When you make a 3D printed object, there’s a satisfying feeling from seeing a finished product by knowing that an idea in your head can become a tangible object. Of course, it takes a little bit of polish to make anything that is 3D printed look good. We’ve seen some tools that will help you smooth and shape your creations, but there’s not much you can do about the physical texture and appearance of it without buying more expensive equipment.
If you prefer a more metallic finish, and wish that you could coat your printed items, then you’ll need a system that can do it as cheaply but effectively as possible. The Orbit1 is hoping to help you bring that extra bit of pizzazz to your items by giving you a cost-efficient electro-plating machine. To use it, you only need to clean and polish the item you want to plate, spray on the conductive paint, and hit the start button. The plating will take about 2 hours, though prepping and initial printing will take many more hours on top of that.
There is a corresponding app that will show you the progress of the process. You don’t have to change the concentration of the plating solution as the machine will do that for you. It also has automatic maintenance so you won’t have to stabilize the plating solution. This is certainly cheaper than 3D printing with metal, though it will only have the look and not the feel or weight of real metal. This is going to cost you around $1,999-$3,950 depending on how fancy you want to get.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter