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iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby PxT » 2014-Nov-Thu-12-Nov

"Created with the home based user in mind, the iBox Nano is the worlds smallest, most affordable 3D Resin Printer."
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/82 ... e-3d-print
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Postby thawkins » 2014-Nov-Thu-12-Nov

PxT wrote:"Created with the home based user in mind, the iBox Nano is the worlds smallest, most affordable 3D Resin Printer."
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/82 ... e-3d-print


Yay..... spot the Raspberry Pi Model B+ inside the bottom of the unit, looks like the software runs on that.
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby Munson » 2014-Nov-Thu-14-Nov

The print volume looks small
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby PxT » 2014-Nov-Thu-17-Nov

It's very small - only 40 x 20 x 90mm.
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Postby evanalmighty » 2014-Nov-Thu-20-Nov

Too small to be useful. 25 characters limit
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby thawkins » 2014-Nov-Thu-22-Nov

evanalmighty wrote:Too small to be useful. 25 characters limit


Actualy its probaly usefull, its very high resolution, so it will quite usefully print things like nuts/bolts with accurate threads, lost battery covers for remotes, various clips, keytops for keyboards, cup hooks and other items that are too small to reliably print on an fdm printer. It needs to be backed up with a big thingiverse like library of component models for plastic haberdashery. Then i could see it being usefull.
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby andrewmk » 2014-Nov-Fri-06-Nov

From the Kickstarter page: "prints at 328 microns on the X-Y axis". Isn't that 0.328mm resolution on X-Y i.e. very blocky?

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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby PxT » 2014-Nov-Fri-11-Nov

It's comparable to the Form 1 which has 300 micron XY resolution (and costs 10x as much).
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Postby Corey Warren » 2014-Nov-Fri-17-Nov

I'm a kickstarter for this project. Looking forward to getting my hands on this little guy and learn a different 3d printing technology.
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby PxT » 2015-Feb-Wed-16-Feb

Latest update claims that the X+Y Resolution has been increased from 328 x 328 microns to 314 x 314 microns. And to thawkins point, they have already hinted at the availability of a library of objects which can be downloaded & printed directly from their software interface.
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Postby JonS » 2015-Feb-Wed-16-Feb

Corey Warren wrote:I'm a kickstarter for this project. Looking forward to getting my hands on this little guy and learn a different 3d printing technology.


Me too! I thought it would be good to play with SLA. It might also be useful for some items for my work.
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby PxT » 2015-Jul-Mon-14-Jul

Just got my request to pay shipping (wasn't collected at the time of KS for some reason) which means it should be on the way to my door soon.
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Postby JonS » 2015-Jul-Mon-14-Jul

PxT wrote:Just got my request to pay shipping (wasn't collected at the time of KS for some reason) which means it should be on the way to my door soon.


Which group of backers were you in? I'm a "Very Early Bird Supporter" and I've not received a shipping payment request yet.
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby PxT » 2015-Jul-Mon-15-Jul

If you check the latest update on their KS it looks like the very early backers should be either shipped or shipping now. Maybe check your SPAM folder in case you missed the email about it? I'm at the $269 level so in theory you should be ahead of me in line.
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby Mooselake » 2015-Jul-Mon-16-Jul

Hopefully you can get better results than this early user.

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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby frankv » 2015-Jul-Mon-19-Jul

To be fair, iBox support is giving that guy some help with improving his print quality.

But .314mm (I think that 314 microns sounds much better, probably because we think of a micron as infinitesimally small, so 314 of them also sounds microscopic, whereas .314 of a mm is something you would expect to see) resolution in X/Y out of 40x20mm was never going to be great. 127 pixels by 63 -- this is an image of 127x63 pixels...
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I arbitrarily chose a grey-scale photo as being somewhat similar to the capabilities of a 3D printer. That's never going to be a Rembrandt. But it may be worse... if that the resin printer can only do a binary on/off thing at each pixel rather than multiple levels,you'll get this sort of quality...
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By comparison a PrintrBot at 80 steps/mm is 0.0124mm resolution... A print size of 100mm means you get 8000x8000 pixels. e.g. https://kyrrith.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/img_0142.jpg (only allowed 1280x1280 on the forum). Print that out at 100x100 size and the shoe and car at 40x20 and compare.
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Re: iBox Nano - USD $300 resin printer

Postby PxT » 2015-Aug-Wed-23-Aug

Got the printer today, here are some initial thoughts.

It came in a nice laser cut shipping box and was ready to go right out of the box. One nice thing is that it seems to run off almost any USB charger or port. Right now I have it plugged into the USB jack on the front of my printer because it was convenient on the desk. No bulky power supply needed!

Had a bit of a struggle getting it on my Wifi. My router doesn't support WPS plug-and-play so I tried their documented method of loading a config file onto a USB stick and booting with it plugged in, but that didn't seem to work. Neither did setting my router to broadcast a network named "nano" with no password, which is supposed to be auto-joined. I finally hooked up a USB keyboard and plugged it into my TV (the guts of the machine is a raspberry Pi, so it has HDMI out built in) and was able to configure my wifi SSID and password that way.

The documentation on this thing is in pretty rough shape, and different videos and documents scattered around their site contradict each other on some points. The included QuickStart guide is really minimal and skips some steps that you have to discover from other documents. The software has some spelling errors in the interface.

The included resin says to avoid skin contact by wearing gloves, but their Youtube videos demonstrate filling and cleaning the build plate with no gloves. Not sure how serious these warnings are about skin contact.

I knew the build area would be small but now that I see it in person it is REALLY small.

I am working on an initial print now, will see how it turns out. One nice thing is that it is absolutely silent while in operation. The only motor is for the Z axis and it is tiny. I have it right next to me and I cannot hear any noise while it is in operation.

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