Dec 17, 2014 | By Simon

Back when it was launched on Kickstarter in October of 2014, the FLUX 3D Printer sent a ripple through the 3D printing community thanks to its modular setup that sets it apart from other desktop 3D printer offerings.

The all-in-one 3D printer, 3D scanner and laser engraver is the result of months of hard work from the Taiwanese design team behind it who wanted to create a more robust desktop manufacturing solution.

The $899 desktop manufacturing hub features a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer and is aimed at private users looking to spend less than $1,000 on a 3D printer. The addition of the 3D scanner and laser engraver certainly sweetens the deal...with both built-in add-ons going for hundreds...if not thousands...of dollars apiece on their own.

With an initial goal of $100,000 for their crowdfunding campaign, the FLUX team have just surpassed the $1 million mark and are currently sitting at nearly $1.4 million with four days left to go in their successful campaign. Considering that a lot of campaigns see a huge surge of interest near the ending, there's a possibility that the FLUX just might crack Kickstarter's Most Funded list.

Among other product categories that have done exceptionally well on the crowdfunding platform, 3D printers that offer a unique experience or price point have seen a high success rate. The FLUX, it would appear, offers both.

Of the top 20 most funded campaigns on Kickstarter, the Micro and the Form 1 are both 3D printers that managed to raise millions of dollars during their campaigns. The Micro, which was funded in May of 2014, managed to pull in $3.4 million while the Form1 managed to earn $2.9 million in October of 2012.

When looking at what makes the Micro and the Form 1 more successful than other 3D printer-related campaigns, its clear that they each offer something unique in an ever-expanding marketplace of 3D printer options. The Micro, with its low price tag, is aimed at being a wallet-friendly option amongst thousand-dollar desktop printers. The Form 1 on the other hand, maintains a high cost but offers print quality that is traditionally seen in machines costing thousands of dollars more.

As for the FLUX, it is still too early to tell how well it will do, however it's unique features and affordable price point position it well for joining the ranks of the Micro and the Form 1 in terms of crowdfunding success.

If you're interested, the FLUX will begin shipping in Summer of 2015. Check it out over on Kickstarter.

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