The Smallest 3D Printer Baby 3D: You Can Hold It When It Prints
Baby 3D Corp has recently started a campaign on Kickstarter to support a small, compact, portable 3D printer of classic design. This kind of a 3D printer is suitable for those who haven’t got enough room for a large 3D printer or are looking for a kind of a printer to learn with or just like 3D printing novelties. The printer is so small that you can hold it in your hands when it is printing. It is absolutely compatible with open-source software.
If you support this project, Baby 3D Corp will be able to find new ways to combine miniature designs and 3D printing and add new features and functions to 3D printers. You may get a Baby 3D Developer miniature printer or a Baby 3D Ultraminiature Printer, depending on the amount of funding.
Among the main advantages of the Baby 3D we can name its small size, the height being 160 mm, the width being 130 mm, and the depth being 203 mm. It doesn’t weigh much – only nearly 2,5 pounds. You can use it for both 3D printing and for learning how to 3D print as it is an educational kit. It works well with all kinds of free software available on the Internet. You shouldn’t think that the small size of the printer can lead to lower quality of prints. No way! The prints it makes are of perfect quality. And by the way, it will look well on your table.
The first prototype of the small 3D printer appeared in 2014 during the Maker Faire New York. It immediately got everyone’s attention. This year, in 2015, it has won the blue ribbon, and Adafruit reporter Dano Wall mentioned it in his interview.
The new Baby 3D printer features a Thermal Barrier, which is about 2.5 cm long and allows printing small details. The printer also has a PTFE-lined filament path, which allows smooth filament transfer. With this part miniature printable designs have become possible to 3D print.
The company has spent over a year developing the printer. The first prototype of Baby 3D Ultraminiature has made more than 100 objects. Now it often takes part in show and exhibitions to demonstrate its abilities. This project is characterized by minimal risks. The only ones can be connected with supplied parts, as they may be a bit late. However the Baby 3D Corp is doing their best to minimize all the difficulties.