Kickstarting a 24"-on-a-side large format 3D printer

Kent's excited about the Kickstarter for the Gigabot 3D printer, a large-format device that can print objects up to 24" on a side. He sez, "Just saw this at SxSW and it is AMAZING. Solid aluminum chassis, very precise, and the things it prints are awesome. Back it!" The minimum pledge for a kit is $2500, and it's $10K for an assembled unit.

At re:3D, we believe that the biggest problems in our world are solved by taking a bigger view. That’s why our project is aimed at designing the first large-format 3D printer... that you can take home with you. It’s not only about taking the amazing technology of 3D printing and amplifying it. If we’re successful, we can envision entire markets opening up to use this technology. Markets which have struggled to maintain the status quo, let alone use some of the cutting-edge technology that for the rest of the world is an overnight delivery away. We believe that by making a production-quality model of our 3D printer, and putting it in the hands of small businesses anywhere on the planet, will give them the flexibility to sustain their community, their business, and ultimately, the world we live in.

Gigabot 3D Printing: This is Huge! (Thanks, Kent!)


  1. “Prints that last over 24 hours…” I didn’t realize 3D prints are temporary (is that a thing w/3d?).

    1. I think it means it took 24 hours to finish the print job. Translation, very large, complex pieces.

  2. I don’t personally understand the practice of funding a project that won’t either a) provide you with an item in the end or b) provide something that will be shared. This is literally paying someone to make something you will never get to use. It’s just bad math. The right way to do this would be to take pre-orders and be patient. 

    1. Some Kickstarters are like that, others are more like charities wherein we want to help a certain technology succeed because we think it will help all of us in the long run.

    2. Although Kickstarter is not intended to be a pre-order system, that’s pretty much how it works.  All the pledge levels at $2000 and up are de-facto pre-orders, at least on this particular item.  

    3. Actually, many of the “pledges” _are_ in effect pre-orders. They’re called pledges, and not pre-orders, because Kickstarter wants to make clear that you’re giving money to a startup that may fail to deliver for any number of reasons, and if they don’t deliver you can’t sue Kickstarter, etc.

      That being said, there are also many pledges that really are people giving money to help make something happen, even if they don’t personally receive a product in return. People help fund local parks, help artists fund their work, etc., and even for the “product” kickstarters there are usually lower level pledges for people who just want to support the project without getting anything in return, or getting back things like T-shirts, post cards, thanks on the project web site, etc., which is really about supporting the project than in buying a product. And, at the high end, there are many pledges that go beyond buying a product, to reward people with a closer relationship with the project, such as making decisions (naming a character in a game, spend an hour with the developers, write the subject of a piece of artwork, etc.).

  3. Kickstarter projects like these always make me daydream about all the cool things i would do with an extra two or three grand to spend on a 3d printer. I think I would design and print the components of the Existenz prop tooth-gun and a jello mold of a fish to set them in when i finished…Either that or custom variants for my Settlers of Catan board.

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