CEL Technology’s first venture into 3D printing may be in its infancy but it can already be regarded as a success. In an increasingly more skeptical industry, the company’s 3D printer Robox double it’s funding goal on Kickstarter.
Of the many features of the printer one USP that sets CEL Technology apart is the companies track record at manufacturing and bringing a product to market. Hurdles that many successful crowdfunding campaigns stumble at such as manufacturing logistics and costs simply will not be an issue for the Bristol-based company.
Having listened to complaints about other 3D printers in this price range (849/$1,364) CEL set about creating a user-friendly device that worked out of the box, was reliable, had little calibration and was quick.
Chris Elsworthy, CEO of Robox, said: “The response we’ve had from the Kickstarter community has been fantastic and we’re very excited to have achieved our funding goal this early in the campaign. Having 172 backers with many signed up to the ‘Beta Supporter’ package is exactly what we wanted to achieve from the Kickstarter campaign, enabling us to get Robox into the hands of real users that will share their experiences and help feed back into the development process. Reaching the initial £100,000 goal this early also means we can start work on some of the longer term developments we’d like to bring to our users and expanding the team here to help support this development.”
We are very much looking forward to trying a Robox out at International CES 2014, where Chris told us he’s looking forward to going up against some of the more established big boys of the industry.
Elsworth went on to say: “The funding also shows that people believe in what we are trying to achieve with Robox – a 3D printer that can be used in any home, school, or office. Whether you’re an inventor, tinkerer, hacker, or parent, we wanted to create something that even a child as young as five can use safely and easily. The home is where we see the most practical potential for Robox. From creating new items like toys and jewellery, to fixing and enhancing existing ones, we believe that Robox will help 3D printing enter the mainstream.”