There are plenty of low-cost 3D printers in the $100-$200 range, but they usually ship in kits, need to be assembled by the end-user and some may feel uncomfortable with the procedure.
But some models ship fully assembled such as Easythreed NANO 3D printer, and there’s now another fully assembled 3D printer that’s just launched. Meet FULCRUM Minibot 1.0.
FULCRUM Minibot 1.0 features & specifications:
- Display – Robin 2.4-inch TFT touch screen
- Storage – MicroSD card for offline printing
- Host Connectivity – USB port, optional WiFi module
- Engraving Accuracy – ± 0.1mm
- Nozzle diameter – 0.4mm
- Layer thickness – 0.1 to 0.4mm
- XY-axis positioning accuracy – 0.05mm
- Z-axis positioning accuracy – 0.0025mm
- Printing Size – 75 x 70 x 70mm
- Printing temperature – Up to 260°C or 205°C (depending where you read)
- Print speed – Up to 100mm/s; normal print speed: 30 to 60mm/s
- Supported material – PLA @ 1.75mm ∅
- Power Supply – Input: AC100-220V, output: 24V/ 2.5A
- Dimensions – 21 x 21 x 22 cm
- Weight – 3.5 kg (net)
- Material – ABS frames, aluminum alloy platform board
The 3D printer supports OBJ and STL files and works with programs such as Cura or Simplify3D in Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS 10.1+.
As we can see from the photo above, FULCRUM Minibot 1.0 does indeed come pre-assembled and it appears the user just needs to install the filament roll at the back on the 3D printer, connect it to the nozzle, install a MicroSD card and connect the power supply. The 3D printer is really tiny and as a consequence, offers a very small maximum print size, but at least it prints quite faster than the competing Easythreed NANO.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.