Well, that didn't take long.
British company CEL reached its Kickstarter goal of $160,750 for the Robox 3D printer and micro-manufacturing platform in one week.
"The response we've had from the Kickstarter community has been fantastic and we're very excited to have achieved our funding goal this early in the campaign," Robox CEO Chris Elsworthy said. "Having 195 backers with many signed up to the 'Beta Supporter' package ($1,471 which earns the donor a Robox printer) is exactly what we wanted to achieve from the Kickstarter campaign, enabling us to get Robox into the hands of real users that will share their experiences and help feed back into the development process. Reaching the initial $160,750 goal this early also means we can start work on some of the longer term developments we'd like to bring to our users and expanding the team here to help support this development."
The secret to the campaigns' success may be the Robox's claimed ease of use and reliability.
"The funding also shows that people believe in what we are trying to achieve with Robox – a 3D printer that can be used in any home, school or office," Elsworthy said. "Whether you're an inventor, tinkerer, hacker, or parent, we wanted to create something that even a child as young as five can use safely and easily. The home is where we see the most practical potential for Robox. From creating new items like toys and jewelry, to fixing and enhancing existing ones, we believe that Robox will help 3D printing enter the mainstream."
The Robox features what the company calls "a proprietary bed probing mechanism" that monitors the build platform throughout the manufacturing process. A closed feedback loop, dual-pinch-wheel extrusion system is used to insure that the chosen printing material is fed into the printer head evenly.
The Robox also uses two nozzles, which allows it to print in different colors at the same time and speeds up the manufacturing time by as much as 300 percent, according to CEL officials.
When the campaign is finished, the CEL team will focus on having fully-functional printers ready for the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Elsworthy hopes to get Robox printers to the campaign's Beta supporters by January and on store shelves by March.