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Tiko is the affordable unibody 3D printer you've been waiting for

By Shawn Knight
Apr 1, 2015
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  1. 3D printers are finally coming down in price. As of writing, there are plenty of options that check in around the $500 mark but if that’s still a bit more coin than you wish to part with, this unibody 3D printer currently being funded on Kickstarter is certainly worth looking into.

    The 3D printer in question is called the Tiko and it’s designed to address some key pain points in the industry. Many 3D printers you’ll find today are heavy, complicated and unreliable and as noted in the company’s pitch video, users often spend more time calibrating their printers than actually printing stuff.

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    Tiko solves these concerns with a unibody design that virtually eliminates the calibration process. It’s also incredibly light at just 3.7 pounds with an equally slim footprint that won’t take over your workstation.

    Tiko is a delta 3D printer that uses three sets of arms moving in unison to control the print head. It supports an array of printing materials including PLA, ABS and nylon and features a print resolution that goes down to just 50 microns. Other notable specs include a print volume of 138.3 cubic inches and a maximum nozzle temperature of 250 C.

    But the best part about the Tiko 3D printer is the price. A pledge of $179 is all that’s needed to secure an order (includes one standard 1kg spool of 1.75mm filament). The initial batch of printers is expected to ship this November as the company has already blown past its $100,000 funding goal.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    Want want want want want!!!
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,481   +2,035

    One of these days these printers will be so cheap and mainstream you'll just scoop up another one to add to your growing collection whilst purchasing ink for your inkjet printer or maybe buy a GTX **60 and get a free 3D printer tossed in instead of a couple of superfluous, flakey B rated games so there's no need to overspend now.
     
  4. penn919

    penn919 TS Booster Posts: 178   +19

    April 1st
     
  5. avioza

    avioza TS Enthusiast Posts: 74   +23

    Looks awesome.

    I am a little hesitant about early signup though. I bought into Micro 3D on kick starter and following the product I expect it to be fulfilled though about two months late. The upside to that is QC issues have been worked out.

    That's kickstarter though. Early backing is a risk. I am willing to wait and pay double the price if the product fulfills its promises. Crowd funding is definitely keeping the technology speeding along.

    I am hoping the next big improvement will be in speed. Fused deposition modeling is just slow...
     
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    This is actually the first 3D printer I am interested in! I may back em!
     

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