filament, Adam boasts a heated bed plate. The team states that it can print with ‘any type of material, from the classical and easier PLA to the harder nylon or other special filaments like carbon loaded Laywood or nylon.’ For the Kickstarter campaign, those who pledge will find a spool of PLA from Italian company TreeDfilaments in each of their orders.
With many 3D printing projects though, there are multiple other tools required for assembling and finishing, as well as creating other parts traditionally. That’s where the laser module comes in, allowing you to handle and cut paper, cardboard and ‘incise’ plywood, polystyrene, MDF, and leather. The milling headtool allows for small engraving and milling works.
Topping off all of these features and capabilities, to make sure that users have more than enough build room, the team has also created and released another version, called the Adam+, which they state is the largest all-in-one 3D printer in the world–with a print volume of 30 x 30 x 47.5 cm. This, of course, offers a huge amount of working room for other processes as well.
Beginning at €899, or around $1,011 USD, supporters receive the Adam All-in-One 3D printer with a .5 kg spool of high quality PLA as well as a free 3D printing head. Shipping begins in June of 2016. At €1,250, supporters receive the full Adam kit, to include all the head tools and the PLA. The Adam+ begins at €1,400 and ascends in price to $1750 as all the headtools are added on.
For all those looking for one small machine with an enormous amount of function, both the Adam and the Adam+ should fit the bill. This is an affordable way to add unlimited potential to 3D printing projects, as well as taking advantage of the open-source platform for future modifications.
Will you be backing this project on Kickstarter? Let us know in the Adam & Adam+ forum thread on 3DPB.com.