After moving into a new apartment I had a real need for a smaller 3D-printer as I don’t really have room for my bigger printer right now. After searcing around for a while I found this printer from AliExpress that meets all my requirements:
- It has a very small footprint, about the size of a coffee machine
- It holds the spool on itself so that won’t take extra space
- 12V power supply included as a brick
- Made from pretty standard parts so easy to mod if I want to
- Print area of 120x120x160mm is big enough for most stuff I do
- It’s very clean looking package
The finished printer:
Build timelapse video:
I shot the full build process as a top-down video and made it into a timelapse.
A collection of pictures I took while building this printer, I tried to document as many details as I could that I thought were interesting.
Custom things I’ve added:
I have made two modifications to this printer. Firstly I added a new bed made from springsteel that has a PEI coating. I had one of these for my bigger printer and it’s just better than anything else I have tried as a printing surface. Second thing I did I swapped the blower style fan from the hotend into a noctua 40mm fan as that blower fan was stupid loud and I wanted this printer to be as quiet as possible. I also designed a mount for this new fan.
Both of these were just drop in replacement upgrades and I think they were 100% worth it.
Here’s links to both of these parts:
If you’re looking for a small printer I think this is a fairly good option as one. The kit with everything you need to assemble the machine and also included many extra parts like two different power heating elements. I am very satisfied with it.