Ez3D Hits Pricing Sweet Spot with the Phoenix

Jerry and Jake Wood, the father and son team behind Ez3D, seem to have found the right balance between price and performance with the Phoenix. Set for a short three week run on Kickstarter, the printer is 176% funded after three days.

"A lot of people just can't stomach the idea of spending over $1,000 on a device they're not even sure they'll use. By building a printer at a comfortable price point, we hope that 3D printing can find its way into more homes," said Jake Wood. "It can finally be a fun creative outlet for kids and adults, not just financially practical for engineers creating prototypes."

The Phoenix is an FFF personal 3D printer with a heated bed, so it can use both PLA and ABS (1.75 mm). It can print at 0.1 mm resolution (100 micron layer height) using a 0.35 mm brass nozzle and has a 240 x 215 x 200 mm (9.45" x 8.46" x 7.87") build envelope. The extruder has been designed to avoid heat creep up the filament and the printer's z-axis is belt-driven, rather than by screw. Photos of thin-walled prints are available on the campaign page to demonstrate X/Y accuracy.

Aside from price, the most unusual thing about the Phoenix is Ez3D's custom software. Jerry Wood is a software developer by trade, so one might expect a little more in that area and the Phoenix delivers. It includes filament tracking and management, a library where STL files can be grouped into projects, the ability to pause and back up the filament (print recovery mode), diagnostic and calibration tools, and an iOS mobile app that can monitor print jobs (an Android version is planned).

Early bird specials are gone. DIY kits can be had for $374 and fully assembled units are going for $399.

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I talked to these guys at the last 3D Printer World Expo and I was amazed by what they've come up with! After the show I ordered an assembled dual extruder version for only $548.93 shipped. Yes, $548.93 shipped, that's not a typo! HAHA! :D Given the print volume of the Phoenix and their advanced control software and numerous other features one simply cannot beat what they're offering!

No! HAHAHA! :D I say we all get some pitchforks and torches and raid their headquarters! HAHAHA! :D JK! :D Yeah, there are a lot of people upset about the extended delay. I'm a little perturbed too, but I did know before making an order that they were in the middle of the manufacturing R&D and that they are a start up company. I've been telling myself to have patience and to recall the times where I tried to set up manufacturing processes and how difficult that can be. They are still working on developing the manufacturing process and updating their blog ( https://www.phoenix3dprinter.com/blog ) regularly to inform everyone about the difficulties they are having. I feel that as long as they are moving forward and haven't given up then I am ok with the delay. In a way I feel like one of their silent R&D partners. :)

I'm sure they were happy to take ur cash! These guys r a big disappointment !!! Would like to see a report by u now!! How long have u been waiting? Me 1 year with a bunch of empty promises!

I've been waiting for about two months past the date that they projected. I wasn't part of the Kickstarter so I guess I'll be waiting for a few months more being that you haven't gotten yours yet. They are shipping them out though SLOWWWWWWLY, as can be seen in the Kickstarter comments. :)

99% of all crowdfunded printing or scanning projects are late. Of those, about half take twice as long as it was supposed to take (or longer). The only major crowdfunded American printer I'm aware of that delivered anywhere close to its projected date was the FSL3D Pegasus Touch. That's because FSL3D was already an existing company with manufacturing experience.

It should be noted that Asians have a slight advantage in estimating manufacturing time on large-scale runs, because most of the parts are typically made in China or Taiwan.

Never count on a projected delivery date in any Kickstarter or Indiegogo project. They are almost always wishful thinking.

As for the Phoenix, it's just a father and son team and they didn't charge enough to hire a bunch of people to help. Production is going to be slow. But, these are honest folks – they'll get it done.

PS: I just now noticed our comments weren't allowing paragraph breaks.  We've fixed it, so now everything doesn't look like a wall of text.

Not only is it the fact that they r shipping to non kickstarter people first, it is lack of communication!! It's almost criminal the way they are treating backers (it would be nothing without us) and lack of communication! Mike u did the story on them u should read the comments on the kickstarter, misleading, broken promises and ignoring and evasion!!! We the backers have been subject to this for almost a year! So I'm sure they r great folks but as far as being in business? There is now two 3D printers one on KS and one on indiegogo that r better than the Phoenix at the same price point and better all around!!

 
Minpin, I had not heard anything about them shipping to non-KS backers first, unless it was for testing purposes. But, I haven't spoken with them in a while.
 
The EZ3D is still faster and has a bigger build area than competitors with a similar price, although recently there are printers (funded but not delivered) in that price range with some cool features and nice aesthetics, like the M3D.
 
Something very important to remember: If you buy any 3D printer via Indiegogo or KS today, there will be one with more features for the same price or less on Indiegogo or KS before you receive your printer. The only time this hasn't been the case was the Form 1, because it was ahead of its time in terms of willingness to risk a patent suit from 3D Systems (which happened). However, other SLA printers were available on KS within a couple months of the Form 1 shipping and they cost a thousand dollars less.
 
Long story short, this is what I'm trying to say: Back a crowdfunded project because you want to help a company get off the ground. Don't back it because you're using Kickstarter or Indiegogo as a replacement for shopping on Amazon or some other online retailer. With crowdfunding, you will not get the product in a timely manner, because the product doesn't exist as anything more than a prototype. That being said, the overwhelming frequency of underestimating delivery dates on crowdfunding campaigns is something that should be addressed in a more transparent manner. It is spoken and written about, but not loudly (like we are doing here).
 
I'm not trying to minimize your complaints. They are certainly valid. I'm just trying to let anyone else who might be following this thread understand that this situation is extremely common. If I were to write a new article every time a crowdfunded project was late on delivery, I would probably have a hundred new articles to write, and I just don't have that kind of time.