Provides high-quality, cost-effective alternative to fragmented 3D printer market
MakerLibre, a local maker-lab and fabricator, has released a standardized 3D printer to allow enthusiasts and hobbyists to bring their creations to life quickly, reliably and inexpensively. The delta-style printer, named the Kossel-Mini, is an open-source design with a vibrant user community, is already used by hundreds of people worldwide, and has thousands of hours of production use.
“We decided to release this version of the Kossel-Mini because one of the most common complaints about delta-printers, and open-source 3D printers in general is that it is difficult to find standardized kits and support from a company,” said Joseph Spears, Chief Technologist for the Bay Area company. “Because of these shortcomings, people sometimes overspend for a commercial-grade 3D printer such as a MakerBot or they go with a cheaply made, unreliable printer manufactured overseas. Either way they went, these folks were rarely satisfied with their purchases.”
The MakerLibre 3D printer compares favorably in terms of both price and performance with the MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation), one of the most popular commercial 3D printing products. The Replicator currently retails for $2,899 while Kossel-Mini, fully assembled, comes with a variety of filament colors and types, and will sell for prices beginning at $499. Both printers have similar capabilities.
The main focus for the MakerLibre release is the use of high-quality parts. In addition, all instructions for the Kossel-Mini will include detailed photos and will be available on-line. MakerLibre will also offer on-line video tutorials for the printer. MakerLibre, LLC has also committed making all of their designs, improvements and modifications open-source. Another big advantage for the Kossel-Mini is its ability to be easily upgraded. “That’s going to make it very popular with hobbyists,” Spears noted.
“MakerLibre believes in bringing personal manufacturing, and 3D printing in particular, to as many people as possible and open-source helps us achieve that,” said Spears. “We also contribute back to the community by supporting Pay-It-Forward parts kits, by providing deep-educational discounts on our filament and by donating to educational projects. The Kossel-Mini is a tremendous platform for advancing our vision of seeing personal manufacturing available to everyone.”
MakerLibre is making the Kossel-Mini printer available first on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter where product specifications, pictures, videos and more details can be found.