Jun 11, 2014

The world of 3D printing is steadily developing and every week we can find exciting projects on Kickstarter. Mission Street Manufacturing, a California based startup, is seeking $50k of Kickstarter crowdfunding for child-focused 3D printer 'Printeer'.

Printeer is a 3D printer designed for making 3D printing as easy and accessible, especially for children and K-12 education. Instead of needing to learn CAD skills, it will have a companion iPad app that lets you use simple touch controls to make shapes and then print out. It uses PLA plastic filament, which is non-toxic and emits about 1/10th the ultra-fine particles of ABS plastic filament.

"In a digital age, when technology skills are some of the most important a child can learn, is there a way to bridge the gap between the screen and the physical world?" explains Printeer's creators.

"Now there is. 3D printing is tailor-made for today's curious, tech-savvy kids. And that's why we've made Printeer."

Mission Street Manufacturing's goal is not to make a highly precise 3D printer, but a basic tool that allows today's kids to make uncomplicated designs. The startup is already working with schools and educators in California to test its new printer.

The Printeer 3D printer features 150 x 100 x 125 mm (6 x 4 x 5 inches) build envelope. It has a removable build platform that allows finished parts to be easily removed. A clear case prevents accidental contact with heated or moving parts. Moving parts are visible so that kids can see how motors, pulleys, belts, and sliders work together to move a complex machine.

Features and specifications:

  • Exterior dimensions: 16 inch (406 mm) wide x 9 inch (229 mm) deep x 12 inch (305 mm) high
  • Build volume: 6 inch (150 mm) wide x 4 inch (100 mm) deep x 5 inch (125 mm) high
  • Material: PLA plastic 1.75 mm filament
  • Weight: 12 lbs (5.5 kg)
  • Fully enclosed
  • Removable print bed
  • Auto bed leveling
  • Wireless access
  • Spool capacity: 1 lb (0.45 kg) of filament
  • Built using a variety of open-source software & hardware
  • For now, parents and teachers can pay $549 to secure a device from the first production run.
  • 16 inch (406 mm) wide x 9 inch (229 mm) deep x 12 inch (305 mm) high
  • 406 x 229 x 305 mm (16 x 9 x 12 inches)

For now, parents and teachers can pay $549 to get a Printeer printer from the first production run. There are also options to get Printeer customized with their name and choice of color for $999. Find out more info about Printeer 3D printer on Kickstarter here.

Check out the video below, you can see how easy it is for kids to make use of the 3D printer.

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smartfriendz wrote at 6/12/2014 8:20:04 AM:

why doing a 3d printer ??? it's all about the software to make it accessible for kids , no ? and my daughter of 8 is so happy with tinkercad , i would prefer to see a real dev in that way ( tinker cad where bought by autodesk and they look like killing it ( was too good )

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