Spotted in the MAKE Flickr Pool, John Biehler’s excellent photo of a tiny prototype fused-filament 3D printer designed and built by Fraser Valley RepRap User Group member “Brad,” aka Sublime. Brad’s posted a detailed description on one of his personal blogs and on the RepRap wiki, but hasn’t published the physibles yet. The “vitamins” ( non-printable parts) consist of four stepper motors, eleven skate bearings, ten linear bearings, a couple pieces of smooth and threaded rod, assembly screws, and the standard RepRap electronics. The build volume is just a bit over one cubic decimeter. He calls it “Tantillus.”

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • synthaxx

    Unless i’m missing something, the build volume (from one of the sources) is 10cm^3: “Build Area: 102mm x 102mm x 120mm (100mm x 100mm x 110 usable)”

    One cubic centimeter is positively TINY.

    Looks like a great little machine. If the price is equally tiny, this might be the machine to introduce a lot of people to 3d printing with. Especially considering the possibility of expanding the print volume.

    I’ll be keeping an eye on this one for sure.

    • synthaxx

      Disregard that first bit, apparently i misread “decimeter” and can’t edit my post.
      Never used that particular type of measurement, just cm^3 and m^3 (don’t know why though).

      • Taylor Alexander

        Haha, yes, “decimeter” is a less commonly used unit of measure, but still perfectly valid! Nice use of the term really.

  • Myndale

    What’s that blue glassy material the print bed is made from? I keep seeing it used in various builds but haven’t been able to find out what it is.

    • Sublime

      Its just 6mm blue acrylic (plexi glass)