FormBox, the 3D printer that uses the vacuum

This is an easy-to-use 3D printer that lets you make models to duplicate objects. Very useful especially in the home. It will cost $500

From being a tool for the select few (and used primarily in industry), 3D printers have arrived on people's desks. Also thanks to the price, which has become more accessible, and the size, which is increasingly small. There are several, but FormBox is unmatched in terms of practicality.

The 3D printer made by Mayku Industries, a London-based company, replicates objects using the principle of vacuum machines. At the heart of the extravagant object is not a high-tech motor, but a simple vacuum cleaner that removes all the air and brings the shapes to life. The printer, with compact measures, uses very thin plastic layers, which are heated and placed on the model to be recreated. To finance the idea, the British company in 2016 launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, one of the main crowdfunding platforms.

How FormBox works

The device of the British startup is very useful because it allows you to make many objects in a few seconds. And it is very simple to use. Just choose the material to be used (there are several), turn on the 3D printer and heat the plastic layer. Next, you need to place the model you want to replicate: a glass, a clock, a small vase, to name a few examples. At this point all that remains is to connect the vacuum tube to the device designed by Mayku Industries and bring the thin sheet closer to the object to be duplicated. And that's it. It takes just a few seconds to create a new form.

What's the point of the 3D printer

The printer doesn't actually create objects directly, but 3D models. Form Box, in fact, creates a sort of "mold" that is then filled with other materials: concrete, foam, silicone, resin, mortar, melted chocolate and even ice.

The price? Around $500, less than 450 euros, and it will hit the market by the end of 2017.