Australien startup Arcadian 3D has developed the ARC-one, a high-grade consumer 3D printer that competes with models in the $5,000 range. Supporters of their Kickstarter campaign can now pre-order the ARC-one for $1,399.
Founded by 23-year-old entrepreneur and inventor Alex Bolderoff, Arcadian 3D emerged as a company intent on problem solving. With the help of CTO Joe ‘Mosfet’ Malone, an accomplished electronics engineer, circuit designer, and best-practice businessman, they set their sights on improving upon current printer models on the market.
Not only was Bolderoff able to create his dream printer, he was able to do it at a fraction of the cost. “We keep our overhead low and keep the user in mind. I’m proud to say that our printer is at least 50% less expensive than comparable models on the market today, yet doesn’t have the same problems that plague other more expensive machines,” said Bolderoff. Keeping costs low was a priority from the start for Arcadian 3D. Bolderoff and Mosfet agreed that access to this technology should be wider and more universal. When asked about his low price, Bolderoff said, “Developing this technology was never about making us wealthy – it has always been about creating a fair product, in terms of price and quality. I was the 3D printer consumer, and I know what it feels like to spend a lot on a printer that you’re disappointed in. We wanted to be different.”
The ARC-one boasts a multitude of features, including an on-board operating system that doesn’t require the use of an external computer, web browsing for 3D model downloads, and more advanced settings that allow pros to upgrade and hack their ARC-one to suit their design needs. The ARC-one is the first and only consumer 3D printer with a Linux OS and 32-bit motion controller combined. Smart software allows for easier downloading, preparing models, 3rd party slicing apps, filament profiling for perfect prints, and more. Arcadian 3D has developed technology that eliminates guesswork by providing error-proof bed levelling, advanced filament sensors, and creating larger maximum build volume inside of a compact unit.