If you go by the Bukito’s stature, you might get the notion that this small form factor printer is just another mini with middling results. You would be wrong. It scored well in our tests and seems to be as portable as Deezmaker claims. The primary drawback: A small build volume.
LEAN MEAN PRINTING MACHINE
The first thing that catches your eye is the somewhat unique design. The open arms, rails, and mechanics are accentuated with laser cut and engraved housings around some of the stepper motors and electronics. The standard belts were replaced with a synchromesh drive system and the extruder is safely tucked behind a metal housing. A keyed power connector makes wiring it up a snap, and when we plugged it in the printer hummed to life, printing out default print-in-place spinning gears — a pleasant surprise.
TO-GO BOX, PLEASE
We didn’t have enough time to fully test one of the most touted features: Portability. But moving the machine from table to table — even during printing — elicited no ill effects, and the sturdy nature of the machine made us feel that minor disturbances wouldn’t affect the prints too much.
According to the manufacturer, the machine works great in a variety of environments, requiring only a 12V 5Amp power source, making it plane, train, automobile, and apparently drone approved. (Use your own discretion in choice of venue.)
What seemed to be another cute, small, portable 3D printer provided great results. While it lacks the polished, boxy finish of some of the prosumer machines, the unique look and cheeky accents add to its charm and spunky nature.
|Price As Tested:||$849, $999 Limited Edition|
|Temperature Control?:||Yes, Tool head (295°C max)|
|Print Untethered?:||Yes, SD card|
|Onboard Controls?:||No, Autostart from SD card, manual reset|
|Host/Slicer Software:||Repetier (host), Cura (slicing)|
|OS:||Linux, Mac, Windows|
|Firmware:||Open, Custom Azteeg x2D Firmware|
|Open Software?:||Yes, Cura AGPLv3 (slicing)|