Feb 6, 2015

Bonsai Lab BS Toy 3d printer and low temperature filament aimed at children

Bonsai Lab from Japan presented a new "BS Toy" 3d printer aimed at children and schools. It features ability to print with low temperature filemant material which melts at around 80C so that extruder should be "safe" for kids if they touch it.
The LT 80 filament is a flexible thermoplastic made by Polymakr LLC and it is designed to be from FDA approved materials to make it children safe. It is only colorless at the moment but it should be available in more colors.

Personally, I find this obsession with "safety" to be exaggerated. If school children can not be trusted not to touch heated element when warned about it, we have a much bigger problem then a burn they will get. But I grew up in a different time in a different culture.  As far as I understand liability laws and school administrator would want some similar "safe" technology. 
  • BS Toy dimensions: 200 (W) x 200 (D) x 200mm (H) 
  • Weight: 2.0kg 
  • Print volume: 130 (W) x 125 (D) x 100mm (H). 
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm, with optional 0.2 to 0.5mm nozzles 
  • The recommended deposition pitch is 0.1mm

Objects printed in LT80 filament