NOTE : Campaign is over and we are working now on fine tuning the parts and assembling them to prepare the kits and deliver them in time.
Thank you so much to all supporters and perkers!
Delivery will be february. Not so much waiting as the campaign was not over our expectations, so we're ready to produce smoothly.
We will update here with new photos and videos as we advance.
Happy new year !
... a small designers and builders team from France .Our background is in graphics design and mobile apps development ( w6developpement.com) and before 3d animation development ( cantoche.com) but for years , we have been building and using 3d printers , mostly open source , self made machines.
... is to develop professional quality open source hardware. We want to play a role in changing the world by helping people to produce locally in a fair business model.
Our first project, the Smartrap , will be the basis of all the forthcoming projects and will be used to fabricate their parts.
The smartrap is in constant evolution, keeping up with the latest developments in 3d printing. It is constantly improving itself. And the best thing is that you can print your own upgrade or duplicate it , triplicate...
No more waiting for upgrades from "the company" that built your machine, or worse, buying a new printer every few months because the "product" you bought has become obsolete ! Which will happen, because 3D printing is moving fast.
What makes the Smartrap a living machine?:
- You wont hesitate to upgrade your smartrap as it evolves because you know it takes only one hour to disassemble and rebuild! Assembly is mostly made by snapping or fitting pieces together.
- The smartrap prints its own upgrades. The updates, upgrades and replication of the Smartrap is made by your own smartrap at home, without the need for special machinery, like a laser cutting machine !
- It is 100% active open source : It means that all files and documentation are accessible to the general public. You can find all the information you need on thingiverse.com. It is already a great success ( in the most popular items ) .
The open source licence is GPL: Freely available for anyone to copy . Anyone can build Smartrap machines and make a business from it anywhere in the world.
- Estimated build time : less than one hour!
Structure entirely made of printed parts.
- NO laser cut or steel frame parts.
- Auto levelling bed.
Fused filament fabrication : PLA plastic
Print size : 150 x 150 x 150 mm
Resolution : All axis : 0.1 mm
- Power : 60 Watts
was started with the intention to distribute a first batch of the model and improve it to a professional standard, with all the documentation and support.
If it’s a success, everyone wins :
Us: as we will know how many printers to build, we will be able to better meet your demands!!! The funds we get from the campaign let us continue to improve this machine.
You : you will have a great 3d printer like never before. You will enjoy, as we already do, the benefits of a living machine, without paying for every upgrade and without the need to buy a new machine every year.
Everyone : as the Smartrap is open source (GPL) the model will be largely improved and all makers will have a new easy option to make a 3d printer. We hope , if everything works out fine, it will start small businesses around the world, spreading the Smartrap in every village , for family and friends. Especially in places where it's hard to find specialised tools .
What to expect
Note: At the time of delivery, the model will certainly have improved from what you can actually see.
We are proposing different perks with the following content :
|Quantity||Description||Smartrap printed parts||Smartrap Hardware kit no-print||Smartrap complete kit|
|1||Maritime brass insert||-||X||X|
|1||Hot Head type J-head||-||X||X|
|1||Power supply (19v 60W)||-||X||X|
|6||Steel smooth rods||-||X||X|
|1||5mm threaded rod||-||X||X|
|20||M3 x 10 mm||-||X||X|
|4||M3 x 20 mm||-||X||X|
|2||Fishing lines (ready to use)||-||X||X|
If this campaign succeeds , we will first spend all our energy in preparing, assembling and delivering the Smartraps... on time !
On the other side, we choose to have a flexible campaign and we will of course prepare and distribute any perk ordered. The project will absolutely not be abandoned if the goal is not reached. We are learning a lot with this adventure and it is in all case a wonderful experience.
Following that, we will work on upgrades and options that you can print and install yourself, for free ! That's the real goal of our design. We are thinking about 2 printing heads, chocolate and pastry printing... well, everything for fun home use.
Serge, funder of smartfriendz.com
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