RenderBot is a high-quality, inexpensive and easy-to-build 3D printer for Makers of any level.
It’s no secret that new, do-it-yourself 3D printers are a dime a dozen these days. Yet, it seems like a majority of these kits are designed with the goal of packing as many components into the machine as humanly possible, while still maintaining a low-cost and compact form factor. In reality, this leads to a device with limited capabilities and a number of malfunctioning parts, which ends up costing you a lot of more money in the long run. After experiencing the aforementioned problems first-hand with a variety of crowdfunding printers, one Springfield, Illinois startup has set out to change that trend with their RenderBot. This DIY 3D printer kit is not only inexpensive and easy-to-assemble, but more importantly, was created with superior quality in mind.
Tailored to both novice and advanced Makers alike, the RenderBot comes with a completely genuine, all-metal E3D hotend right from the start. This provides users with the durability and flexibility necessary to print with any plastic filament currently available. In addition, the printer is based on an RAMBo controller board (ATmega2560/ATmega32U2), which enables users to upgrade their printer at a later date should they want to add on non-essential components such as a heated bed, an LCD, a dual-extruder or an external temperature sensor.
“This printer is easy to assemble as well. With most printers, wires are difficult to work with. Once they are attached, you have to disassemble the entire machine to rework them. The motors on the RenderBot are all detachable from their wiring, which makes it incredibly easy to install them without having to worry where their wires go ahead of time. Once you are ready, you just plug one end into the motors and the other end into the controller board,” the team writes.
RenderBot is comprised of a sturdy steel frame in the form of two connected right triangles. This allows for the front of the printer to be relatively transparent and easily accessible for part retrieval and inspection. What’s more, users will never have to reach into the device or bend over to see the progress of a print.
- Printer size: 14.5″ x 16.5” x 17.5″ (422mm x 367mm x 448mm)
- Build volume: 10” x 10″ x 10″ (254mm x 254mm x 254mm)
- Layer resolution: 0.32mm – 0.2mm
- Print speed: Stable at 60mm/seconds (can go higher)
- Filament type: ABS, PLA, nylon, flexible, wood, ceramic, bronze, polycarbonate, HDPE, PVA (1.75mm)
Interested in a RenderBot for yourself? The printer currently comes in one of three different ways, either as a standard kit, an easy kit upgrade or fully-assembled. Head over to its official Kickstarter page here, where the team is currently seeking $65,000. Pending all goes to plan, shipment is slated to begin in June 2015. (And we’ll have to admit, between smashing objects and lighting things on fire, we couldn’t help but watch the entire crowdfunding video!)