Each January, a flood of new 3D printers are unveiled at CES – and then we wait. Some of the newly introduced products are released relatively quickly afterwards, while others seem to take forever to actually hit the shelves. This past January, Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Tiertime introduced their new UP mini 2 printer, and today the company and their US division, Tiertime USA, have announced that the compact, eagerly awaited printer is now available in the United States – right on schedule.
Priced at a reasonable $599, the UP mini 2 is available through the Tiertime USA website or any of the company’s several authorized retailers. The small printer is an upgrade of the company’s original UP mini, a popular little machine designed as an entry-level printer for students, kids and makers in general. While Tiertime also offers 3D printers geared at professional designers in the UP Plus2 and the UP Box, the UP mini’s broader market appeal made it a fast favorite.
The UP mini 2 retains the characteristics that made its predecessor so popular, including its plug-and-play convenience and ease of use, quiet operation, and small, lightweight form. With a build volume of 120 x 120 x 120 mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches) and a weight of only 7.65 kg (16.8 pounds), the mini 2 is the same size as the original mini, but its several upgrades make it a much more attractive option for the same price.
First of all, the UP mini 2’s print quality has improved over the first iteration, with a minimum layer thickness of 0.15 mm, thanks to a new mechanical design. An LCD touchscreen makes the mini 2 even simpler to use, and WiFi connectivity allows for mobile control. It’s now safer, healthier and more eco-friendly thanks to built-in HEPA air filtration, and an aluminum handle ups (no pun intended) the convenience factor, allowing the printer to be easily carried and transported. A separate filament spool holder with a built-in tool box enables you to keep all of your printing supplies contained, organized and easy to access.
“Since the global announcement in Jan. 2016, UP mini 2 has attracted attentions from customers worldwide,” said Tiertime CEO Allen Guo. “The new features and sleek design have become the major features that meet customers’ need. We will continue investing more resources on research and development to provide the best 3D printing experience for everybody in the world.”
The UP mini 2 also comes with interior LED lighting and an overall sleeker appearance. It comes bundled with Tiertime’s easy to use UPware software and a one-year manufacturer warranty. According to Tiertime, the mini and mini 2 are, in terms of components and performance, equivalent to other commercial desktop printers that cost 10 times as much, demonstrating again that good things often come in small packages.
“UP mini 2 has the latest features available on the 3D printing market and it has also fine tuned those features to provide the best 3D printing experience,” said Guo. “We have given much thought about intuitive user interfaces to create more consumer friendly 3D printing environment. As a world leading 3D printer manufacturer, Tiertime’s greatest motivation is to meet the increasing demand for consumer 3D printers on the global market. We believe that UP mini 2 will become the best entry level 3D printing gadget for students at schools, kids at home and 3D printing fans everywhere.”
To find a retailer near you, check out Tiertime’s distributor list here. The company, which has been in the 3D printing business for over two decades, is headquartered in Beijing, with US offices in Brooklyn, New York and Cypress, California. Have you been waiting for one of these printers? Discuss further in the Tiertime 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.