3D printing is becoming increasingly popular. However, 3D printers are yet to become a common household product. The possible reasons for this problem could be the lack in its design and most of them also have a high price which can range from $500 to several thousand. This is where the Tiko 3D printer is different than other printers. This 3D printer is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, with its funding goal being achieved long time back.
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Get Tiko at Just $179
The campaign has still six days to go at the time of writing. So, if you want, you can get the Tiko 3D printer for just $179 by pledging funds for the Kickstarter campaign. Apart from the surprising price, another feature that makes this printer worth buying, is its design. Instead of an industrial mechanical cube type design, it looks more like a water filter.
The attractive price and design has caused hordes of people to back this project. Its funding goal of $100,000 has long been achieved and it is currently closing in on the $2.5 million mark.
Most of the 3D printers which are in the market have a multipart frame. They are difficult to assemble, bulky and have the risk of getting damaged easily. Tiko, on the other hand is different as it is unibody. This means that it has “three sets of arms moving in unison to control the movement of the print head.” This lets the printer print at a resolution of 50 microns. It also keeps the cost of printing lower than conventional 3D printers. The printer is easy to manufacture and misalignment is virtually impossible.
As developers state that in Tiko “an eye-popping arrangement of belts, pulleys, and tensioners”, which is common to other printers is not visible.
The printer provides support for normal print spools made of different materials like nylon, PLA and ABS. This is another notable feature. Others include built-in Wi-Fi for printing from cloud sources and your smartphone and a flexible print bed.
If you pledge $179, you will be able to get a Tiko printer and a 1.75mm filament spool. However, shipping charges will cost you extra.
The first early backers are expected to get their 3D printers by November. Those who pledge now will have to wait till March next year.
What about you?
Are you going to pledge your funds for the Tiko printer? Do you use any other 3D printer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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