3D Printers


As well as being another entry-level 3D printer, the rather cleverly named Ditto has been brought to market by Canadian company Tinkerine, which was established back in April. With a slick website and an even slicker message this company is full of conviction and quietly going about its business — offering 3D printing services, laser cutting and distributing its proprietary Ditto 3D printer. No crowd-sourcing required.

Working according to a simple, but very effective, premise the company believes “that 3D printing technologies should be readily available and simple to use. Its future holds limitless potentials; you should definitely be a part of it!” This is further enhanced by an open community approach whereby all 3D designs are open source and downloadable from Tinkerine’s website.

Ditto is a deposition machine printing a variety of PLA and ABS filament — it is available as a kit ($899), assembled with a birch frame ($1399) or assembled with an acrylic frame ($1599).

Features of particular note on the Ditto include an open front design, which according to the designers of it “frees the printer from obtrusive front frame supports that always seem to get in the way”; a large build volume of 19 x 18 x 22 cm (7.5 x 7 x 8.6 in); and fully open source files, with which Tinkerine actively encourages hacking and improvement.

Further Specifications include:

Ditto 3D printer

Printer Dimensions: 35 x 38 x 43.5 cm (14 x 15 x 17 in)

Electronics: RAMPS 1.4, Arduino MEGA 2560, A4988 Stepper Drivers

Connectivity: USB, SD Card (optional)

Layer thickness: 100-250 microns (0.1-0.25 mm)

Materials: PLA, ABS (with heated bed add-on)

Filament Diameter: 2.8 mm