SparkMaker, the long-awaited 3D printer on Kickstarter
The WOW! team, challenges all 3D printers on the market by bringing to life a $100 SLA desktop 3D printer, SparkMaker. WOW! totally understood the need for the market to make use of a 3D printing technology, but above all, the importance to use a tool that delivers high quality results at a reasonably price.
So, the Kickstarter’s campaign launched on July 27th, 2017 already exceeded its 20 000 goal in only 20 minutes! 180 000 $ were raised in 48 hours. As Martin Cao, co-founder and CEO explained, they “knew that people were discouraged by the high price of the hardware and the complexity of the process.”
The 3D printer will fit in a studio, or office without any problem. It is 10 x 6.7 x 6.7 inches (27.5 x 17 x 17 cm) and a weight of only 6.6 pounds (3Kg).Its total build volume is 102 mm x 56 mm x 125 mm (L x W x H).
Even though the machine has a third party compatibility, it is recommended to use colored resins.
The 3D printer can print at 100 micrometer XY resolution and up to 20 micrometer Z layer thickness, a pretty high resolution compared to DLP 3D printers. A jumbo LED light has three different colors to indicate the printing progress.
Last, the offline printing. This is certainly one specification that will draw attention of those who often have connection problems. They will simply need to insert an SD card with a pre-loaded design, and after pressing the print button, their creation will start taking shape.
After the campaign, the printer will be sold at 249$, a price that remains affordable with regards to the market.
Martin Cao adds: “We recognized that many people would love to explore the fun and creativity of 3D printing but from our years of experience in the industry, we knew that people were discouraged by the high price of the hardware and the complexity of the process. (…) Our goal was to eliminate both and with SparkMaker we have done so.”
So tell us, you will buy or you will not buy?