Mini 3D printer called Bonsai released in Japan
A super-compact mini 3D printer BS01 is to be release by Japanese Bonsai Lab. The production of a mini 3D printer began on the crowd funding website “kidibango’’ in December 2013. During 3 weeks the project gained about $101.000, which is five times more than they had expected to have in the end. They expect to use the printer for various purposes: for studies, research and entertainment. It is quite compact, won’t need much space and is easy to use. With the dimensions of W150 x H100 x L130mm it’s enough for everyone to create tiny parts or little toys. With the special light printing head it is quite speedy and makes prints with about 100-micron layer resolution.
The BS01 3D printer features MDF – medium density fibreboard – a frame with a smooth sanded end. MDF is environmentally friendly and consists of wood waste fibres. It is afterwards painted with water-based materials. The BS01 suggests nozzles of four various sizes – 0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm. The ordinary design of hot end makes it a snap to pull to pieces and replace a part. The PLA model weighs about 5.0 kilos, ABS/PLA model – about 5.6 kilos. The mini 3D printer operates on Repetier Host and Slic 3r software. These printer models are quite affordable. PLA Kit model will cost you $865 (€627), assembled – $961. ABS/PLA kit Model is available at $961 (€697), the assembled version you can get at $1,058 (€767).