Despite some recent letdowns for 3D printing products on Kickstarter, there is no reason to overlook all the projects seeking crowdfunding, as some have also proven to be huge successes. Aiming for the latter scenario is Netherlands-based Lotus 3D Printers, the sister company of filament brand Formfutura, which recently introduced its new LCD SLA 3D printer, the Lotus EZ, on Kickstarter.
The new 3D printer, which has reportedly been in development for more than a year, is marketed as a “truly user-friendly resin 3D printer.” And while we can’t testify to the 3D printer’s functionality itself (having never tested it), the Lotus EZ does bring together some features which suggest that it is a promising entry-level SLA machine.
“The Lotus EZ is designed to be at home in the hands of someone completely new to 3D printing as well as someone with a lot of experience in 3D printing,” writes the startup. “Specific design features allow the Lotus EZ to be used straight out of the box, these include wireless connectivity and a build platform that never requires levelling or calibrating.”
Other specifications for the Lotus EZ 3D printer include a build volume of 120 x 68 x 170 mm, a magnetically attached resin vat for ease of use, a spring-loaded LCD protected from cracking and WiFi connectivity. The startup emphasizes the precision it used in designing the resin vat, which has an indented base (protecting it from scratches from being on a flat surface) and “handy pouring corners” which make it easy to put unused resin back into the bottle.
Presently, Lotus 3D Printers has exceeded its Kickstarter goal of €50,000 (with about €51,700 raised so far). The SLA 3D printer itself is still available to backers for as little as €625, which includes a 500g bottle of EZResin black. The resin, for its part, was developed in partnership with Australian resin company Monocure 3D and requires minimal post-processing—just a bath in IPA (isopropyl alcohol) and post-curing.
For potential backers wanting to know where exactly in the 3D printer development Lotus 3D Printers is, the startup says the following:
“While Lotus 3D Printers has finalized all designs, found manufacturing partners and are ready to produce and ship the Lotus EZ, Kickstarter is a vital part of the company’s entrance to the market, gaining a customer base for their innovative solution to LCD SLA 3D printing. While the Kickstarter campaign is funded, the more units that get shipped at the end of the campaign the better. Meaning every backer is a welcome addition.”
The Kickstarter campaign for the Lotus EZ SLA 3D printer runs until September 13th.