The folks at iBox Printers might have just created the world’s smallest and cheapest 3D printer. While being slightly larger than a Rubik’s cube and costing a pledge of US$269 (about RM890), we could well be seeing 3D printing technology at the cusp of being commercially viable.
iBox Printers claim that the iBox Nano 3D is also the world’s quietest 3D resin printer on top of being the most affordable one. It achieves the self-proclaimed feats in a number of ways such as from using LEDs instead of DLP bulb for lights, effectively eliminating unnecessary costs, size and noise. The 3D printer is made of acrylic parts to help further reduce the weight of the printing device. The final product is a box that measures 4x3x8 inches and weighs 1.36kg.
iBox Printers are aiming to move away from the compulsory need of a computer to begin 3D printing by allowing users to print without installing any sort of software as the entire process is handled over WiFi and an Internet browser. Users can also choose to print from Android and iOS devices.
As of this point in time, the project has surpassed its goal of US$300,000 (about RM 993,000). iBox Printer’s Kickstarter page states that the pledge will end on the 15th of November 2014, so you can still make your pledge and have your own iBox Nano 3D printer shipped to you in April 2015.