About this project
3D printing will never be the same
We didn't set out to improve 3D printing, we set out to remove the barriers; to get 3D printers in the hands of everyone. That's why we have developed the worlds smallest, most affordable and easiest to use 3D Resin Printer. Most 3D printers are expensive, large, noisy and complicated. We created the iBox Nano with the home based user in mind. We are now ready to share this technology with you.
The Nano is the start of the home based 3D printing and replicating age
We have been hard at work, and with your help, we’re ready to take the iBox Nano into full-fledged production. By supporting this effort, you’ll be the first to get your hands on an amazing 3D printer AND help usher in a new era of home based 3D printing - an era in which your creative output is no longer limited by price or dauntingly complex machines.
3D printing for everyone
We have gone to extraordinary lengths to design a user friendly 3D printing experience:
- The iBox Nano is designed to produce high resolution prints with the touch of a button
- There is no software to install so you can spend less time setting up prints and more time printing
- A robust ecosystem of open source and free software for 3D modeling and editing
- WiFi enabled so you can print untethered
- Battery powered option for on-the-go printing (optional purchase).
The iBox Nano is:
- The worlds smallest Resin printer
- The worlds most affordable Resin printer
- The worlds only battery powered (option) Resin printer
- The worlds first production LCD based UV Resin printer
- The worlds quietest 3D printer
- The worlds lightest 3D printer
Browser based 3D Printing
Smartphone and tablet control: Most 3D printers only support 1-2 operating systems and have to be tethered to your computer. With the iBox Nano, you can print from any browser; from your iPhone, your iPad, any Android device, Windows PC or Mac. You can print without installing any software. If it has a browser you can print to the iBox Nano.
WiFi enabled 3D Printing
The iBox Nano works over WiFi, so you can print without being tethered to your printer.
3D Resin Printing has evolved
Many of the Resin printers on the market use DLP technology to create and control the UV light used to cure the resin. Using a DLP projector introduces a few issues such as low bulb life and cooling fan noise. DLP projector bulbs will need to be replaced at their service interval, generally at 2000-8000 hours of use. Even before they fail they will suffer a noticeable loss in output power causing reduced print quality, or no print at all. These bulbs can cost hundreds of dollars, and all of them will need to be replaced.
Our design is unique, we use UV LEDs rated at 50,000+ hours, which is equivalent to 17 years, running 8 hours a day.
Excessive noise can affect the quality of your day, because 3D printers can take several hours or longer to complete taller builds, it’s important that the device makes as little noise pollution as possible. DLP projectors and Laser based SLA resin printers require cooling fans to be running 100% of the time. The DLPs use them to cool the bulbs to extend their life, and the Laser systems use them to cool the galvanometer drivers to extend their life. Our printer uses very little power and generates almost no heat, thus not requiring a cooling fan and its associated noise.
Most consumers buy a large 3D printer and statistically only print small items. The reasons behind this are material cost, print time, and the nature of the items that are typically 3D printed. So why pay 2-3 thousand dollars for a large printer that will consume space when a small printer that can be placed almost anywhere will print everything you want?
Large build plates on resin printers can also be a disadvantage. Unlike FDM (filament) printers the resin in the build tray is inadvertently exposed to UV radiation from sources such as indoor lighting. Over time, the resin in the vat degrades, which leads to failed prints. Resin is a consumable, so if you will be printing small things, your resin printer should suit your needs. The iBox Nano meets all your small print design needs.
iBox Printers has reset the bar
Most 3D printers are general tools designed to try and meet a broad spectrum of needs, and in doing so, they don't meet any one need precisely.
The iBox Nano is designed for the home user who wants to print small to average sized 3D objects with good resolution without having a large noisy printer intruding on their workspace. The goals were to be small, quiet, inexpensive, and portable. We have achieved all of this for one specific target audience; you.
High Resolution without High Prices
Traditionally 3D printers have been segmented into two groups; High resolution models costing thousands of dollars, or Low resolution costing just under a thousand dollars. We are introducing a 3D Printer that prints at 328 microns on the X-Y axis and can print down to 0.39 microns on the Z axis.
The iBox Nano is the worlds first truly portable 3D Resin Printer. Weighing only 3 pounds, it is small enough and light enough to just slide in your backpack, making it truly portable. Almost all 3D printers have several wires; a USB cable to connect to your computer and a power cable. The iBox Nano is WiFi enabled so you will never be tethered to your computer. It is also the worlds first battery powered 3D Resin Printer. The battery option* lasts approximately 10 hours.
The battery option, coupled with the Nano’s silent and completely wireless operation allows you to truly be mobile. You will be printing on the go at Starbucks, in the library, at a friends house, or at any location you desire.
3D Printers of all technologies have cooling fans and stepper motors. Both generate noise pollution. FDM printers use four stepper motors and generate a tremendous amount of random and distracting sounds. Projector and Laser 3D printers have one to two stepper motors and have high volume cooling fans which are inherently noisy.
The lowest energy consumption of any 3D printer
Whether you opt for our optional battery pack, power the iBox Nano from your notebook pc, or the included wall dongle, you will be happy to hear we have the worlds lowest power 3D printer. Consuming an order of magnitude less power than the next best printer. We offer optional 10 hour and 20 hour battery packs. These are external packs that connect via USB to your Nano. You will be able to purchase them in our online store by Jan 2015.
The iBox Nano is constructed of precision laser cut extruded acrylic. Also known as Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). It is 17 times stronger than glass and at only half the weight provides a beautiful yet durable structure where neither function nor form are compromised.
The iBox Nano was designed to be the worlds lowest priced 3D Resin Printer
Our goals for the Nano were many, but in meeting each and every feature target we also kept absolute focus on price while upholding the highest standards in quality. We believe everyone should have access to a 3D printer, that’s why we are presenting the worlds least expensive 3D Resin Printer.
The higher the Z resolution the less banding in the Z axis and the smoother the layers look. Printing in extreme Z precision will increase print times proportionately, but the option is there in case you want ultra Z resolution.
Beta Unit 3D Prints
Tall Print Example
We printed two of these extrusions side by side at once on the Nano. They measure 15x15x60mm
Early Alpha Unit Test Prints
iBox Nano Specifications
iBox Nano Production Timeline
About the Founder
Trent Carter is the Founder of iBox Printers with more than 20 years of extensive experience in various software and hardware engineering fields as well as management. He has been a CEO for technology companies for more than 10 years. iBox Printers develops and sells 3D printer solutions focusing on the large and growing home 3D printing and maker market segment. His experience with applications engineering, software development, and hardware design make him a good candidate to lead technology based businesses. He attended USC from 1997-2001 and studied Engineering, Physics and Math. Trent has filed for more than 10 technology based patents in wireless communication, protocols, software and 3D printing technology.
The iBox Nano in the Press
Credit for Models
Risks and challenges
Almost all of the work is done. We have gone through many iterations of the design and we are ready for mass production.
Supply Chain and Logistics:
As with ramping up any business you have to rely on third parties for components and subassemblies. We have identified two to three vendors for each and every component, but there is always a supply chain risk when components are sourced from other companies. We manufacture the chassis from raw acrylic and use the laser and other in-house machines to manufacture 90% of the components in-house! The other 10% come from multiple vendors and in general have very short lead times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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