Printrbot Assembled Metal Simple 3D Printer

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.


Main Points

  • 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



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