Developed by Melbourne, Florida, based iBox Printers – iBox Nano is the worlds smallest, most affordable 3D Resin Printer and the worlds first production LCD based UV Resin printer. Below is our recent interview with Trent Carter, founder of iBox Printers:
Q: Most 3D printers are expensive (especially high resolution models) and large, how did you come up with the idea for iBox Nano?
A: I wanted a 3D printer and wanted something small with decent quality and would fit on my already crowded desk. This product just did not exist. I decided to give it 3 months of research and development and see if I could add innovation to an already innovated market. I did not want to make just another 3d printer. After compiling more than 20 patentable ideas I pulled a team together to create what you see today.
Q: Tell us more about the progress of iBox Nano?
A: The first alpha unit printed a very complex dinosaur head which was a huge success, but it was large and had over $600 of components. So we dedicated many months to miniaturization. The issue with miniturazation is that it increases cost by orders of magnitude if done alone. So we conducted cost reduction and miniaturization in parallel, this left us with a new issue of complex packaging and high assembly cost. So we started over. We added a marketing position to bound the project. The next pass we ran all of these in parallel; quality, miniaturization, cost reduction, and ease of use. This yielded the Nano as a Beta. We have been through six beta stages since then and now have a fully developed version that has the quality of the giant alpha unit, but small, inexpensive and very well engineered.
Q: What was technically the most challenging part of developing iBox Nano?
A: We are the first company in the world to develop a 3D Printer that uses an LCD to cure UV Resin. This enabled small packaging and reduced product cost. In the end we had to have custom displays manufactured to meet all of our specifications. We have not released specific details or really emphasized this tremendous achievement because the patents are being written and have not yet been filed. Upon reaching a pending state we will be sharing the technical details that allowed us to reach this achievement.
Q: What is your message to iBox Nano – Kickstarter supporters?
A: We want to thank you for both your support and quality comments & suggestions as well as helping spread the word about the Nano. Its like having a thousand marketing people. The Nano project is crowd funding at its best.Activate Social Media: