- 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
Printrbot Metal Simple 3D Printer Kit, Black, PLA Filament, 1.75mm Ubis Hot End, 6" x 6" x 6" Build Volume
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Specifications for this item
|Part Number||Printrbot Simple Kit|
|Number of Items||1|
|Specification Met||certified frustration-free|
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The Printrbot Metal Simple 3D fused-filament-fabrication printer kit 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 printer, which has all components required for assembly, has a steel and aluminum frame for durability and 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.
|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 assembled dimensions||15 x 11 x 12.5 inches (H x W x D)*|
*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 (unassembled)
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
The problems I ran into were/are:
The controller board came with the wrong version of firmware.
The controller board wouldn't communicate through USB until it was re-flashed.
There was no user's manual or assembly instructions (there is now a picture guide that's OK).
Two of the axis were reversed when assembled following the picture guide.
One of the axis needed to be reversed yet again after upgrading the firmware.
The printer produced puddles of plastic until I put about 4 hours of calibration effort into it.
The reset button is buried up inside the chassis where it is inaccessible (and you will need to use if frequently).
The microSD card connector is a Push-Pull for some inexplicable reason, meaning you need a pair of needle-nose pliers to get the card back out.
The bed-leveling doesn't work reliably with any version of the firmware.
There are only end-stops on one side of the travel, so the machine has run up against it's limits and ground away at the belt numerous times.
You can't print much of anything without a heated print bed.
The heaters available from Printrbot require quite a bit of modification to the machine to install.
The bed twists almost .125" when heated to 70C.
There are no feet on this printer and it is quite capable of walking off the table (or scaring the table top).
There is no power switch. You will have to pull the cord every time you need to power it off or start a print from the microSD card.Read more ›
Would I buy the kit again? No, I'd rather spend $60 more and get a ready made one. On the other hand building it will give you greater insight, and understanding of the unit, which will come in handy when it needs a repair. Hope this helps your decision making!
Most of the screws in the kit use Allen headed metric screws, and the needed wrenches are included in the kit. Printrbot also includes two wooden wrenches for the nuts on the 'Z' probe, but only one fit, and I used an adjustable wrench instead. The only other tools you'll need are a couple of Phillips screwdrivers, wire cutters for trimming tie wraps, an adjustable wrench or two if the wooden wrenches don't fit, and a small rubber mallet or hammer. You'll also need a few drops of thread lock liguid (Loctite Blue 242) for some set screws. My kit had all the required parts, but Printrbot also included a small bag of spare screws and a washer just in case something is missing or you lose a screw.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great printer! easy and fun to assemble. Print a fan shroud and everything will improve. If you are thinking about buying one of these, (which you totally should) look on youtube... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Simon
I purchased the Printrbot Metal Simple kit in July of 2015, assembled it, and have been printing with it for just under a year now. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg
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It's not an easy build. Read more
As a 3D printer it is reliable and works well especially for the price. However the stock hot end failed for me after about 75 hours of print time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bmpf15
OMG! Good printer, great documentation, great support by self-hosted forums maintained by Printrbot staff. The docs include how to dial in the printer for great prints. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelly Price
I've had my Prinrbot Simple for over a year and use it a lot. I print ABS and I have had no problems other than a couple of clogged nozzles which were my own fault. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chris Knowlton
I bought and assembled this just before Christmas and it didn't work out of the box. All of the motors moved, but the hot end would not heat up. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric Soiset
A fantastic purchase! I've had a a lot of fun with this entry level 3D printer. I had some trouble with the bed sensor, but after contacting the company they sent me a new one, no... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ben
looking at the review sections before i got my printer that was delivered late by amazon...it seems that i would be plagued with problems, this NOT the case. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer