May 23, 2017 | By Benedict

Kudo3D, the California-based company behind the Titan line of SLA 3D printers, is preparing a Kickstarter campaign for its latest 3D printer, the Bean. Billed as “the ultimate consumer SLA 3D printer,” the Bean will be available from just $199 (Super Early Bird).

Back in March, we reported that Kudo3D was preparing to launch its new Bean 3D printer. Diverging from the path taken for its Titan 1 and Titan 2 3D printers, Kudo3D promised us an ultra-affordable consumer SLA machine that was compact and green (like a bean).

When that story first broke, Kudo3D announced that a Kickstarter for the Bean 3D printer would arrive around April.

Now, slightly later than expected, that campaign is almost ready to launch. The campaign will officially kick off on May 30, but we’ve had access to a draft version of the Kickstarter which sheds some light on the new 3D printer.

First, let’s go over what we already know: the Bean has overall dimensions of 8 in x 8 in x 16 in and a total weight of 15 lbs. Its build volume is 4.7 in x 2.8 in x 5.9 in, and it offers an XY resolution of 50 microns and a maximum Z resolution of 10 microns.

The Kickstarter also confirms what many suspected: the Bean 3D printer uses LCD instead of laser or DLP. A high-resolution 2K LCD panel coupled with a purple 405nm LED lamp projects slices of a 3D model onto a resin vat, with average power consumption at just 50W.

Now, let’s get onto what we consider the most surprising aspect of the Kickstarter: the price of the 3D printer. Although Kudo3D will suggest a retail price of $1,200 for the standard Bean and $1,400 for its deluxe version, Kickstarter backers will be able to secure either machine for way, way less than those prices.

In fact, the very first backers of the campaign will be able to snag the standard package (3D printer, 250 ml resin, resin container, build platform) for $199. That’s just 17% of the printer’s retail value.

Many will probably see excellent value in the Kickstarter’s early bird offers; others might suggest that the MSRP slightly exceeds the value of the machine. Either way, Kudo3D has certainly taken steps to ensure that the Bean is a more wallet-friendly 3D printer than either the Titan 1 or Titan 2 ($3,488+).

“To bring the cost down, we combine our PSP technology with an ultra-high resolution LCD panel,” the company explains on its Kickstarter.

Kudo3D has set a target of $50,000 for its Kickstarter, which should be reached in no time at all. The campaign will wrap up at the end of June, with estimated delivery between January and February 2018.



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SC wrote at 5/28/2017 3:56:32 PM:

Could you write the KS preview link? TY

Mr. Ed wrote at 5/28/2017 3:17:48 PM:

Lcd is the future. If this printer is the future is however a different question.

Rob wrote at 5/24/2017 6:54:33 AM:

This looks suspiciously like a chinese OEM product with a fancier box and an inflated price. Wanhao D7 anyone...

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