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The $300 tabletop 3D printer currently captivating the world

By Stephen Noonoo, Editor, @stephenoonoo
July 27th, 2015

Lightweight device far exceeds crowdfunding goal

Freaks3d-printerA startup in China has already raised more than five times its crowdfunding goal for a tabletop 3D printer, currently starting at $300.

The printer, called Freaks3D, bills itself as the world’s first portable 3D printer. In the 13 days since its Indiegogo campaign started, it has already raised nearly $110,000. A video on the printer notes that it weighs about six pounds when fully assembled thanks to an aluminum frame. (The printer comes in a kit, which users need to put together themselves).

It also boasts that users do not need to preheat filament beforehand, only place the filament in the printer’s entrance path, and that it runs so quietly “it can also be used in a library without anyone complaining about it,” according to a related press release.

The $300 donation level includes the 3D printer kit, step-by-step instructions, and software. For $100 more, the printer comes fully assembled. It plans to begin shipping in August.