Printrbot Simple Maker’s Kit Model 1405 3D Printer, 4″ x 4″ x 4″ Maximum Build Dimensions, 100 Micron Maximum Resolution, 1.75-mm PLA Filament

January 25, 2015 - Comment

The Printrbot Simple Maker’s Kit Model 1405 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer kit has a 1/4″-thick laser-cut birch wood construction with open platform for fabricating parts up to 4 x 4 x 4 inches/100 x 100 x 100 mm (H x W x D) using 1.75-mm PLA thermoplastic filament (sold separately). The printer head moves on the

The Printrbot Simple Maker’s Kit Model 1405 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer kit has a 1/4″-thick laser-cut birch wood construction with open platform for fabricating parts up to 4 x 4 x 4 inches/100 x 100 x 100 mm (H x W x D) using 1.75-mm PLA thermoplastic filament (sold separately). 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 printer has a metal print bed includes an auto-leveling probe that works with the user-chosen computer software to calibrate the Z axis to create a level print. 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 an 8-mm diameter for stability. The GT2 belt and aluminum pulley system and the NEMA 17 stepper motor system facilitate precise movement of the print head and bed. The printer includes a sample length 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 64 cubic inches
Maximum build dimensions 4 x 4 x 4 inches/100 x 100 x 100 mm (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 (6 amp) laptop power supply (included)
Overall assembled footprint (includes movement) 10 x 11-1/2 x 15 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 Simple Maker’s Kit Model 1405 3D printer kit (unassembled)
  • 12V 6-amp laptop power supply
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Sample length of 1.75-mm PLA plastic filament
  • (2) wood wrenches

Product Features

  • Aluminum extruder and print bed with 4″ x 4″ x 4″ build volume
  • Semi-auto leveling via software
  • GT2 belts, GT2 pulleys and aluminum Z coupler for increased rigidity
  • Includes LM8UU bearings
  • Compatible with the 8mm diameter smooth rod
  • Fabricates parts up to 4 x 4 x 4 inches (H x W x D) in size or 64 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 create a level print
  • Cooling fan speeds up solidification of the extruded filament

Comments

B. Walsh "gadget guy" says:

Great Maker intro to 3D printing. I’ve been looking for a home 3D printer for about a year now. The online reviews and forums are an excellent start but I think I got the most help from the Make Magazine Ultimate Guide to 3D printing (http://amzn.com/1457183021). This book was an exhaustive review of most of the 3D printers in the marketplace.Since I was on a limited budget, anything over $1,000 was out of the questions. Yes I know that quality costs money, but can I get a decent printer to play with for the minimal expense? Turns out the answer is “yes”. The whole Printrbot philosophy is to get the job done for the least complexity and cost possible.The kit comes with all the parts in sealed plastic baggies and the wood laser cut parts in sheets, kind of like the old plastic models from wayback. You do have to separate the pieces and clean up the connection points but if you have even built any plastic models this feels like returning home.The instructions on the website are pretty…

Jeff Dubrule says:

Great starter printer Fairly easy to set up, but follow the directions very carefully. The correct directions are here: […]Pros:- Moderately easy to assemble.- Comes with everything you need to get printing quickly except a PC/Mac.- Supports model loaded onto a micro-SD card, so you can kick it off, then disconnect your laptop so it doesn’t tie it up.- Quite compact: about toaster sized- Auto-leveling system makes calibration easy (Follow this guide: […]- Aluminum stepper-motor-powered extruder feeds the filament precisely.- Laser-cut plywood is very precisely made, and can also be painted or stained to customize (mine’s green)- PrintrBoard electronics uses standard G-code, and is the same as is used on PrintrBot’s higher-end units, so it’s well supported.- Very cheap, as these things go, and even if you decide to upgrade, later, this will still be handy for doing small parts, or as a portable solution.Cons:- Not that…

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