If we pay attention to hearsay that have arisen in the network, Xiaomi is preparing a 3D printer with which to surprise everyone. Xiaomi is recently diversifying its product catalog a lot, entering unimaginable lines of business for a company that became famous by manufacturing smartphones. The pictures of the supposed printer have started to circulate on different Chinese websites and soon the international media have echoed them.
Taking into account that Xiaomi has collaborated with other manufacturers to launch their latest products, it is not unreasonable to think that in case they follow a similar strategy. So in HwLibre we have made an effort to try to find this supposed collaborator
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Leaked photos of Xiaomi's alleged 3D Printer
Companies that photos that have been leaked are low resolution and they do not allow you to see many details of the printer. However, we can tell you that it would be a Delta type 3D printer. This type of printer is characterized by allowing the printing bulky objects and to be difficult to calibrate. They keep the fixed print bed y move the head using a 3-arm system. These arms move vertically through the supports on which they are mounted, allowing the print head to be placed in the required xyz position at all times.
As the photos do not include any item that we can take for reference we can't know what size it will be nor what area and impression would it use.
Looking for the Xiaomi Collaborator
We have made a exhaustive search on the web and we have found the ideal candidate. Here are some photos so you can form your own opinion about it.
The similarities are more than evident. Obviously Xiaomi's product would incorporate its logo at the most visible point of the printer and would incorporate some changes from the original design.
The printer we show in these photos is TIKO, a printer with a successful KickStarter campaign
Possible Printer Features
If we are right and we have found the Xiaomi collaborator, we are talking about a delta printer with very good technical characteristics:
- Resolution up to 50 microns
- Connectivity Wireless
- Printing area 125x125x125 mm
- 1.7 kg of weight
- Overall size 390 × 237mm
- Capable of printing using a wide variety of 1.75mm filaments
We contacted the company trying to get us confirm or deny this rumor. However, we have not yet received a response. We will keep you informed of any additional details that are disclosed in this regard.
We hope that Xiaomi is really preparing a 3D printer, either collaborating with this or with another manufacturer. It would be a very important turning point in the popularization of 3D printing
Sources: Gizchina.com, kkj.cn and tiko3d.com