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Anet A8 3d printer review – Should you buy this DIY 3d printer?

This Anet A8 3d printer review has been done after buying and building it, this is my third printer build – first a prusa clone, second a Anet A8 3d printerrenren3d delta printer and this one.

The 3d printing market is starting to hot up now (Aug 17). The introduction by XYZ printing of a full colour 3d FFF printer using inkjet technology along with FFF will open up the market, but at a cost of £3k few will be able to justify it. Continue reading Anet A8 3d printer review – Should you buy this DIY 3d printer?

BL Touch sensor: An end to your manual bed levelling?

BL Touch sensor review

Fed up with the time and hassle it is to level your 3d printer build platform? I know I am.

Yeah I know you’ve got the auto levelling device, does it work in all situations?

I have a semi automatic one on my delta, the one where you put the microswitch down. Around the back, so you forget about it after you have finished levelling. Yeah – how many times have you thought it would be so nice to have a probe which self parks after use. Click one button on the computer and it takes care of itself.

Well you can.bl touch sensor

Introducing the BL Touch sensor from Antclabs. Continue reading BL Touch sensor: An end to your manual bed levelling?

Qidi Tech 3d Printer: The best starter printer?

The Qidi Tech 3d printer is produced by Ruian Qidi technology Co., Ltd ( pronounced cheedy, so I’m told by a foreign language teacher).qidi tech 3d printer : factory

They have taken the reliable and well proven Makerbot 3d printer technology and improved it.

Though a newish starter in the market they have built on proven existing technology and priced it to sell

Rating 4.6/5.0

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What is the Zmorph 3d printer? More than just a printer!

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There was this strange machine at CES 2017. First they were printing – Then they were carving  – Then they were engraving and then they were making cookies!!!!

So what was it? what is the Zmorph 3d printer?

Let’s find out. Continue reading What is the Zmorph 3d printer? More than just a printer!

Monoprice select mini 3d printer review – a printer for everyone?

What can a major retailer be doing selling a 3d printer? Lets find out a bit more in the Monoprice select mini 3d printer review.

In the early days of 3d printing, and to a certain degree nowadays, monoprice select mini 3d printer review : frustrationwhen buying a 3d printer you are left on your own. The box arrives and you have to put the printer together. With parts not fitting, instructions vague, forum help good but time consuming. When you eventually completely assembled the printer then setting up the printer is a series of trial and error, bed levelling, end stop setting, heat settings, the list is endless.

How about leaving all of that behind? Continue reading Monoprice select mini 3d printer review – a printer for everyone?

Robo 3d C2 printer review – a stylish printer for your home

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Announcing the new Robo 3d C2 printer, designed in 2016 and released to the public through a kickstarter program. It achieved its funding within three hours of being started due to its compact, stylish design along with its features.

The C2’s build volume of 127mm X 127mm X 152mm ( 5in X 5in X 6in) enables you to print a massive range of items.robo 3d c2 - ios app

The Robo 3D app, available for Android (coming soon) and Ios, allows you to download models from the internet and print from your mobile device.

Continue reading Robo 3d C2 printer review – a stylish printer for your home

Winbo super helper 3d printer range : A cheap introduction to 3d printing?

About Winbo

Winbo Smart Tech are a company specialising in 3d printing, from 3d printers to filament to complete 3d solutions.winbo super helper : winbo factory

They have been in manufacturing since 1995. they are quickly becoming a major player within the 3d printing world with over 17 different 3d printer models.

Recently they have launched their range of Winbo Super Helper 3d printers. These models promise great value for money and some have multi-functions.

Winbo Super Helper 3d printers

The Winbo Super Helper 3d printer comes in three configurations:winbo super helper : full shot

The Super Helper SH105 – a basic 3d printer.

The Super Helper SH105L 3 in 1 – the basic printer with added features, a laser engraver and laser cutter.

And the Super Helper SH155L 3 in 1 – this printer has the same features as the SH105L but with a larger build platform.

All of the models come in a range of different colours, red, golden, orange, blue, coffee, black, silver and green.winbo super helper : colours

These compact, easy to use printers are ideal to start your 3d printing journey. They are low power, consuming less than 65W.

With their 0.4mm nozzle the printers achieve layer heights of 0.04mm to 0.25mm, the smaller the layer height the less noticeable the ‘stepping’ effect of the model.

The 50 to 100mm/s printing speed means that you will wait less time for your completed model.

Utilising off the shelf 1.75mm filament you are able to use any of the PLA materials available to you.

If you are interested in personalising your phone then either the SH105L or SH155L are the products to go for. They include the laser engraver. You design your engraving, download it to the printer and watch as the printer creates your masterpiece perfectly.winbo super helper : laser engraver

Using the power of the laser cutter, you can create your own custom parts for the project you are thinking of designing.

Which Winbo Super Helper will you pick ?

SH105

build platform size 105mm x 105mm x 155mm

layer thickness 0.04 to 0.25mm

filament size 1.75mm

nozzle size 0.4mm

print material PLA

weight 3.6 kg

print from SD card

file type STL

SH105L

Printing

Build platform size 105mm x 105mm x 155mm

Layer thickness 0.04 to 0.25mm

Filament size 1.75mm

Nozzle size 0.4mm

Print material PLA

Weight 3.6 kg

Print from SD card

File type STL

laser engraving, cutting software

File type bmp, jpg, jpeg, png

supported software windows

engraving materials wood, bamboo, rubber, plastic, metal (with coating), glass (with coating), paper, leather, food and non metallic material.

Cutting material paper, cloth, leather., felt, cork, wood and non metallic thin material.

Engraving size 105mmx 105mmx 100mm

Height of product to be engraved 0 -100mm

laser wavelength 405nm

laser voltage 24v

laser current 210mA

SH155L

Printing

Build platform size 155mm x 155mm x 150mm

Layer thickness 0.04 to 0.25mm

Filament size 1.75mm

Nozzle size 0.4mm

Print material PLA

Weight 3.6 kg

Print from SD card

File type STL

laser engraving, cutting software

File type bmp, jpg, jpeg, png

supported software windows

engraving materials wood, bamboo, rubber, plastic, metal (with coating), glass (with coating), paper, leather, food and non metallic material.

Cutting material paper, cloth, leather., felt, cork, wood and non metallic thin material.

Engraving size 105mmx 105mmx 100mm

Height of product to be engraved 0 -100mm

laser wavelength 405nm

laser voltage 24v

laser current 210mA

If you have a Winbo Super Helper 3d printer, which one have you got? Leave a comment in the box below.

 

Thanks for reading

Phil

 

Best 3d Printer review : UP Plus 2 Review

 

This TierTime UP Plus 2 review is one of a series on the Best 3d printer site. This printer, as of Nov 2016, fits into the $500 -$1k price range.up plus 2 review full shot

The Tiertime UP Plus 2 printer is a 3d printer operating on the FFF ( fused filament fabrication ) method or MEM (melted extrusion manufacturing) as TierTime like to quote. This means that it is an additive printer and the model is printed in layers from a melted filament.

The build volume is 140mmx140mmx135mm (5.5inx5.5inx5.3in) ( if you fold an A4 sheet in half it is about that size) so it is a reasonable size, a little small with the current generation of 3d printers but still very usable.

The print resolution – or layer thickness is adjustable between 0.15mm and 0.4mm, dependent on the speed and type of print you are looking for.

Using the 0.15mm layer will significantly increase the time to print, so this is used for prints when you know that it is a finished model. For rapid prototypes using the 0.4mm will give the stepped finish but a lot faster prints.

The UP Plus 2 is a single head printer, if you want more than one colour you will need to change the filament. The print head itself is a module able to be replaced if it fails. Replacements are available online.

A nozzle wrench is supplied for the times when the print nozzle becomes obstructed or blocked. Follow the manual to clean or remove the blockage from the nozzle or read my nozzle cleaning post.

The build platform is automatically levelled, with the aid of a plugin up plus 2 review levelling moduleunit. Nine calibration points are checked to ensure that if the platform is not level the software can take out the variation, giving you the best printing adhesion.

There are manual adjusters underneath the bed if the automatic calibration fails.

The print bed is heated allowing a variety of different materials to be used. The materials are not manufacture specific allowing you to choose what you want, not being constrained by a cartridge system. The down side of this is that you will have to gauge how much material is left for printing.

The all metal chassis is strong enough to prevent any distortion as the platform moves away from the print head.

The printer is supplied with an external power supply to keep the size of the unit down.

On arrival assembly is simple. Clipping on the spool holder, screwing on the print head and the build platform. Feeding the filament through the guide tube and into the extruder. After the printer is switched on it can start heating up by either operation from the computer, with the supplied software, or from the switch on the front of the printer.

Then over to the software to check that nothing has moved in transit. Attach the auto levelling module to the print head, held in place with a magnet, ensure that it is fitted into the groove, plug it in and hit auto level. Once it has gone through its routine, remove the auto level module and click nozzle height detect. Once this value has been stored into the printer you are all ready to start printing.

To print the models you simply open the object, place it where you want it on the build platform, scale it if necessary, setup the preferences and click print.

Once the model has been transferred to the printer the computer can be disconnected.

Then you watch the magic which is 3d printing as your object up plus 2 review finished printappears, made out of thin extruded plastic formed into shapes which some machines would struggle to process.

Watch someone else’s UP Plus 2 review.

There is an active forum to allow users to share information about their machines.

There is a cpu upgrade for the UP Plus 2 if you don’t have WIFI installed. It is an easy installation, but if you don’t feel up to the modification – you can contact them about it.

So what do I think of this machine?

It appears to be a capable machine, easy to use and setup.

   

The build size is a little small compared to a lot of printers, but if you are tight for space then this machine is of a nice size. With the 0.15mm layer resolution there will be a little cleanup, but times of print will be extended.

It maybe a little expensive for the volume of build now but it appears to be reliable and able to produce clean prints time after time.

Thanks for reading this UP Plus 2 review, if you have one of these printer, please leave a few comments on what you think of it.

Phil

Ultimaker 3 Review: A Dual Head Printer Worth the Money?

Ultimaker 3 review

This Ultimaker 3 review is about a prosumer dual extruder 3d ultimaker 3 review: first lookprinter with wireless control, operating on the FFF (fused filament fabrication) method. It is an industrial grade printer equally at home on the desktop as in the living room.

Lets have a closer look at it

It’s large build volume of 215x215x200mm ( 8.5×8.5×7.9in) defies the outer size, as it fits conveniently on your desktop. Outer dimensions 342x380x398mm( 13.5x15x15.5in). (The print volume ultimaker 3 review: large build volumedrops slightly when in dual material mode to 197x215x200mm (7.75×8.5×7.9in). There is also an extended model with the Z axis extended up to 300mm.

The printer comes with two print cores for build and support material. The customized nozzle geometry reduces the risk of clogging and give you a more reliable 3d print experience. There is an integrated pcb on the print head to ensure a more accurate temperature control and superior print quality.

The ultimaker 3 can print at temperatures up to 280C, so the printer can print in a number of different materials.ultimaker 3 dual print heads

Fast print core changes mean fast up time and easier maintenance, there is nothing worse than a nozzle clog to annoy you when you are up against the clock to print something out.

There are led lights within the print core housing to alert you to any user interaction required.

For easy print removal and maintenance there is a removable glass plate. To remove the glass plate simply rotate the clips out of the way and remove towards the front. Make sure the glass is cold before removal. When using the glue stick for adhesion you will be soaking the glass plate and model in water to dissolve the glue.

Levelling the build platform is effortless. When you use it for the ultimaker 3 print calibrationfirst time, simply set the right height by turning the build platform height knob and inserting the supplied calibration card.

After this the ultimaker’s built-in levelling routine does it automatically. The capacitive sensor in the print head measures the distance between the build platform and the nozzle.

When starting a print the offset height is compensated for by adjusting the Z axis height in the first layers. This results in more accurate levelling, build platform adhesion and optimised print quality.

Installation of the correct materials for your model is simplicity, automatic recognition of the reels as they are placed on the printer allow, when connected, the CURA software to load the optimal profiles for quality printing.

The recognition system is NFC built into the material carrier. If you are not using ultimaker material reels then you will need to enter the material manually.

ultimakers range of materials are formulated to give you superior results and the open filament system allows you to experiment with all different types of materials.

To bring your 3d model to life, you will need to prepare it for printultimaker 3 cura software using CURA, ultimakers free slicing software. You can stick with the presets for the materials or tinker with the advanced settings.

You can print directly from your pc via the WIFI or LAN settings, alternatively you can load the gcode files onto a usb drive that slots into the front of the ultimaker 3.

The control panel on the printer lets you make any adjustments during the print. The control panel allows updates to the software, when connected to the LAN.

The ultimaker 3 is the most reliable durable dual extruder on the ultimaker 3 dual colour printsmarket. Combine two build materials for two colour 3d print or achieve state of the art complexity with build and water soluble support material. This allows you to approach your design process in a completely new way and create astoundingly complex designs.

Ultimakers 3 unique nozzle lifting system ensures that there are no nozzle collision while printing and no problematic oozing.

The powerful geared feeders ensure a more reliable result and superior print quality.

The ultimaker3 features a build platform that is lighter and stiffer which reduces vibrations and produces an unrivalled print quality.

With the heated glass plate you can print using many different materials and have improved build plate adhesion.

Ultimaker 3 has a powerful triple fan system, featuring two new radial fans and fan shrouds. It creates greater airflow, this means better cooling, high quality bridging, faster print times and smoother surfaces.

With the addition of the live camera, you can monitor every stage of ultimaker 3 livecamyour 3d printing project remotely, simply by connecting to WIFI.

The ultimaker 3 has a large layer resolution of 20 to 200 microns. Which allows for remarkably detailed prints or superfast prototypes.

Printing with pla and pva allows complex designs to be printed in place without any post printing assembly, using the water soluble pva as a support material.pva-dropping-off

Pva can also be printed in dual extrusion with ultimker nylon, an ideal material for exceptionally strong functional prototypes.

Using two build materials you can also produce dual colour prints for more realistic concept models.

The ultimaker 3 comes with free lifetime technical support and warranty provided by certified experts worldwide.

When you put it all together the ultimaker 3 is the most industrial grade desktop 3d printer on the market.

With the price of the printer currently topping £3k, is it worth it?

To get the features within the printer along with the ease of calibration. Your printer will be producing high quality prints time after time.

So the ultimaker 3 review has shown it to be a  very very capable printer from a good quality manufacturer.

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Best 3d printer review: 3ds CubePro 3D Printer

The Cubepro Trio 3d Printer Reviewbest 3d printer review: 3ds logo

The best 3d printer review brings you a large volume 3d printer.  Made by 3d systems in America, the 3ds Cubepro 3d printer fits into the prosumer area of printers, it is equally at home on your desk at work or in your best 3d printer review: 3ds cubepro 3d printerliving room.
It is a FFF( Fused Filament Fabrication) type of printer. This is where the filament is melted and extruded out of a small nozzle, melted onto the previous layer, also called additive manufacturing.

Miracles of 3d printing

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Brief Specs

Build size:                  275 x 265 x 230mm (10.75” x 10.5” x 9.05”)
No. of nozzles :       3
Size:                              566 x 581 x 606 mm (22” x 22” x 24”)
Material:                    ABS, PLA, nylon, flex, wood, water soluble support

What does the 3ds Cubepro 3d printer have

Let’s explore these benefits a bit more

With the very large build area you are less restricted on the size of your designs. What you will have had to print in two or three parts on some other small printers you can easily print in one go on this machine.

You don’t need to have a physical connection with your printer, enabling it to be placed out of the way and not needing moving every time you want to print. The WIFI connection can be over a network so everybody can use it or you can connect a single computer to it for wireless printing.

The easy to read touchscreen display gives you guidance for every step you need to carry out on your printer. From initial setup to downloading models from the internet, the easy to read display with touch control allows the user full control.

One of the most frustrating things with 3d printers is the warping and non sticking of the model to the build platform. With the enclosed design the inside environment is temperature controlled to reduce this happening.

Do you want more than one colour, then this is the printer for you. Not one – not two but three print nozzles give you a very flexible printer capable of printing up to three colours or two colours and a support material. This allows your creativity to design items which on the single nozzle printer would be impossible.

When you design your creation, you can use the different materials available to you. Once finished designing all you have to do is to load up the simple to change cartridge system with the materials you want. The machine will tell you if there is not enough material left to print your model. Then press print. The enclosed cartridge system allows a moisture lock seal to be included, as the filament will absorb moisture. This simple feature significantly prolongs the shelf life of your cartridge.

Current Fused Filament Fabrication printers have an undesirable layered finish. Getting the size of the layers as small as possible is one way of reducing this ridging effect seen on many printed object. You have control over the print quality, if it is the final model set it to fine, if it is a prototype and you need it quickly then set the print quality to coarse.

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Once the print is finished you remove it from the build platform, wash it off and marvel at your ability to print off 3d parts. If you have used the support material drop your piece into the support removal tank, with the liquid made up of either just hot water or caustic soda. This unit is available separately and features a heated tank along with a timer to prevent you from forgetting to switch it off.

Material

Along with the standard materials of ABS and PLA you have nylon to make a more robust part. The 20 colours in the ABS and 11 colours in the PLA range will allow you a lot of flexibility in the colour of your designs.
The nylon material comes in three colours, with the flex material in four colours.
Some of the materials require a change in nozzle size – so be warned that you will need to calibrate the machine before using this new nozzle and after replacing the old one.

software

3d systems have their own software Invent which is easy to use, starting in 2d you sketch out your initial design. Then you move to the 3d area where you finish off the design. This is one of the first pieces of software designed specifically for the 3d printing market and with the beginner in mind. The software is available for a free trial with a low cost price it is ideal to match with your Cubepro 3d printer.

what would you use it for

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Would I buy it

It does look like a very good printer, a bit on the large side but with three print heads you have a lot of flexibility.
The large build area gives you flexibility
The easy to change cartridge system
With its high resolution printing the finished product will look good, and the ability to change colour part way through the print will give you stunning results.
The WIFI communication is excellent and allows the printer to be placed where you want it.
I am sure the range of materials will expand and keep up with what is available elsewhere in the industry.

For me the price is high, both of the printer and the cartridges, but for what you are getting – with the ease of use – maybe it’s not too bad.

Would I buy one – not at the moment, I am happy with my reprap prusa i3, only a single nozzle but I am an engineer at the end of the day – I like to play with engineering.

Would I recommend it – yes to those who would like to try out 3d printing in multiple materials or colours. With very little mess or hassle. Almost plug and play.

If you are thinking of buying one then check out the price here.

Leave a comment if the box below if you have a 3ds Cubepro 3d printer or are thinking of buying one, so we can find out your experiences.

Many thanks for reading

Phil

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