May 5, 2013

Makibox - 200$ 3d printer

At 200 USD this is probably the cheapest 3d printer on the market. 200 $ A& LT model comes without heat print bed, for that you need to pay extra 100 $ for A6 HT model.  I don't know what is their delivery time or build quality but it looks interesting.
Company is Hong Kong based and they look very dedicated and professional.
Their founder Jonathan Buford keeps detailed video blog about their advancements and project updates.

From MakiBox webpage:

The MakiBox A6 LT has been designed to be the best of both worlds, affordable and dependable. It comes with a frosted acrylic printing bed that is suitable for PLA and similar lower temperature plastics. All MakiBox kits come partially assembled. They have been designed to be more simple with less parts and very little configuration.

Even though it is inexpensive, it contains some impressive technology. The MakiBox hot end (the part that makes the plastic hot) is the most compact and efficient in the market today. This makes it possible to make this printer small but with a large output. Even though the MakiBox A6 is one quarter the size or less than most 3D printers on the market, it prints out parts as large as 110mm x 150mm x 90mm (X,Y,Z).

This MakiBox A6 LT uses PLA 1.75mm filament, which can be found in most markets or purchased from

Outside Dimensions: 290mm wide x 235mm deep x 235mm tall
Printing Output: 150mm wide x 110mm deep x 90mm tall
Positional Resolution: 0.04mm (full step resolution) in XYZ, output resolution depends on output speed and nozzle size.
Movement System: Drive Screws (8mm movement per rotation) and Stepper Motors
Nozzle: 0.4mm Default, 0.3mm and 0.5mm available
Drive Electronics: Printrboard Rev B with MakiBox Firmware

Kit contains:
1 MakiBox A6 Frame
4 Stepper Motors with Drive Shafts
1 Controller Board
1 60W or higher power supply (100V-220V AC)
1 Hot End with 0.4mm diameter output
1 Acrylic Print Bed
1 Clear Acrylic Casing
0.5kg of PLA 1.75mm Filament, Assorted Color

Specifications and photos for reference, and may change.
Current lead time is 6-10 weeks plus shipping time.