Kodama, the makers of Trinus, 2016ʼs highly successful Kickstarter-backed 3D printer and laser engraver, are launching a new 3D printer named Obsidian. It will be the first 3D printer made for professional applications starting at under $100. This marked the first time any company has launched a professional grade system at this price point however it would not be the first time that low cost projects have failed miserably on Kickstarter.
This time Kodama seems to have thought everything out quite throughly and they do have previous experience in manufacturing so the time may be right to give the Obsidian a chance. Most additive manufacturing machines in this price range are not aesthetically designed, nor engineered for accurate printing. Many consumers who are eager to upgrade their skill set are unable to because there is no affordable 3D printer that boasts high quality printing.
“We wanted to create a 3D printer that defies whatʼs on the market. A sleek design, high quality printing, and customizable, all starting at under $100,” said Michael Husmann, the ex-Apple employee and founder of Kodama Inc.
Obsidian raises the bar in the sub-$500 3D printer market by offering individuals, small businesses, educational institutions, and startups especially those heavily involved with art and design access to an advanced level of 3D printing.
Obsidian is designed to deliver:
For $99, consumers can experience 3D printing functionality that was once out of reach. Obsidianʼs design and features are more commonly found in devices that cost at least $1000.
Obsidian prints 3D models the way they were intended. With layer thicknesses between 50-350 microns, Obsidian has proven it can print with impressive accuracy.
Obsidian was built to outlast current under-$500 3D printers on the market. Its chassis provides a stable printing experience, while the customized internal components decreases the need for frequent maintenance and recalibration.
Some of Obsidian’s features include:
Obsidian comes fully assembled, making it easy to get printing started in a few minutes. Its UI was tailor-made for Kodama by automobile UX designers to be inviting for beginners while packing all the controls a power user needs.
The Pro Systemʼs display runs on Android, allowing a myriad of new features. Youʼll be able to remotely monitor and adjust your print settings while recording time lapses and receive prompts when your print is done or if something needs your attention. It works with most filaments on the market, making it the ideal 3D printer to complete a variety of projects.
The heated bed expands printing options by allowing the user to print with ABS, PETG, and other filament types. Only available with Obsidian PRO. The exclusive Obsidian PLA is based on Obsidian is a naturally formed volcanic crystal. This filament contains real crushed Obsidian powder stones, and is only available through Kodama.
Obsidian is Kodama’s first self-developed 3D printer, and fulfills the vision of being a machine that will inspire a new wave of makers. Its design aesthetic has a premium look that Kodama hopes will appeal to first time creators, with a spec sheet that will make Obsidian appealing even to veteran 3DP hobbyists. The Obsidian is capable of printing at a 50 micron resolution at a steady 70mm/s speed, and features a 120x120x120mm print volume. Early prototypes show print quality on par with and exceeding that of printers 10x its price.
The Kickstarter campaign is now live and has already reached $760,000 (at the time of writing), seven times the initial funding goal.