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Tiko is the 3D printer you’ve been waiting for. Simple, accessible, and dependable, all for a pledge of $179.
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First Contact

Posted by Tiko 3D (Creator)
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Hi Everyone, 

In our last update, we announced the start of shipping. It's been a while, and things have been a bit quiet, so let's dive straight in.

What Happened?

“No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy” – General Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

After all of the tests we ran on the TikoWall this spring, we felt certain we had a reliable printer. We had thoroughly tested each system and component for a variety of use conditions, user inputs, and outright longevity. We were confident that we had a winner, and so we initiated production. We told the world that Tiko was ready. But little did we know what could still go wrong. 

We shipped two batches of 100 printers, ran into issues, and in total went two months without a formal update. It’s been a trip, so let’s get you up to speed. 

How It Started 

The logical place to start is by asking “Why did we ship those first 100 Tikos?” To answer that, let’s first look at the situation we were in. We had just completed the testing of the TikoWall, which had flushed out a plethora of bugs and was working quite well. The components were finalized, manufactured, and ready for assembly. The founders were in China and set up a Tiko-run operation including staff and facility, and built 100 printers. As part of QC, every one of them ran a successful print before packaging and shipping. What could go wrong, right? 

Well, we’re no dummies. We’ve learned first hand just how many things could go wrong. We would have rather shipped those first 100 units to HQ, tested them, and then continued production. 

So, Why Didn’t We? 

Well, around the same time, a vocal minority began to suggest that Tiko was vaporware. Words like fraud and lies were starting to appear. Some even went so far as to claim the entire TikoWall was a computer rendering. Sure, these people were fools and represented a tiny minority – most backers believed in us, cheered us on, and told us to take our time and get it right – but another thing we’ve learned this past year is that one rotten apple can spoil the barrel, jeopardizing the whole project for everyone. 

So, having 100 printers in hand, all of which could successfully print, we had a tough choice to make: Ship the first 100 printers to HQ and test them before shipping to backers (a process that could easily take two months) and risk the allegations getting out of hand -OR- shoot these rumors down once and for all, and ship the first-run printers at the risk of an unknown flaw publicly popping up. We made our decision. Here’s what happened next:

The First One Hundred 

Being a first-run batch, we expected a minor bug or two, but nothing like what actually happened. Here’s what we found: 

Note: This data was obtained from our customer support tickets. The actual numbers may be higher.
Note: This data was obtained from our customer support tickets. The actual numbers may be higher.

As you can see, a quarter of the printers had a problem – not a good way to start! Luckily, many were easy to address and were solved quickly after the first batch shipped. Here they are in more detail: 

Damaged in Transit (14%) – Many printers arrived with broken filament trays and/or completely separated print chambers. Some also had gear racks coming off the rails. All of these had one common cause: poor quality adhesive. The adhesive we used was similar, but not identical to the one we used in drop testing. As it turns out, it was not equivalent. 

Solution: We imported and used the adhesive used during drop testing at HQ. 

Liquefier Jamming – More on that later.

Power Jack Solder (2%) – Due to a number of design considerations, the only feasible way to power the electronics is through a wire soldered to a power jack located at the bottom-rear of the chassis. Unfortunately, this relies heavily on the skill of the person soldering the wire to the jack. It turned out the connection for the first 100 was inadequate, and the solder broke on a number of printers.

Solution: We lengthened the power wire, and reinforced the connection to make it more robust. 

Bowden Tube Flare Popping (2%) – In Update #18 we mentioned this was an issue that was solved, and it generally was, but the flare was still by far the weakest link, holding back the rest of the system.

Solution: We redesigned the twist-lock fitting and extruder block to instead use the highly-reliable retaining ring system commonly found in push-fittings and already in use in Tiko’s liquefier heatsink. 

Punctured Bowden Tube (1%) – The material used to make bowden tubes (PTFE) is relatively soft, whereas PLA and other common printing materials can be quite hard. Sometimes, when cutting/breaking filament, the remaining tip can be quite sharp. If this sharp tip is inserted into the extruder, it can dig into (and even puncture) the Bowden tube. 

Solution: We stiffened the spring at the twist lock to straighten the path of the filament in the tube. We also added a warning in the WIT to remind users to check their filament is not sharp, as punctures are still possible if sharp-tipped filament is inserted.

The Second Hundred 

After receiving feedback from the first 100, we moved quickly and implemented solutions to the issues that came up. In less than two weeks, we already had a second batch that we were more confident in, and felt could be a precursor to continuing production. Here’s how it went. 

Note: This data was obtained from our customer support tickets. The actual numbers may be higher.
Note: This data was obtained from our customer support tickets. The actual numbers may be higher.

A failure rate of 14% is still quite high, but it was impressive just how much of a difference a couple of weeks could make. This time around there were just a couple of bugs remaining. 

Liquefier Jamming (8%) – More on this later. 

Damaged in Transit (6%) – After finding out just how bad the first adhesive was, we tried the already tested solution – an expanding vinyl-based glue. Unfortunately, due to the higher humidity of our factory compared to the office, the glue expanded more aggressively than expected and imparted stresses on the print chamber. During shipping, these latent stresses combined with the forces of shipping and resulted in cracks along the top of the print chamber.

Solution: We have since experimented with dozens of adhesives (local and international) and selected ones that strike a perfect balance of strength, ease of application, shelf life, and aesthetic appeal. 

And that’s it. Those are the only hardware issues we had left in the second batch. That said, both batches did experience a variety of minor issues, which for completeness sake we’ll list out below. 

Minor Issues 

We also encountered a number of minor issues. Some of these were simple software/firmware bugs, others were inconveniences in hardware, and some were one-off cases. To keep this update from getting too long, here’s what they were in a condensed format: 

Slicer – The print settings were nowhere near optimized at the time of launch. It was a cause of inflated embarrassment, but luckily, it's easy to solve. In-house testing has already demonstrated dramatic improvements, and further development will continue well into the future. 

Leveling – The auto-leveling system isn’t as bulletproof as we hoped. It worked well on the TikoWall, but not in production. We’re tackling it from a number of angles and think we can get it into the 90%+ reliability range, but for now, manual leveling is still the best choice. Luckily, the WIT makes it quite easy. 

Carriage-Rail Separation – The intentionally removable motor carriage subassembly sometimes became dislodged during shipping. Supports have been added to the filament tray to prevent this. 

Nozzle Came Undone – A nozzle was inadequately tightened and came loose during a print. The assembly process has since been improved. 

Difficulty Loading Filament – Sometimes, it can take a bit of force to load filament. A complete fix is not feasible at this time, but conditioning the filament tip helps. It may take some force, but every Tiko can load filament, as this is part of the QC test. 

Fit-and-finish – There were small gaps between the chassis and its adjacent parts due to an imperfect cut. Fixed by designing a new saw for the chassis. 

The Mystery Problem 

With all of these bugs solved over a month ago, it would seem we were ready to get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that simple. Despite the extensive rounds of TikoWall testing, we heard stories of backers experiencing liquefier jams. So we shipped some production liquefiers to HQ for testing, and indeed, many of them were jamming. Often, it was erratic and unpredictable, and we couldn't pinpoint the cause. Printers would often alternate between jamming and not jamming. So, we spent another month working on it.

 

We could write an entire update about this topic alone, but here are some of the symptoms we thought could be behind the jamming: 

Heater calibration inadequate – Theoretically results in nozzle operating too hot/cold. Fixed by developing a revamped calibration method.

Heater partially slipping off nozzle – Theoretically results in incorrect heating and therefore excess back-pressure. Fixed with a snap-ring.

Tight retaining rings – Theoretically the retaining rings became too tight (due to supplier change) and were constricting the tube, making it difficult for filament to pass through. Fixed by redesigning retaining rings.

Bowden tube damaged during assembly – Theoretically deformed the tube in some printers, constricting it and making it difficult for filament to pass through. Fixed by improving assembly jig and process.

Extruder motor current too low – Theoretically motor power was insufficient to consistently extrude. It was lowered intentionally to protect the tube flare, but new design can handle more force. Fixed by raising power in firmware.

Bowden tube kinked at heatsink – Theoretically a kink forming at the heatsink inlet was increasing resistance to filament travel through Bowden tube. Fixed by adding spring just like the extruder-side of the tube.

Aggressive filament drive gear – Theoretically the filament drive gear was biting too aggressively into filament, deforming the filament and making it difficult to push through the Bowden tube. Fixed by switching finer-toothed drive gear.

With all of these solutions prototyped, we ran two distinct sets of tests last week and over the weekend. One set consisted of printers in China with the new-and-improved liquefiers, running current-production firmware/software. The other set at HQ consisted of printers with current-production liquefiers, but focused on testing software/firmware based solutions.

What Did the Tests Reveal? 

Mini-TikoWall in China for Rapid Hardware Testing
Mini-TikoWall in China for Rapid Hardware Testing

After hundreds of print hours of testing in China, we found that all of the little hardware improvements added up to a greatly improved liquefier - one that is finally consistent. 

We found that either no printers jammed, or when pushed hard they all jammed at the same place in the same print. So, while they’re not jam-proof, they are consistent and have worked well under normal print conditions.

Meanwhile in Canada, we found that certain printing/extrusion settings practically eliminated jamming on the buggy production liquefiers, and next week we'll begin testing these optimized settings on the improved liquefiers. One can't help but expect good things here.

Overall these results mean we can tackle this issue from two fronts. Both hardware and software have shown promise, and so we are cautiously optimistic that we have this final problem cornered.

What's Next? 

It looks as though we have the liquefier issue cornered. With all of the other bugs completely resolved, Tiko’s hardware appears ready for full production. This time with an improved assembly process, more robust QC system, and general knowledge of issues to look out for. It should be a much smoother ride.

However, there is still the very real possibility that the software development will not yield results, or the performance envelope will turn out to be too narrow, or some new long term problem will come up. If that happens, we could be in for a longer wait. We’ll continue hardware testing and development throughout this period, just to hedge our bets.

Expect to hear from us in around a month with news – either of large-scale shipping or, gulp, trouble. 

Wrapping Up 

Sorry for not updating you sooner. Honest. We shipped the second mini-batch believing we were ready to get back into production. We had an update already written explaining the setback, ready to post. But then the liquefier happened and we waited for concrete test results. One week turned into a second, which turned into a third, and so forth. We're stubborn about solving problems. Sometimes our strengths can become our weaknesses.

It's truly amazing and humbling just how many problems we could experience moving from pre-pro to production, but this gives us a greater-than-ever appreciation for how companies can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on R&D. It's just so full of surprises. But it doesn't take money so much as patience.

On that note, we deeply appreciate the kindness and patience many of you have shown. It's easy to be a critic (and look what road that led us down) but it takes class to see our stumbles and still root for us. And we notice it. We made a commitment to you to change the status quo of accessible 3D printing, just as you did to backing us. Each and every morning we get up and work to honor that commitment. It doesn't matter if you fall. As long as you get back up and keep going.

Lastly, we want to thank the first 200 Tiko owners for their grace and feedback. You guys have made invaluable contributions to the campaign and improved Tiko for all future owners. Who knows where we would be without you. Thank you again, and although we've hinted at it before, we'll come out and say it: We can't wait to ship you all another Tiko - but once it's ready this time. :)

Cheers guys, talk soon!

Team Tiko

P.S. We love to get involved in the comments section and share the inside scoop on progress with our most active backers. If you ever wish to dive into the details and latest developments, but don't enjoy scrolling through comments, then check out our comments directly at https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/tiko3d/comments

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    1. Lorenza Panero on

      Still no delivery, no message, no feedback. What a disappointment.

    2. Missing avatar

      Margaret Andrews on

      Hello,
      I did not receive my package because it was delivered to the post office instead of my home! I would have changed the address had I known you were using usps instead of fedex. USPS does not deliver to many homes on this island and they refused the package. If you had been clear about this I could have provided you with alternate information. Please advise me on how I can get this package.

    3. Anjan jiddigi on

      Hi , I Have requested for a refund ,,, can you please do so .. asap !

      regards

    4. Joshua Parr on

      Will we be receiving an update soon? Its been about a month and a week since the last one. Any news?

    5. RoyT on

      It's not unusual for a KS project to run late.

    6. Felix Lu on

      I can appreciate all the stress from troubleshooting and problem solving you guys have been going through - it ain't easy! Good job with the controlled roll out and attempts to find root cause. It's better to finally roll out a more robust product than to tarnish your image right off the bat as a purveyor of crap! :) Good luck guys!

    7. Kevin on

      I can already buy a similar product at the same price now. When or is that possible for us to get our TIKO? Or should I ask kickstarter, is there any way for the backer to get back the money in such an irresponsible and deceptive project?

    8. Wonky Kim on

      Could I get my printer in this life?

    9. RoyT on

      Hah hah profanity AND ALL UPPERCASE

      That should really guarantee they drop everything and personally send one of the current defective printers right now damnit!

    10. John
      Superbacker
      on

      I am still happy with waiting for my TIKO , I have backed my share of "vaporware" I was duped in one of the largest kickstarter scams ever that made national news.. the little drone that actually had faked videos of it flying! So I have been hurt by project however I keep backing. I have gotten items on time, a little late, years late, and never... Kickstarter is not Amazon, If you want a 3d printer NOW there are plenty of them on Amazon. I am still on TIKOs side. I don't need updates every week.. I don't need to know when everyone goes to the bathroom over there. Just work hard make a good product and if a year goes by and its that late I will be happy to print with it either way.

    11. Fris13
      Superbacker
      on

      Nicely detailed and well presented update. I love how methodical the company is at identifying and eradicating all the issues. Keep up the good work guys.

    12. Miles Cheverton on

      WHERES MY DAMNED PRINTER!!

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      jason gael on

      Where is my Tiko?????

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      George Georgiou on

      Any updates on when the next batch will be sent out? And are there any heading to the UK soon?

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      Greg Howard on

      Solid update. Making crappy products is easy. Making good stuff is hard and takes time. These are invaluable lessons you could not learn any other way. Will make the 2.0 version all the better. About that robot arm...

    16. Alysia Pauslen on

      Thanks for the info and hopefully those gremlins will be gone by the next update.

    17. Matt Auen on

      Thanks for the update, go Team Tiko!

    18. Rolts on

      @John Swanson: the flaw in your argument about TIKO and updates due to the time taken, is that TIKO is actively avoiding posting updates. They post comments at irregular intervals in the comment section, but in their own words were not posting updates for fear of upsetting a "bee hive of 16000 backers" (para-phrased).
      If they have the time to post comments, then they are being anything but transparent about the state of the project, by avoiding the formal update section, as they know full well that it would be emailed to all backers whom they would prefer to keep uninformed in my opinion.

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      Ryan Thomason on

      Thanks for making sure it is right before sending out the printers.

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      John Swanson
      Superbacker
      on

      @Lior Eroni:
      While I agree with you that I would love to see more updates and information from Tiko, It isn't as easy as you would think. I've had to do PR and communication work before and the time it takes seems to grow at an almost exponential rate.
      It sounds easy to say just keep uploading videos, it should be easy. However when you get into it, it get a lot more complicated. First you need to have some one take the time to setup the camera, do the print and get the recording. Then those files would need to be edited, maybe made into a time lapse, and finally uploaded to Youtube. All in all you'll probably talking several hours work.
      The Kickstarter updates are the same way I'm sure several hours of work probably by a couple different people go into each one.
      So for them to give us more updates, and more videos, etc they would have to either take more time away from the rest of their work, or hire on a person just to handle the updates. Personally I'd rather them spend the time working on Tiko than spending more time on updates. I also doubt that they have the budget to bring anyone on to run the updates since they have a fixed budget of the Kickstarter funds and it's taken a lot longer than expected to get into production.

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      John Swanson
      Superbacker
      on

      @Christian Griffin:
      I know that it's frustrating to have waited so long and still not received you printer, god knows I wish I had mine. (Which is why I've since backed 4 other 3d printing projects, all of which I'm still waiting for.)
      Everyone using Kickstater should have read the introduction to Kickstarter and the Terms of Use that we all agreed to, and know what they were getting into when backing a project.
      Tiko's comments were about a tiny minority of users who have decided to be the creators and the community for their one self gratification, not the regular genuinely concerned backer.
      The Tiko Team obviously underestimated the time and effort that it would take to move from their concept and prototype to a production machine. They were a small team of people, not a large corporation with decades of experience in this sort of thing, so I think that is understandable.
      I believe that Tiko has been honest and forthcoming each step of the way on this journey if not always timely. I believe that they are working as hard as possible and doing everything that they can to deliver us the printer that they promised us as soon as they can.

    22. Richard Blummer on

      It's kind of nice to know that Tiko thinks of their backers as the enemy.

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      Lior Eroni on

      The one and only true major problem with this project is the lack of communication.

      and the really simple solution is MAKE AN UPDATE EVERY WEEK if not twice a week.

      tell us everything, every little damn thing you guys are doing!
      have questions you don't know the answer for yet? Share them with your backers!
      show us clips of the tikos printing quality tests, the failed ones, the successful ones...

      not sure if to send a batch or not? instead of biting yourself up, talk to your community and ask them!

      That's how you build trust: transparency, honesty and constant communication.
      If those were consistent, people would forgive and not even complain would the project be late by even 2 years.

    24. Rolts on

      @Christian Griffin: the creator can not remove your comments unless you cease being a backer. Kickstarter can remove comments deemed to not meet their standards, but that seems to be rare and not because of criticism of a project. As @Tamarinen pointed out, sometimes people post on an update or in comments, then look in the other section and presume a comment has been deleted when, in fact, it has been posted in a different location.

    25. Tamarinen on

      @Christian Griffin:
      In the general comments section: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiko3d/tiko-the-unibody-3d-printer/comments…

      This is the Update #20 comments section.

    26. Poon Spoony
      Superbacker
      on

      it's nearly delay for a year.
      and the last update didn't have the answer of how long will it take to fixed those problems......

      At first i am so excited about this project.
      Half year delay is acceptable. As I know production in China is hard to managed.
      But a year delay and no answer for when will it fixed ?? I am really disappointed about this.....

      before those update progress is awesome but now just keep making excuses.....
      It seem you can't keep what you promised.

      Is that gonna be another ZANO project ????

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      Christian Griffin on

      No worries, I'll just post it again.

      'Well, around the same time, a vocal minority began to suggest that Tiko was vaporware. Words like fraud and lies were starting to appear... Sure, these people were fools...'

      Great PR there, Tiko. **** the people who expect you to fulfill your promises, right?

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      Christian Griffin on

      I see you're now deleting uncomplimentary comments? If not, where the h*ll did my comment go?

    29. Heidi Bransby on

      Extending my best wishes to you all in your continued troubleshooting and fine tuning endeavours. I'm grateful that you are genuinely passionate, dedicated and committed to this project. I look forward to the day I receive my Tiko in South Africa. I have huge plans for it's use with the youth here, and feel excited that the future holds such promise and enjoyment for us. Thank you and warm regards to you all.

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      hussenet on

      As we say in French, Paris was not built in a day !
      When things turn bad, it is important to keep up with the communication at a regular pace. the people who backed you aren't running anywhere, but if you keep them in the dark for too long they worry, and this leads to disappointment, in the best case. Post a timelapse of one tiko printing a model. Post a short video of a couple of prints you think are representative to the quality we could expect.

      How would victory taste without struggle?

      JP.

    31. Cory Kiser on

      You guys are trying. The only criticisms that I have is a lack of project management skills and that these 20 updates are a little too much worded like propaganda for the purpose of excuse making. Hindsight is 20/20. Please keep trying.

    32. RoyT on

      @nathan

      You need to send them a Kickstarter PM to change your shipping address.

    33. Nathan Dennison on

      Thanks for the update guys. I'm glad to hear that you are taking your time and doing it right. I was wondering if it was possible to update delivery details because I'm likely going to change addresses in the near future.

      Thanks again!

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      Roger Froud on

      Thanks for an honest and detailed update. Having between involved in a product launch, I fully understand how you can get caught out by issues you don't expect, and from ones you thought you'd resolved. I'm sure the first 200 backers will understand that being the first is always the most risky. If you treat them fairly then it's not a problem.
      Just keep going, you're doing a good job.

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      calum Macdonald on

      Hi Guys Thanks for the update IO was beginning to wonder what was happening. I'm surprised at the percentage damaged in transport. Have you thought of packing the printers in card tubes, we send a lot of things out and have found 3mm walled tubes the best. They come in a variety of sizes we use 6" 9" and 12" diam and they are very robust and easy to stack. Hope this helps All the best Calum

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      Ben Scheele on

      cool, good update. If it was up to me, I'd just skip adhesives, and screw everything together, but that would probably add a bit to the cost.

    37. Andrew Ayers on

      Thank you for the update; it's good to see.

      Again, I'd rather wait for a printer that has the major bugs ironed out than get something that doesn't at all work because it was rushed.

      I do hope you guys have learned your communication lesson - keep us in the loop, good or bad - remember, we're investors first, so being open in communication is key. For a project this size, an update a month would be acceptable - but if you run into snags (or just have something you can't wait to share) - post more often. I'd rather get several short updates over a month, than one long update after two months.

      Furthermore - remember that we're also here to help; you may have a problem or need an answer that maybe one or more of us can provide a solution - or at least a prod in the right direction. But if we don't know what is going on, we can't help.

      I look forward to your future progress.

    38. fr0st on

      Take your time!

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      Barrett Baumgartner on

      As a retired electronic manufacturing engineer for medical devices (30+ yrs) I have a suggestion. Get a good packaging engineer to help you out. At a minimum, some level of drop and vibration testing is performed after the hardware design is pretty well defined.

    40. Aeyt
      Superbacker
      on

      The shade is serious, and I find it amusing. There are many of us, like myself, that don't want constant emails about updates. I like at max, 1 a month, unless its a small project that is only going to take a few months. I have backed 117 successful projects, and spent close to $5,000 on KickStarter investments. If I got weekly or even biweekly updates from all those projects, I would be drowning. I get enough as it is. I really like the way they handle the mini updates in the comments section and I've been using https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/tiko3d/comments to read them directly for some time. If you weren't smart enough to figure it out, that's your problem.

      Also, just wanted to point out to @Jason that they are using theoretically correct, especially in this instance. Theory makes it not a fact, and in fact they don't know which of those things were causing the problem and which were just possibilities. They solved all the potential problems, and thus eliminated them. To properly move them from theory to fact, each possibility would have to be singled out with the rest having been fixed, to test if each one individually was the culprit. If none were singularly responsible, they would then have to test every combination of possibilities. That would be extensive amounts of unnecessary testing when they could instead find solutions for each theoretical problem, eliminating them all at once. So in fact, if it was one, multiple, or all of them, was never scientifically found. Thus they remain theories.

    41. RoyT on

      @wes
      Pretty much as dezi said except you need wifi with Internet at home/office to get software updates before going to craft show.

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      dezi on

      @Wes Wortman
      You don't need internet, you only need a wifi device (smartphone, tablet, notebook, ...) to send the G-Code file (later stl file, too) again to the Tiko. If it doesn't find a WiFi hotspot it knows, it creates one.
      Anything else can't work, as you don't have a display / controlls in the Tiko.

    43. Wes Wortman on

      I was hoping to use Tiko at craft shows. Hopefully someone will see it as we go into the Christmas season. If you're tweaking the software, it would be great if I could print a stored file when there is no Internet available.

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      dezi on

      @david
      If you go for a cheap kit, try to get one with extruder fan (not sure how they are called) so that extruded filament gets cooled more quickly. The kit with that only cost 15$ more i think. I have a cheap prusa i3 clone for the time being. Costed me 170€ shipped in Germany.
      But don't expect any help of the supplier and expect a lot of tinkering to get it to print well.

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      david on

      @dezi: a real thank you for the infos. I think I will soon join the 3d users like you before the tIko by buying another one as I'm really far in the backers list ah ah ah. Cheers

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      dezi on

      @david
      I think that lizard doesn't look too bad (for their slicer?) some of the first 200 had much better prints with a 3rd party Slicer like Cura. But the filament isn't the best to show of the Print quality, too. The transparent shows errors more easily. Prints with Opaque filament (hope that word is right) looks much better. On the Tiko forum you can see a lot test prints of the first 200 “beta tester”.
      How reliable it will be I can’t say. I don’t believe it will be that you don’t have to worry about anything, but we will see about that. Most of those Hardware problems are fixed. Let’s see how the next beta (gamma?) units will work.
      Not an expert. Have a 3D printer for <2 month and read most of the comments here. But that is what I remember :-)

    47. Sunandan on

      Thanks for the update! Good luck!

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      david on

      hello

      no news about rational shipping dates? It's weird to have called for shipping costs and no shipping planned or at least communicated to the backers. Could we at least get back the shipping costs as there's no clear date if someday they are shipped?
      It's my first and probably last kickstarter experience and maybe I was unlucky, as I see people with 60+ backer projects say it's the worse. Well I cannot judge but I only see that I probably won't get any printer even one year after it was supposed to and of course it doesnt' seem the machine I'll get will be reliable. (hope I'm wrong!)

      can somebody who understands the 3d printing and has technological skills tell us if the final result of the printer will be similar to the lizard on the picture? It seems the plastic has been mixed with sand. I really hope this is not a "successful" print with the tiko

      thank you