Re: [rp-ml] Kickstarter RP "Kit" Project

From: Markus Hitter <>
Date: Sat Dec 17 2011 - 02:46:27 EET

Am 16.12.2011 um 19:04 schrieb Jonathan:

> anyone seen this Kickstarter project?

Yes. It's unbelievable what kind of money flows just for a promise. I
talked to a few purchasers and the essence is:

- In their view it's perfectly normal to pay $750 for a set of
unassembled parts worth $300. Plase note, Printrbot claims the
numbers it's self and the parts lists will be open source as soon as
the first printer ships.

- Apparently, many people send money just because a lot of others did
already. Some sort of rush.

- They're glad somebody finally makes a kit. The other about two
dozen RepRap kit providers are apparently not seen at all, much less
they consider buying from (mechanics-/electronics-/extruder-)

- The RepRap market is reeeaally big. Like tens of thousands of


- Proven quality doesn't matter, promising hassle-freeness is worth
ten times more.

- Offering options, like specific feature sets, is more than

- With open source hardware, developers collect the work, kit vendors
collect the money.

Markus Hitter

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Received on Sat Dec 17 02:44:00 2011

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