Big Promises, Small Price
Coming in at an entry price of only $100, Creator Rylan Grayston’s Peachy Printer (a product of Rinnovated Design) just seems too good to be true. And admittedly, until it hits the market and gets real consumer feedback, all bets are off for whether the Peachy Printer can actually perform in-spite of such a low price tag.
So let’s break down the facts real quickly. The Peachy Printer hit Kickstarter on September 20th, 2013, with a final deadline of October 20th, 2013. The initial goal was to raise $50,000 – which is quite reasonable for a new 3D printer. Within 96 hours – they had already doubled their goal by reaching the $100,000 mark. By October 1st, just 11 days into the campaign, they’d already raised $500,000.
And how did they do it? By pre-selling the printer itself – as well as a number of other components, including pre-assembly of the print and several different types of resins. Though the primary source of there success was their simple but effective tagline:
The First $100 3D Printer and Scanner!
Oh yeah, did we forget to mention it’s supposed to be a scanner too?
How They Did It
How Grayston made this 3D Printer so affordable is actually quite straightforward – he substituted common household items for expensive, specialty parts.
For instance, Grayston invented a simple, salt-water drip system to raise the photolithographic resin as the printing occurs. Thus, there is no complicated bed, no touchy or unreliable machinery, just gravity and 1/1000th of inch of control. Which is the equivalent of 25 microns – or the same control as the Form1 (though it’s actual layer thickness is maxed out at 200 microns).
Another of the Peachy Printer’s innovations is that it uses the user’s laptop headphone jack to control it’s homebuilt galvanometers. Which means you don’t need an external microcontroller or a digital to analog converter, and save a lot of money in the process.
As for the 3D Scanner, an attachment is available for $250, for which you receive a quick release mount, a high-definition camera, and a rotating platform for use when scanning smaller objects. Though you can easily avoid this cost just by hooking up your own HD camera to the unit and following the program’s instructions. You can also buy the printer fully-assembled for $50 extra.
Finally, the Peachy Printer uses a special resin which retails (through the Kickstarter for now) for $60 a liter. It is available in 8 colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and clear) and 3 different formulations: the traditional PeachyJuice, the flexible PeachyJuice Flex, and the stretchy PeachyJuice Wiggle.
Click here for more information on the different resin options.
The price tag of $100 is admittedly a bit of a misnomer – considering that you need to spend $400 (plus shipping) in order to get even the most basic version of the printer / scanner pre-assembled and ready to use. But it is certainly not unusual to quote an unrealistic, though technically true, low price.
In any case, the Peachy Printer is an especially exciting project – and is something we at Total 3D News will be watching intently over the next few months.
Even if their website looks like the lovechild of Geocities and an NES: Peachy Printer Homepage