Asterid, a Fully Assembled Professional 3D Printer, Launches on KickStarter

Plastic Scribbler has launched their Asterid Open Source 3D Printer on Kickstarter that aims to be the “world’s first $499 fully assembled 3D printer with an 8x8x8 build volume”. Their Asterid Series printers have been designed for ease of use and quality prints and offer high-end results with reasonable price tag and make it easy for anyone to get started in the world of 3D printing.

 

 

The Asterid 3D printer is ready to use out-of-the-box as Plastic Scribbler will assemble everything. Thereby, when you have your Asterid 3D printer you just need to do is unpack it, install the software & filament and start printing!In addition, it will work with all your favorite open source software since the Asterid 3D printer is completely open source. In fact, to get you started right away, Plastic Scribbler will supply three slic3r profiles configured for three different print settings, fine, medium and course. Plastic Scribbler will also supply software for Windows compatible computers with every printer they sell.

 

Asterid 3d printer prototype

Asterid 3d printer prototype

Asterid Model 1000S features and tech specs

  • 8″ x 8″ x 8″ Build Volume! (204mm x 204mm x 204mm, 512 cubic inch or 8,489,664 cubic mm)
  • Plate glass or acrylic build platform (TBD)
  • 12V 10A 120W Switching Power Supply
  • Extruded Aluminum frame with built-in filament holder
  • Fully assembled — ready to print out-of-the-box
  • Uses 1.75mm diameter filament
  • Fused Filament Fabrication
  • .4mm nozzle diameter (replaceable nozzle)
  • All metal hot-end
  • 30 second filament color changes and spring-loaded filament tension for consistent extrusion
  • Reprap RAMPS 1.4 electronics
  • Epocs NTC 100k 1% thermistor used for hotend temperature feedback
  • GT2 backlash free timing belts and pulleys on X and Y axes

Asterid Model 1000HB features and tech specs

  • 8″ x 8″ x 8″ Build Volume! (204mm x 204mm x 204mm, 512 cubic inch or 8,489,664 cubic mm)
  • Heated build platform
  • Borosilicate Glass Print Surface (extremely flat build platform)
  • 12V 20A 240W Switching Power Supply
  • Extruded Aluminum frame with built-in filament holder
  • Fully assembled — ready to print out-of-the-box
  • Uses 1.75mm filament
  • Fused Filament Fabrication
  • .4mm nozzle diameter (replaceable nozzle)
  • All metal hot-end
  • 30 second filament color changes and spring-loaded consistent filament tension
  • Reprap RAMPS version 1.4 electronics
  • Epocs NTC 100k 1% thermistor used on both hotend and HBP
  • GT2 backlash free timing pulleys and belting on X and Y axes

Plastic Scribbler will be making their first public appearance this weekend at the 2013 Atlanta Mini Maker’s Faire on the GATech campus. They also will offer a first person view of their Asterid 1000HB 3D printer in action.

KickStarter backers have the chance to grab themselves a Asterid 1000S for $489 which includes a 204x204x204mm build area. An Asterid 1000HB with a 204x204x204mm build area will set you back $549 but adds a borosilicate glass build surface, upgraded power supply and a heated bed.

For further information check out their Kickstarter page and the plasticscribbler.com website.

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