Recently introduced by Singapore based Ionic3DP (and launching on Kickstarter in September), Kappa is the world’s first 3D printer which integrates, in its innovative design, an improved version of the Scott Russell Exact Straight Line Mechanism. Used in the automobile industry and in pick and place operations as a robotic manipulator in manufacturing industries, this proven technology guarantees precision and quality consistently.
Using the Design For Manufacturing (DFM) process and with more than two decades of experience in the 3D printer and hardware manufacturing industry, Kappa’s functions have been optimised – right from production for customer satisfaction.
The Technology behind Kappa
Traditionally, the Scott Russell Straight Line Mechanism consists of two arms (one short and one long), one being about twice the length of the other. Both ends of each arms are connected to a vertical beam and the other end of the short arm is connected to the middle of the long arm. The end of the short arm connected to the vertical beam is stationary while the other end of the long arm moves up and down the vertical beam creating an exact straight-line motion in a horizontal direction.
Adding an extra long arm provides additional support and ensures that the nozzle points in a downward direction at all times. Moving both arms independently creates an additional motion to the existing implementation resulting in an improvement on the traditional Scott Russell design.
“We have always kept production in mind even during the design and development stages. All our prototypes were manufactured using the same machinery required for mass production which has helped us identify issues that may not arise during prototyping,” said Ionic3DP CEO & Co-Founder Shabbir Sultan Shamsuddin. “We identified our manufacturing partners early on, who have more than a decade long experience in manufacturing of high quality 3D printers. We are benefiting from our partner’s relationship with the trade and this critical collaboration has resulted in saving crucial time in identifying, negotiating and selecting reliable suppliers.”
The Ionic3DP team was formed in early 2016 with four like-minded people having a unique set of complementary skills ranging from design, robotics, software and business thereby ensuring the success of Ionic3DP – not to mention our prior startup experience in the 3D printer industry, raising probability of success.
The company’s advisors consist of people who are industry experts in robotics and management. This combination of knowledge provides more appropriate decisions both in terms of technical development and business strategy.
- Shabbir Sultan Shamsuddin, CEO & Co-Founder has an MBA from Cardiff Business School and 7+ years of experience in business development, strategy, product development/marketing and purchasing. Previously worked with Renault-Nissan and most recently as an Entrepreneur in Residence at TechGrind, a startup incubator in South East Asia.
- Feng Xuming, the Chief Architect & Co-Founder has 8+ years of experience in the 3D printing industry and 20+ years experience in hardware manufacturing. He also leads the team for new improvements.
- Francis Regan is the CTO & Co-Founder. He has an M.Tech from NUS with 5 years of experience with FDM and SLA printers, working in two 3D printer startups.
- Du Xinxin is a Ph.D from NUS in ECE and is our Kinematics expert. He works on the firmware and calculations. He will also be assisting on the manufacturing preparation and related other activities.
“Our core objective while creating Kappa is to make it user friendly for beginners, deliver quality expected by makers, keep it affordable and intrigue the interest of innovators.” concludes Mr. Sultan Shamsuddin.