Kickstarter is a great place for 3D printer makers to bring their products to the public. Here is another 3D printer available since yesterday: The HD^2 3D printer. The HD^2 stands for High Definition & Heavy Duty, and "it embodies the personality of this printer, from the oversized base to the professionally designed interworking parts," creator Ryan O'Donaghy explained.
High quality parts are used to ensure reliability and consistency in prints. The frame is made from cold, hard aluminum. The printer has a unique intuitive 3-point leveling system so you can quickly and easily level the heated build plate.
The printer also has a large print bed measuring 200mm x 200mm x 225mm (roughly 7.8"x7.8"x8.8"). It has two extruders to print in different materials, so you can either combine multiple colours or multiple materials in one single print.
The HD^2 3D printer kit is currently available as a reward for an early bird pledge of US$1249 (plus shipping). The HD^2 assembled is priced at $1,729. Head over to the HD^2 3D printer Kickstarter campaign to learn more and pledge your support.
Thanks to Paul for the tip!
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Qq wrote at 3/11/2014 11:56:17 PM:
I'm not really impressed. I'm building a printer using laser cut 2mm steel plate, which in turn is CNC bent, spot welded and powder coated. Z axis is 2mm aluminum laser cut, CNC bent and riveted. No biggie. 3 point bed leveling? Solidoodle forum upgrade. Screw drive extruder? Most evidence shows it is not a very good idea. Open build area no enclosed case? How will you print polycarbonates and nylon? Does this guy realize that printing any plastic other than ABS in the larger build areas gives inconsistent results without a enclosed print area? Nylon, HDPE, PET, and polycarbonates absolutely have to use a special filament cartridge for good results. Where's the 7 inch touch screen? He's got less than 500 bucks materials into the thing and wants 1700 for it??? Now on to the presentation. The pictures do not impress me. A pile of hardware parts stamped out by someone else. If you had a row of die stamping machines, even the cheap Chinese 3000 dollar ones, ok. The pictures show what looks like the guys house and a couple of DIY printers built by a guy who hasn't really built anything else. What's the guys logistics experience? What's his marketing plan? What's his customer service?
jd90 wrote at 3/10/2014 11:28:52 PM:
Just say no, please. It's nice they have rigid extrusions, but those look like plastic frame joints connecting them. Continuing to use the MK7-derived extruder design, particularly without the spring lever & bearing setyp, is a terrible idea. Their chart has a typo, it shows 25 microns as 0.0025mm layer resolution, it's 0.025mm. Most FFF 3D printers can make layers that thin, but the drawbacks are it takes a lot longer, and the settings need a lot of tuning. The stretch goals aren't impressive for the goalposts. Oooh! lights! Smart LCD! A spool of filament! They don't appear to have notable previous volume production experience, product support experience, business experience.
Martin Schipper ( printedtools.nl ) wrote at 3/10/2014 10:11:52 PM:
I have a similar project running!!!
agree with eee wrote at 3/10/2014 7:19:48 PM:
Agreed; this is a very dated design and definitely not worth the asking price
eee wrote at 3/10/2014 2:52:17 PM:
What's wrong! Now a days, this kind of printers are still want money on kick!!!!
jym wrote at 3/10/2014 2:15:54 PM:
Talking about heavy duty, check this out: http://www.ukcnc.info/forums/dprinter.php