It may have been a little bit low, and the system’s potential may have been somewhat underestimated by its own creators, but that is quite refreshing in a 3D printing crowd funding world that has gone through more than a few bumps. The continuous-production capable BlackBelt 3D printer, which was announced just a couple of weeks ago, smashed through its initial $50K Kickstarter funding goal in just 15 minutes and is now headed toward production.
It did no without making impossible to meet promises. The lowest Early Bird price of the machine is $6,500 so it took less than 20 buyers to reach the initial goal. This is because the BlackBelt 3D printer is not just a concept and not just a new prototype.
Four years of engineering has lead to proven technology that is now available for you as well. Leading filament manufacturer colorFabb was closely involved with the project. It is not the first time colorFabb openly supported a 3D printer, it did so with the Stacker quadruple multiple extrusion system, also envisioning a machine capable of serial production. While it may not have disrupted global manufacturing yet, the Stacker has been evolving and enjoys generally positive reviews.
The Blackbelt 3D printer’s concept is of producing its printed pieces on a small conveyor belt (made with a unique composite material) and and prints at an angle of 45 degrees. This enables production of very long (even endless?) parts that also allow for unsupported overhangs.
The creator of the Blackbelt 3D printer is none other than former colorFabb employee Stephan Schürmann. You may remember him from the 3D printed bike that was released two years ago. Stephan left colorFabb earlier this year to start Blackbelt 3D BV and spend all his time on the further development of his printer.
The printer has been in development for the better part of the past four years, first in Stephan’s mind and then with a first prototype. colorFabb is thus Blackbelt’s official material partner. In the testing phase colorFabb’s materials were used exclusively.