After two years of development, the Snap3D printer has finally begun crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Buzz about this unit has been around for a while, but its designer, Luc Nikiema of Tjiko Labs, kept revising the prototype in an almost endless quest to improve it. The lengthy process is photo-documented on the Kickstarter page and now the printer is ready.

Described as the "first 3D printer that can be assembled without fasteners," the Snap3D is intended to give the user everything one would expect from a quality FFF printer, while being super easy to put together and take apart (compared to competing machines). Snap3D assembly requires no cutting or soldering. It literally snaps together, but also adheres to a modular philosophy. An extruder could be added or replaced and the print bed is easily swapped.

3DPW's Editor-at-Large Bob Titsch and Luc Nikiema Luc demonstrates ease of assembly

Featuring a healthy build envelope of 8 x 8 x 8 inches (203³ mm), there is plenty of room for most projects. The Snap3D prints at a 100 micron layer height using 3 mm ABS, PLA and similar-temperature exotics by Parthy and Taulman. It has USB connectivity, but can operate independently, thanks to its LCD control panel and microSD reader. Its Helios heated glass bed is illuminated by an LED light.

Instructional videos are being produced. Kit assembly is expected to take the average person less than two hours.

Pledge pricing ranges from $799 for a full kit without LCD and LED to $2,990 for the option to choose frame and packaging color, LCD, LED, spool rack, 3 ABS filament spools, special training and first batch priority delivery in March. There is even a $3,299 pledge available for resellers, which includes three pre-assembled multicolored Snap3D printers with everything.

Tjiko Labs plans to display the Snap3D at the 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank, Calif., Jan. 31-Feb. 1.