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  1. #1

    Lightbulb Minitoy 3D by Weistek

    Hello Everyone!

    This thread will be about "Minitoy 3D" by Weistek that is a kickstarter project, delivery has reached first backers since end of december 2016.
    minitoy_kickstarter.jpg
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/402635577/minitoy-3d-printer?ref=nav_search

    http://www.myminitoy.com/

    The aim of this thread is to help Minitoy 3D owners to fix their issues with the device, with the help of other owners and/or of the manufacturer.
    There is no company help/forum/support so far, so I am taking the initiative in order to help users (especially newbies like me). Would an official support arises, we could merge information with it.

    This first post is meant to keep the general information, links etc.

    Notes:
    1) I am no owner of this thread - just helping. Feel free to join/comment.
    2) I am no affiliated in any ways with Weistek/any other parties. Please keep this thread helpful. Complains won't help.
    3) My Frenglish is what it is... please don't blame my accent
    Last edited by bastos80; 01-07-2017 at 04:07 AM.

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    Fixing the printer

    Upon arrival of the device, there was 2-3 discoveries;
    • Why is there a belt hanging down?
    • Why doesn't my sdcard fit?
    • I can't connect!
    • Blue printing support


    here are the 2-3 ways to fix it;
    1. SD Card;
      Don't go as per the SD logo... the SD car goes the other way round, contacts to the top.
    2. Wifi;
      I may sound stupid, but it took me a while to understand that I need to join "Minitoy_xxxxxx" wifi network... password is in the instruction guide provided.
    3. Belt hanging down;
      Wow. That was a hassle. As another user experienced, the stepper motor support looked bent. So the main idea is to dismantle and make it straight. Then the belt can fit again. See photos below [not working now, I'll add it later].
      One critical point: DO NOT REMOVE THE BLUE COVER OFF THE EXTRUDER!!! I was looking for a belt support inside this one. It was a nightmare to put it back in place...
    4. Blue support to put on the print plate
      a) yes, it is a sticker. I doubted that for a while... ^^
      b) print plate height needs to be calibrated/adjusted. For me, some mm were missing... no big deal.


    Good luck, and post your questions/comments!
    Last edited by bastos80; 01-07-2017 at 04:05 AM.

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    so it was a new machine and the belt was loose ?
    Given that early kickstarter models tend to be carefully hand made by the design team.

    That doesn't bode well for future buyers.

    What build volume is it ?

  4. #4
    @Curious aadvark,

    Here is the information from Kickstarter project (I'm a total newbie so these figures doesn't mean much to me compared to other machines);
    Adopting a 0.4mm nozzle, MiniToy has a build volume of 170 x 130 x 140mm giving your child enough room to print larger objects than other kid-friendly 3D printer. The printing speed is 30 - 300mm/second and compatible filament PLA.

    It seems several of us had the same issue with the bent metal piece and the loose belt. Yet no reply on the kickstarter page (aside from "yeah, kudos for your help!"...)
    I doubt there is room for other buyers: Most kickstarter projects turn out at some point where anyone could buy the final product at a 'market price', once the production is completed. So far, for this one, there was no information, no improvement from vendor, no communication, no support, no extra sales. Not even on the Chinese Internet/market. In my humble opinion and previous experience in the middle kingdom, I have the feeling that Weistek is a common mid-size Chinese company, specialised in 3D printing, but without real end-consumer interface (selling to bigger brands/one shot?). They show up a serious lack of english speaking (worse than me ). So they tried to break the ice through a Kickstarter event... Yet it looks like they are not really focused on consumer support etc.

    This is still a decent 3D printer for us beginners, with a lot of room for learning, sharing, and passion in this!

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