Most successful crowdfunding campaigns promise to revolutionize something. One ambitious startup promises a revolutionary app – but to make it happen is first going to revolutionize crowdfunding itself.
The FORM1 3D printer really seems like sci-fi just got real. The home printer developed by MIT Media Lab is intended to make 3D printing easy and affordable (under the circumstances, something a bit more than $3,000 is considered affordable). The idea is to allow engineers, designers, researchers and artists to imagine three-dimensional items on a computer and then create them for real within minutes.
The idea caught fire. On the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, the inventors sought $100,000 to get the project moving. Instead, it hauled in $2,945,885 and the printer is now available to order.