Printrbot Assembled Metal Simple 3D Printer, Black, PLA Filament, 1.75mm Ubis Hot End, 6″ x 6″ x 6″ Build Volume

January 25, 2015 - Comment

The Printrbot Metal Simple fully assembled 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer has a black powder-coated all-metal construction with open platform for fabricating parts up to 6 x 6 x 6 inches (H x W x D) using 1.75-mm PLA thermoplastic filament (sold separately). The frame is made from steel and aluminum for durability, and it has a

The Printrbot Metal Simple fully assembled 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer has a black powder-coated all-metal construction with open platform for fabricating parts up to 6 x 6 x 6 inches (H x W x D) using 1.75-mm PLA thermoplastic filament (sold separately). The frame is made from steel and aluminum for durability, and it has a black powder-coated finish to protect against wear. The printer head moves on the Y (backward and forward) and Z (up and down) axes, while the print bed moves on the x (left to right) axis. The steel and aluminum print bed is warp resistant and includes an auto-leveling probe that works with the user-chosen computer software to provide a level print surface. The hot end has a maximum resolution of 100 microns and includes a fan to help solidify the molten filament as it is extruded onto the print bed. The printer uses open source software and connects to the computer using the included mini-USB cable. Using an SD card (sold separately), the printer can be disconnected from the computer after initialization for untethered printing during long print jobs.

The guide rails have a 12-mm diameter for stability and have linear bearings for smooth vertical movement of the print head. The GT2 belt and aluminum pulley system facilitates precise movement of the print head. The NEMA 17 stepper motor meets the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard ICS 16-2001. The printer includes a sample spool of PLA (polylactic acid) filament.

Specifications
Compatible filament material PLA
Filament size 1.75 mm
Maximum hot-end temperature 270 degrees C (518 degrees F)
Maximum resolution 100 microns
Maximum build volume 216 cubic inches
Maximum build dimensions 6 x 6 x 6 inches (H x W x D)*
Heated or ambient bed Ambient
Connection Micro-USB (included), SD card (sold separately)
Untethered printing Yes. Requires SD card and computer hookup to start print job before untethering.
Supported operating system(s) Windows, Mac, Linux
Software Open Source. Repetier-host and Slic3r recommended.
Input format Stl, G-code
Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm
Power requirements 12V (60 watt) laptop power supply
Overall dimensions 15 x 11 x 12.5 inches (H x W x D)*
Weight 12 lb.

*H is height, the vertical distance from the lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.

Fused filament fabrication printers build prototypes and parts directly from computer-aided-design (CAD) data sources by stacking layers upon layers of molten material. The print material is provided in filament or wire form and is fed through an extruder within the print head, similar to how ink is used in a standard printer. A printer with a single extruder can print using one filament at a time; a printer with dual extruders can print with two different materials or colors at the same time. The thickness of the printed layers can be customized for each print, but the thinnest layer that a printer can lay is called its maximum resolution. Choosing to print using very thin layers will create parts with more detail, but will typically take longer to print. To lay the material in the correct way, the print head and bed typically move in a combination of X-axis (left and right), Y-axis (forward and backward), and Z-axis (up and down) movement.

Printrbot manufactures desktop 3D printers and accessories. The company is headquartered in Lincoln, CA.

What’s in the Box?

  • Printrbot Metal Simple 3D printer (assembled)
  • 12V (60 watt) 5 amp laptop power supply
  • Power cord (3-ft. length)
  • Micro-USB cable (34-in. length)
  • Sample spool of 1.75-mm PLA plastic filament
  • (2) wood wrenches
  • Auto-leveling spacer

Product Features

  • Fabricates parts up to 6 x 6 x 6 inches (H x W x D) in size or 216 cubic inches in volume
  • Prints layers up to a maximum resolution of 100 microns
  • Fabricates parts using 1.75 mm PLA filament (sold separately)
  • Automatic leveling probe helps level the print bed
  • Cooling fan speeds up solidification of the extruded filament

Comments

N. Schweitzer says:

Great for those new to 3D printing This is my first 3D printer. I read quite a bit about all of the various printers out there, and decided to go with an assembled Printrbot Metal, as it had the right balance between price and convenience (i.e., no assembly).Perhaps I’m lucky, but 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.There are a few minor things to note: My printer was quite accurate right out of the box, but the calibration objects I print are off by about 0.5mm in various dimensions. At the moment I’m not printing anything that requires precision, but as I get more into it, I’ll need to figure out how to fix this. Second, many of the online setup guides were written for the wooden printrbot that has a 100mm x 100mm bed. You’ll need to change the settings in your software to 150mm x 150mm so that it fully…

orangekrait says:

An amazing product. Great value all around. 0

Amazon Customer "dirishmac" says:

Extremely solid printer for the price. The best value for this size Best purchase ever! Printrbot Metal Simple Model1st time 3D printer owner (beginner level 3D printer but high level tech knowledge from mechanics and electronics)I would buy from this company again without hesitationThe good:Yeah best purchase ever is a little extreme sentiment but I did research on print areas and cost between nearly all the printers on the market. Printrbot hands down has the best deal for print area size, compact size of printer, and price compared to all other printer makers.The build quality of the printer itself is great (metal body, slides, and extruder) with very few problems (some high pitch sound from fan and Z-axis rod wobbles a fair bit but those are minor)When proper settings are dialed in the prints are excellent (hardware performs job remarkable well—-software is out of their control since they are using open source stuff)The bad:Their product info and FAQ support (and website) needs to be…

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