Kid-safe 3D printer

A bonsai 3D printer for the next generation of creatives

3d printer for kids

Who should read this: Parents or teachers who search for a family-friendly 3D printer. 

Getting children interested in 3D printing is somewhat like getting them interested in a sandbox. Once they’ll get to know that new toys – any new toy – can come out of a 3D printer, it all becomes exciting for them and easier for you: that’s why 3D printer manufacturer BonsaiLab has children specifically in mind for their new BS Toy 3D printer, which was first presented at the Nuremberg Toy Fair.

Next Generation Fun

The new BS Toys is small but it has a large build volume (Image: BonsaiLab)
The new BS Toys is small, but it has a large build volume (Image: BonsaiLab)

Today’s children will be the first generation to fully reap the benefits of consumer 3D printing. However current 3D printer often involve close contact with high temperatures components, molten plastics, and sometimes heavy machines that can dangerously tip onto your children and cause harm to them if left alone and unattended. Children need to be able to play around and experiment freely to unleash their creativity so the Japanese 3D printer manufacturer developed a 3D printer that will allow them to do so safely.

The entire BS Toy measures only 200 x 200 x 200mm and it has a print volume of 130 x 125 x 100 mm. It only weighs 2 Kg which means it is extremely unlikely that it can hurt someone even if it was tipped over. BonsaiLab, which already manufactures and sells the Bonsai Mini 01 3D printer has not yet said when the new machine will hit the market although it has hinted that it may do so at a price between $500 and $600.

Like a Little Tree

BonsaiLab showed an environmentally friendly approach with its current BS 01 3D printer (image: BonsaiLab)
BonsaiLab showed an environmentally friendly approach with its current BS 01 3D printer (image: BonsaiLab)

Another factor that will make it particularly suited for children is that it will use a particular type of Polymakr developed filament, called LT80, which melts around 80° C. That’s about half the temperature of current PLA, thus eliminating the risk of severe burns. The filament which comes in many colors, will not require a heated plate and promises to be easier to work with compared to other solutions, limiting its stickiness, first-layer adherence issues and wrapping.

BonsaiLab has already tested an environmentally friendly approach with its current BS 01 3D printers, eco-compatible paints and a frame made out of recycled materials such as Plywood, forest lumbering waste, or home and industrial waste. Although small, the printer can create toys as tall as 15 cm, and it could certainly be used for modular construction sets such as LEGO-like products. So, here we have a Japan-made printer that is small and lightweight enough to carry around anywhere, costs way less than most available reliable models and boasts a good enough resolution to keep your children happy with their new toys. Even in the unlikely chance that your kids got bored, it still remains a bargain for you.