Raising money on an idea can be naughty or nice
1342_ 1/24/13 - Now we're talking about 3D printers with Brook Drumm, one of the exhibitors here at Blur. Brook's company PrintrBot, builds 3D printers and he tells us he got started in a strange way. He wanted to build 50, 3D printers, at $500. So, he wanted to raise $25,000. With Kicstarter they raised $830,000 in a month. It was a big surprise, Brook said, "I didn't know I would be in this business so soon." He thought he'd start slow. "But we've grown fast and delivered all of our Kickstarter - about 1400 PrintrBots and other rewards - and now we've transitioned and we're in business!" PrintrBot has three models and they were showing the 'PrintrBot Junior', and it's $400 in a kit. They also have 'The LC' for Laser Cut $550 with a 6x6x6" build volume. Then they've got the PrintrBot Plus which is 8x8x8" build volume - So 112 cubic inches. When we say printer, it's really a misnomer because we're not printing on paper. Brook says, "It's kind of like a fancy hot glue gun on a robot arm, basically. The printer uses thermoplastic which means when it heats, it gets soft and is squirted out of this thing called the hot end. It's very precisely controlled by computers and it draws a line of squished down plastic on the bed. Then it turns around and squishes another line - right into the next one. So you end up with one layer being a solid piece. Then it raises up and does it again. They have another called the PrintrBot Go, designed by Ben Heck Geekosystem who collaborated with Brook, and this is like a briefcase. The 'Go' fits in the overhead bins on planes - that was a requirement because Ben travels to so many shows. ...There's more...
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LISTEN TO: Brook Drumm, Founder, Printrbot.com
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