The Tiko—a cheaper, more reliable reinvention of the 3D printer—will make chronic tinkerers smile
One look at the Tiko and “cheap” would be the last thing to come to mind. With a prism-shaped unibody casing, it’s both sleek and futuristic. But do not be fooled! The casing does much more than just give the printer the mean look of a winner.
With a unibody casing in a sturdy shape, the Tiko is immune to many common printing problems. Unlike many other 3D printers, there isn’t a lot going on in terms of screws, axles and moveable parts. This means Tiko doesn’t suffer the plight of its brothers: inaccurate printing, compulsory calibrations and mechanical complexity.
It is the simplicity of Tiko that also makes it a whole lot cheaper. Creators of the printer are proud that their creation doesn’t need to use expensive high-precision mechanical components to be a capable 3D printer:
Tiko’s low-part-count parallel-arm mechanism has consistently demonstrated exceptional mechanical repeatability without the use of high-precision rails and linear bearings. That means we can manufacture Tiko using consumer-grade tolerances and relatively simple parts, rather than the crazy-expensive CNC-machine components found in other 3D printers.
The crucial reinvention of the Tiko allowed the startup team to significantly cut costs. At $179 per pledge, Tiko is cheap and reliable and can print to resolutions of up to 50 microns.
The Tiko also features a unique see-through, enclosed printing chamber. Through this, warping is minimized and the print bed becomes isolated from external forces that can affect the print quality.
The top features a compartment for the 6.5” filament spool. The Tiko uses non-proprietary 1.75mm filaments which is fed through a titanium print tip to bring STL files to real life.
The Tiko crowdfunding page is already overflowing with support. Starting out with a $100,000 goal, Tiko has already raised over a million dollars in pledges from eager individuals. The Tiko, expected to ship in November 2015, has the potential to be everyone’s first 3D printer.