Crowd Funding

Kickstarter raised over $60K since I started writing this article

When I began writing this piece, Robo3D’s Kickstarter hadn’t even launched yet. And now it has already reached over half its funding goal. But funding was never the end game for the company, who already have production of their machines well underway. The reason Robo3D have launched this Kickstarter? They wanted to give their supporters a big thank you, along with discounted prices and exclusive rewards. Super Early Bird offers $200 off the Robo C2 and $300 off the Robo R2, so you’d better hurry over before they are all snatched up. (UPDATE: Robo R2 Super Early Bird reward is already no longer available.)

Earlier this month, we announced that Falcon had changed the terms of their acquisition of Robo3D, and also that the San Diego based company was expected to release two new printers this year. Well that day is upon us, with their Kickstarter launch today.

Robo C2 and Robo R2

The design of both printers is pretty sleek, they were made with the help of Outerspace Design, who ensured the machines featured a highly functional mechanical design that was aesthetically pleasing.

Robo C2. Image: Robo3D
Robo C2. Image: Robo3D
Robo R2. Image: Robo3D
Robo R2. Image: Robo3D

Under the hood

Both printers offer Wi-Fi connectivity, smart device connected printing, color touch screens and a fast print speed.

The iOS (soon Android too) Robo app helps to control every aspect of the printing process.

  • Connect and print right from your mobile device
  • Monitor the progress of every print
  • Control your printer from anywhere with Wi-Fi
  • Manage multiple prints and printers at once
  • Manual control panel lets you handle every detail with precision
  • Connect to cloud libraries and access thousands of 3D models
  • Make in-app purchases (filaments, accessories, print kits and more)
  • Alerts you when your object is finished
  • Access support and tutorials from within the app
  • Use it to control any Octoprint Enabled 3D Printer

Robo C2

The smaller of the two printers doesn’t lack in features. It is a compact machine, with a build volume of 5″ x 5″ x 6″. It has a built in 3.5″ color touch screen and precision sensor technology, making sure every print is up to your specification. Robo C2 features an auto levelling print bed, which is also removable. On top of integrated model slicing, giving each layer more attention to detail, it also tells you when you’re about to run out of filament and saves your 3D print. It has two high speed fans to make sure your print is cooled for consistency, and is able to print with over 20 different materials and filaments (that don’t require heated beds).

Robo R2

The Robo R2 is a robust, high performance machine. On top of the features of the Robo C2, it can tackle larger projects with its 8″ x 8″ x 10″ build volume, and features a heated print bed, improving the quality of each print while preventing warping. It has a fast print speed, an on-board camera and a 5″ color touch screen. It has the ability of adding a second extrusion head so you can print two materials at once, and can print with over 30 materials and filaments.

A comparison of both printers. Image: Robo3D Kickstarter
A comparison of both printers. Image: Robo3D Kickstarter

Both printers come with lifetime 24/7 customer support, and 12 months limited part replacement warranty. As an added bonus backers also get a 12 month subscription to Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD software (commercial version).

If you happen to miss the Kickstarter, the general market release of the Robo C2 is in November and Robo R2 in January 2017.

Featured image: Kickstarter