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The original Tinyboy 3D printer was designed by a high school teacher called Parker Leung as an affordable, compact and easy to use educational tool to help students get into 3D printing. The idea was for students to assemble and maintain their 3D printers before actually start using them for 3D printing. And now is the time for the new TinyBoy 2 3D printer that builds on top of the original design by improving and optimizing it for better, faster and more reliable printing results. Just like the original design, the design of Tinyboy 2 is going to be opened for everyone after shipping of the product commences.
The TinyBoy 2 3D printer is goign to be available in two different model – L10 and L16 with the later offering slightly larger build size on the Z axis. The original TinyBoy has a build size of 8x8x8 cm while the new version 2 will offer 10x10x10 build volume for L10 with the L16 having a volume of 10x10x16 cm. Another new feature added on the TinyBoy is the support of direct SD flash card printing and not via only USB connectivity like on the original model. We have recently obtained a TinyBoy 3D printer and are currently testing the device as we were curious to see how well it will perform, not to mention that it is one of the most affordable FDM/FFF 3D printers available that you can currently get.
The IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign can currently get you an early bird L10 package for $239 USD or L16 package for $279 with an expected delivery in March 2016. The regular pricing for the L10 is $279 USD and L16 is available for $319 USD with June 2016 availability. These prices do not include shipping and the printers will be shipped form Asia, so you should have that in mind when backing up the project as there is free shipping available only for Hong Kong, Macau, China and Tawian.
It seems that 3D Hubs has added support for payment with Bitcoins when you order a 3D print. This has been announced on Twitter on the official account for 3D Hubs, though not much details are yet available. 3D Hubs has partnered with BitPay as a payment processor for the Bitcoin payments and apparently starting today you would be able to order something to be 3D printed for you and pay with Bitcoin for the service. We like the addition of Bitcoin as a payment option and will most likely try it out very soon, what about you?
If you have wondered how the extruder of a 3D printer looks like in terms of operating temperature this thermal image can give you some idea about that. It is of the extruder of MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, but the situation is similar with other devices that are based on the same technology using thermoplastic material. Pretty much the heating block is the hottest thing and the rest of the extruder remains with a relatively low temperature, but if you have trouble with the extruder working properly one of the things that may be causing this is other components getting hotter than they should be.