Rapid Prototyping with the World’s Smallest & Cheapest 3D Printer

The two main factors to consider when choosing a printer are capacity and price. The larger the item to be printed, the costlier the 3D printer becomes. However, if one is just getting started in the world of 3D printing and testing out the prospects, they might want to try the smallest and perhaps the cheapest printer in the world. As long as you do not need to resort to more industrial methods such as rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, the smallest 3D printer can help you unleash your creative spirit.

The iBox Nano was first seen as a mere fundraising campaign on Kickstarter which has raised three hundred thousand dollars. This amount is around two-thirds of its goal to make 3D printing more affordable to masses. The iBox Nano travels the road less taken when it comes to its 3D printing approach. This printer is all about keeping imagination affordable and small. Most consumer level 3D printers available at the market today use plastic microfilament to slowly build models by melting and extruding the material. The iBox Nano however, uses hardened liquid resin in a small pool and ultraviolet LED light to harden it, producing structures built layer by layer. Therefore, the printer does not produce the obnoxious plastic smell, does not need cooling fans and can even run in battery power when necessary.

Produced with the end users in mind, the most affordable and smallest 3D printer iBox Nano was built to break the barriers. Their goal is definitely not an improvement in the 3D printing arena; rather it is to be treated as an outreach project. Hence the development of the world’s easiest to use, smallest and most affordable resin based 3D printer can reach the masses. While most printers go for large, complicated and noisy structures, the iBox Nano eliminates all that and is fit for use at home. It was of course, created out of pure passion for 3D printing rather than industrial goals in mind. Hence its high quality, small size and silence in printing is definitely an advantage. Also, the printer can be moved anywhere due to its battery option, lightweight body and really small size. This is definitely a great fit for students, home office or at the coffee shop.

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