Davide Marin made waves in the 3D printing industry when he debuted his LumiFold 3D printer. Now, the Italian designer and manufacturer is returning with something even more innovative, the world’s smallest, portable light-curing DLP 3D printer.
It’s called the LumiPocket, and the Indiegogo campaign is geared to bring this innovative little printer to life.
A Look at LumiPocket
- Build Area: 100 mm x 100 mm (diameter x height)
- Resolution: 50/100 microns
- Print Speed: 3000 ms – 8000 ms
- Connection Type: USB cable
In reality, Marin designed LumiPocket to be the direct successor to the LumiFold 3D printer. It’s the next iteration if you will, providing all the capabilities of the larger folding design in a compact footprint.
It doesn’t even sacrifice print size. Where LumiFold had to be folded up to fit in a bag or briefcase, LumiPocket almost lives up to its name – it’s about the size of French press coffee maker (or a little smaller), and can easily fit inside a suitcase, backpack or briefcase without folding.
Like all other 3D printers, the LumiPocket prints layer by layer. It used a light-activated liquid polymer rather than ABS, PLA or other conventional printing materials, though. In addition, the curing and hardening process is handled by a DLP projector.
In conventional 3D printing, plastic is first heated to melting, and then extruded into the desired shape. It hardens over time as the material cools. The new design allows the heat and radiation from the projector to cure and harden the material.
The new printer also offers the option of printing up to three colors at a time, and changing colors requires no more effort than swapping out replaceable vats.
Of course, there are differences between the LumiFold and the LumiPocket. One of the most notable is that the DLP projector is no longer included in the printer – you’ll need your own. This is the secret to the miniscule design.
However, Marin believes that allowing users to provide their own DLP projector is not a drawback, but an advantage because virtually any DLP projector can be used. It’s not limited to proprietary designs.
There are other innovations here as well. For instance, the new printer comes with brand new software to help generate path code from STI files (the software is cross-platform). It also helps users ensure their printers are calibrated correctly.
The printer also comes with a large database of preexisting templates that can be browsed through the software’s search engine, and it’s even compatible with the Leap Motion.
The LumiPocket is currently being funded through a new Indiegogo campaign. The first 20 backers will get a fully assembled printer, complete with a carriage, vat and power supply for their qualifying donations.
Donation amounts start as low as $25 in exchange for a mention on the developer’s contributors page. $379 is the amount needed to make you one of the first 20 early backers.