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The Pbag: Portable 3D Printer is Battery Operated, Works with PC and Smartphone

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pbagThere’s a lot of pressure on the innovative geniuses out there today. From thinking up new ways to bridge the gap between technology and saving the planet, to designing items being clamored for in robotics, aeronautics, medicine, and infinitely more, one could stay at the computer and 3D printer day and night and still never be done. Creative souls, makers, and tinkerers all need to get out for a breath of fresh air quite often — and even the best and brilliant minds have to leave their workshops from time to time, sometimes for personal reasons and sometimes it makes more sense to visit a customer or a fellow collaborator on their home turf.

It’s not so easy to pack up the traditional office we are all so used to being tethered to. Space, bulk, cords, electricity, online access, and capacity to transport valuable tools all come into play when you are thinking about setting up a remote place to work — not to mention, it’s just a bit anxiety producing to disconnect. Creativity and brainstorming can become stagnant though when you are just staring at the same four white walls.

closedGiuseppe Izzo, of Italy, has plans for all the 3D printing enthusiasts who need to be on the move though. No excuses now! With the 3D Printed Trolley Bag – otherwise known as the Pbag – you will be able to 3D print from anywhere, putting your printer on par with today’s smartphone that offers so much flexibility and access to resources.

Izzo has just launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Pbag. With hopes to raise €50,000 by February 23rd, for your pledge at the lower level, you will be able to pre-order, or receive a T-shirt. As pledges climb higher, you receive significant coupons depending on the amount you pledge; for instance, if you pledge €100, you will receive a €250 coupon toward your purchase of a Pbag.

The Pbag is a 3D printer encased in a portable bag. That’s pretty cool on its own, but this is the 3D printer concept that many have only dreamed of. Featuring a build size of 250 x 200 x 200h mm, the Pbag is able to be powered solely by battery for up to 12 hours.

Izzo really professes to offer it all with the Pbag, which allows for wireless connection as well as remote management from your smartphone. Connecting to your PC through the USB port or through your wireless network, the Pbag offers proprietary software which allows you to 3D print and completely control the process. With a micro-camera and a smartphone app, you can go out to lunch without losing track of what the printer is doing.

bagThe Pbag is designed for travel, and that includes air travel, as a carry-on. There is a built-in tracking system as well, so if you were to misplace the system, not only is everyone else locked out from using it, but you will be able to find it anywhere in the world. The fabric comes in  leather, fabric, or plastic material.

Below are exact specifications for the Pbag:

  • Filaments: 1.75mm PLA, ABS filaments
  • Max Temperatures: Nozzle – 300°C, Bed 100°C
  • Nozzle : 0.35mm J-Head
  • Printing Speeds : up to 300mm/s
  • Speeds (rapid) : up to 500mm/s
  • Heating Speeds : 1 Minute
  • Cooling : Fan/Turbine twin cooling system

Is the Pbag something you’ve been waiting for? Will you be contributing to the Indiegogo campaign? Tell us about it in the Pbag forum over at 3DPB.com.

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