Back in June, the folks at Sculptify promised a crowdfunding campaign would soon be launched in an attempt to raise the required funding for production, as well as to begin pre-selling their new machines. Well, the David 3D Printer has officially launched on Kickstarter. Created by Columbus, Ohio-based Todd Linthicum and Slade Simpson, David aspires to provide Makers the ability to use a variety of materials for their 3D-printed projects right out of the box.
The Sculptify team has worked tirelessly up to its August 20th Kickstarter launch date to develop the unit. The team’s overall goal is to offer a complete ecosystem that provides the tools to print with a wide variety of materials, while also making it easy and enjoyable. The David’s campaign page describes the printer’s two main features as a combination of both groundbreaking technology and industrial-grade components, all specifically designed to provide versatility, precision, and consistency.
“We have been using 3D printers for some time now, and have realized how powerful the technology is/can be. But both the printers and materials themselves have insanely inflated prices – six figures for some printers, and hundreds of dollars for a couple kilograms of material,” says Co-Creator Slade Simpson.
Made from commercial-grade components, including a removable print bed and easy loading system, the company claims that David is quick, versatile, and accurate This 3D printer reduces the cost of 3D printing by allowing users to use cheap pellets instead of expensive custom filament, TechCrunch notes. This means you could feasibly print using all sorts of materials, from nylon and plastic to wood-based pellets.
In order to be so adaptable to different materials, the Sculptify team innovated the FLEX (Fused Layer Extrusion) method, which allows for lower cost, higher quality and a greater range of materials to be used. The device will take advantage of the widespread availability of plastic pellets in order to keep printing costs down. Many current printers run of filaments produced from these pellets, yet the David will cut one step out of the process and print directly using the bountiful pellets.
Driven by a powerful ARM architecture, the team says they are developing source code and software that’ll provide as much open access as possible. “We believe that sharing this with the community is the best way to take this incredible hardware to the next level,” the company notes on their website.
The David can currently print with a series of common materials like the soft TPU and EVA, or the denser PLA and ABS. The design team truly wants to reshape the way we think about 3D printing. They already know that “David’s mechanical hardware can be made 100% production ready with minimal design changes, and with the purchase of remaining tooling.” The sweeping introduction of this pellet printer to the 3D marketplace could be revolutionary.
To learn more about the David Printer and the Sculptify team, head over to the David Printer’s blog.