Jan 15, 2018 | By Tess

KENDLE, a hardware startup based out of Hong Kong, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new KENDLE K2 large-format SLA 3D printer.

The new 3D printer boasts a build volume of 190 x 120 x 220 mm (comparatively larger than the popular Form 2 SLA 3D printer) and reportedly offers users a high printing speed of up to 5 seconds per layer (with its proprietary KENDLE Resin materials). This speed, says the startup, is up to 20 times faster than standard desktop FDM 3D printing rates.

In terms of quality, KENDLE claims its crowdfunded stereolithography 3D printer has layer height of between 10 and 500 microns, and an X/Y resolution of 75 microns. Additionally, the 3D printer’s construction—which consists of a metal chassis, industrial joints, Hiwin KK linear guideways, and a Quadro fan system—reportedly ensures stable and reliable 3D printing quality.

Other features of the new 3D printer include an external control screen; WIFi, USB or Ethernet connectivity; a removable resin slot; and a colorful cover made of a UV protected material. In fact, users can choose between five different color options for their 3D printer enclosure: blue, green, teal, orange, or yellow.

Currently, the KENDLE K2 Kickstarter campaign has raised about half its goal of $25,564 and has just under a month to raise the rest. Interested backers can still take advantage of some Early Bird rewards, with the SLA 3D printer going for as low as $1,253 (HK$ 9,800). The standard Kickstarter price for the 3D printer is slightly higher at $1,349 (which is still substantially less than its retail price of $2,099).

These backer rewards come with the 3D printer as well as 800 g of KENDLE’s dedicated white 3D printing resin. There is also a $153 reward option which consists of five 1 kg spools of “normal resin,” which come in white, grey, black, or transparent C.

Transparent C is KENDLE’s regular grade clear resin, which can reportedly have slight discolorations once it is printed. The startup has also developed what it calls “Transparent S” resin, which is described as a “crystal clear resin with no color distortion.” It’s not clear when this higher grade of clear resin will be available to backers, though KENDLE promises more details are to come shortly.

If you’re like most savvy makers, you will likely have a healthy amount of skepticism about the new 3D printer—as one should with crowdfunded technology, I think. Notably, KENDLE is not shying away from this skepticism and is hoping to do right by its backers by offering a daily update about the 3D printer’s progress. It also says it will release three to five 3D printer time lapses per week.

If you’re interested in supporting KENDLE and its new K2 SLA 3D printer, you have until February 12 to participate in the Kickstarter campaign. You can check it out here.



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Ryan willson wrote at 8/10/2018 2:31:32 PM:

The Kendle K2 SLA printer has this week launched via Kickstarter to raise the required funds it needs to make the jump into production. The engineering team has also been creating a crystal clear resin which has been in development for over two years and provides a printing material with no discolouration during or after printing.

andygoh wrote at 4/6/2018 4:05:29 AM:

Hi Kendle, we are interested in one of the unit and where are we buy from the retail ? email: andygohyp@gmail.com location : singapore

Andrea Lazzarotti wrote at 1/24/2018 10:35:56 AM:

Another LCD 3d printer.... its impossible leave a comment in kickstarter project without become a backer.... the problem of this tecnology is the LCD will be ruined by UV light in 1000 / 1500 hours of use, but nobody know, or the productor never say that.....

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