Printxel: $300 DIY 3D printer kit sells out on Kickstarter in eleven hours


Just five days ago, we brought your attention to the Bukobot 3D printer on Kickstarter, which is nearing its $42,000 funding goal. Today, we’re highlighting yet another 3D printer on Kickstarter. This one’s funding goal is is more modest at just $7,500; that, and it’s $300 price tag for the 3D printer kit, helped it to hit it’s $7,500 goal in eleven hours. It’s the new Printxel DIY kit created by Adjunct Engineering LLC, a small engineering company out of Iowa City, Iowa.

Three hundred bucks? Yes, that was a helluva deal. But the good news is that they have opened up a queue to take orders for another batch. To reserve your spot, head over to the Printxel website and enter your email in their form.

Remember now, this is a kit; it’s not assembled. You’ll have to be able to follow his instructional assembly videos and turn a box of parts into a 3D printer. He says it requires just a few common tools to put it together. Unfortunately, one of them is a soldering iron, but for most DIYers, that’s no problem.

Here are the specifications:

  • Maximum build volume: 140x140x140mm (5.5×5.5×5.5″)
  • Footprint: 250x200x300mm (10x8x12″)
  • Operating footprint: 250x315x300mm (10×12.5×12″)
  • Material: 3mm PLA (recommended) or 3mm ABS
  • Print layer thickness: 0.2mm to 0.4mm (thinner is possible)
  • Speed: 30mm/s perimeters and 50mm/s fill (faster is possible)
  • Nozzle aperture: 0.5mm
  • Input voltage: 100-240V 50-60Hz
  • Weight: 8 pounds

For more information, go to the Printxel Kickstarter page

  • Mario

    how much are they today?

    • It looks like you cannot get one now. I had to search around to find out where the printer’s site is, and discovered there isn’t one really. There’s a Google Plus page that is used for support. Someone recently asked on that page if they can buy one, and here was the reply:

      In short. You can’t. There is a closed wait list of 1500 and most every day I get multiple inquiries asking how to purchase a machine.

      This was my first publically released machine and I released it as a beta and in limited quantities. The original intent of the beta was to iron out issues with the machine when in the hands of others. However the most important thing I’ve learned from the project is that a working machine is only a small part of the work.

      I succeeded in designing a low cost machine that is capable of quite decent quality, but I failed to design a machine that is also easy to manufacture. My next design will heavily take the manufacturability aspect into account. It is unknown when it will be available, but it’s not going to be soon.

  • Hi Mark, has there been any change in this project ? I would like to order a kit and take part of the beta testing or get your final version ? if not ready do you have a time line when you would be ready ?

    thank you

  • James C. Kelly

    Hi I am impressed with the Printxel printer as shown on this site. I am in New Zealand, how can I purchase this unit as a DIY Kit.