SpiderBot Delta 3D Printer

Spiderbot lost allot of money for not going on kickstarter

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Monday, December 01 2014, 04:54 AM
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It's a pain to see other simmilar printers kickstarted and they get ALLOT of money:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2117384013/flux-all-in-one-3d-printer-unlimited-elegant-simpl


The spiderbot design is way better !
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      Monday, December 01 2014, 10:52 PM - #permalink
      Do not focus on the total - it isnt "free money". The million dollars Flux currently has gotten goes to shipping the promised machines, around 1800 of them, some with the extra features and so on at an average price of $600. That is a third of the price of the Spiderbot. Question is if they can produce them at that price.

      With Kickstarter there is always the danger nothing comes out. Some kickstarter projects are just thinly disguised sales offers. True, some kickstartes are a way to lift a small production line into a large production line by getting enough orders - ie it is just way of getting a free loan (or rather the interest-rate is reduced profit on the promised items). Or leverage another loan for development as they have guaranteed orders.
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      Tuesday, December 02 2014, 08:13 PM - #permalink
      Agreed, to a point. Although the SpiderBot could have had a lot more "initial" sales I am more then proud of how the upgrades/updates have come in a more steady over time kind of way.

      As Msquare pointed out, the price difference is riduculous. $600 USD = 484 Euro. With the price of the Spiderbot being between 1300 and 2100 Euros (depending on options etc) there is really a big difference in what you get and what you pay for. They are from Taiwan, so the can probably source certain parts cheaper etc. Anyway, you never know until you finally get a machine (more then a year later, after investing your money).

      There are also a lot of interesting stories online about Kickstarter 3D printers that raised a lot of money and went totally bust, see for example the Buccaneer, raised 1.4 million and is currently deemed "a sinking ship", with hundreds of people awaiting a refund.

      Then again, some have done absolutely awesome, like the Form1. So who knows, it might be a huge success. :)
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      Wednesday, December 03 2014, 05:35 PM - #permalink
      I don't think you now the rules of kickstarter! It's not allowed to resell products that already exists in any kind of shop or already in production and sold. You can not compare kickstarter with a we shop!
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      Friday, December 05 2014, 12:14 PM - #permalink
      The best compromise would be to Kickstart an add on for the Spiderbot, that way you gain the increased advertising for the Spiderbot, and gauge the interest for the add on with the hope of catching machine sales as well.
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      Friday, December 05 2014, 09:24 PM - #permalink
      Good suggestion Joules, I also noticed some existing companies doing things like that (even Sony :o). However, with all the new V2.0 options (see blog) I can hardly imagine what other new things could be added. :p
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