3D Printers

Portabee GO Portable 3D Printer is Go!

One of the most recent trends in desktop 3D printers is to take it off the desktop and make it go portable. Examples include, in order of recency: the Lumifold, the Tobeca, and the Bukito. The most recent portable 3D printer to hit the market is the Portabee GO out of Singapore, one of the sleekest looking of the bunch by far.

Portabee Go 3D Printer

The GO, when folded, measures a mere 208 x 225 x 79 mm (roughly 8 x 9 x 3 in) and, unfolded, the Z dimension becomes about 200 mm bigger, bringing the whole thing to 208 x 225 x 277 mm (roughly 8 x 9 x 11 in).  This makes for a print volume of 120 x 178 x 131 mm (about 4.7 x 7 x 5 in).  With a .4 mm nozzle, the machine can print PLA objects with a resolution of up to .1 mm and a wall thickness of .48 mm.  An aluminum frame and steel linear guides make for an altogether compact machine with a lot of potential.

foldable 3D Printer Portabee

Pre-orders have already begun, with an anticipated shipping date of January, 2014. And $395 doesn’t seem to be a bad price for a printer so compact. In fact, the Portabee GO is so portable that you can take it out into the middle of a field and photograph it for some reason, as demonstrated in the marketing video below:

Source: Portabee