One of the new models launching at Maker Faire Bay Area this year that caught my eye was the Deezmaker Bukito — a capable, affordable, portable entry-level model that Whosawhatsis and Diego carried around the Faire, printing on batteries.
While this type of stunt isn’t new — I took a Printrbot JR on a test drive with a quadcopter battery at World Maker Faire in New York this past year, and there were a number of backpack Ultimakers printing around the Bay Area Faire this year (read their battery suggestions here!) — I appreciated the open-yet-rugged design. The parts count has been stripped all the way down such that the cartesian robot has only single, sturdy points of connection for all three axes, and even so the printer design can handle the jostle and bustle of being carried around (see the video above for the printer printing upside down) better than those with multiple risers and reinforcements.
Deezmaker announced its Bukito lightweight, portable 3-D printer at Bay Area MakerFaire this year.
The printable space is approximately 5 by 6 by 5 inches (150 cubic inches). Other critical features inherited from its larger Bukobot cousins include sturdy aluminum rails allowing for a stable platform for accurate printing.
According to Diego Porqueras, Deezmaker’s President, the Bukito is a small, rugged printer that anyone can take with them. “It will be ideal for classroom use and can be shared between a few teachers at a school. We built it with an easy-to-grip handle and worked really hard to get the weight down to about 6 pounds.”
- 150 cubic inches of freedom (5″x6″x5″ / 127 x 152 x 127 mm)
- Works PLA
- 100mm+/sec speeds
- Sturdy Aluminum frame (no wooden parts)
- Uses 1.75mm filament
- Adaptable to Battery Power
The unassembled printer kit will retail for $649. It is available for preorder now with an expected ship date in late August.
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