Hello all. It has been a while since my last post. During that time I have been building and calibrating our 3D printer. The Printrbot Simple Metal. I ordered the kit a couple months back. This is my first experience with 3D printing and, after doing research online, we decided that the Printrbot SM kit would probably be the best fit for what we were looking for. I was kind of skeptical about the low price tag $540.00(Kit) $599.00(Assembled). Considering that most hobby 3D printers that I had seen were past the $1000.00 mark. I must say though that I am impressed by this little machine.
The assembly instructions were very clear and detailed, and having an 8 video series on YouTube for assembling and calibrating the Printrbot made a world of difference. The calibration took some time to get everything just right. Dialing in the Z axis and assuring that the right amount of filament was being fed into the hot end. So far I have been getting some pretty great prints. I have made a few modifications to the Printrbot, such as printing a fan shroud and building a wooden spool holder that mounts on top for the filament. The next modification will probably be adding a heated print bed to prevent the plastic from warping as it cools and to allow it to adhere better to the printing base.
I have setup a 3D print server using OctoPrint for the Raspberry Pi. This is great because I can send G-Code print jobs to the printer and monitor its progress remotely. The OctoPrint configuration we have will allow anyone to monitor the status of our prints here. All in all, my experience with the printer has been great. It works well, it’s easy to setup and use, and can be upgraded over time. I would recommend it for anyone looking to get started with 3D printing.