On your marks – Trinus 3D printer

Looks nice and sturdy - the Trinus 3D printer  (image: © 2016 Kodama, Inc. )

Looks nice and sturdy – the Trinus 3D printer (image: © 2016 Kodama, Inc. )

This smells yet again like a quick funding. On 03/30/16 the Trinus 3D printer launches it’s campaign at kickstarter. Fast fingers can save perhaps a quite interesting appearing 3D printer for $ 199 plus shipping.

Despite this extremely low price (the planned regular $ 299 sound even low) the Trinus 2-in-1 3D printer points out to be a solid and complete metal construction. The printer is made of 11 parts, and even inexperienced prospective should be able to build it up in 30 minutes. And because 3D printing is not enough, it will probably also able to carry a laser engraving head.

With a print volume of 120x125x125mm we are not dealing here with the largest member of his profession. The print speed of 70mm / sec is also not record-breaking. But to get started it should be good enough. The minimum layer size is specified with 0.05mm (50 microns).

Trinus claims that the printer can extrude 1.75mm PLA, ABS, PC, flex, wood and most other materials. Is this possible? Good question. Depending on the material it has to have at least a heated bottom plate. Without you could have tensions in your print because of the fast cool down of the materials. Presumably we must first wait for the campaign start and hope that this is included.

I’m not a 3D printing expert. However, the basic data of the 3D Trinus seem quite plausible to me. As always, of course you can not ignore the usual crowdfunding risks. We are dealing with a piece of technology that is very tightly calculated. You should not be surprised if the final device is not quite as promised (if you get one). On the other hand, you can also say that if you can get an Early Bird it could be a good shot. For entry into 3D printing Trinus definitely seems to be more appropriate than the OLO printer, where you have to commit to a specific material from a single vendor.

If you caught no Early Bird you have to look how big the savings are compared to a later retail price. A $ 200 loss hurts of course. But at $ 300 it would be very annoying. If you then saved for example only 50 Bug to the retail price, it is not worth the risk.

The laser-engraver in action (image: © 2016 Kodama, Inc. )

The laser-engraver in action (image: © 2016 Kodama, Inc. )

The good:

  • Chance for an really good early bird
  • Durable construction
  • Easy to assemble
  • Versatile extruder
  • Can change the extruder to a laser engraver

The bad:

  • Not the fastest one
  • Not the one with the biggest print volume

The ugly:

  • We have to wait for the campaign to see, if there is some ugly on the Trinus 3D printer