Pittsburgh’s 3D 2.0 Inc. Launches Kickstarter For Heated 3D Print Finishing Tool Retouch3D

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3D 2.0 Inc. today announced the start of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to bring a revolutionary new product to the 3D printing world: Retouch3D.

Retouch3D 1Retouch3D is a hand-held heated tool with variable heat settings and interchangeable tips designed specifically for finishing 3D prints.

Founder of 3D 2.0, Phil Newman stated:

“Until you own a 3D printer, what you don’t realize is that removing supports and getting rid of printing errors can be frustrating and time-consuming. We figured that if heat created a 3D print, then heat would be the best way to clean it up. And that’s how Retouch3D was born.”

Retouch3D’s ergonomic handheld design will allow makers to clean-up 3D prints with the assistance of temperatures matched to the thermal properties of their printing material. Retouch3D will be compatible with the mainstream materials used in 3D printing: PLA, ABS, and resin-based systems.

With its ergonomic design for comfort and precision, Retouch3D combines a control system for accurate and efficient temperature control, with interchangeable tips designed for specific 3D retouching tasks, including:

  • Removal of support material
  • Refining layer imperfections and stringing
  • Blending print surfaces and infill gaps

Retouch3D 5Board Member of 3D Printing Community and 3D evangelist, Mike Grauer Jr noted:

“I love the concept, the industrial design looks very polished, and I like how it has more than one tip. Sanding and other surface finishing is a pain and I haven’t seen a similar product on the market.”

To account for future materials, Retouch3D’s fine temperature adjustment settings will allow users to increase or decrease heat by small increments.

Project Manager at 3D 2.0, Amanda Hurt added:

“We are really excited to launch our project on Kickstarter, and look forward to introducing Retouch3D as a whole new category of product. The 3D printing sector is experiencing rapid growth and we expect Retouch3D will dramatically improve the user experience.”

Retouch3D 3Initially available through Kickstarter, backers have access to a special early bird price of just $149. For early adopters, 3D 2.0 is offering the chance to become a beta tester. Beta testers will exclusively help the company finalize the design of the Retouch3D’s control system and interchangeable tips.

Backers can expect the first Retouch3D units to be available in early 2016, with full market availability following soon after. The campaign is set to close on May 3rd.

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