At $699 Deezmaker unveiled Bukito — its equivalent to the FoldaRap (USD$775 kit), Portabee (USD$499 kit), PrintrBot Jr. (USD$499 kit) and the forthcoming FoldaRap ‘2’ (which has just met it crowdfunding goal) — at the recent Bay Area Maker Faire event. There are assembled versions of some of these 3D printers also available for little extra cost.
The Bukito offers a printable space of 5 x 6 x 5 inches (see specifications below) and weighs in at only six pounds. Like other 3D printers by Bukobot it has sturdy aluminum rails allowing for stable, accurate printing. It works with most standard 1.75mm filament and has open source software.
If you watch the short video below, you can see the device being turned upside down, sideways and back a number of times, and still printing accurately afterwards.
Sturdy printers are desirable for portable 3d printers, and I witnessed the global transit problems for even the most well crafted entry-level home 3D printers myself, having imported a Solidoodle 2, with it’s solid metal frame, and finding that a printed element of the device was broken. I was probably just unlucky, and the Solidoodle 2 is now available directly in the UK from London’s iMakr store: but the point was emphasized regarding production methods and portability.
The Bukito kit is available for pre-order, with an expected lead time of 6-8 weeks, basic specs are below:
- Build area: 5″ x 6″ x 5″
- Filament: 1.75mm PLA
- Print speed: 100mm/sec+ speeds
- Frame: Aluminum
- Battery Power Adaptable.