Mini Fabrikator 3D Printer is BACK and better than before. We've taken what was already the most cost effective printer on the market and tweaked it a bit to make it easier to maintain and reduce the risk of thermal shutdowns.
The Mini Fabrikator V1.5 includes moulded rod holders for greater rigidity, moulded side panel fixing blocks to make it quicker and easier to remove panels to access the internals for maintenance and the stepper drivers now have heatsinks to minimise the chances of them overheating during long builds.
To further reduce the thermal shutdown issues (most commonly this is when the object you are printing steps out slightly as the print progresses) we have increased the number of vent holes in the case and the printer comes with acrylic stand-off blocks to raise the whole unit.
Because of the small overall size of this printer it will fit in even the most restricted of work spaces and can be picked up and easily stored, making it ideal for schools and students.
Like any computer hardware the Mini Fabrikator needs software to run it, we recommend to use Repetier-Host as the printing software as it is a simple to set up and use program that most customers will have up and running in about 15 minutes. Other than this the printer is ready to go.
Tiny Boy was originally designed as a learning activity where school students would build the printer themselves, this means the printer is incredibly easy to maintain and service yourself and even upgrade with things like LED lights, direct cooling, LCD screen and SD card slot or even a heated print bed.
Apart from the small but significant changes the Mini Fabrikator V1.5 works just as brilliantly as the original and will deliver incredibly high quality 3D prints that you just won't believe come from such a well priced unit.
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Mini Fabrikator by Tiny Boy, 3D printing for everybody.
• Large Print area for its overall size
• Open Source designed and supported
• Compatible with many popular applications and software
• Portable and easy to set up
• Future proof with easy community driven DIY modifications
• Marlin based hardware with ability for expansion
• Fun for all ages
Size: 15cm(W) x 15cm(D) x 22cm(H) (excl. filament holder)
Print size: 80mm x 80mm x 80mm
Filament: 1.75mm PLA
Board: mega2560 ramps1.4 with 4 A4988 stepstick
Power supply: External 12V 6A Transformer
Very nice device considering its low price. There are a few design flaws, one being unnecessarily short wires on Z and X axis stepper motors. My Y axis motor broke down after around 20 hours of printing, feeling like it lose some power. I thought it'd be a simple thing to swap it with one of the other motors to see if it really was the motor and not the board or something else that had broken down, but their cables are too short. Replacement parts are cheap but aren't readily available, meaning many of the parts are out of stock. I might just be better off buying another Fabrikator for spares, but considering the availability of parts in the future, I'm still trying to make up my mind.This is a really great 3d printer to work with but it has a few driver issues.
If you get it working the print quality is great it prints on 0.1 , 0.2 and 0.3 mm layers with the installed nozzle.
If you take your time to print a few upgrade parts it can print overhanging parts without any issue.
Look om thingyverse for tinyboy or fabricator mini parts especially the filament cooler.
To get it working make sure to roll back the driver off the ftdi com port for this device to 22.214.171.124 also roll back the driver off the serial convertor to 126.96.36.199 and turn off the automatic driver update policy on your pc.
It can be possible that the new driver has bricked your device before you had the chance to roll it back to the old one , to restore this follow this movie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZH_qGautqM
If you got this done it should be working great with repetierhost.