Sasan Seyedi of London has launched the Cyrus 3D printer on Kickstarter. It's a slick looking unit, suitable for a desktop or workshop, but designed so all the parts except the attractive housing can be obtained from third parties. In a sense, it's a RepRap that doesn't appear to be a RepRap. Per Sasan's stated goal, it is an open source printer that looks like it could be bought in a store, closing the gap between consumer and maker.
The Cyrus has a large build envelope of 250 x 280 x 300 mm (10 x 11 x 12 inches). It can use 1.75 mm ABS, PLA, Laywoo-D3 (wood composite) and Taulman nylon filament. Minimum layer height is 100 microns. The heated platform is aluminum, as are the frame and body.
Discounted early bird kits are sold out. Remaining available pledges range from a basic kit at €449 to a fully assembled printer with optional LCD, heated bed and dual extruders for €844.
Sasan believes in the Cyrus. Even if the crowd funding goal isn't reached, the printer will be made available on the Cyrus web site. A smaller, lower priced version is currently in development and may also be brought to the public.