An education-focused 3D printer, known as da Vinci miniMaker aims at supporting the next generation of designers and engineers to cope with additive manufacturing. XYZ Printing has married beginner-friendly features and ease of use with a bright, colorful and fun design.
The new 3D printer of XYZ has been designed considering the learning of K-12 classroom and therefore, has been created to appeal and be fun for younger generations. Even with its extravagant appearance and compact nature, the company still claims that it can be a potent manufacturing tool with a build size of 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 in (15 x 15 x 15 cm), which is the same as the expensive beginner model da Vinci Jr. 1.0 printer that is 30 percent bigger than the new machine.
The da Vinci miniMaker sports a non-heated print bed and only prints with XYZ Printing’s own non-toxic, bio-degradable PLA filament, consistent with its child-friendly focus. An extensive test has been performed to verify that the material is free of heavy metals as well as DEHP (a toxic compound).
The printer has been designed in such a way that it is easy to use and it gives the best possible prints without the requirement for any manual adjustments by means of an auto-calibration system. The function carefully works out the distance and level of the print surface and the nozzle, and makes sure that everything is correctly spaced, making sure that prints are completed as accurately as possible.
This printer also comes with access to the company’s “Educational Ecosystem,” beside the hardware, through which a range of applications are offered in order to assist the teachers as well as students in grasping designing and manufacturing. This includes a 3D modeling application called XYZmaker, and a library of more than 4,500 3D models, ranging from toys and games to art designs.
Set to be dispatched in the third quarter of 2016, the da Vinci miniMaker costs US$230.