It’s unfortunate that 3D printers up to this point have been thought of as bulky and generally unappealing to the eye. Of course, there’s a certain charm about them that doesn’t fit in with conventional peripherals, but they’re far from eyesores that take up huge amounts of office or desktop space. That’s all set to change though. MakerDreams’ newest 3D printer, the iNvent One, has aesthetics right at the top of the priority list that compliment an impressive build quality.
In addition to being contained completely within its own chassis, which occupies very little desktop space while still being able to print large designs that far exceed other printers in its field, the design of the printer was based on the H-Bot system: one of the newest, most simple approaches to 3D printing on the market today.
Each of the printing movements are coupled to a single sheet, which eliminates the need for users to manually calibrate the printer or rely on automatic positioning adjustments, which can be thrown off by poor assembly or self-adjustments made by the user. By completely getting rid of multiple sheets, users can rest assured that their prints will be accurate the first time and that any data can simply be fed into the printer for execution.
The Closed Enclosure
Besides the smooth, sleek lines that a closed enclosure provide from an aesthetic front, this sort of design was also chosen because of its hardiness. A closed enclosure is more stable than an open one, which improves the overall print quality when precision work is required and makes the unit generally safer to be around. It also assists those who work primarily with plastic. If ABS is used and is cooled too quickly, it will usually crack. This is often because the plastic is being exposed to thermal changes in the ambient environment too quickly. In an enclosed space, this isn’t an issue.
As it stands, this project is currently in its development phase and MakerDreams needs the help of the general public. They’ve recently launched an IndieGoGo project page, which encourages the general public to get involved through financial donations in exchange for some material reward. For $999 USD, those who donate to the project will be eligible to receive a beta version of the printer after paying separate shipping and handling costs. For just a bit more, $1,100 USD, those who get involved will receive the final consumer version of the printer along with some filament to get them started in the world of 3D printing. Donations as low as $1 are accepted, but the lowest price point to receive a gift is $35, which makes those who get involved eligible for a t-shirt.
Their overall goal is to raise $60,000 in the next 18 days. Donations must be received by May 13, 2014 at which point the campaign will close and no further gifts will be honoured. As it stands, MakerDreams has raised just over $6,500 towards the project.