Austin-based re:3D's new Kickstarter campaign for the Gigabot 3D printer is off to a quick start, having doubled its goal of $40,000 in less than two days. The Gigabot is distinguished from other personal 3D printers by its build envelope – a whopping 600 x 600 x 600 mm (roughly two cubic feet).
A single-extrusion FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) design, the Gigabot employs an Azteeg X3 Printer Controller and can use both 3 and 1.75 mm ABS or PLA filament, printing at a 100 micron layer resolution. The build platform is not heated, so PLA is recommended for larger prints. The device's footprint is relatively small at 34"x36" and a case-less frame construction allows for easy access to the print area. Staying true to its open source roots, no plans for proprietary software have been announced.
Those hoping for a barebones kit may have to wait for a second round, because the $2,500 and $2,750 options have sold out. At the time of this writing, $3,250 was the lowest pledge available for a complete kit.