ROBO 3D R1 Fully Assembled 3D Printer, 8″ x 9″ x 10″ Maximum Build Dimensions, 100 Micron Maximum Resolution, 1.75-mm ABS, PLA, T-Glase, Laywood, HIPS, and Flexible Filament

January 25, 2015 - Comment

The Robo 3D R1 fully assembled 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer has a partially open frame for fabricating parts up to 8 x 9 x 10 inches (H x W x D) using 1.75-mm ABS and PLA filament (sold separately). It can also use other materials including t-glase, laywood, HIPS, and flexible filament. The all-metal hot end

The Robo 3D R1 fully assembled 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer has a partially open frame for fabricating parts up to 8 x 9 x 10 inches (H x W x D) using 1.75-mm ABS and PLA filament (sold separately). It can also use other materials including t-glase, laywood, HIPS, and flexible filament. The all-metal hot end has a maximum resolution of 100 microns. The 10″ x 10″ square print bed has an 8.4″ x 8.4″ square heated portion to prevent uneven cooling and warping of the printed part. The printer comes with software that automatically calibrates the machine and levels the print bed to ensure precise prints, and it connects to the computer using the included 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 machine runs on an Arduino MEGA 2560 microcontroller uploaded with the latest Marlin Firmware and has a RAMPS 1.4 shield. The printer head moves in the X (left and right) and Z (up and down) axes, while the print table moves Y (backward and forward) axis. The machine uses NEMA 17 motors, and the frame is made of injection-molded plastic for prolonged life. The printer includes a sample spool of filament.

Compatible filament materials Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), t-glase, laywood, HIPS (high-impact polystyrene), and flexible materials
Filament size 1.75 mm
Maximum resolution 100 microns
Maximum build volume 720 cubic inches
Maximum build dimensions 8 x 9 x 10 (H x W x D)*
Heated or ambient bed 8.4 x 8.4 inches of heated surface on the 10 x 10 inches print bed.
Connection USB (included) cable, micro-SD card (sold separately)
Untethered printing Yes. Micro-SD card use requires USB cable to start print job before untethering.
Supported operating system(s) Mac, Windows
Software Software included. Can be used with open source software.
Input format .STL and .OBJ
Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm
Power requirements 115 to 230V (selectable)
Overall dimensions (without spool holder) 18.25 x 17 x 15 inches/46.35 x 43.18 x 38.1 mm (H x W x D)*
Overall dimensions (with spool holder) 18.25 x 22 x 15 inches/46.35 x 55.88 x 38.1 mm (H x W x D)*
Weight 25.7 lb./11.65 kg.

*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.

Robo 3D manufactures 3D printers and filament. The company, founded in 2012, is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

What’s in the Box?

  • ROBO 3D R1 fully assembled 3D printer
  • 12V 30-amp power supply and cable
  • USB cable
  • Thumb drive
  • Mini-SD card
  • Spool holder
  • Case of tools
  • 300g spool of sample filament

Product Features

  • Fabricates parts up to 8 x 9 x 10 inches (H x W x D) in size or 720 cubic inches in volume
  • Prints layers up to a maximum resolution of 100 microns
  • Fabricates parts using 1.75-mm ABS, PLA, t-glase, laywood, HIPS, and flexible filament (sold separately)
  • Heated print bed prevents uneven cooling and warping of printed parts
  • Automatic calibration and bed leveling ensures precise prints


Roberts Grip says:

In the end, It was well worth it PREFACE =============================================I would probably give this more like 4.5 stars if I could. I am not going to say I had a great time with this printer at first as it was a bit of a rocky experience. My rating of it is based on the PRODUCT ITSELF for the most part… but I will comment on the experience, company and customer service as well.Firstly, you will note that I AM an Amazon VERIFIED PURCHASER (despite a good deal or reluctance given the reviews at the time of purchase which was November 10, 2014). I am finally writing reviews for many of the purchases I have made over the last year. I haven’t tried to do any sort of product reviews for WELL OVER A DECADE due to my attempt to review something on Amazon back in 2000-2001 and having a hard time doing so… and I think that in the end I couldn’t post the review for some reason if I remember correctly…so I have more or less stayed out of social-anything since then (not enough time…

Patrick McKinley says:

Incredible value for a workhorse 3D printer I purchased my Robo3D R1 printer through their original Kickstarter campaign. There have been quite a few upgrades and changes in the R1 printer since I purchased mine (all metal hot-end, glass build plate, auto-leveling to name a few), but I am still quite pleased with my printer. I’ve had to pay to upgrade some of the items that are now standard, but It’s definitely still a fantastic deal for the price considering the size of the build area. At 10″x9″x8″ it’s bigger than all but the high end products from the bigger name manufacturers. Being able to fill up the build volume with multiple parts at once makes it much easier than having to do multiple print jobs on bigger projects.I’ve been using mine for a year and a half now, and it’s been a true workhorse. Most of admittedly few issues I’ve had, have been corrected over time as Robo3D ramped up their commercial released R1. The difficulty I originally had with loading filament has been greatly reduced with a…

SiliconSkyGuy says:

Professional appearance and design, but mine simply wouldn’t print. I had such high hopes for the R1 based on the experiences of other members of the makers community. Unfortunately, my experience was far less than optimal.Like many other users, I had serious problems getting MatterControl to run on my Mac, so I switched over to a PC. Encountered different software issues, but a free upgrade online resolved them. I have a reasonable amount of experience with 3D printing and fully expected to spend some time with calibration and tuning, but the R1 never performed to spec. After spending at least 3-4 hours a day for a full week tweaking settings, tightening belts & couplers, and performing “simple” test prints, I was still unable to print any object taller than 9mm in the Z axis.There is an enthusiastic user community of R1 users that were extremely generous with their time and energy attempting to help me get up and running, but it was all for naught. I worked with Robo3D’s tech support via Skype, too. Again, very…

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