An early prototype of the BuildOne 3D printer

An early prototype of the BuildOne 3D printer. (Erik Kettenburg Photo)

From the comfort of his remote, sprawling farm in southwest Washington state, inventor Erik Kettenburg has orchestrated a series of successful Kickstarters for his maker-friendly creations, but his latest project is definitely his most ambitious. With the BuildOne 3D printer, Kettenburg aims to succeed where many others have failed: delivering a reliable, feature-rich 3D printer for just $99.

Erik Kettenburg, inventor of the BuildOne 3D printer

Kettenburg’s first successful Kickstarter project, the Digispark, was a tiny Arduino-compatible development board for makers that cost just ten dollars. Between Kickstarter backers and pre-orders through his website, he delivered over 10,000 orders in 2013. Building on that success, he ran four more over-funded Kickstarter projects over the following three years.

His projects have been popular enough that after he left his job as CTO of Portland-based vacation rental company Vacasa, selling his inventions became his only full-time job.

Now that he has taken the design of inexpensive, fully-featured, tiny Arduino-compatible development boards as far as he …read more

Source:: GeekWire

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