The Printrbot Metal Simple fully assembled 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer should give you a great introduction to the world of 3D printing. Its sturdy all metal construction is open build ie no cover or enclosure.
- Filament type PLA although many users report other types work
- 1.75mm filament size
- 6X6X6 inch / 152X152X152 mm
- Total Volume 216 cu inches
- Hot End made by Ubis
- nozzle temp 270 deg C
- nozzle size 0.4mm
- Vertical resolution 100micron
- Non heated bed
- SD card memory on board
- Software is Windows MAC or Linux – Repetier or Slic3r recommended , using STL or G Code inputs
- Uses a 12 volt 60watt power unit.
Overall Impression and some concerns
The build volume , at 216 cu inches is a lot bigger than most of the competition. The build platform is not heated and has had a number of issues mentioned – concerning receiving warped build plates, (a steel/aluminium constructed plate), straight from the factory.
The Printrbot sliding mechanism
The Ubis extruder is well designed , with a fan and has a auto level probe built in and will work with most open source software to level the bed accurately. Computer connection is by USB and there is facility for a micro SD card on board so the computer can be disconnected during long printing sessions. ( Not provided )
What the Printrbot buyers said…..
this thing has been working near perfectly from the moment I took it out of the box, with no additional calibration whatsoever. I simply plugged it in, followed the setup guide from the printrbot website, and started printing.
Printrbot might consider putting rubber feet on the bottom in the future ( bottom of the unit scratches your worksurface / table top)
they ( customer support) are very professional and sorted out things in a timely manner. As a high school teacher that now uses 3 of their printers with students they have been helpful in providing guidance when I need via twitter it and I now feel comfortable with the technology.
Printrbot calibration is easy and quick. Thanks to the inclusion of the auto leveling probe
NEW ! Heated build plate for your Printrbot
Increase adhesion and reduce layer warping with a heated print bed. Size is a good match for the Printrbot plate