And what an achievement it was.
Raising that kind of seed money landed the Zim well within the top 10 on the 3Dprinterworld.com list of successfully crowd funded 3D printers.
No matter how you slice it, the Zim promises to give you a whole lot of functionality for the price. An FFF personal 3D printer available with one or two extruders, the Zim is designed with a very pretty outside to showcase on your desktop. Each of the two extruders can utilize separate filament which allows the printer to incorporate more than one color in a print job – without the need to pause production and swap out tips.
Utilizing a cartridge system which loads and unloads filament automatically, the system prevents moisture from reaching PVA. You can also upgrade to a refillable cartridge for those wishing to use their own filament.
Boasting a minimum layer height of 80 microns and a build volume of 15 x 15 x 15 cm (5.9" x 5.9" x 5.9"), the Zim purports to print at speeds up to 110 mm/s and can employ ABS or PLA 1.75 mm filament.
Capable of reading STL, AMF and OBJ files, the machine features a removable glass build platform, WiFi, Ethernet, USB (Windows 8.1 pending) and internal lighting.
One spicy feature? A video camera that lets users monitor print jobs from their smart phone.
As options, Zeepro plans to come out with a print area enclosure and heated platform.
If you want a single head machine (one extruder, can be upgraded to two extruders later) plus one PLA filament cartridge, it can be yours for a modest $599.
If you feel like splashing the cash and going all in, you lay out $899 for the Zim Special. It's a two extruder machine plus two PLA filament cartridges.