re:3D launches Kickstarter for Gigabot X its greenest 3D printer yet

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re:3D, a large format 3D
printer provider headquartered in Houston, Texas, has launched

a Kickstarter campaign
for its latest machine – the Gigabot
X.

Adding to the
existing Gigabot family
, the Gigabot X is a “cheaper,
faster, & greener” solution using pelletized feedstock, and
marks the company’s “first step at creating a truly affordable,
large-scale 3D printer that can print using recyclables.”

According to Matthew Fiedler, Co-Founder and Head of
Technology at re:3D,

“As a social enterprise working in the technology space, we
could find no greater benefit than to allow people to recycle
materials and solve their own problems with customized 3D
printed solutions.”

The Gigabot X will be the latest addition to the Gigabot family. Pictured above is the Gigabot 3+ large format 3D printer. Photo via re:3DThe Gigabot X will be
the latest addition to the Gigabot family. Pictured above is the
Gigabot 3+ large format 3D printer. Photo via re:3D

Recycle as you 3D print

re:3D was
founded in 2013
by Fielder and CEO
Samantha Snabes
as a pioneer of large format,
affordable 3D printing using recycled filament. Five years
later, the company have come one step closer to creating a
fully functional closed loop system for 3D printing with
plastic waste.

Unlike re:3D’s previous systems that use filament feedstock,
the Gigabot X takes a
pelletized material
. Plastic pellets for the feed can be
made by
grinding up waste plastic
, much easier than the filament
making process that in many cases would require pre-extrusion.

The pelletized form also makes material up to 10 times cheaper
than the filament equivalent, the intent is to make the Gigabot
X an all-round more economical system to use.

Vision of the Gigabot X closed loop recycling system. Image via re:3DVision of the Gigabot X closed loop recycling system. Image via re:3DVision of the Gigabot
X closed loop recycling system. Image via re:3D

Gigabot X perks

Kickstarter perks for the Gigabot X are available from $25 up
to $9,500. Money raised will be used to support re:3D in
further development and production of the Gigabot X 3D printer,
which is scheduled for shipping November 2018.

$9,500 will earn backers an exclusive Gigabot X Beta 3D
printer. Pay grades in between offer supporters a range of 3D
printing workshops from re:3D and the early bird option to
purchase a pellet conversion kit for the Gigabot 3+.

“Kickstarter backers can buy this printer knowing that in the
future this is still going to be the necessary printing tool,”
adds Fiedler, “The other parts of the Gigabot X family are
going to allow you to do the recycling.”

Current technical specifications for Gigabot X

Presently, the Gigabot X has a build volume of 2 ft x
2 ft x 2 ft and experimental operating speeds up to “17x faster
than the filament-fed Gigabot.” It is capable of working with
any granular plastic feedstock that melts at temperatures up to
and below 300°C, and supports pellet mixing.

As with all re:3D 3D printers, the Gigabot X is also open
source, so users are free to modify the 3D printers for
specific needs.

“Since quitting our jobs supporting NASA, we have been working
with the open-source community and thinking hard about the
multiple technical innovations required for direct pellet
extrusion,” comments Snabes.

“As a bootstrapped company we’re honored to share our
progress with Kickstarter, the SXSW community, and all those
who share our values as we pioneer the next generation of
affordable, large-scale 3D printers.”

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Featured image shows Gigabot 3D prints. Photo via
re:3D

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