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    R-360 : The most simple and modular 3D printer!

    Just saw this on Kickstarter this morning. Yet another 3D Printer on Kickstarter. The past ones have been so successful, so I don't blame these guys.

    3D printer built with the least amount of parts, improving reliability, reducing price. Our unique rotating bed is revolutionary!

    This is our 3D printer, R-360!
    Concept

    We know that there are vast numbers of amazing makers or makers to be on the earth, and some of them are really hesitant to have their own 3D printer because of the high price or the complexity to build. What a shame! So we've invented a new 3D printer for those people. We would like more and more people to have 3D printers and bring more genius makers into the world!
    Why choose us?


    • Our printers have a unique rotating printing bed which has a 3D scanning turntable mode.


    • Slicing in the cloud service for free.


    • It is simple and partially pre-assembled, so you can build it in one hour.


    • Modular design allows to fold up for traveling without compromise on printing volume.


    • It is open source.

    This is the unique rotating printing bed! It turns 360 degrees!
    Details of our 3D printer

    1. Cheap when compared to any other existing printers with a large printing area and speed. This must make more people easier to have it.
    2. Our 3D printer consists of far fewer parts. Compared to RepRap, it contains only one third of the parts. So it's really easy to build it even if you are a beginner. We assemble the main parts of the printer, saving you from all the hard work, so you can be up and running in one hour. No soldering necessary, just plug the main parts together with a few bolts and you’re ready to print! We will upload all instruction on our website.
    3. The bed is a disc and turns 360 degrees. This is unique and fun! Also this keeps the bed perfectly level using a unique leveling system. We invented this bed shape to get rid of extra bearings, belts, rods and plastic parts.
    4. The rotating bed makes it ideal for 3D scanning applications. Scanning turntable mode is included (3rd party scanner is required)
    5. We are planning colourful printers, such as orange, sky blue, pink and light green. We also have white and black. This very cute 3D printer would compliment your rooms’ decoration.
    6. Light but robust! You can travel with it easily! You can take it apart and build it again easily, folding it up into a small, flat traveling size in minutes.
    7. Fully Modular, we designed it so very easy to change and upgrade any of its parts.
    Those are the all parts of our prototype. It contains one third of the parts compared to RepRap.
    Heart shaped vase printed in R-360
    You can travel anywhere with the 3D printer!
    What we promise when our project is successful!

    1. Fully developed modular R-360 Printer kits
    2. We will create fully optimised firmware software which is easy to use but has all the usual expert tools, for the new rotating Y axes, which is perfect for this machine.
    3. We will offer a new amazing free cloud slicing service for your R-360 printer, called Slicer Cloud, where you can prepare your models for printing. So you don't need to fiddle with slicing software in your computer any more. This will definitely save your time! (see below)
    4. Turn table mode for easy 3D scanning (3rd party 3D scanner required)
    5. A 3D object files library on our servers where you can get already sliced objects ready to download and print right away! You can also upload and share your own creations with others! (see below)
    A turntable is ideal for 3D scanning! (3rd party scanner is required)
    In addition to this, we will have sky blue, pink and light green. Colour and shapes might vary slightly.
    You can build it in one hour!
    Slicer Cloud

    All 3D files need to be prepared for 3D printing. We call this process slicing. Slicer software creates all the layers and tool paths specifically for your printer. This was only possible on your computer before. Installing the software, handling updates, and fine tuning can be tedious, especially for people who are more interested in printing without any hassle. Also this process can use a lot of resources, making it more difficult on a less powerful computer or laptop.
    Our Slicer Cloud is a service to process your files on a cluster of powerful online servers. Here you can upload your files and get them prepared for printing swiftly and easily. We also think of the expert users, and giving them more power on fine tuning their settings.
    And the cost of this service you may wonder? It is absolutely free.
    Slicer Cloud
    Slicing a model on Slicer Cloud
    Things Library

    Things Library is a 3D object files library on our servers where you can get already sliced objects ready to download and print right away! You can also upload and share your own creations with others!
    Things Library
    Compare our printer, R - 360


    *Extruder is capable of printing ABS out of the box. However to get the ABS to stick properly to the printing bed, you will need a our heated bed upgrade future development. **Pen Holder for plotter mode is included, paste extruder upgrade future development, dual and triple extruder upgrade is coming as future development. ***Silicon heated bed upgrade coming as future development. **** Scanning mode is supported, 3rd party software required
    How is it compares to Reprap printers


    In the future

    1. Cloud Printing upgrade. Using your Raspberry Pi, you will be able to send prints directly from the internet to your 3D printer, turning it into a networked (wifi if your Raspberry Pi supports it) 3D printer! (Separate Raspberry Pi is required)
    2. We are planning to add separate 3D scanner upgrade. The disc shaped bed allows us to create for you the next step in 3D printing: the 3D copying machine! A 3D scanner will be able to scan an object and then the 3D printer reproduce it.
    3. Multi colour printing. Multi colour or multi material upgrade.
    4. Modular Upgrades: a larger printing area; 30cm printing bed and 30cm printing height, plotter & paste extruder heads, and 3D scanning apparatus.
    Open Source

    We value the 3D printing open source community. We know that 3D printing would not be available for so many people without this community. So to support future growth of 3D printing, we will release the printer design in 2014.
    Manufacturing Plan and Timeline


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    It looks kinda like a printrbot simple or Jr but printed with a rotating bed of course. Interesting minamalistic design though. You would think it would be a little cheaper though with the drastic reduction in parts cost. It would probably benafit from injection molded parts as these types of printers are not really designed for mass production. Interesting non the less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by REPRAPSQUAD View Post
    It looks kinda like a printrbot simple or Jr but printed with a rotating bed of course. Interesting minamalistic design though. You would think it would be a little cheaper though with the drastic reduction in parts cost. It would probably benafit from injection molded parts as these types of printers are not really designed for mass production. Interesting non the less.
    I was definitely reminded of the Printrbot as well. I'd like to see how well these print once they are released. Not sure if it is worth the money or not.

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