Nomad 883 3D Printer Teaches the World a Lesson in Crowdfunding

Carbide 3D launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the upcoming Nomad 883 3D printer four weeks ago, and with two days left, the company is happy with having raised a bit over its initial goal of $30K.

And by a bit I mean almost $450K more. Mind you, Nomad 883 is not one of those ultra-affordable 3D printers that you can get for as little as $300. Despite of that, it seemed to be an appealing enough of a solution to help the company raise that kind of money. At its core, Nomad 883 is an aluminum-framed CNC milling machine in a body made of either HDPE or bamboo, if you’re of the green head variety.

The selling point of this 3D printer is definitely its ability of using so much more than just plastic threads. In fact, it’s capable of printing using:

  • Wood
  • Tooling board
  • Machinist wax
  • Soft metals including aluminum and brass

Its positioning accuracy of more than .001″ puts it among the best 3D printers out there. The machining area of just 8″ x 8″ x 3″ may not be large, but if you need to print bigger things, you could always turn your project into smaller bits and print each of them separately.

Apollo Crowe of Carbide 3D is also taking PCB cutting into consideration, and that’s great news for DIY enthusiasts: “Some people have the need and ability to make PCB boards, so we are also working to create a pack to cater to these users, PCB Blanks and T1 style V-bits.”

The bad news is that the Early Bird spots are gone, and so are the Inventor and the Maker spots, so if you really want a Nomad 883, head over to Kickstarter and back the project with $1,999 or more. Since there’s no doubt that this 3D printer will enter mass production, if you pledged the money necessary for getting the device, expect it to be delivered in December, just in time for you to 3D print some gifts for the family, including jewelry, engraved pieces of plastic, metal or wood, lithopanes and so on.

Nomad 883 doesn’t come only with the hardware needed for getting things started, but also with the software, which is cross-platform, so you shouldn’t worry about its compatibility with your computer.

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