Up! Mini (via Delta Micro & pp3dp)
Sure this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has come to an end, but that ‘new technology smell’ is still in the air especially when it comes to 3D printing. Several companies (including 3D Systems, Stratasys and Makerbot among others) descended on the Las Vegas Convention Center to show off their new designs aimed at the home hobbyist. While all had stand-out printers in their own right, some were over the top not only for their systems, but for their price as well, such as PP3DP’s Up! Mini. Even though the printer was introduced and available for purchase in May of 2012, it still has that new tech shine that doesn’t seem to be wearing off. Part of the company’s flagship Up! line 3D printers (which includes the Up! 3D and Up! 3D Plus), the Mini features a full-metal, temperature stabilized enclosure (heated build table) with a build area of 120mm X 120mm X 120mm. PP3DP states that it focused on simplicity when designing the Up! Mini and modeled it after a typical ink-jet printer which includes a snap-in printer head, a slide-in build table (instead of the ink-jet’s paper feed tray) and a handy clip-up ABS material roll for no snag feeding. The machine has a print speed of 10-100cm3 per-hour and a layer resolution of 250 microns, which makes it perfect for printing out replacement parts for broken appliances. The printer works with any computer (running Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac) with an open USB port using PP3DP’s Up! V.1.18 software. The best feature of the Up! Mini however might not be its simplistic design but rather its price-point as the company is selling the machine for only a mere $899 US, which is quite a steal for an introductory printer.