Traveling 3D Printer Fits Inside a Suitcase

PopFab from MIT is a mini multi-tool that combines a 3D printer, CNC milling machine, vinyl cutter, and programmable drawing device.

MIT’s Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek have created a briefcase-sized 3D printer, which is also a CNC milling machine, vinyl cutter, and programmable drawing tool. Designed for a more freelance and nomadic lifestyle, PopFab would allow creatives to easily take their tools along with them as they travel. Moyer’s first video shows off its 3D printing capabilities, while the toolheads for vinyl cutting, milling, and drawing will be shown in future episodes.

PopFab is a multi-tool for the 21st century. At its heart is a computer-controlled motion platform and a means of attaching various toolheads. These enable PopFab to make objects from a digital plan in a variety of ways: current capabilities include 3D printing, milling, vinyl cutting, and drawing — with more on the way. PopFab has traveled the world as a carry-on item of luggage to Saudi Arabia and Germany, and within the USA to Aspen in Colorado. We hope that this is only the beginning.

Check out the video below to see the machine in action:

PopFab Episode 1 - Introduction from Ilan Moyer on Vimeo.


Hats off to the kids at MIT, coming out with something amazing as usual. Looks like it does RepRap Huxley's job even better, and looks nice and robust with what look like thick aluminium-sheet parts.
I can hardly wait to see if it can mill some parts to clone itself. :)

3D printer is one of the most essential products now a days; it deliver different types of technical support to the user. Previously we are using 3D printer especially in offices, shops, home and in other sections; but now we can use 3D printer while traveling and get awesome feedback from it. Through the help of traveling 3D printer we are able to get better technical 3D printing support.
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I am totally agree with Dennis that 3D printer is one of the most essential products because 3D printing has become latest trend for prototyping. I really impress with the printer which you have shown above as it fits in Fits Inside a Suitcase.
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