I have always thought that having a 3D printer would be really awesome, but they typically cost $1000 or more. They usually take up quite a bit of space, and my house is crowded with enough junk. A new 3D printer has turned up on Kickstarter called the iBox Nano and it is cheap, small and quiet, making it ideal for folks on the fence about a 3D printer like me.
The downside to having a small stature in the 3D printer world is that it can only print small items measuring up to 1.57″ x 0.79″ x 3.54″ – think the size of board game pieces. The upside is that the printer sells for around $299 (assuming it meets its goals) and measures in at only 3.4″ x 4.3″ x 9.25″ and weighs just 3 pounds. The tiny printer is ideal for making custom chess pieces, jewelry parts, and desktop figurines.
It also happens to be extremely high resolution with a 328-micron precision. It uses resin as a print medium and the resin is cured using UV LEDs good for more than 50,000 hours of use. Most resin printers use DLP projectors for a light source, and their bulbs are good for a couple thousand hours or so.
Sending images to the iBox Nano is simple, as it’s got Wi-Fi built in, and offers a simple browser-based interface for uploading models.
The iBox Nano project is seeking $300,000 and has raised about $270,000 at the item of writing with 11 days to go. Currently, a pledge of at least $269 will get you one of the tiny printers.