Sleek and rugged
Panda Robotics, a 3D printer company based in Toronto & Seattle, is preparing to launch their new PandaBot on Kickstarter. The PandaBot is a rugged, consumer-oriented 3D printer that aims to fit in on anyone’s desk.
I had a chance to see a PandaBot prototype in action at a Ladies Learning Code event back in July. It made quite an impression! The sturdy metal frame really sets it apart from hobbyist gear, which traditionally has either a laser-cut wood chassis, or tent poles of threaded rods.
That’s not to say that I dislike the hobbyist look (in fact I love it!)… But if desktop 3D printing is going to be adopted more widely, it has to appeal to more than just the hacker aesthetic.
If Panda Robotics can get the software workflow right, the PandaBot might be just the device to get more people turning their ideas into physical objects.
The official website is short on tech specs for now, but there’s a mailing list that interested people can sign up for right on the front page: http://www.pandarobotics.com
Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.