April 26, 2014

The ongoing race to build the cheapest, most versatile 3D printer continues with the impending launch of the ZeGo bot, an opensource multifunctional delta linear robot.

ZeGo Robotics, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based startup, is set to launch ZeGo bot on crowdfunding website Indiegogo on Monday.

The ZeGo bot is multifunction delta robot. And it is one of the fastest ways to get involved in DIY robotics and 3D printing. Right now ZeGo Robotics offers 5 different attachments and applications developed for the ZeGo bot.

  • Plotter: A drawing device which can draw with a pen on paper or a LCD sketchpad.
  • Wood Burner: Hot end device for drawing designs on various materials.
  • Engraver/PCB Mill: A desktop CNC milling attachment for engraving PCB boards.
  • Pick&Place: Entry level pick/place attachment that adds a fourth rotational axis for positioning small parts and electronic components.
  • 3D printer extruder: Based on "FFF" (fused filament fabrication) technology, it uses a filament driver that pushes the filament to the extruder and extrudes PLA through a 400 micron nozzle.

The combination of the PCB mill and the pick and place machine allows you to do the electronic prototyping in house. Using all these attachment would allow you to prototype most of your design at one place with just one robot, saving your time going through shops to find tools you need.

The ZeGo bot was based on Rostock opensource design and co-developed with Billy Zelsnack. The project is seeking to raise $50,000 to foster a community around this open source fabrication tool.

The ZeGo classic assembly kit, starting at $549, comes with all of the hardware, electronics, tools and software that you need, to assemble and operate your ZeGo bot, including one attachment of your choice to expand the functionality of this tool.

Updated on April 26, 2014 9:25pm:

ZeGo Robotics has added a closeup video with magnetic joint attachment:


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Jonas Thomas wrote at 6/10/2014 6:51:56 AM:

Hello, I'm in the process of building a Kossell variant and I'm really like the end effectors you've developed. Could you provide link to the ball dimensions and the space distance of the rods? I'm thinking, I just a soon standardize by dimensions to you're Zego, so I could eventually just pop in one of your effectors. (What side is magentiized... Is it the socket or the ball? Sorry you indiigogo didnt fully fund.. Seems like a really good idea.

Dan Goncharov [ZeGo Robotics] wrote at 5/2/2014 6:13:45 PM:

Jacob, I am sorrry that somebody burned in the past. And again I personally will not buy from or invest in the company that clearly position themself as sheap clones of makerbot. I believe that crowdfunding is tool to enable startups and innovations, and not a platform for copycats. When we started ZeGo Robotics original idea was not just to make another 3D printer but a versatile and multifunctional motion platform. Our goal is to build an ecosystem around it of many "end effectors" by publishing specs for them and in general making it easier for others to create new end-effectors. This is one of the reasons why we also pushing the workshops in the campaign. If even 1 out of 20 ZeGo backers will come up with their own attachment - I consider this project successful! BTW From my personal experience it is almost impossible for an opensource company to get funded in a tradionall way thru venture capitalists, because we CHOSE not to cover our IP of incremental improvements by patent law. CROWDFUNDING is one of the very few ways to get a hardware opesource startup on its feet and alive! Crowdfunding is an essential part of maker movement! Jacob, if you are ever in Pittsburgh, please, stop by.

Jacob wrote at 5/1/2014 1:22:53 PM:

"deserves to be burned" - I'm glad to see the true colors of the people behind or supporting this project come to light. All I ever said that people should be careful and understand the risks of backing something on the likes of Kickstarter or Indiegogo. AND they SHOULD back someone or something they want to help build up and support. The knee-jerk and reactionary replies are exactly what I expected...

David Bender wrote at 5/1/2014 6:38:13 AM:

Hey Jacob, I live in Pittsburgh and have seen this "3d printer that is not a 3d printer" work at the Tech Shop. And I've been burned by Makerbot myself and can understand your frustration, but you cannot judge all 3d printers the same way. If you notice Zego's video spends more time showing the machine operating than kickstarter videos (go see the Lix project, or qu-bd's extruder). Furthermore, anybody purchasing a knockoff of Makerbot (a second handing company in itself) deserves to be burned.

Jacob wrote at 4/30/2014 4:56:24 PM:

If you are so proud and confident, release the plans BEFORE you get funding. It is not as if your work was contrived from scratch. Everything you have done to develop this new machine is from the works of others who also provided it openly.

Dan Goncharov [ZeGo Robotics] wrote at 4/29/2014 5:42:39 PM:

Wow, Jacob, that is one very negative comment. If you have been burned before with "Ultra-Bot 3d", please, don't take it out on ZeGo. We spend last 10 months of our lives building this great product. You said you own Printrbot and ShapeOko. And so are other ~2000 people. These products became available to you because people believe in them and support them thru CROWDFUNDING. If anybody wants to see it in person. No problem. Come to Pittsburgh TechShop anytime. We will be happy to show it. In last 2 months we went thru extensive beta-testing with ZeGo and we are proud and confident.

Jacob wrote at 4/29/2014 3:22:37 PM:

I've had several experiences now with 3D Printers and in particular fundraiser versions like this one. I was part of the fraud that happened when someone promised to deliver a 3D printer, better and cheaper than Makerbot via a Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wjsteele/ultra-bot-3d-printer/comments More recently I purchased a Makerbot Duplicator clone and it did not live up to its expectations, I was lucky to be able to return it for a refund... I currently own a Printrbot Simple and I'm building a ShapeOko into a larger 3D printer/engraver/plotter. Here is my advice. Do not buy a 3D Printer unless you can see it in person and it can be returned if it does not perform as promised. DO NOT fund projects like this unless you are just doing so to support the project itself or the people behind the project. Indiegogo and Kickstarter are investments and you can and probably will not see a return or delivery. Just my two cents...

Henry wrote at 4/28/2014 11:35:44 PM:

http://forum.seemecnc.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=1704 you can check out the seemecnc forum for general deltabot info. The thread starter in the link above did the magnetic joint back in 2013, and a few other upgrades so you can check that out as well.

serge wrote at 4/27/2014 7:32:57 PM:

why waiting for the end of indiegogo to open ? scared of something ? for me it means it will be open.. half open..maybe , one day ? some zip in the corner of the website without doc ? hehe. open it...or not ! period . both are good.

Dan Goncharov [ZeGo Robotics] wrote at 4/26/2014 9:14:47 PM:

Here is closeup video with magnetic joint attachment: http://goo.gl/TH573m

Dan Goncharov [ZeGo Robotics] wrote at 4/26/2014 8:03:45 PM:

This project is opensource and we will release all the blueprints and technical documentation right after campaign is funded. Later tonight I will post couple photos or short video illustrating magnetic joint attachment.

Brian Boatright wrote at 4/26/2014 7:10:45 PM:

This is exactly what I was looking to build, a multiple attachment desktop sized CNC. Other than the indiegogo project, is there a website for the original project that might have more details on the attachment design mechanics?

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