This is a very cute 3D printer, with a white body and a black base design, which is simple in style.
The Fulcrum Minibot 1.0 3D printer is compact. That’s its big strength. It is 21 cm wide and deep and 22 cm thick. That’s not much, very little. This tiny printer can fit in a drawer, on a shelf or in a bookcase when you’re done using it. It can even easily find its place on a desk and stay there.
The big drawback of such a solution is of course that the printing capacity is greatly reduced! The small printer cannot print objects that are more than 7 cm sideways and 7.5 cm high. This is also very little! You can therefore print small parts, figurines, small decorative objects or accessories for various assemblies, but nothing really big.
If you are looking for a better printing capacity/price ratio, there are much better 3D printers to choose from but I find this Fulcrum Minibot interesting for certain uses. Especially for an approach to 3D printing with younger people. First of all because it’s not impressive and its toy side makes it a nice object that won’t put anyone off.
Then because it is secured on the sides by transparent walls that let you see the object working but prevent you from touching the motorized parts as well as the extrusion nozzle which can exceed 200°C. Finally, because it has a small 2.4″ diagonal touch screen with a menu in French to drive it simply by printing files present on a MicroSD card previously inserted. A magnetic base makes it possible to easily remove the objects printed in PLA.
If you are looking for a printer for classic production, I invite you to look at the classic goodies or you will find more expensive models but with much more complete performances. Models such as the Alfawise U50 or Alfawise U30 Pro will be more likely to meet your requirements. But if your goal is to explain how 3D printing works, if you don’t have the space or if you’re only looking to print small objects, this Fulcrum Minibot has the big advantage of excellent compactness and affordability.
Having found the correct icon to begin printing I am away! A 'cartoon' hedgehog . . good as a paperweight at 38gms was first, then a smaller howling wolf ( snapped off a foot when de-pillaring) another wolf this morning and now a 'tripod' which appears to be a 3-legged witches' pot 61% built and counting . . Now I have to visit Cura, one of the the recommended sites and learn how to load the items I want to print. Works with Windows, Vista and Macs 10.1 onwards, so they tell me. It is making busy little robot noises, which vary as the stepper motors rotate back and forth, but you must expect this. Less noise than the review on Makers Muse led me to expect. MiniBot is producing a very solid and precise 2mm thick cauldron wall at the moment, and provided you can live with a 75x75x70mm size limit, nothing to dislike.