Robo R1+ ABS/PLA Assembled 3D Printer, Big Build Volume 8”x9”x10” for Educators and Innovators
- Notice - Amazon is the only authorized seller of Robo 3D items on Amazon.com. Items purchased from other third parties may not be factory new and subject to voided warranties. Print technology : Fused Filament Fabrication
- The improved R1+ includes all new linear motion and lead screws for better quality, performance, and consistency. This includes a better filament feeding system for ease of use and a "quick release" for fast change out of the extruder. Additional components for leveling, guidance, and performance of the R1+ make it the best option for desktop 3D Printing today.
- 24/7 Robo Support - ROBO 3D is now offering 24/7 phone support to make sure our customers are taken care of at all times, including the ability to schedule a 1-on-1 repair session with a technician via Skype video.
- Big Build Volume - Fabricates parts up to 10 x 9 x 8 inches (D x W x H) in size or 720 cubic inches in volume. Print bigger and better with one of the biggest build volumes for the price.
- Plug & Print - The R1+ ships fully assembled and calibrated so you can start printing right away. It also comes fully equipped with an SD card to allow you to print directly from an SD card so you no longer need to always be plugged into your printer via USB.
- Heated print bed prevents uneven cooling and warping of printed parts, and automatic calibration and bed leveling ensures precise prints. The R1+ prints layers up to a maximum resolution of 100 microns
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The R1+ is back with the same features as before at a brand new, more affordable price point. It includes the all new linear motion and lead screws for better quality, performance, and consistency. Also includes a better filament feeding system for ease of use and a "quick release" for fast change out of the extruder. Additional components for leveling, guidance, and performance of the R1+ make it the best value option for desktop 3D Printing today. At the top of the industry in size of build platform, the R1+ 3D Printer is 63% bigger than other top rated 3D printers in its class at 10” x 9” x 8”, or 720 cubic inches of build space on a heated borosilicate glass platform. Print bigger and better with 100 micron quality 3D printing. Your R1+ is automatically set to a 9 point leveling system every time it starts a print. You no longer have to worry about adjusting or leveling your bed manually. Your R1+ also comes installed with a brand new Hexagon All Metal Hot End that gives you the capability of printing with any material available. It goes up to 290c, which covers nearly every material in commercial circulation for 3D printing. With 1 Year Free AutoFusion 360 Trial and 6 month parts replacement warranty, if your product experiences any component issues within 6 months, we will gladly send new components to you along with a quick video to help you switch it out. We built the machine to be easy to replace things, however we don't expect the need to. Keep 3D printing and let us worry about any issues if they come up. It is our job to keep you printing so you can change the world! Robo is now offering 24/7 phone support to make sure our customers are taken care of at all times including the ability to scheduling a 1 on 1 repair session with a technician via Skype video. Please call us at 1 (844) 476-2633 for any support questions. We want to make sure our customers are taken care of and supported so they can continue ROBO 3D printing their way to success!
From the manufacturer
R1 +Plus Features!
Massive Build Volume
With a build volume 63% larger than the average 3D printer in its class, and with a glass heated build plate, the R1+ is your choice for bigger, better 3D printing.
All Metal Hot End
The R1+ Robo 3D Printer has an all metal hot end allowing you to print with numerous different materials. Freedom to 3D print is at your fingertips.
Quality 3D Printing
The R1+ 3D Printer prints at 100 micron quality- the same as 3D printers that cost thousands of dollars.
Built To Last
The R1+ has no 3D printed components in it and is constructed by amazing engineers that focused on linear motion and long lasting quality.
Why Our Machine Rocks
Print with 30+ Materials!
The R1 Plus is built with open source architecture allowing you print with tons of materials in the marketplace: PLA, ABS, Wood PLA, Stainless Steel PLA, Carbon Fiber PLA, Nylon, HIPS, Rubber (Ninjaflex semiflex only), and more! The possibilities are endless.
Comes with 1 year of Amazon Fusion 360
Whether you want to make prototypes of your next idea, household items, customized or personalized pieces, with the power of Autodesk Fusion 360, you can make it happen!
Comes with 3D Printing Software
The R1 Plus 3D Printer comes complete with 3D printing software to allow you to take objects you have made in any CAD program and upload them to print. You can also download files from the web at thingiverse.com and print them quick and easy.
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Well, I have had the Robo for a few months now, and I am pretty happy with it. As many will say, 3D printing is not quite consumer ready yet. That said, it is great for people who are willing to take the time to tweak the settings to get things just right. You can come out with some pretty impressive results.
Starting off, my printer didn't move right, just after getting it unpacked. It would go up, but it wouldn't move down very far. After talking to some people on the forums, I discovered that the X axis was not level due to not being level on the Z axis threaded rods. I used a digital caliper to level them, and it printed beautifully. My best advice, go to the forums, and ask for help. Even if they don't point out the exact problem, they will help figure things out.
MatterControl, the default software, works well with the Robo. It is great for getting started, or if you don't want to tweak the printer very much. I don't despise it, unalike the people on the forums. That said, it does have its limitations. I don't blame the devs for these limitations, it is great free software, I have no room to complain. It works right out of the box.
After reading some of the suggestions on the forums, I decided to try out Simplify 3D. It is not exactly plug and play with the Robo, unlike MC. That said, its ability to add and manipulate supports is second to none (as near as I can tell). It also gives you access to pretty much every setting you could want access to. You will have to tweak the Z axis offset, and possibly need to print with the SD card. The firmware on the printer occasionally stops communicating with the software, so that can cause problems. No one knows the exact reason why it happens, but we have found ways to work around it.
As a bit of a side note, only use the starter filament (the stuff that comes with your printer) for a little while. It is kinda cheap filament, that has some issues printing some items. I would recommend Hatchbox filaments, they seem to print quite nicely. I have yet to try anything other than PLA, so I won't advise anything there.
The Robo's firmware has temperature limits built in, so you may have to change them if you want to print at higher, or lower temperatures than the default limits. It is pretty easy to do, so don't worry about it. Just take a look at the forums, and ask for help if you can't find what you are looking for.
Over all, the Robo is a good machine. Yes, people have had problems with it. You will have problems with virtually any of these complex machines. Remember, you are getting in at a time when hobby 3D printing is really just getting started. The Robo can provide very good prints, it can also have problems. Usually, it just takes carefully thinking through the problem, and troubleshooting it. Just like the early days of computers.
Please see some of my prints below as examples of what you can get.
I am updating this to warn people that the 6 month warrantee is pretty much worthless. The company really doesn't cover much, so don't expect much actual assistance from the company.
Basically, during normal operation, the print bed chipped. There is now a chunk of glass embedded in one of my prints, and a sizeable chunk missing from the build plate. Robo's warrantee doesn't cover this at all. Buying a replacement print bed is about $100, so it isn't cheap.
I am moving from 4 stars to 3 simply because I don't like how deceptive the 6 month warrantee is. It sounds like the company will help you out during that time for standard wear and tear, that isn't the case.
I have not gone lower than 3 because the printer has worked great until this point. So far, this is the greatest knock against it. I may suggest thinking of one of the other printers if you are on the edge. Printrbot "might" be a better choice. I have not tried them, so I don't know for sure. I just might suggest taking a longer look at other printers.
I need to correct my earlier statement of the replacement print bed costing $100. The person I have been talking to through Robo has offered a replacement for $40 + shipping. This minimizes the sting a bit, but I won't put my rating higher. I still think that this should be covered under the warrantee. What is the point of it being 6 months, if it only really covers damage during shipping?
I am less ticked, but I still recommend not expecting much from the 6 month warrantee. The printer works great when it works, which was most of the last few months. This is the first major issue to pop up. So, get the printer for its merits, and forget the warrantee.
I was able to set up the replacement print bed pretty easily. I decided to add a quick release, which made it pretty nice for completely removing the bed, without having to open the machine. I decided to up my rating for the machine simply because it is still working. As a few people have pointed out, the company's warrantee does cover several key components.
I will admit that I was being a bit petty about the print bed, they did discount it. Generally the machine has been solid. Most of my problems have been caused by my inexperience. I have had no real problems with the machine since the printed bed. I bought some blue painter's tape, and have that applied over the bed. To the best of my knowledge, I have not had the bed chip since. I miss having glassy bottomed prints, but the matte look has its own appeal. :-)
I have had my Robo for around 2 years now. I recently switched out a bearing that went bad on the hobbled bolt. I also have upgraded it to a dual extruder printer, using the E3D Legends pack, particularly the Chimera setup. It is still a bit rough, but it works. :-) I had to switch from the custom RAMPS board that came with the printer, over to a standard RAMPS 1.4 board. I also had to print out a new X-carriage, along with a few other parts. It was challenging, but quite a learning experience.
Though, like many on the forums, I would suggest buying a dual extruder printer pre-made if you can afford it. I only did it because I had the Robo, and dual extruders in my price range didn't have a build area nearly as large.
When I first opened it up, I saw the top of the printer where the slot for the filament goes through. It was crudely cut, it almost looks like someone took a router and roughly cut it. So that gave me a red warning flag.
I then downloaded the latest version of Matter Control (software used to print) from the Robo 3D site and installed it on my Mac. That went
smoothly. I removed all of the packaging material and loaded the sample PLA filament that came with it. The feed spring to get it into the extruder is a little tricky but once you get the hang of it, its fairly simple.
Now my problems began.
I connected the printer to a 10 foot USB 2.0 cable and then tried my first print. The extruder was 5 inches too high even after doing an adjustment of the Z axis with a piece of paper.
I called technical support on a Saturday and talked with a tech who said the Z mount needs to be adjusted. They sent me a pic of where they should be but it was for the R1 not the R1 Plus - different models. I ended up calling back and was told, "hmmm, we don't even have that printer available to review so not sure if I can help" and suggested I schedule a meeting with one of their techs during a weekday to review the issue.
I eventually figured out that there are two orange switches on the Z axis bar that need to be depressed otherwise you will get a triggered condition in the software and you won't be able to print. X, Y, and Z should all say "Open" after sending a M119 command in the Gcode.
Once I adjusted the brass nuts on the threaded rods, I was able to level and the first print started coming out but wasn't sticking to the glass base.
At this point, I was getting frustrated and frankly was ready to return it to Amazon.
I searched through the forums and tried the included glue stick which didn't help much. I then tried Suave extra hold hair spray and reprinted and the print came out amazingly well.
The next issue came when I tried to use a new filament. I was unable to feed it but heated it up the extruder and slowly pushed the new filament in after I manually turned the gear clockwise to get the old filament out.
That was fairly simple.
So here's an assessment who this printer is for:
If you're ok with getting "under the hood" and getting an idea how this machine actually works, then you'll be fine. It is definitely not a plug and play printer.
Many think (including myself) that it would be simple to setup such as a laser or ink jet printer. Even with a tech background, this was somewhat challenging.
The support is available 24/7 but once the call queue starts to back up, you'll be rushed off the phone. You do get a native English speaking tech which is a definite plus.
Overall, I'm pleased with printer now but am dinging it a star for the fit and finish, support is basic and initial setup was frustrating.
Do realize that 3D printing has yet to become consumer-minded. They are trying to make the printer as plug-and-play to the best extent but if there is a problem, having some experience in electronics could be worthwhile. That being said, I had no experience. These things aren't perfect and can have problems from time to time. 3D printing, especially desktop printers, are still in its infancy. Give it time.
I've printed out a ton of things. Ranging from completely stupid models off Thingiverse.com to printing business prototypes. It's quality for price is magnificent. I've also modded the crap out of my printer- almost all entirely printed by the printer. Except for switching to Cura instead of MatterControl and some new wiring, fans, LCD, and lights, all mods have been printed. Things are limitless!
Customer service wise, Robo 3D has amazing customer service. The guys over at Robo 3D genuinely care about their customers and what they need. I had accidentally snapped a wire on the printer, got a response from customer support two hours later. They're awesome (after warranty, the parts are pretty cheap, too).
Honestly can't say enough about these guys. At first was nervous throwing $800 down on a printer but I dont regret it.
Picture attached, currently out of order due to me snapping a wire.