Neptune is just another 3D printer on Indiegogo – when you see the printer for the first time it looks a bit like the Ultimaker 3D printers. But the Neptune should be produced for nearly no money and the funding goal is only 50.000$ – so a number of questions arise.
PYI (short form of “print your imagination”) is a European start-up which has started their Indiegogo campaign only a few days ago. The printer has a printing area of 300 x 300 x 300 and can be extended by a second extruder and a heated bed. The printer is delivered with 4 different nozzle sizes: 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8mm diameter. The hot end is completely made out of metal and can be heated up to 300 degree – this should be enough for every filament on the market. The minimal layer height is 50 microns.
The printer is intended to be sold for 1,399 Dollars later but for now the pricing starts at 699 Dollars. The additional heated print bed costs 99 Dollars extra and the second extruder can be purchased for 179 Dollars. PYI wants to use 65% of their funds for the material and parts and 13% for the assembly. When you multiply the 13 percent and the 50.000 Dollar goal, you will see the “problem”. They have only reserved 6.500$ for the assembly of the 3D printers, that’s not very much and it’s a big challenge to build the printers with that amount of money.
And of course there have already been campaigns which promised cheap 3D printers and failed because the assembly was too expensive. A very famous example was the peachy printer – they needed more money than they actually had and the co-founder of the company has stolen 320.000$. So if you want a 3D printer, look at the details and the company as close as possible. If you are interested in the Neptune you can find more information about it on the Indiegogo page of the 3D printer.