Farset Labs 3D Printer

Belfast, GB

Since before day one, a 3D printer has been on the minds of the community (and plenty of people who have said that they would join the community if those facilities were available), and now, we're ready to rock!

"Hold on, what are you getting?"

What we're asking for is £2,000 for an Ultimaker 3D Printer, an UltiController (allowing members to print their plans directly from SD card), and several kilos of ABS and PLA Plastic to actually print, along with a rolling tool-table to keep all of the relevant parts in one 'package' for easy use.

These Dutch designed and manufactured kits can deposit 3mm diameter ABS or PLA plastic to an accuracy of 12.5 micrometres, in a potential build volume of over 2.5 gallons, at a rate of a cubic centimetre every 7 seconds, at a rough cost of 4p/cm$^3$.

"Why can't it just be bought outright?"

Farset Labs serves a wide community with very disparate interests, from PS2 Clustering to Pinball repair. As such, it isn't fair for the collective community to pay so much for one sector, especially if the interest in that sector is speculative. Beyond that argument, Farset Labs operates on a break-even basis at the minute and as such, simply can't afford such a large investment at this time.

"So what do I get for my hard earned donation?"

There are nine donation reward levels, ranging from 'Just feeling good about yourself' to a years Freelancer membership plus a choice between the intermediate reward levels. In between, the individual 'swag' items on offer are:

  • Your name on a Laser Etched Plaque on the machine

  • A 3D printed model of the brand new Farset Labs logo

  • A 3D printed model of your choice, along with a timelapse video of your model being printed

  • Customised Farset Labs tee-shirt

  • Raspberry Pi Kit and Personalised 3D printed Case

  • and Email and Video "Thank you" messages from the Directors

"But... But... But... I wanted 3D printing time?!"

Ahh, but that's the big story; 3D printing will be free for all membership levels and the consumable supplies will be taken out of the global community budget (once we run out of the specific 3D printer funds).

This freedom will be on a 'fair use' basis; if you wish to do any larger scale manufacture, please order your own materials and feel free to use the printer here!

"Ok, I'm sold, I'll chuck a few quid in"

Thank you!

We're running the Sponsume until Sunday the 18th of November, and hope to get your tasty tasty rewards out to you before Christmas, so please share this blog post to anyone who you think would be interested in getting involved.

If you have any other questions, please let us know below or on the blog.

Ultimaker 3D Printer
Stand-alone Interface Controller,
3x0.75kg PLA Coloured Spools
1x0.75kg ABS Spools
Insured Delivery
Rolling Table

Any over-fund is guaranteed to go towards 3D Printing Consumables that will be decided by the donors

Thank You!
Posted: Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 10:11

That's all folks! We'll be getting in touch over the next few days to sort out your rewards.

Unfortunately it looks like every kid and his dog is getting a Raspberry Pi for christmas, so RS and Farnell have advised us that we may not be able to secure enough for everyone before the 25th. We'll try!

As for the other rewards, I know the one you care about is the DIY Printing: These will have to wait until we take delivery of the Printer.

As a special thanks, I'll be emailing you all first once we get it, and we'd love it if you can join us in 'The Great Build'. If you wish to be contacted by text, twitter, facebook, phone call, telegraph, carrier pigeon or rocket sled, email me bolster@farsetlabs.org.uk with the relevant contact details and I'll make sure to get in touch.

We'll be updating as progress continues.


Potential uses for the printer, please add!
Posted: Sunday, 11 November, 2012 - 17:11


We're all amazed and humbled by the support being given to the 3D printing Fundraiser. We're proud to be the first 'Technology' entry on Sponsume, and we're so very nearly there you can almost taste it.

In terms of some of the awesome ways people are planning to use the printer, some have really stuck in my head;

  • Theatrical set design models for lightning tests,
  • Architectural prototyping,
  • Customised Bow Riser (Handles) for Archers
  • CCTV Camera Camouflage
  • 3D Printed 3D Scanner (3D-Ception...?)
And it goes without saying that the mad group that is 'our community' are going to come up with more crazy and strange ways to experiment with the new hardware.

If you've been watching Farset from the outside, now is a brilliant time to get involved; the top two tiers of donation include a year's Enthusiast and Freelance membership respectively.

With 8 days to go and just under £300 to find, if you haven't already, please consider making a donation, and you'll get cool stuff in return.

Three Weeks Left
Posted: Monday, 29 October, 2012 - 18:10

We've got three weeks left to raise £2000 for a 3D Printer in Farset Labs. Many thanks and multiple karmas go to our 8 current backers. The most popular level of donation is the £60 'Print your own' level.

3D Printing has been making the news here in the UK on the BBC Newsnight programme, where well known tech-head, Rory Cellan-Jones volunteers to get his head scanned with a (very expensive) 3D laser Scanner and has the resulting 'bust' printed.

In this instance, they use a laser scintillation method where on each pass, lasers burn and melt layers of plastic dust, and then a fresh layer of plastic dust is spread over to start the process over again. This method is much more accurate, but much less efficient (and very much more expensive) than the flux deposition method that the Ultimaker uses, but the theory is the same!

If you want to be part of the 3D printing revolution, join us at Farset Labs.

Thank you for your support.


Users details

Days to go
GBP £2,143
107% raised of our GBP £2,000 goal
This project ended on Sunday, Nov 18th - 23:58

This project's deadline has now expired - you can no longer back these rewards

You cannot back this project, funding is now complete.


Good Feels

£5.00 or more : A Warm Feeling in the cockels of your heart



£20.00 or more : Being Immortalised as a funder of the machine on our website and receiving a personal thank you email from one of the directors



£30.00 or more : Being Immortalised as a funder of the machine on a laser cut plaque mounted on the machine, and receiving a personal thank you email from one of the directors


Printed Logo

£45.00 or more : Plaque + a limited edition, personalised 3D printed model of the new Farset Labs Logo, a timelapse video of your model being printed, and a thank you video from one of the directors


DIY Print

£60.00 or more : Plaque + a custom 3D print of any valid STL model up to 100cm3 total volume (and within the constraints of the printer), a timelapse video of your model being printed, and a thank you video from the three directors


The Samaritan

£100.00 or more : Your choice of one of the above, plus a customised Farset Labs teeshirt


The Pi-ous Samaritan

£160.00 or more : The Samaritan + Raspberry Pi Starter Kit, including Raspberry Pi, Power Supply, SD Card, and Personalised 3D Printed Case,


The Enthusiastic Samaritan

£300.00 or more : The Samaritan + 1 Year Enthusiast Membership to the labs


The Freelance Samaritan

£500.00 or more : The Samaritan + 1 Year Freelancer Membership to the labs