Thursday, June 19, 2014

Discov3ry Extruder Do more than ever with YOUR 3D Printer

The world of consumer 3d printing is growing rapidly, thanks to good quality affordable printers. The market for upgrades for these printers are growing as well. starting from build volume expansion to multi extruder and now to multi material. With Structur3Ds  Discov3ry you can now print with virtually any paste, Nutella, sugar icing, silicone, wood filler, etc. The kit is compatible with most consumer brand 3D printers, a small list can be seen below. I can't wait to get my hands on one and try it out with nutella and I will try melted chocolate( its not on their list of materials, however I think if I heat it enough I can print something really quick and let it dry). 

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A universal paste extruder for virtually any desktop 3D printer. Go beyond plastic: print silicone, nutella, wood filler + much more.

The Discov3ry: A Universal Paste Extruder for 3D Printers


Extrude. Experiment. Explore.

We want to enable you to get more use out of the 3D printer you already have at home, by expanding the range of materials that you can print with it. 
Introducing new materials will make 3D printing far more relevant to everyday uses, and real world applications. We have some ideas in mind for those applications, but what we're really excited about, is letting the community of makers explore the new possibilities.

The Discov3ry is an affordable paste extruder that can easily be added to almost any existing 3D printer.  It will expand the range of materials beyond molten plastic, to include a wide range of pastes.
We have created several working prototypes, which were used to print the samples shown below.
We are looking to the community to raise $30,000 to fund a production run of at least 100 units of the Discov3ry.

3D Printed Paste Samples

Are you tired of printing plastic Yoda heads?  We love Yoda too, but we want to push 3D printers towards printing more objects with real world value.
Here are some examples of what we've done with our own printers. What would you do?

Some other materials that can be 3D Printed (click for more image examples):SiliconePolyurethaneWood Filler, Clay, Ceramics, Icing SugarNutella, Conductive Paint ... and many pastes that we haven't even thought of trying to print with yet.

Printing the Maker Faire logo with Nutella
Printing the Maker Faire logo with Nutella
Paste printing is a difficult problem. Many attempts at an affordable paste extruder have been made previously. The team, with Andrew and Charles being materials engineers, are approaching the problem from a different perspective.  Focusing on reinventing only the parts of the printer that are involved with the delivery and extrusion of the material means that we're able to move faster, and develop a better product.

3D Printing with polyurethane. It's rubbery.
3D Printing with polyurethane. It's rubbery.

What people are saying

"As a man who loves things that come out of tubes, I am excited about the Discov3ry Extruder. ...Full disclosure: I would totally 3D print a big blob of Nutella and eat it."
John Biggs, East Coast Editor @ Tech Crunch
"Suddenly 3D printing makes perfect sense."
Michael Arrington, Founder Tech Crunch

Compatibility with Existing 3D Printers

The Discov3ry Paste Extruder will work with any stepper motor based, fused deposition modeling (FDM) desktop 3D printer system. If your printer uses plastic filament, it is almost certainly compatible with the Discov3ry.

Easy to locate next to your favourite desktop 3D printer
Easy to locate next to your favourite desktop 3D printer
We've designed the extruder to be plug-and-play, you can integrate with your existing printer in just two steps:
     i. Switch out the printing tip to connect the material feed tube and extruder tip.
     ii. Connect the Discov3ry's wiring into your existing printers electronics. 

The Discov3ry extruder is compatible with filament based, desktop 3D Printers from manufacturers including:

Setting up the Discov3ry on your printer is very simple. All you have to do is set up the print parameters to account for the specific properties of each material.
Don't worry, we will provide guidance on what the the proper print parameters would be for most of the materials you'll want to work with. For materials that we haven't worked with yet, we're  excited to build a community forum where we collaborate with makers, to share experiences with new materials, and of course the projects and models they create with the Discov3ry.
There have been 3D printers specifically designed to print different types of food or silicone. Our product is different, because we're allowing you to make use of the printer you already have at home. One of our major innovations is in separating the "pastruder" from the print head carriage.

The Print Material Cartridges

The Discov3ry system works by forcing material out of reusable, affordable and easily available syringes, through a feed tube, and finally an extruder tip mounted to the printer head carriage.
We will be providing a 3 cartridge starter kit with each Discov3ry extruder. Each starter kit will contain:
  • 3 x 60cc reloadable food-grade syringes;
  • 3 x 30cm reusable foodsafe plastic tubing;
  • 3 x male luer lock / tubing connectors;
  • 3 x female luer lock / tubing connectors;
  • and an assortment of Luer lock tips.

With reloadable 60cc syringe cartridges, the limitations are your imagination.
With reloadable 60cc syringe cartridges, the limitations are your imagination.

Food-safe Luer Lock connectors and tubing.
Food-safe Luer Lock connectors and tubing.

A wide variety of tip designs and diameters available to suit your paste printing needs
A wide variety of tip designs and diameters available to suit your paste printing needs
All printing consumables are easy to source and will also be available for order on our website,, following the Kickstarter campaign.

Feeling Perky?

There are many pledge levels available for all different types of backers.  We have summarized the different perks below. Choose the corresponding menu option to the right to make a pledge.

The Stretch(y) Goals

Although the campaign goal is $30000, the rewards do not stop there.  We want to encourage you to continue to contribute and help out ALL of the backers.  This is why we have implemented some campaign stretch goals, rewards that will unlock when a new total pledge level is met.
We have set up the first stretch goal for $65000, when this pledge level is met, all backers will receive an expanded cartridge kit (from 3 to 6 cartridges) for their Discov3ry extruder.

Stretch Goals: make a pledge to unlock the next level!
Stretch Goals: make a pledge to unlock the next level!
  • $30 000 - Our Campaign Goal - The project goal is met and the Discov3ry will go to production. UNLOCKED
  • $65 000 - More Cartridges - You will receive 6 complete cartridge kits, from syringes to tips, instead of the original 3. UNLOCKED
  • $100 000 - More Colours - 3 colour options will be available for the Discov3ry extruder
  • $150 000 - ??? - Announcing today!
  • $300 000 - ??? - Unlock the $150K level to open this stretch goal.

Who we are

Structur3D Printing was founded by Charles Mire and Andrew Finkle in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Structur3D Printing is currently a member company in the 4th cohort of Communitech’s HYPERDRIVE Startup Incubator.

Meet the Structur3D team: John, Andrew & Charles
Meet the Structur3D team: John, Andrew & Charles
Charles Mire received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong in Australia. For his research project, he developed a custom 3D printer based on a Sherline tabletop CNC milling machine in order to study 3D printing using conducting polymers and structural biopolymers. He became hooked on 3D printing as a result of this project.
Andrew Finkle is currently working towards his PhD in Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology) at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo. His academic research is in the area of incorporation of renewable nanomaterials into thermoplastics for performance enhancements in 3D printing applications. Andrew built his first RepRap in 2010.
John Mardlin holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University by training, who also happens to be pretty awesome in business and marketing. He has a history of leadership roles in startup technology companies and community building including co-founding and directing the TEDxVictoria event series. His writing on technology has been published on and earned him recognition as a Quora Top Writer in 2013. He plays the banjo, and lots of board games.
Our friend Alan Quarry did a series of interviews with us about our company and our product. This bit of the interview might give you some sense of why we created the Discov3ry, and why we're excited about it.

Communitech HYPERDRIVE UpStart Accelerator
Communitech HYPERDRIVE UpStart Accelerator

Our Production Plan

The Discov3ry units will be produced in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON by the Structur3D Printing team.
All of the materials for the build can be sourced locally except for 3 items where we have suppliers from China.

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