- Fabricates objects from G-code instructions using PLA thermoplastic filament (sold separately)
- Open frame for stability and ease of access
- Builds objects to maximum dimensions of 12 x 12 x 12 inches/305 x 305 x 305 mm (H x W x D)
- Vertical (Z-axis) resolution from 50 to 300 microns (0.05 to 0.3 mm)
- Connects to computer by USB cable (included) or Wi-Fi
Type A Machines 2014 Series 1 Desktop 3D Printer, Fully Assembled
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The Type A Machines series 1 2014 3D printer comes fully assembled, has an open frame and fabricates objects using PLA (polylactic acid) thermoplastic filament (sold separately), with a vertical resolution from 50 to 300 microns (0.05 to 0.3 mm). The printer can build objects to maximum dimensions of 12 x 12 x 12 inches/305 x 305 x 305 mm (H x W x D). The solid aluminum extruder drive feeds 1.75mm PLA filament, with a lever system for changing filament. A filament management system holds multiple filament spools and helps provide reliable feeding of filament into the extruder. The build surface adjusts at four corners for level calibration. The printer can be commanded through the integrated USB cable, or through a Wi-Fi connection using G-code numerical control instructions. It can be used with 3D printer management software packages (sold separately). The frame is laser cut and made of CNC folded metal. Chrome-plated precision ground steel rods with precision linear bearings help ensure precise movement. The size 17 and size 14 stepper motors are 1/32 micro stepping, and meet the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard ICS 16-2001.
|Vertical (Z-axis) resolution||50, 100, 150, 200, 250, or 300 microns (0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, or 0.3 mm)|
|Nozzle diameter||0.35 mm|
|Travel rate||250 mm/sec|
|Build volume||12 x 12 x 12 inches/305 x 305 x 305 mm (H x W x D)|
|Printer weight||16 lb (7.5 kg)|
|Printer size||17 x 17.5 x 16 inches (H x W x D)|
|Input method||USB cable (included) or Wi-Fi|
*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.
3D printers fabricate physical objects directly from computer-aided-design (CAD) data sources. Objects created by additive manufacturing are built by dispensing successive thin layers of molten material onto a moving platform base from a robotic extruder nozzle. The material is most commonly a thermoplastic or HDPE (high-density polyethylene) filament.
Type A Machines manufactures 3D printers and accessories. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
What’s in the Box?
- Type A Machines Series 1 2014 3D Printer
- Integrated USB cable
- Power cord
- Acrylic build plate
- Filament management system
- Maintenance kit: 7 mm wrench, 2.5, 2, and 1.mm hex keys, screwdriver
- 1.75 mm PLA filament sample
- Sample prints
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Pros: The machine has a huge build space - one cubic foot is a lot of space to print in - think full-size copy of your head. The new G2 extruder is solid. I have jams so rarely I can't remember when the last one was. The machine needs very little, if any, adjustment out of the box to run. All the hardware and software is open source, so it is easy to make modifications. All in all, it is a solid, (mostly-)reliable machine.
That said, the machine has some shortcomings as it is right now. As others have noted, the cables have a tendency to fail. Type A replaces them quickly and are aware of the problem and working on a fix. (They also have a parts list available that can be used to build your own cables. I have done this and find them much more reliable.) I also have a personal distaste for machines that do not use tubing to keep the length between the filament roll and the extruder constant. This is, however, a $10 aftermarket fix.
All in all, the machine (just the machine) would get a three star rating due to the quickly-failing cables. Maybe 3.5 given the ease of aftermarket fixes for these issues.
However, what makes the difference for me (and this a 4-star review) is their customer service. When you buy one of their machines, you become part of a family. Support treats you kindly, patiently and above all, personally. They have the quickest turnaround of any email-based support I've ever used - I've had responses within 15 minutes on some tickets. If something fails and you've done a reasonable amount of debugging or can describe the symptoms, they're often able to respond that they're sending you a replacement part. No walking through a script with steps you've already done here! Further, the people who do support are clearly enthusiasts themselves and very familiar with the machine. I have never been treated better by a company after purchasing their product.
On top of that, there is the community. (Full disclosure, I'm a member.) The community is a set of forums on their website and is full of knowledgeable people who can help with issues. Many of the common issues have threads about them already, often with step-by-step pictorial guides to fixing them. Additionally, the forum threads are full of (usually) 3D-printable modifications to the printer to help with unusual conditions or quality improvements. And finally, if you're working on a project - whether it involves printer software, hardware or modeling - there is someone on the forums who knows that topic in great depth and is able to help with any questions you have.
In all, a physical printer on par with others I've used, and a support team and community that is far better than any others I've been part of. Once the issue with failing cables is fixed, I'll be updating this review and making it 5 stars.
Once connected the prints were great, with minimal to no setting tweaks needed to produce quality prints the first time around. We had been considering this, the Ultimaker 2, and the TAZ, and I can honestly say we are completely satisfied with our decision.
My two complaints, and the reason I have not given the machine a 5 star rating, are as follows:
First, although the components are of high quality, the assembly of the machine could use some improvement. We have found 2 cross-threaded bolts, a bent idler pulley bolt, and a few screws which had not been tightened down within the print head. Despite that, the support from Type A is absolutely great. Once we had found the issues and created a support ticket, they had replacement parts on the way immediately and provided all the required information to complete the repairs.
Second, actually connecting and printing to the machine was difficult to first set-up. Now this is not so much a problem with the machine, but a lack of features. Although they list the specs of the machine on the website, it was difficult to fully grasp the method it uses to connect and print until we had received it. Essentially you can only connect to the printer through a router and network connection (wired or wireless). There is no option to direct print to the machine from a computer without the router/network setup. This had not been clear prior to purchasing the machine, and while it would not have changed our mind, it was a little tricky at first to figure out the setup. Again, support from Type A was great when trying to sort out our issues here.
This machine is highly accurate and fast. The few needed adjustments are dead simple, and I had my first good print within an hour of openning the box.
It's well built, and works very well as an in-place unit (not really portable). The web interface for it is straightforward, and gives good control.
I own one other printer, and have used a few others. As far as weighing large format, accuracy, low failure rate and thoughtful design, I'd put the Type A at the top of the machines I've used, and easily in the top ranks of all desktop deposition printers.
The things I've printed with it have included small mesh gear systems, posible figures, geographic terrain maps, architectural examples, and various knickknacks.
There are things I'd improve, but they are small things, and don't affect print quality. Things like lateral rigidity in case someone leans on the unit during a print, built in lights, etc.