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Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:30 am
by BellyUpFish
Any one here have any comments on this printer?

Re: Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:43 pm
by WillAdams
It’s a well-regarded design and linked on the wiki: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/3D_Printing#FFF

The base design is suited for manufacture on the ShapeOko: http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic ... 85&p=39733

Re: Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:04 pm
by veng1
I needed a printer for a project like "right now" so I went to MicroCenter and picked one up. An hour or two later I was up and running.

I previously bought a MendleMax kit but had nothing but trouble although that was several years ago and I'm sure the kits have improved. I'm not recommending against kits, just some of them. I've pledged for an E3D Big Box which is a kit but it won't be here until December or maybe later. People here may have noticed that sometimes production schedules go awry.

I have nothing but good things to say about this printer although you may out grow the small build volume and I specifically would not buy another printer with an auto-leveling sensor like on this one. I think for an assembled printer the entire Printerbot line is a good choice.

Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:42 pm
by Defy
Printrbot is an awesome company Brook cares about his customers and makes a great product

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I am going to get the plus here soon

Re: Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:24 pm
by BellyUpFish
Thanks guys.

I want something "smallish" to see if I'll even get use out of it.

Seems neat but at the same time, lots of trinkets are made versus useful parts.

I don't know how, yet, to model in 3D, so if be reliant on Thingiverse and other parts depositories for what I could make.

Re: Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:22 pm
by veng1
I've not liked the designs I've seen for Shapeoko limit switches nor 611 air diverters as they either seemed overly complicated or missing features that I wanted so I designed my own and printed them on this same printer.

I've also printed models of custom aluminum extrusions to show customers, so there are some fairly useful parts that can be printed as opposed to trinkets.

Re: Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:29 pm
by BellyUpFish
I know it can be a very useful tool, but like any tool, you have to be able to use it. ;)

If I could model in 3D, I'd be all over it.

I'm still learning CAD.

Re: Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:54 am
by dave_the_nerd
BellyUpFish wrote:I know it can be a very useful tool, but like any tool, you have to be able to use it. ;)

If I could model in 3D, I'd be all over it.

I'm still learning CAD.
Mine works pretty good. I can't model worth a darn either from an artistic standpoint, but you can make a lot of pretty useful parts just by mapping out a 2D object in CAD and extruding it to a particular Z-height. (Admittedly, you then have something you could cut out on a shapeoko just as easily. But if you have sharp angles or don't want to fudge the design to accommodate for cutter diameter...)

And then there's thingiverse. One of the first things I printed was an electronics enclosure for my Shapeoko, which I definitely didnt design myself. I think the two machines are pretty complimentary to each other. :D

Re: Printrbot Simple Metal

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:42 pm
by cvoinescu
dave_the_nerd wrote:I think the two machines are pretty complimentary to each other. :D
3D Printer: "Hey Shapeoko. You look good today!"
Shapeoko: "Yes, it's that new enclosure you printed for me! It fits me perfectly. You're so talented!"
3D Printer: "It looks good on you. But you're beautiful, anything would look good on you."
Shapeoko: (blushes) "Tee hee! Thank you! Your work is great!"
3D Printer: "Thank you."