More than just a 3D printer, the Flux machine incorporates a 3D scanner, making it a physical copy machine, and a laser engraver head as well. But will it be able to deliver to its Kickstarter supporters, or join the ranks of failed 3D printer ventures?
The specification on their website makes some bold claims, of 20 micron X/Y axis resolution and 200mm/s travel speed. Whether possible or not, it goes some way to explaining how, at the time of writing this short post, their kickstarter page has raised $1.6 million, way above their $100K initial target.
For those not so familiar with 3D printing technologies, one key difference between this printer and some of its competitors is that the Flux is based on the Delta-Robot positioning system, using three fixed length arms on vertical belt drives, as opposed to the Cartesian positioning system.
However, some concerns have already been raised in online forums about the company's ability to deliver. Like many 3D Printing Kickstarter campaigns before it, is Flux being just too ambitious with its targets and stretch goals, and does it even intend to deliver to its supporters? These three pages point to concerns about the company's website being registered in Taiwan, the software being in development, the extremely low cost, and general lack of detail and specifics.
Whatever the outcome, it's clear that Flux have successfully appealed to their market, and those people want more than just a 3D printer. 3D printers are increasingly being used in conjunction with other tech, whether that means seamlessly communicating with your smartphone and tablet, using 3D scanned data, or swapping out the print head so the printer can do more than just print.