A hobbyist YouTube channel for “technological experiments” is the driving force behind the My N Mi, which claims to be the smallest and lightest 3d printer In this world.
At 18 x 31 x 41 mm (0.7 x 1.2 x 1.6 in), it’s about as tall as a matchbox and as wide as an SD card adapter (according to my N Mi’s own comparison), and weighs just 17 grams (0.03 lb) . This is not just a hoax.
showing construction in a Video (opens in new tab) (Via tom’s hardware (opens in new tab)), there are some drawbacks to the construction due to its size. My N Mi notes that the project’s maximum build volume is 11 x 11 x 17 mm (0.4 x 0.4 x 0.66 in).
compact 3d printer
Despite the small scale, this printer works just like any other printer. A motor moves a build plate in the form of a well obscured LED impression light over the resin material stored in a tank.
My N Mi managed to print a small (and of course very detailed) robot figurine with its printer, but for all its compactness, you won’t print a great deal with a machine like this in practice.
While it’s true that 3D printers are slowly but surely being pulled into the mainstream, even the original Prusa MINI+, a 3D printer TechRadar Pro recommends, is compact and lightweight, measuring 33 x 33 x Comes in 38 cm (13 x 13 x 15 in). ), and weighs 4.5 kg (10 lb).
So, even if you could find an ongoing use for such a device, it’s worth noting that you’ll probably have to wait a long time before 3D printers of this size are widely commercially available.