Feb 19, 2018 | By Benedict

Crowdfunding, through platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, has allowed 3D printing startups to get their 3D printer onto the market (for better or worse!) without third-party investment. These are the five biggest 3D printing crowdfunding campaigns ever, featuring Formlabs, Tiko, and others.


5. Snapmaker metal 3D printer

Completed: April 2017

Target: $50,000

Raised: $2,277,182

Snapmaker is the latest addition to the crowdfunding hall of fame, with its all-in-one workshop offering 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC carving technology.

Some backers are still awaiting their machine, and there has been some confusion over the strength of laser included with it.


4. Solido3D OLO smartphone 3D printer

Completed: April 2016

Target: $80,000

Raised: $2,321,811

A sign of where the industry is headed? The OLO smartphone 3D printer uses a phone screen as a tiny curing device for liquid 3D printing resins. The kit was available for just $99 during a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.

In a promotional push, ONO gave its first completed kits to five backers, but the jury is still out on this one. Most backers are yet to receive their 3D printer.


3. Formlabs Form 1

Completed: October 2012

Target: $100,000

Raised: $2,945,885

Even during the heady days of 2012, $100,000 seemed like a lot to ask from Kickstarter backers. Not so: consumers everywhere wanted a piece of the desktop Stereolithography (SLA) action, helping Massachusetts-based Formlabs raise almost three million dollars for the Formlabs Form 1.

Formlabs’ Form 2 impressed users even more, and the company has now branched out into Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and other technologies. A resounding success.


2. Tiko 3D printer

Completed: April 2015

Target: $100,000

Raised: $2,950,874

You probably know what happened here. This delta-style Tiko FDM 3D printer became the second most successful crowdfunded 3D printer of all time in 2015, promising advanced features for just $179.

From there, things went south. The company bit off more than it could chew, and backers were left out of pocket with no 3D printer. Many experts predicted the company’s demise all along, criticizing its business model.


1. M3D Micro

Completed: May 2014

Target: $50,000

Raised: $3,401,361

An inspiration to thousands of 3D printing startups, Maryland-based M3D, LLC virtually broke the system with its $199 Micro 3D printer. Aimed at beginners, the FDM printer weighed just 1 kg and reached its funding goal in just 10 minutes.

Today, M3D continues to use crowdfunding platforms: $487,000 was enough to get the ball rolling for its M3D Pro 3D printer, which was officially released at a price point of $749 alongside the $299 Micro+ 3D printer last year.


Honorable mention: 3Doodler

Completed: March 2013

Target: $30,000

Raised $2,344,134

Not a 3D printer but still within the realm of 3D printing, WobbleWorks’ phenomenally successful 3Doodler 3D printing pen raised over two million dollars via Kickstarter. It’s probably the least controversial product of the lot!

Check out our list of the best 3D printing pens for more.



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Maarten Visser wrote at 4/26/2018 1:32:37 PM:

If your definition of "succesfull" means grabbing a lot of money and not delivering a 3d printer you really should include the Peachy printer kickstarter too.

EdG wrote at 2/22/2018 5:28:33 PM:

I'm a backer of a SnapMaker. Great little printer. I bought the 3n1 heads for laser and CNC and I'm really happy with the results out of it. A friend of mine backed both the ONO and TIKO. Needless to say, he's received nothing for his backing so he's a bit salty by the whole Kickstarter process.

Ize wrote at 2/21/2018 12:04:56 PM:

Your definition of successful is a a little bit interesting;-(

Corey wrote at 2/19/2018 10:15:03 PM:

Personally, I would not consider Kickstarter 3d printer campaigns a success when users have not received their printers yet.

OFR wrote at 2/19/2018 2:50:29 PM:

I'm one of the backers of OLO/ONO 3D Printer, and NO ONE (except the lucky five that have a non-working 3D printer), I'll repeat, NO ONE receive the 3D printer yet.

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