Most 3D printers on the market are the equivalent to professional printing presses. They are ingenious, expensive machines that need to be operated by trained professionals. Even the more accessible printers are unwieldy and tend to cost at least $2,000.
Solidoodle–a Brooklyn based startup founded in 2011 by Sam Cervantes–is making 3D printing affordable and accessible to everybody. Solidoodle is currently being used by enthusiasts, schools, libraries, designers, and computer programmers.
Starting at $499, the second generation Solidoodle printer is the second least expensive 3D Printer on the market. It is one of the few printers that comes completely assembled and is virtually ready to work out of the box. It can print objects six inches cubed from ABS plastic filament. The printer itself measures 11.5 in square by 11.75 inches high. The third generation printer can create eight inches cubed.
One of the great advantages of the Solidoodle is that users can download any of thousands of templates from the Internet and print them immediately. Solidoodle also lets one design objects using any software that creates STL files such as Google Sketch-Up.
Solidoodle manufactures its printers at its Brooklyn factory and sells directly to the consumer. The Company has sold 4,000 units in the past year and is considering forming alliances with domestic retailers.
The Company has sold printers to consumers in 42 different countries. Management just revealed its plans to open a retail location in Moscow in the summer (the first international 3D printing store from any manufacturer) that will showcase different ways to use Solidoodle throughout the home. Future plans also include locations in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Amata and the creation of distribution networks in Brazil, Canada, and Japan.
3D Printing for the Masses,