Sep 10, 2015 | By Alec

The market of desktop 3D printers seems to be ever expanding, but quite a few new additions seem to add very little in terms of functionality or affordability. Fortunately, new gems are still appearing, such as a very exciting machine by Canadian startup and 3D printing supplies provider ISG3D. Called the Eleven 3D printer, this very promising machine seems to be the real deal, but for an affordable price and with an open source character. It is expected to launch on Kickstarter later this month.

Now some of you might know ISG3D as a web-based 3D printing service provider. Among others, they provide 3D prototyping assistance, 3D modeling services and the actual 3D printing itself. They also sell a complete selection of PLA filaments, but perhaps they are most famous for the splash they made in the 3D printing community for being one of the first to accept payment in cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, at the beginning of this year. As founder Samuel Guillemette recently stated in an interview, they believe this will be the future. ‘We think Bitcoin is a disruptive technology that is going to be used by everyone in a few years and we were really happy to see the reaction from the community. 3D printing and Bitcoin makes a very good match,’ he said.

The design and concept for the Eleven goes all the way back to the foundations of ISG3D, as Samuel recently explained. ‘The first time I saw a 3D printer I was not able to sleep for nights. This is one of the most impressive technologies to come out in decades. The potential for 3D printing is limitless, and it is going to affect many industries in the years to come,’ he says. ‘After a couple of bad experiences with some 3D printing companies, I soon realized that it was easy for me to assemble a highly functional 3D printer. I built my own 3D printer and started selling 3D printed toys, parts and tools.’

While initially using for services only, that 3D printer has now grown into a marketable product. With this new 3D printer, the ambitious Canadian developers are looking towards expanding their business. And they should be very capable of doing so, as the Eleven seems to be the complete package. Featuring a substantial build area of 220 x 400 x 400 mm, they have built a good-sized, yet user-friendly desktop 3D printer that seems to feature everything users typically look for (the full specifications can be found below). Think a heated printbed, a layer resolution of <100microns, and the capacity to 3D print PLA, ABS and nylon. More importantly, it will be completely open-source, to enable hackers and makers to enhance it to meet their preferred capacity.

However, the most exciting news about the Eleven 3D printer must surely be the price tag attached to it. ‘The regular price for the Eleven is expected to be 1100$US, but early birds on Kickstarter are going to be able to purchase the first batch at 850$US,’ Matt from ISG3D tells us. The full specifications of the machine can be found below, but even more will become known in the coming weeks, when the Canadian developers are heading to Kickstarter. They are, fortunately, very optimistic. ‘In the last few months, we have been collaborating with many industries on different 3D printing projects and I see a lot of opportunities to expand the company into something much bigger,’ Samuel says. And this machine will be the first step down that road.


  • Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
  • Printer Size: 33cm x 60cm x 60cm
  • Build Volume: 22cm x 40cm x 40cm
  • Layer Resolution: <100microns
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
  • Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
  • Body: Aluminum
  • Material Compatibility: PLA, ABS + Nylon
  • Print Speed: Up to 100mm/s
  • Build Plate: Heated Bed              
  • Power Supply: 240W
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • File compatibility: .STL and .GCode
  • Software Included: Repetier Host
  • Motherboard: Ramps 1.4



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layers3d wrote at 9/11/2015 1:29:04 PM:

16 inches long and 16 inches high is pretty big.

fstgktiz wrote at 9/10/2015 3:14:56 PM:

hmm prusa i3 ripoff, boring.

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