Kodama Brings the 3D Printer Into the Home with Obsidian2 min read

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Ewan Hollander

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Kodama, the San Francisco based tech firm is trying to do something new. When you look at the numbers they have got on their Kickstarter, it looks to be working as well. Kodama are looking to bring the world of 3D printing into the home with Obsidian, an small, affordable 3D printer.

Obsidian by Kodama

What makes Obsidian special among the world of 3D printing? Firstly, its small and lightweight. At its current size, it more than fits on a desk alongside a computer or laptop. To top it off, its aluminium chassis is not only modern and sleek, it is downright stylish. Like Kodama’s previos 3D printer Trinus, Obsidian was launched on Kickstarter in June and is already $400,000 over the target with 29 days to go.

Why should I buy the Obsidian 3D Printer?

Obsidian is part of the new generation of FDM 3D printers. As it is plug-and-play straight out of the box, even the most technophobic of you will be able to set it up. It’s 120 x 120 x 120 mm build chamber will allow you to print relatively large desktop prints. The 3D printer has a built in camera for you to watch the build in real-time or in time-lapse. From their app, you will be able to share the videos, view other designs to print and control the printer remotely.

With Obsidian being priced at $99, its more than affordable as 3D printers go.

What does Kodama say?

Regarding their latest 3D printer, Kodama said, “We felt there was too much of a gap between cheap, unsightly printers that are complicated to assemble and use, and overpriced 3D printers. We knew there had to be a better way to make 3D printing accessible to everyone. We want everyone in the world with an idea in their head to be able to hold it in their hand.”

“Obsidian has been in development since 2015, and is Kodama’s first in-house self designed 3D printer, in collaboration with an all-star team of various industry experts. Kodama founder and CEO Michael Husmann is a former project manager at Apple. The mechanics and internals were handled by an ex Bosch engineer with 3D printing experience. Quality control and electronics were done in consultation with a Singapore based electrical engineer with 30 years experience. Obsidian‘s UI/UX designer works for a major automobile manufacturer. Assembly line bids are in discussion with Flextronics (who assembled the original Trinus) and Foxconn.”

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well