The 3D printer has become synonymous with universities and schools increasing their tech resources. So Paul Kim, who graduated from Illinois Tech in 2012 with a degree in architectural engineering, decided to develop 3D printers that are focused on the needs of students and schools. In 2013, he started work on Inbox3D, a 3D printer manufacturing startup specializing in large format mobile 3D printers designed for colleges and libraries. Their printers are collapsible, allowing the printers to be mobile without sacrificing print capacities. Currently they are selling to local schools and universities, and have printers displayed at the Chicago Design Museum.
Excited to be on NBC 5 Chicago with Art Norman this coming weekend. We had taped a segment in early August about 3d printing in which we showcased the InBox3d Mobile Maker and 3D-Fuel products including an articulating hand that is made for children requiring prosthetics. Very interesting 3 minutes. We were quite taken with the television studio which feature an automatic camera system that was totally autonomous! It felt like a Doctor Who episode and the camera’s were Dalek’s! Word is that it will air on Saturday, which is tomorrow, at 5 AM! Again between 8:30 and 9:00 AM later that morning!
As the first talks of the day begin, the people count is noticeably rising. The floor is now packed, with some of the fancier booths — like kCura’s and Dropbox’s — drawing larger crowds than others (especially while the U.S.-Germany World Cup match was streaming in kCura’s faux living room). WiFi has been a problem all afternoon, so some of the exhibitors aren’t able to demo their products as expected. Techweek staff says the provider, Boingo, is working on fixing it, but some presenters say they’ve purchased a Boingo pass and have been told they’ll be reimbursed.
One of the few makers at this end of the hall is 26-year-old Paul Kim, the lead engineer at Inbox3DPrinter.com. The IIT architectural engineering graduate’s display is grabbing eyeballs and visitors because he’s one of the few people here with something other than a laptop and business cards.
Kim is on a mission to build a more affordable 3D printer, and over the last two months he built a sleek-looking black device with a built-in Android device. He thinks he can sell his 3D printer for $700 — nearly half the cost of the MakerBot Replicator Mini, which runs $1,375. Oh, and Kim printed the parts for this, his second 3D printer, using the first one, a massive, skeletal thing that he built in his garage. Watch the video below to watch the IIT Architectural Engineering graduate introduce his device.
If you can’t afford a 3D printer, 3D print a 3D printer. Ingenuity at its finest. Paul Kim, lead engineer at Inbox 3d printers, had always been fascinated by how things worked and reassembling technology. He recognized the potential of 3D printers, but realized they were too expensive for most people. But he also knew that the more people who have 3D printers, the more innovation would spread. So his team built a 3D printer that prints 3D printers in hopes of getting the devices into the hands of more educators and everyday people. Inbox wrote on their site, “Our primary goal is to provide anyone and everyone with a 3D printer that is affordable, functional, reliable, and accessible—a truly personal device!”