An innovative Kickstarter campaign showcases a small, palm-sized resin 3D printer designed to be very user-friendly and simple. Since it’s an open-source project, you can also easily assemble the printer yourself at home.
With a footprint of 100 x 115 x 155 mm, it is one of the smallest 3D printers currently available, which is also reflected in its power consumption. Since the printer gets by on just 5 V, it can even be powered on the go with a powerbank. This allows printing in any environment, at any time.
For a more comfortable transport, the developers have even designed a stylish carrying case. This protects the device from any dangers that could arise during transport.
Currently, the TinyMaker is still in development, so you can still support the project. You can read more about it here.
For two years, the team around the TinyMaker designed and tested prototypes to finally present an optimized 3D printer. Regarding their first functional prototype, the developers write in their campaign:
“After we built the Functional Prototype, we made several versions of it. During this period, we completed the mechanical design and industrial design. After many assembly trials, we ordered the injection molds from the factory. This blue-green case is injection-molded. Since the mold was not polished at that time, it was a bit rough. During this period, we completed the PCB layout. The Atmel chip on the PCB has been replaced by ESP32”
“This is the DFM(Design for Manufacturing) Prototype. So far, we have completed the testing of injection molds and fixtures. And ordered the first batch of parts from suppliers. All the metal parts in this picture are produced by high-precision CNC machines.”
For more information, please visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/tinymaker/tinymaker-3d-printer/description.