A Dutch startup, MyMatics, has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to help make their Mamba3D printer a market reality.
The Mamba3D printer, which features an aluminum frame, all metal extruder, up to 50 microns layer resolution and a build volume of 200mm x 200mm x 200mm (7.87" x 7.87" x 7.87"), also includes electronics wrapped into a single circuit board.
The Mamba3D is well positioned to allow for future upgrades like adding a display, SD-card reader capabilities or a heated bed.
The team at MyMatics says they've been working since March to realize a device which gives users a 3D printer which is easy to use and affordable.
"After we announced our plan to bring our Mamba3D printer to the market, we received very positive feedback," says Michiel Bieshaar, founder of MyMatics.
The Kickstarter campaign gives backers an opportunity to receive a 3D printer from the first production batch. MyMatics gives backers a choice of various rewards and a limited special early bird deal. The earliest backers will receive a Mamba3D printer kit for $865 (or €625) and the kit includes an aluminum frame and plates, electronics with preloaded firmware, motors, wires which require no soldering, the Mamba3D extruder drive, hot-end, all hardware needed to build the printer, a detailed build manual and a sample pack of premium ColorFabb PLA.
According to Bieshaar, he hopes the initial group of backers will help refine later versions of the product.
"Feedback on how people are using our product is extremely important to us," he said. "This will be the basis for our next developments."
Bieshaar says production will start immediately following the completion of the campaign and the first machines are expected to be shipped in August of this year.
Founded in 2012 in the Netherlands by Bieshaar, MyMatics came after the founder spent more than ten years working in industrial automation. Making use of his experience as an engineer in electronics design, software design and mechanical engineering, he developed an open source 3D printer capable of printing high-quality output.
"We've built a 3D printer that's accurate, reliable, easy to use and affordable," he said. "We broke down the printer to its basics. By doing this, we could concentrate on the quality of the printer and have our focus on high print quality. The Mamba3D printer is our third prototype and finally meets our high standards."
The Mamba3D uses 1.75mm PLA filament and a 0.4mm nozzle to achieve layer resolution of up to 50 microns, and Bieshaar says the printer's all-metal hot-end is a proven technology.
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