Weekly Roundup of Crowdfunded 3D Printing Projects (10/17)

MM1 Modular 3D Printer

It’s no secret that crowdfunding has opened up incredible options for inventors, designers and manufacturers. More and more of them are taking to crowdfunding platforms in an effort to bring their visions to life.

Kickstarter is one of the largest crowdfunding options out there, and there’s a host of worthy projects you can back. Just a few of the most compelling crowdfunded 3D printing projects are highlighted below.

World’s Smallest and Cheapest 3D Printer
Goal: $300,000
Ends: November 14th, 2014

The iBox Nano wants to be the smallest, cheapest 3D printer in the world (resin printer). Started by iBox Printers out of Florida, the iBox Nano is miniscule, but it’s big on features that are tough to find on other platforms.

It comes with Wi-Fi out of the box (or it can be connected to your network via the Ethernet port), and it has a built in browser (via the custom smartphone app used to control the printer). It will also have a “robust ecosystem” of freeware and open source software for editing and modeling needs.

Most resin 3D printers on the market use DLP bulbs to cure the resin after printing, but the iBox Nano does something different. It relies on UV LEDs with an estimated lifespan of 50,000 hours, which will save users money and also reduce the power needed to operate the printer.

To throw your money behind the iBox Nano, hit the link here:


MM1 Modular 3D Printer
Goal: $50,000
Ends: November 1st, 2014

Looking for a custom 3D printing experience? Consider backing the MM1 Modular 3D printer. Designed to adapt to new technology as it comes out, this modular printer is both plug and play, and designed for the long term.

It’s also able to print using a range of extrusion technologies, including single and dual heads, paste extrusion and more. Essentially, the MM1 is a printing platform, not just a printer.

While it can do pretty much anything you might want right out of the box, it’s designed to be as future proof as possible, which is a very good thing considering the pace at which 3D printing technology is advancing.

The modular design means that new heads, accessories and other technology can be added as it becomes available, keeping you on the cutting edge of 3D printing.

Customization is possible through the wide range of unique add-ons, including auto-leveling beds, enclosures, paste extruders, Wi-Fi adapters and more.

To help bring the MM1 Modular 3D printer to life, click the link:


Safety First
Goal: $7,000
Ends: November 5th, 2014

While not a 3D printer itself, the Smoke Signal is an important piece of technology that offers safety for both operators and their printers.

The Smoke Signal is a safety system designed specifically to work with 3D printers and their high-temperature operating needs.

3D printers technically aren’t supposed to be left unmonitored, but, of course, it happens all the time. It’s very possible for fire to erupt if a malfunction occurs.

The Smoke Signal is designed with built-in smoke and flame detection and will cut the power to the printer in an emergency. So, if you do run a lot of large prints that take multiple days to complete, the Smoke Signal will ensure that your printer won’t burn your house down.

To back the Smoke Signal, visit the following link:


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