Printing our »own Cloud«

Being at FOSDEM 2017 in Brussels we had a very special eye catcher with us: a 3D-printer, producing our own clouds. The also store your data very secure (because of the strong neodym magnets), … well at least in form of paper notes at your fridge or whiteboard.

Jürgen – both ownCloud employee and running FabLab Nuremberg – took the printer with him. As many of you asked, here are some information regarding our setting:

The 3D printer is called »TinyBoy Fabricator«  – An open design 3D printer for student and kids. It’s a small, easy to build, yet very affordable machine. The size is just 15 x 15 x 21cm , even smaller than an A4 sheet of paper, therefore, it fits on regular computer desks. The design aims as an entry-level machine for students and newbies to learn 3D modeling technology and train for creative thinking. It is an opensource hardware design, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 and fully exposed on https://github.com/HKCOTA/TinyBoy with

  • a complete bill of materials for standard stock items like motors and electronics.
  • complete 2D-drawings ready for use with a lasercutter to produce all other parts from 3mm plastic sheets (typically in bright neon colored arylic) at your nearby Hackerspace or FabLab.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:701548 features all the needed files in ready to use formats and has a good technical overview.

At FabLab Nuremberg Jürgen developed some practical add-ons and modifications, as well as a collection of improvements that would go into the next redesign iteration. There are multiple extra for fans keeping the machine cool, a stand for the filament spool, extra legs, LED illumination and an added OrangePi to make it print without a permanent USB connection to a laptop or workstation.

His collection of existing and future ideas are at https://github.com/fablabnbg/tinyboy.

The software referenced there includes machine profiles for cura and slic3r. The already realized add-ons as mentioned above live at

Feel free to use the info as an entry point to build up your own printer and as well to printout your personal ownCloud fridge magnets. Or print out our ownCloud cookie cutter. It’s all opensource.

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