A universal 3D printer extruder head will let you use a 3D printer with pretty much any material.

Structur3D Printing, a Kitchener, Ont.-based company that makes a 3D printer extruder head, which allows users to print paste materials like cake icing, hit its Kickstarter campaign goal of $30,000 in less than 24 hours.

“We launched late last night and we tried to do it in stealth mode, but apparently we had a lot of people watching us, waiting for our launch, so they jumped on it as soon as we had the page live,” said Charles Mire, co-founder of Structur3D Printing.

“Nobody’s been able to successfully put a paste extruder product on the market, especially one that has printed the variety of materials that we’ve printed,” he said.

The device, called the Discov3ry Extruder, can attach to filament-based desktop 3D printers, and lets users print with soft materials like wood filler, silicone, clay and even Nutella.

Star Wars icing

Star Wars icing, 3D printed with the Discov3ry Extruder head. (Structur3d Printing)

“Other people have attempted to put a paste extruder-type of product on the market and there have always been some limitations, either the volume of the cartridges, so you could only print something very small, or you had to do a very in-depth cleaning of the system in between uses,” said Mire.

“Our system is designed so you can switch between materials, say silicone and the cake icing very quickly, with minimal cleanup and no contamination between the materials,” he said.

Mire explained that materials are self-contained in the cartridges, which are syringes with tubing attached and a printing tip. To switch between wood filler and icing, for example, the syringe, tubing and tip are swapped out.

The first batch of extruders, priced at $249 on Kickstarter, are already sold-out.

When I checked this morning, The Discov3ry Universal Extruder had already raised more than twice its goal on Kickstarter, with still 33 days left to the campaign.

Source: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/structur3d/discov3ry-extruder-do-more-than-ever-with-your-3d / http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/3d-printer-device-that-uses-silicone-icing-surpasses-kickstarter-goal-on-1st-day-1.2670755

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