LumiFold has been our first revolutionary 3D Printer in 2013 and it started our quest for a compact, even portable, resin-based 3d printer.
We believe that, in a way similar to the evolution of computers from big mainframes to compact personal computers, this will help the 3D printers to become more and more adopted.

There are several advantages of having a 3D printer that is compact, even portable: it takes up little space, it is easier to share it and it opens the way for interesting scenarios. Such as a teacher who can bring a 3D printer in
his suitcase and print 3d models during his lessons; or doctors that during a conference can make 3D printed parts for colleagues, or patients, showing the part where they intend to operate. Possible scenarios do include also live presentations for jewelry or fashion companies, in which it would be possible to go to the presentation with your 3D printer and create for the customer, or with the customer, a prototype.

Moreover, even in countries in the developing world, a machine capable of 3D printing with great precision, but easy to transport, can be not only helpful but a radical step forward for medical care in emergency areas.

A more compact 3D printer also means that it can be integrated in other systems, or that in the same space of a conventional 3D printer, more functions can be added.

We developed a unique mechanism for the Z-axis of a 3D printer that allows to design extremely compact machines for fast prototyping. Its most interesting feature is that the total height of the 3D printer, when closed, is smaller than the
maximum height of the 3D printed part, as it expands while printing. This system can be integrated in different types of 3D printers and is now patent pending.

In the last years we have seen many innovations in the way the resin is cured, but the mechanical lifting system is mostly unchanged. We think that our solution can be a disruptive innovation that will change completely the way 3D printers are conceived and designed.

The images on this page are some of the concepts that we are testing and evaluating.

The New LumiFold TAB is an innovative accessory that transforms a tablet into a 3D printer, and can be refined to be so compact to become comparable to the size of a cover, with less than 3cm thickness. It uses visible light and a special control system that allows the electronic parts to be controlled from the Tablet without wiring, just using modulated light.

A volumetric display that uses Pepper’s ghost illusion can be also integrated in the back of the New LumiFold TAB, and the 3d model rotation on this display is controlled by an integrated gesture sensor.

The Tablet can be kept under charge when printing, and it runs the slicing and supports generation in both automatic and manual mode. We think that among manufacturers like Sony, Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo, Samsung someone can be very interested to be the first of having a 3D printing accessory for their products, and we would like companies interested in this system to contact us.

The New LumiFold CUBE is a very compact UV 3D printer for the jewelry market, with a printing area of 10x10x5cm and an external size of 12x12x12cm.

The New LumiFold DLP is a portable UV resin 3D printer with a printing area of 15x15x15 cm that is designed for jewelry / dental use that will be able to use a wide range of materials, while the New LumiFold XL is a UV resin 3D printer with a printing area of 25x35cm, 30cm height, and the machine is just 15cm tall when closed.

The New LumiFold FDM is a filament-based 3D printer, that implements our compact Z-stage, that is less than 10cm tall. It features an expanding chamber that keeps the temperature controlled. We are going to develop this project with a partner that has much experience in FDM printers.

We think this machine would be really interesting for space use. Imagine this 3D printer to be used on the ISS! Since weight and size of everything that is transported is critical due to really high costs, an ultra-thin and light 3D printer would be an excellent solution for 3D printing in space.