Open Gigabot® 3D Printer
Open Gigabot® is an open source, small-batch production 3D printer by re:3D and funded by the Kickstarter Community. Throughout the design process backers were engaged, leading to the creation of the largest, most personal, maker-accessible, and inherently useful human-scale 3D printer on (or off) the planet.
New Product Development
Open Source Documentation
Weekly Meetings & Quarterly Reviews
What began as a simple prototype and 10 page PDF turned into a fully-realized Kickstarter to bring a product to market.
OpenGB is a high-end 3D printer specifically designed for super-users in mind. In order to make the product without disrupting core production, internal R&D processes were built and OpenGB was offered as a limited run unit. Backer feedback over the course of a year kept our team priorities straight — first, improve user experience; second, bolster high-quality 3D printing output; and third, distribute Open Source resources to empower super-users autonomously.
Still as large, clean and affordable as Gigabot, OpenGB enhances user experience and offers a host of new features.
As a huge, fully enclosed machine which can now fit through your door, OpenGB utilizes linear rails, front-homing print heads, dual extrusion, out-of-filament detection, a heated bed, bottom-loading filament, and a touchscreen interface with it's own custom software, OpenGB App.
To better understand our objectives for running a Kickstarter, we set out to:
Design how we approach R&D as a boot-strapped hardware startup
Develop in-house knowledge to challenge ourselves in areas of discomfort
Eliminate roadblocks in areas where we are relying on external suppliers
Increase use of as many 3D printed components in assemblies
With a community-first approach, we took lessons learned from our customers and translate them into a design proposal for a new take on product development.
"It solves a problem in that a lot of 3D printers are just not functional because they're too small."
From Concept, to MVP, to Production
Inside Open Gigabot®
To keep the project scope focused, OpenGB was outlined with 8 key tenants including:
Online Platforms & Documentation
Product communities have potential to be a company's biggest asset. Not only is community important when you're small, it is the lifeblood of our innovation economy.
3D Printing Applied to Open Hardware
SketchFab partnership to publish open source files for part-by-part printer assembly.
Check out OpenGB App in Action!
With the Beaglebone community winding down, we were drawn to the support amassing around Raspberry Pi to ensure a lifetime value for the product.
Product / Market Fit
OpenGB was created for artists, teachers, DIY 'makers', design professionals and engineers in mind. As a beta, small-batch product, OpenGB offers entire functionality, hack-ability, added features (not originally scoped in the Kickstarter), and is beautifully packaged for it's owners.
The production shipment of Open Gigabot ended up being a steal. With it's nominal cost on Kickstarter, verified reliability, and host of new features, the OpenGB product produced broad appeal. Compared to other commercial or industrial 3D printers, OpenGB was offered for $3,300 and $4,300 as opposed to $40k, $200, and in some cases, $1M.