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