A San Francisco based company is set to bring the world's first reliable 3d printer under $100 to market this year, after raising close to $1 million on Kickstarter in less than 3 weeks.
It's called the Obsidian 3D Printer and it's the brainchild of a former Apple project manager that wanted to offer a machine that extrudes multiple materials - plastic, nylon and carbon fiber - that is super easy to use, for $99.
“We felt there was too much of a gap between cheap, unsightly printers that are complicated to assemble and use, and overpriced 3D printers," the company says. "We knew there had to be a better way to make 3D printing accessible to everyone. We want everyone in the world with an idea in their head to be able to hold it in their hand."
The sub-$100 3d printer has been in development since 2015 and is expected to be delivered to customers around Christmas this year.
"The mechanics and internals were handled by an ex Bosch engineer with 3D printing experience," the company writes on its Kickstarter page. "Quality control and electronics were done in consultation with a Singapore based electrical engineer with 30 years experience. Obsidian‘s UI/UX designer works for a major automobile manufacturer. Assembly line bids are in discussion with Flextronics (who assembled the original Trinus) and Foxconn."