The Tiko 3D Printer Has Prealigned Beams That Reduce the Need For Maintenance

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Apr 2, 2015
References: tiko3d & gizmag
The Tiko 3D printer is a new budget 3D printer, currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, that is designed to make it easy to bring interesting, peculiar and unconventional design choices to life while minimizing costs. Crucially, all of this is done without compromising on the quality of the print. The use of an inexpensive, single-part 'unibody' frame -- that requires very little calibration -- makes this possible.

Usually, 3D printer's frames are the most expensive components of the machine. Multiple beams that need to be of a high standard also have to be regularly aligned during their lifetime to ensure a consistent performance, raising costs. The Tiko 3D printer's unibody design incorporates pre-aligned beams.

3D printing is one of those activities that has a lot of potential but won't be more widely adopted unless costs of maintaining 3D printers goes down. The Tiko 3D printer bids to do exactly that.