Invent-A-Part's RigidBot has overtaken the Printrbot as the most successful crowd funded Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printer ever launched on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
With 48 hours remaining in the Kickstarter Campaign, 3D Printer World was given the opportunity to ask Michael Lundwall of Invent-A-Part a few questions about the project.
3DPW: Were you surprised by the RigidBot's success?
Lundwall: We were. We knew we had a tremendous product and we were super excited about it, but we had no idea it was going to go as well as it did. It blew up. We love it.
3DPW: Naturally, that leads us to ask, have you had to hire more personnel?
Lundwall: Yes. We've hired a mechanical engineer and others.
3DPW: Since the success couldn't be predicted, between personnel and the upgrades included in the stretch goals, how was it possible to set pricing in order to make money?
Lundwall: My major is manufacturing engineering. I'm very passionate about it, so we had a plan. We studied everything in advance and had a lot of the pre-manufacturing already in place. The costs aren't really a concern, because as we grow, scale is on our side. Plus, BYU manufacturing students have to do internships, so we have access to qualified, skilled, smart individuals.