18 June 2014
Kickstarter project Printeer puts 3D printing in the hands of kids
SANTA BARBARA, CA—Hoping to bridge the gap between what kids see on screen and the physical world, Mission Street Manufacturing, a Santa Barbara based startup has created a 3D printer for kids K-12.

Printeer allows kids to create a design on an iPad then have it print out of a clear yet colourfuly designed printer. It doesn’t require any engineering skills or knowledge of programs like CAD (although it supports 3D files generated by CAD) and according to the startup can be learned in roughly 30 seconds.


Mission Street Manufacturing aims to get its $549 printers in homes and in schools, emphasizing the educational benefit of the product and its ability to enhance science, art and technology classrooms, summer camps and libraries.

The Kickstarter project is less than $1,000 from its goal of $50,000 with 21 days to go and if all goes well units will ship in September.

Technical Specs and features:

Size: 16 in. wide, 9 in. deep, 12 in. tall
Weight: 12 pounds
Build volume: 6 in. by 4 in. by 5 in.
Nozzle size: 0.5 mm
Filament: 1.75mm PLA
Spool capacity: 1 pound of filament
Removable bed
Automatic bed leveling
Custom iPad design software
RepRap g-code compatible
Entirely wireless (except for power)
Requires wifi to operate
Built using a variety of open-source hardware and software
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