Design of the Week: Tiny A1 Mini and AMS Lite Kit Card

By on March 18th, 2024 in Design, news

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The A1 Mini 3D print [Source: MakerWorld]

This week’s selection is the Tiny A1 Mini and AMS Lite Kit Card by MakerWorld contributor jaayjeee.

You’ve heard about 3D printers being used to 3D print 3D printers, the goal of the RepRap project. RepRap designs are indeed 3D printable, for the most part. However, there is the matter of producing the electronics and metal elements, which at this point can’t be done.

It’s not yet possible to literally 3D print a working 3D printer.

However, the next best thing is definitely within reach: you can print a replica of a 3D printer.

That’s exactly what jaayjeee did here. He designed an accurate miniature 3D model of a Bambu Lab A1 Mini desktop 3D printer.

jaayjeee explains:

“This is my rendition of a Tiny A1 Mini in the form of a Kit Card you can build yourself.

The A1 Mini is probably my favorite printer so far because it was the first affordable, prints-out-of-the-box that can also do multi-color. For me, it fits 99% of what I design, and I find myself using it more than our P1Ps.”

This model, when assembled, is an accurate model of the very popular A1 Mini 3D printer.

Assembled is the key word here. The 3D model is provided in “kit card” form. What does that mean? It means that the models are provided in the same way you would find a commercial injection molded model: a card of parts attached to sprues.

“Kit Cards” for the parts of the A1 Mini 3D print [Source: MakerWorld]

Above you can see some of the cards provided in this model. The parts are clearly labeled so it’s easy to identify them. This also makes it easy to package up the prints as a kit and provide them as a gift to a youngster looking for their own “3D printer”.

This is an interesting approach to 3D model distribution, and I’m hoping more designers use this method.

Via MakerWorld

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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