printrbotsimpleUS 3D printing startup Printrbot is set to launch one of the cheapest 3D printers ever on June 24 with a price of just $299.

The Printrbot Simple has been in beta testing for the last few weeks but the company announced via email that the compact 3D printer would be available for ‘presale’ on Monday.

The compact printer has a build area of 10 x 10 x 10cm, prints using PLA (Polylactic Acid) and will sell for $US299 as a kit or $US399 fully assembled.

Printrbot began as a Kickstarter project in late 2011 when designer Brook Drumm want to produce a compact 3D printer design as a kit for under $500. His initial financial goal was $25,000. The project’s final funding pledge was over $830,000 and the basic plastic-printed 3D printer was born. Since then, the company has expanded to include new laser-cut timber frame 3D printers, with most available in both kit and assembled form.

The company claims the new Printrbot Simple as an ‘exercise in 3D printing minimalism’ but will still feature the same Printrboard control board that runs all Printrbot printers. The new model will feature a 1.75mm extruder head but no heated printer bed or extruder fan at this price. That said, it would not be impossible for enterprising users to add these features externally provided they have sufficient engineering skills.

The most unique feature of this printer is that instead of toothed belts for the X- and Y-axis movement, the Printrbot Simple uses 60lb fishing line, which Printrbot is clearly more than confident will do the job well.

First shipment of the new printer is expected in mid-July this year.


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