OpenSL 3D Printer: A Stereolithographic printer, For Everyone.

High resolution Stereo Lithography is out of reach for most of us - until now. Join me in bringing a design for high resolution 3D printing to the world.
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Justin Hawkins
Technology
St. Charles, Missouri
United States
1 Team Member

What is sLAMPS?

sLAMPS is an open design for a 3d SL (Stereo Lithography) resin printer.  I've been working on it for the last few months and have gotten it to the point where it is ready to print -- once I get a good supply of resin.

How does it work?

The printer works using a galvanometer and mirrors to steer a laser into a cured vat of resin.  The resin cures at 405nm (which the laser puts out) and turns the liquid pool (Of Zero VOC Environmentally friendly resin) into little Yoda heads and Pink Panther Ladies.

Why do I need funding?

I'm seeking funding for two reasons:

1) To be held accountable for my design to ensure that this design makes it into your hands before people are mistaken into spending a lot of money on something that doesn't need to be that expensive.

2) To accelerate my prototype.  Rather than developing pay-check to pay-check, I could make several big investment purchases that would speed up my development.

Big purchases? Like what?

Well, the funding, if received, would go towards:

* Resin Development / Manufacturing / Supplier. Most resin from commercial suppliers is sold in quantities that make protyping cost prohibitive.  In order to find the perfect resin, that is affordable -- I need to try a few suppliers, which gets expensive fast.

* Laser Cutter.  Currently, I spend A LOT of money on laser cutting service.  If I had a laser cutter in my shop, I would be able to save myself a lot of time and money in getting this printer to a shareable state.

Why aren't you selling lots of full, assembled printers?

The printer in its current state is still very much a beta.  The preference is to only sell printers & kits at this stage to people who want to put in the elbow grease to continue to push Open SL printing futher.

The printers we are selling are put together and calibrated by hand here in our workshop, and done without bulk manufacturing.  Therefore, we have priced the printer accordingly.

What have you done so far?

* Designed and Tested 1.0 Electronics: Laser is processing G-Code and simulating prints wonderfully

* Designed and printed several interations of plastic parts for the printer

* Designed and Assembled 1.0 version of the printer.

* Built sLAMPS 1.0

What's left?

I need to continue testing the printer.  Currently my focus is on getting the right vat coating and build platform to get good adherence during printing.

  • Design (done) and Test and Prototype Version two of Electronics
  • Get Build Surface Adhesion (done)
  • Get First Print (done)
  • Enhance printer and software (in progress)

What are the risks?

Risks: I get hit by a car... 

Risk Avoidance: Don't get hit by a car.

Since I'm selling kits to other makers -- the risks are low low low.  I can already purchase / source all of the parts -- but will be holding off until the end of the campaign incase I can do a bulk order to get more parts for the same cost.  This way we can develop more prototypes, and get things up and running even faster.

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  • $10USD
    Good-Ole' pat on the back

    This is my favorite perk. It shows me you care about open hardware designs -- and want to show support, without taking up more of my limited time to package and ship you rewards.

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    $55USD
    500mL Resin - Random Color

    Simple enough right? This is a sample of a random color of 405nm UV Cureable Resin. Low Viscosity, VOC Free. Cures up to 420nm. Shipping to be added at time of delivery.

    4 out of 4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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    $550USD
    Full Electronics Kit

    This kit is the complete set of electronics, (Laser, Laser Iris, Galvanometers, Galavanometer Driver Boards, Power Supply, Printer Control Board, Stepper Motor). With this kit, you get everything needed to experiment on your own. Ships Free to the USA. (Shipping for International added at time of delivery)

    5 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2013
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    $995USD
    RepRapper Kit

    This is for a complete kit, without a case. It includes everything found in the electronics kit, plus the vat (pre-coated), printer chassis -- Plastic parts and Case not included. Shipping not included. Will be added at time of delivery.

    2 out of 2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2013
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    $1,095USD
    Complete Kit - No Case

    This is for a complete kit, without a case. It includes everything found in the electronics kit, plus the vat (pre-coated), printer chassis AND the plastic parts. Shipping not included. Will be added at time of delivery.

    4 out of 4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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    $1,095USD
    Complete Kit - No Case (Rd 2)

    This is for a complete kit, without a case. It includes everything found in the electronics kit, plus the vat (pre-coated), printer chassis AND the plastic parts. Shipping not included. Will be added at time of delivery.

    5 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2013
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