Personal Portable 3D Printer

high-quality, home friendly, affordable 3D printer

UP! is a portable 3D printer that was announced for sale earlier this month. PP3DP.com, the company behind the printer, is selling the first 100 UP! printers for $1,500 — 50% off the standard rate.

*Update (6 Sept 2010): According to some reviews, this printer is super awesome. CLICK HERE to read a review from one of our loyal readers.


The printer comes with everything you need to start printing: the body, printer parts, circuit board, and a spool of ABS plastic. It even includes a set of digital models for any parts that you can print.

The UP! software can be downloaded for free, and there are already a few tutorials on their blog for using their software.

Note that the UP! printer is only compatible with Windows.

According to an article on the TCT blog by James Woodcock, the PP3DP website was registered in China. Text on the site seems to support that this is probably a Chinese manufacturer — which I think is great. Whatever popular sentiments to Chinese manufacturing there are, few can argue that they aren’t the masters of making. And for an industry based on the mass-production of low cost consumer goods, it’s interesting to see the production of machines for personal fabrication.

The 50% off sale ends 30 September 2010. PP3DP is also offering some free model printing in exchange for feedback. Below are a few models they have on view in their photo gallery.

If any Ponoko readers do take their chances on an UP! printer, please let us know. We’d love to share your reviews. Email blog at ponoko dot com.

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15 Responses to “Personal Portable 3D Printer”

  1. Jon Says:

    That is an amazing deal… if it was a laser cutter I’d be seriously considering the offer. The big difference is that 3D printers will eventually be like inkjets, they make money from selling the “3D material” used to make the model, not the machine itself.

    Jon @ WoodMarvels.com

  2. Whystler Says:

    Uhmmm … I want one :) I have sent in the purchase order, but not yet recieved a reply. Because they haven’t relied yet with a request for payment info, I still have some time to think lol.

    So I ask you, what do you think?

    A Makerbot is cheaper, granted, but you have to build it yourself. And it seems that at Makerbot’s current stage there is a lot of tweaking to get a decent build. And even that doesn’t seem to last long before you have to tweak it again. At least, that’s the impression I’m getting from everything I’ve read.

    The folks making this new machine, are essentially offering a Makerbot in steel form. But they claim it is easy to use and stable.

    Do you think it is?

    Are you suspect by the wording on the site that this is just a money grab for a cheap product that works only as well as the Makerbot (which is less than $1000)?

    -Whystler

  3. Kristen Turner Says:

    I wish I could answer your questions Whystler. I’m usually pretty skeptical, especially of borderline ghetto websites. But having a bit of experience with overseas manufacturers, it looks like this is a straight-from-the-manufacturer kinda company instead of a polished middleman selling the same product. I wouldn’t be surprised if was a pretty decent 3D printer. But I guess I wouldn’t be that surprised if it was scam either.

    I did receive an email from their marketing person thanking me for this blog post. Please keep us updated on your order.

  4. kongorilla Says:

    It’s a big turn-off that they’re ignoring the license of the models in their gallery. They give no attribution at all. Someone has complained about it in their forum and I’m waiting to see how they respond.

  5. Kristen Turner Says:

    Hey Kongo,
    Do you mean that they aren’t crediting the designers of the models or that they just borrowed the photos of the models from some other site?

  6. kongorilla Says:

    They aren’t crediting the designers of the models.

    I checked the licenses of some of the models I recognized from Thingiverse. In all cases the models were released under a CC license requiring attribution. I’m assuming printing the models, photographing them, and using them to promote your own product would require such attribution. (caveat lector: I’m not a lawyer, nor am I knowledgeable in the field of copyright or creative commons licenses).

    At the very least, it’s uncool to not give credit to the designers, especially when you should be building a community around your product.

  7. Kristen Turner Says:

    The “video has been removed by the user”. Well, I think that tells us *something*.

  8. kongorilla Says:

    But they did listen to criticism. To their gallery images (if you view the full size images) they’ve added credits and links to Thingiverse.

  9. peter frist Says:

    in my country it is illegal to publish a website without an address (street, town, country).
    so to me this looks like a fly by night company

    peter

  10. Kristen Turner Says:

    I asked them for a free printer. And said that I would find someone to do some test printing, and I could publish a confirmation that the printer is real and give a review of the printing results. They weren’t interested. But most people aren’t interested in giving away 3D printers, I guess.

  11. Whystler Says:

    This just in…. My UP! 3D Printer! :) It just arrived in the mail!!

  12. Kristen Turner Says:

    Tell us about it!

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  15. chrsplmr Says:

    whystler, well ?? whats the verdict? it has been two weeks..give up the tapes !!!