Rss Feed Latest Posts https://pick3dprinter.com 3D Printer Reviews, Guides and Tips for 3D Printing at Home Sun, 27 Sep 2020 11:19:35 +0000 en-US Everything you Need to Know About CNC Rapid Prototyping https://pick3dprinter.com/cnc-rapid-prototyping/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:07:31 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10467 Table of Contents

Let’s start the article by breaking one of the first basic myths about CNC rapid prototyping i.e. you don’t necessarily need a CNC machine for it. So what exactly is CNC rapid prototyping? We will let you know by this article.

One thing most of you reading this would know and that is, it has got something to do with hardware. It is the hardware industry that is currently getting more and more players in the market and has a good number of innovations in it, also new products and the credit to this extremely mobile market can be given to rapid prototyping.

The process of creating working prototypes from 3D models is called rapid prototyping. It has been possible due to technologies like 3D printing as well as CNC machining that we can transform ideas into realities, without compromising much.

Also, these products or prototypes are a lot simpler in developing and affordable. As good as news this turned out to be for big manufacturers, customers of whom also complained about the quality and price before, so good it turned out to be for small business owners.

Any big or small idea can be manifested into a brilliant product idea and take some of the other mature states. Due to the very flexible business model, small business owners can combine with big manufacturers and offer their services.

But before one gets to the production stage, he or she needs to create a prototype for fabrication and other steps. Below mentioned is everything that you need to know about prototyping. Excited?

Why you do not need a CNC machine for CNC rapid prototyping?

CNC machine for CNC rapid prototypingCredit: geospatialmedia.s3.amazonaws.com

Before understanding why do you not need a CNC machine, we would like to tell, what are CNC machines? They are machines capable of working with various materials like stainless steel, wood, aluminum, etc. and create shapes as well as complex designs.

Because these types of services are now offered online, you do not necessarily need a CNC machine at your place to develop a rapid prototype. Look for services online, for manufacturing various parts and shapes. Figure out which one suits you the best and compare prices.

All that this online service demands from you is the design. For the matter of convenience, they also allow you to send the design in various formats. There are also some service providers available online which can convert your format into the format that the CNC machine understands for CNC prototyping.

So all you need to do is get you CAD or two-dimensional file which has the design of the product you wish to prototype and that’s it. Submit it to the online CNC machine service provider along with specifications. And you will receive a finished product at the delivery address that you choose.

One thing to note here is that these services are accessible to everyone. Not only do you get assistance for developing a product after developing your CAD file or design file, but also you can get assistance for developing the design file.

If possible the online service providers would provide an alternative simple route that would require lesser technical knowledge than otherwise. So, you see you do not generally require CNC machines for CNC rapid prototyping. How cool is that? Also, the design files for basic prototypes are available online, some for free, some costing affordable rates.

So, you can get design files by searching online and if all goes well, you can download it and send it to the CNC rapid prototyping service provider online.

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How does this work?

how does a cnc machine workCredit: technologystudent.com

Not just this, but any machining, in general, is known to transform a general raw material into a finished product by the means of the material removal process.

Similar to those machining, there are prototype development technologies like FDM 3D printing that relies on the instructions given to machines by a Computer-Aided Design file like the one which we develop on Solidworks 3D.

The CNC machine that we have in front of us interprets or in other ways decodes that design file and gets the instructions for cutting prototype parts.

There are also times wherein the machining processes require using more than one tool for making the desired cuts. In such cases, CNC machines commonly combine tools into common units or cells from which the machine can draw them in.

When it comes to basic machines, they move in one or two axes while the more advanced machines move laterally in the x, y-axis, as well as longitudinally in the z-axis. If you are very lucky you get a machine that also has the capability to rotate on about one or more axes.

These multi-axis machines are capable of flipping parts over automatically, allowing you to remove material that was otherwise underneath. Such type of machines even eliminates the need for workers to flip the prototype stock material and gives complete freedom.

They also allow you to cut all sides without the need for manual intervention, increasing the overall efficiency. You get fully automated cuts that are known to be generally more accurate than what is possible with manual inputs.

However, there are times when finishing work like etching is better accomplished by hand as well as simple cuts that would require extensive design work to program the machine for automation.

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Basics about CNC Prototype Machining

Basics about CNC Prototype MachiningCredit: 3erp.com

As we have been talking about in this article, CNC prototyping involves the utilization of 3D solid model CAD designs as the input. Then the machine fabricates the part directly from solid material through a computer-controlled cutting and milling process.

People also have used the term, subtractive rapid prototyping for describing this process. Because it is in contrast with 3D printing, which is sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing.

The reason for that is when the CNC machine is employed to produce a part or functional prototype, it generally does that by removing material from a starting material for creating the final part precisely to the CAD model specifications. And with the modernization of CNC machines, this material removal process is efficient, quick, and accurate to demanding specifications.

It is because of this subtractive nature, that CNC prototyping permits for parts that are made from literally any material that is machinable and commercially available in cast or extruded stock.

What this does is, it provides material versatility and permits prototyping in materials that are often identical. The supplier of CNC prototyping offers an outstanding option for low volume customized products and prototypes with precision results! Amongst the very many benefits offered by prototyping, there are two that stand out.

When you create a prototype, you are actually able to know the flaws that your design has. Because you get to create a model before producing hundreds or thousands of finished products. So your engineering team can identify potential problems, often in the minor geometry or functional issues that are difficult to catch in a computer model alone.

By knowing this, the manufacturer can make the necessary corrections before going into full production, which saves him or her a significant amount of money.

The second benefit that stands out is the human factors, or how humans interact with the product are most often best assessed on the prototype. So the issues such as color, texture, feel light, shadows, temperature to touch, resistance to motion, etc. can be assessed with prototypes.

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Applications of prototyping

Applications of CNC prototypingCredit: norsecorp.com

Prototyping and particularly CNC Prototyping can benefit any industry, whether it is aviation, automotive, or architecture, or aerospace, construction, medical. Every single field that requires a finished product with precision and detail is meant to benefit.

What prototyping gives an option for is making edits in the product before making the final product. This is something that was not given before or if it was given, it wasn’t given as efficiently in a timely manner as right now.

By investing in the prototype process with CNC machining, you are consciously reducing the risk of time-consuming and costly mistakes. Similarly, CNC is a viable option for many lower volume production projects. Depending on the geometry and material, that a customer requires i.e.

100 or 1,000 units, CNC prototyping may be an excellent option because it eliminates the need for upfront tooling and molds. And this is due to its on-demand manufacturing methodology. Another vertical when CNC machining turns out to be an outstanding process is when a customer needs a plastic or metal prototype or multiple pieces in low volume manufacturing.

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Benefits of CNC Rapid Prototyping

Undoubtedly you have the checking of the part before it is made, the option to edit your flaws in it. But there are also benefits which you haven’t yet come across.

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The ability to order from anywhere

This is because the online CNC services are, well, available online. You do not necessarily have the only option to stick to local providers for producing your prototypes or one-off items.

What this essentially also means is that you have more options when it comes to finding services that suit your budget and requirements. The only downside here is to decide from the number of delivery times available to you.

Online CNC rapid prototyping service providers have different quality and different delivery times, so it increases the scope of market research which wouldn’t have been the case when you just have one or two shops near to you. It is seen that usually, it takes around 7 to 14 days for the CNC prototyping result to be delivered to your door.

So, as long as you take into account the shipping time, you are free to order CNC services from any provider that suits you best.

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It gives you the ability to order more than just one-off items

The CNC machines are capable of creating complex items from a computer-aided design file. And there is absolutely no limit as to the kind of design you can create or the level of complexity the machine can handle. The more advanced CNC machines are actually capable of producing one-off items accommodating all the immense accuracy and details.

Having said that, CNC rapid prototyping isn’t just useful for producing one-off items. Users can also use CNC to do rapid tooling for mass production of a simple part which is not eccentric.

By going one step further, you can use CNC in conjunction with other technologies such as 3D printing. And that can yield molds for mass production. For creating customized tooling for mass production, CNC is the technology that is going to suit you the most from all the other technologies that is available.

The molds that you produce are guaranteed to have incredible accuracy and an unrivaled level of detail. So as a manufacturer, you have a guarantee when you are using CNC prototyping that your finished products will also be of high quality.

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The Conclusion

Something that is interesting about the presence of technologies like 3D printing and CNC is how businesses, after their invention are really embrace prototyping as part of their product development process. With comparison to the old days wherein, businesses tend to shy away from producing real prototypes until they felt it was absolutely needed.

However, there are some drawbacks to this approach. Faults and potential product design failures cannot always be detected in 3D environments.

As 3D testing is going more and more advanced, real-world testing is still needed to make sure that the product design is sound enough for mass production.

CNC Rapid prototyping services make this a possibility. But plain prototyping is also good for the customers, as the product designers can immediately test customer experience on it and how customers potentially interact with the product in the future. In a way, even before the product is manufactured and shipped to customers, the corrections and improvements can be added to the product design.

This lets you stay one step ahead and start designing what’s next in terms of product according to consumer demand.

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3D Printing Tips: How to Fix & Prevent Stringy 3D Prints https://pick3dprinter.com/stringy-3d-prints/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:05:56 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10437 Table of Contents

Small strands of plastic are seen on 3D prints at places where they should not be seen. These unwanted strands of plastic are called strings. And the prints which have them are called stringy 3D prints.

Stringing is something that can be material dependent, but here in this article, we describe some general things you could do when dealing with strings. Something we also do in this article is that we list down factors on which stringing is dependent. And how by increasing or decreasing the factors, the stringing can increase and decrease.

We will also tell you, how, these factors are related to other scenarios like stringing and by increasing and decreasing them, what effect is this going to have on those scenarios. But first, let’s understand what stringing exactly is.

What exactly are stringy 3D prints?

What exactly are stringy 3D printsCredit: twimg.com

For explaining the scenario we are taking an example of an FDM 3D printer. When the nozzle is traveling across an open space to get to the next point, it may sometimes ooze melted plastic of the filament.

This oozed out melted plastic of the filament then solidifies and sticks to the printed parts forming lines of plastic-like strings connecting one part to the other. These plastic-like lines are known as a 3D printer stringing, and it leaves your 3D printed parts with thin strands of plastic that resemble cobwebs or strands of hair.

This is something that is only observed in practice, so if you read theories about 3D printing, this does not exist anywhere. In theory, the nozzle of your printer nozzle should not deposit plastic as it travels through open air. Although because the nozzle consists of molten plastic it will often leak onto parts where it shouldn’t, leaving your prints with what looks like “whiskers”.

One of the most obvious causes of stringing in FDM printers are using incorrect retraction settings and setting the hot end temperature too high.

However, it depends on the filament to the filament. For example, when you are using PETG the required temperature would be relatively high for melting and is notorious for stringing. But when you are printing PLA and ABS, they have no such issue.

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Factors influencing stringy 3D prints

As discussed in the introduction there are some factors that influence stringing. And by increasing and decreasing these factors you can increase or decrease the stringing. So, let’s have a look at those factors.

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Retraction

RetractionCredit: ultimaker.com

There are times when the printer’s head travels at the places in a print were moving between two printed parts is more and you want to ensure that there is no plastic part left between.

This is the time when you use retraction. What this would do is, when the travel is more, the filament will be pulled back a little bit by the feeder, so that it doesn’t leak from the nozzle over the places where do not want any plastic during the travel. Isn’t this a great option to prevent stringing?

Retraction is a setting that can be found in a slicer named Cura and fortunately it is in the default settings of this software. If you doubt about the retraction setting is on, you can always check it before starting to print.

Another place where you should also be able to see this setting is in the Layers view that slicer Cura offers. It will be visible in small dark blue vertical lines that represent the retractions in the print.

Sometimes while printing some parts, although retraction may be turned on, there are chances that small strands of plastic show up on places where you don’t want it. In such scenarios, you can always alter some other parameters from the ones mentioned below to balance the complete case.

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Temperature

TemperatureCredit: all3dp.com

Temperature is one of the most important parameters for reducing the number of strings. Remember, it is observed that a high temperature means that the material will be more liquid.

This in turn means that there are more chances that while the travel is happening, the liquid is dropped on the print head even if you are using retraction. In this case, by using a lower temperature the material is less liquid and thus less likely to string.

To avoid stringy 3D prints, keep the temperature as low as possible. Although it is not possible for us to mention one temperature that will work for all the materials because different materials have different melting points.

So, it’s hard to say which temperature to use exactly, temperature not just differs according to the material that you are using, but also according to the color of the material that you are using. So, check out various types of print settings that are mentioned for various types of materials and the color of the material that you are using.

If you are someone who always notices stringing on your print, we would recommend lowering the temperature in steps of approximately 10 degrees.

This is to find out what the best setting for your material is, it is a kind of experiment. And it is not true to say that prints of some materials are only available at some temperatures, for example, we figured out that for some prints in PLA we were even able to lower the temperature to 180 degrees.

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Speed

3d printing speed

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Lowering the temperature is one thing, and lowering print speed is the other. If you have understood the stringing phenomenon as a whole, it might not be hard for you to guess that speed also plays the role. By speed here, we mean the print head’s speed.

The print head of the printer travels at a specific speed from one end of the layer to the other end. And it is this speed that we need to control the stringing.

If you lowered the temperature there’s a chance that your material starts under extruding when still printing at a very high speed.

Therefore it’s recommended to reduce the print speed accordingly. This way you should for example be able to reach a low temperature of 180 degrees for PLA with a print speed of approximately 20 mm/s.

Furthermore, it could help to increase travel speed. This way the print head will travel a bit faster so that the material has less time to drip from the nozzle while traveling. A travel speed of 200 mm/s should be fine for most prints.

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Making Sure your filaments are free from moisture

Making Sure your filaments are free from moistureCredit: all3dp.com

Every 3D printing filament is prone to moisture pickup whenever they are exposed to open air. Now, this moisture can be present in microscopic bubbles inside the filament and that can expand.

This expansion can lead to bursting of filament when the filament is subjected to the temperatures of a hot end nozzle. Although the most common result of using a high-moisture filament is a pockmarked print, these moisture bubbles can also increase the chances of stringing.

Generally, a bubble of moisture can expand and also burst inside the hot end nozzle. Here the point to note is that as the bubble expands, it exerts pressure in all directions.

The portion of molten filament that is barely hanging on to the nozzle is also included here. This pressure may be enough to cause the molten filament to flow out the nozzle, creating the stringing effect.

For avoiding stringing and hosting other problems associated with moisture in filaments, the best choice is to store them in airtight containers with a few packets of desiccant.

The other possibility is to dry filaments in an oven or inside a food dehydrator. All you need to ensure is that you use an oven that can hold a set temperature, as the last thing you would want is to overheat your filament and fuse them together.

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Cleaning of nozzle

Once you have done the printing and hours have passed, the filament material will tend to leave a thin residue on the inner surface of your nozzle and this is the case with all the filaments.

Continuous printing using a nozzle that has such a layer of residue can reduce the ability of your new filament to hold on to the nozzle and this can result in stringing.

Stringy 3D prints are an outcome of the molten filament freely flowing out of the nozzle. Even if this might not be the scenario every time, but it is the scenario most of the time and this increases the chances of stringing.

For avoiding this problem completely happen, we recommend cleaning your nozzle after every printing session that lasts several hours or days. And if you think that cleaning can only be done in one way, you are wrong because there are several ways to do this.

However, we will tell you the easiest one i.e. to brush the nozzle using a brush with metal wires. You can also use a piece of filament to do the cold pull method or disassemble your nozzle and soak it in acetone.

Cleaning of the nozzle ensures that you are taking the utmost care for the stringing to not happen. However, there isn’t any guarantee that doing this would not produce any strings.

Stringy 3D prints depend on other factors too. As you can see, some of them are mentioned above too. All you need to do is apply the correct factor at the correct time and this can be done by observing and asking yourself, after getting a stringy 3D print that,” why did this happen?”

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Checking your printer settings

Checking your printer settingsCredit: gr5.org

After getting so many things all right, you should at least check your printer settings and ensure they are correct. And this goes before starting to print every design that you are willing to 3D print. After all, doing trial and error on full designs can not only waste a lot of filament but is also time-consuming.

Luckily, now you also have websites from which you can download design for retraction cubes. Designs on these websites simply consist of several identical cubes separated by gaps of varying sizes. Such designs are a good torture test for determining if you have the most optimal settings for your printer or not.

This involves checking printing temperature, retraction, and printhead travel speed which are the most important ones when it comes to ensuring how to not get stringy 3D prints?

Because the retraction cubes in these designs are generally very small, the whole design can be printed in just a few minutes and uses up a very small amount of filament.

This enables you to know within minutes of your time whether you are going to get a print without strings or not. So, you can correct the other parameter, which is wrong, because of which you are getting the stringy 3D prints.

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The Conclusion

If you haven’t professional 3D designers at work, let us tell you that they are the masters of troubleshooting. And the other thing that we would like to tell you is, there is no single combination of 3D printer settings that will work across different filaments, designs, and environments.

You will have to keep on experimenting hoping the stringy 3D prints won’t come. 3D printing professionals constantly adapt and understand problems, which is why they always come up with solutions.

There are many problems related to 3D printing just as stringing. Addressing them is an as multi-pronged approach, as much as approaching stringing is.

The condition of your filament and nozzle are the two main factors that can cause stringing, and so we recommend you address them first. Only after addressing them, you can play around with printer settings, with temperature and retraction taking the spotlight.

Finally, you can look at the printer’s travel speed as the print head is moving across gaps. To be fair, getting stringy 3D prints is far from being one of the more complex issues you’re bound to encounter in 3D printing. As long as you understand the complete process of 3D printing, stringing should be one of the easiest problems to solve.

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6.9Expert Score
Anycubic Chiron 3D Printer

Affordability
8
Quality
4
Speed
5
Capability
5
Practicality
6
User Expectations
6
PROS
  • Overall, the cabling and general appearance of this printer are neat and tidy. There is a drag chain housing that consists of a thermistor, temperature probe, both fans and leveling probe cables, all these things are organized and the only projection from the hot end being the PTFE filament guide tube.
  • The Anycubic Chiron brings particular delight with its large build area of 400 x 400 x 450mm.
CONS
  • Notable is the fact that while unwinding this printer there are reports of screw falling out will the tapes that you try to remove to unwrap the printer.
  • This printer does not give you the best start, considering the included quality control card has a huge “Pass” stamp.
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Model Chiron (Kit)
Manufacturer ANYCUBIC
Price Range $ 499
Release date 2018
Country China
Availability Available
Classification DIY/Kit
Technology Extrusion (FFF- FDM...)
Material ABS, Other plastics, PLA
Filament diameter 1.75 mm 0.07 in
OS compatibility Linux, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Generic material Yes
XY accuracy 0.0125 mm 0 in
Max. build size 400 × 400 × 450 mm 15.75 × 15.75 × 17.72 in
Max. build volume 72.00 L
Max. print speed 100 mm 3.94 in /s
Min. layer thickness 0.05 mm 0.002 in
Dimensions 651 × 612 × 720 mm 25.63 × 24.09 × 28.35 in
Weight 15 kg 33.07 lb
Nozzle diameter(s) 0.4 mm 0.02 in
Power input 110V/220V AC | 50/60Hz
Heated print bed Yes
Heated build chamber No
Automatic calibration Yes
Closed frame No
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen No
Touchscreen Yes
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No
Air filter No
Pellet extruder No
USB No
Wifi No
Bluetooth No
SD card No
Ethernet No

The first glimpse of this 3D printer was shown with a CGI video and the manufacturer hinted for something big. Anycubic Chiron was launched in the heady days of summer and soon after its landing, it became the hot topic in the complete industry how it was pulled out from the digital shelf.

The reason is not just one, but altogether the amazing set of features that Anycubic Chiron has and how low budget 3D printers are produced and consumed in these days.

Early units of this 3D printer were shipped to influencers and publications who were asked to test it. These tests resulted in, complaints about build quality, quality control which resulted in the production halt of Anycubic Chiron.

Anycubic Chiron

The 3D printer was then tentatively re-released to retail at the end of August. Isn’t the story interesting?

If you’ve ever dreamt of building enormous single-piece models, the Chiron will undoubtedly catch your eye with its unmatched build volume.

Chiron is bigger than the CR-10 and Ender 5 Plus, the puts its competitors to shame. Let’s take a look at the complete review to find out more about this much-talked printer.

Features

If you’ve had past experiences with Anycubic’s 3D printers, Chiron would look like a winning 3D printer to you. If not, while buying you might get confused between Chiron and CR-10.

However, the experience of Chiron is of a 3D printer which has some good ideas and a killing feature that the company boasts about and that is the second one mentioned on our list.

However, it also has some quality control issues, tedious automatic bed-leveling, and few other minor irritants. So without saying much, let’s take a look at its attractive features one by one.

Big Build Volume: Chiron’s build size is 400 mm * 400 mm * 450 mm. It is the only printer that comes close to the CR-10 Max, which costs over twice as much. So this feature is something that you must take note and ponder upon. Considering that the desktop is not Anycubic’s territory, you should be impressed with the overall consistency of this printer regardless of the model size or shape that you opt for.

Ultrabase Print Surface: The talk of these features comes while speaking about printing huge projects. It’s important that any 3D printer’s model stays securely attached to the build plate during the entire printing process. And in times like these, nothing feels worse than managing only to get a large model’s 75% completely, flawlessly from the base, and ruining the other. Thankfully, the printer’s generous build plate made by its manufacturer has the Ultrabase coating, which works better than any glue or tape. This print bed material makes all filaments stick firmly to the printer’s print bed. And it is because of this feature that removing large prints with Anycubic Chiron is easy, once the build plate cools down.

Chiron Allows You to Print Using Various Filaments: The quick-heating glass i.e. Ultrabase print bed allows users to print with a wide variety of filaments that includes material like ABS, PLA, TPU, and PETG. The specialty of Ultrabase coating is that it makes adhering and removing models easier than with most other print beds as mentioned above. Chiron has a huge build size so the print speed is understandably slow, around 20-30mm/s, and travel speed also is around 60mm/s i.e. maximum. And it’s not that Chiron has good quality prints only with the popular materials, which each of the material mentioned above, Chiron has amazing layer resolution.

Sturdy Design: When it came to catching people’s eyes, Anycubic stuck to the same old glass bonded design to a perforated grip sheet faintly, that is known for holding prints effectively when hot, and releases them when they are cold. Chiron has a towering frame that is constructed from aluminum extrusions which were brought in place with metal T-plates. However, the base of Anycubic Chiron serves as a home for many parts. LCD power supply, Trigorilla mainboard, MOSFETs, etc live in there. Whilst, all the ports, and connections of the printer are located on the right-hand side of its base unit. Doing this has given the overall assembly and easy-go. Setting the complete thing up takes 25 minutes or so even when you are following the well written and illustrated assembly instructions that the manufacturer gives you out.

Assembling Is Easy: The device is shipped to users in a partially unassembled state just like most of desktop printers. The owner of the machine has to mount the frame on the base and set up the wiring and cabling. As mentioned in the previous section, the complete procedure takes no more than 20 – 30 minutes. Apart from the printer, you have a removable sensor for calibration, a spare hot-end, a PLA filament spool, an SD card and a card reader, a USB cable, an instruction manual, gloves, pliers, a spatula, tweezers and a toolkit in the complete package making the assembling procedure easy.

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Specifications

Anycubic Chiron specifications

The printer is based on FDM technology and has a build volume of 400 mm * 400 mm * 400 mm. The print accuracy of Anycubic Chiron is 0.05 to 0.3 mm and the positional accuracy of the printer in the X and Y axis is 0.0125 mm while in the Z-axis it is 0.0020 mm.

Chiron comes with a single extruder and has a nozzle diameter of 0.4mm and a print speed of 20 to 100 mm per second. This printer can print using PLA, ABS, HIPS, Wood, and TPU.

It has an ambient operating temperature from 8 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius and an operational extruder temperature of 260 degrees Celsius.

One can connect to this printer using a memory card and Data cable. The extensions of the file that you get from this printer are.STL, .OBJ, .JPG and.PNG.

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Price

Listed at just $429 on Anycubic’s website, Chiron has hosts pretty impressive features that are mentioned in the list above. Overall, Chiron has some cons too, like every 3D printer does while working with it but the cost is completely justified.

This might be the best machine for hobbyists and designers, so it goes without saying that Chiron does perfectly well with newbies who are looking to experiment with the technology.

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First Impression

As mentioned above, the frame of this printer is made from extruded aluminum, which is also an important feature of Chiron.

Because not only does it provide rigidity to the whole construction, but it also offers overall support to every user of this 3D printer. After observing this printer, one can easily notice the Cartesian kinematic system that it’s based on.

However, the Ultrabase Pro print bed is where the manufacturer scores. This technology, developed by Anycubic designers, not only makes the printer stand out but also provides them a stable adhesion of the model on the print bed surface in the process of printing.

It offers easy removal after completion. And the microporous coating that the bed has firmly gripped the object in the process of printing.

Once the printing is over, the print bed cools down, and the microporous coating contracts and the ready-made printed object is easily removed from the bed.

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Setup

As mentioned above, the printer comes partially assembled, and completely assembling it does not take more than 30 minutes if the manual of this company is followed.

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Printing Type/Cost

You can print using various materials in this printer, so the printing cost various widely than in other printers. Also, the printer is based on FDM technology so the printing is going to happen layer by layer.

The time taken by the printer to complete its printing process is slow overall compared to its competitors. These are the point that is needed to be kept in mind if you are a small business owner who is going to run his/her business using this printer.

Otherwise, for hobbyists or academic institutions or even professional designers or engineers, these points aren’t much of an issue.

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Print Quality

Anycubic Chiron print qualityCredit: All3dp.com

Compared to other printers in the price list, the print quality of parts and prototypes that are printed using the printer is average and nothing fabulous.

Even though the company had to postpone its release and the company claims to have solved the issues that were found in the first versions of this printer, there are some issues with print quality.

And they have particularly to deal with the layer visibility on the part and not the correct amount of surface finish.

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Software

Files for Anycubic 3D printers are sliced with the Cura slicing software. Alternatively, you can use other available software, such as Simplify3D. In order to transfer the ready G-code into the printer’s database, you can use the package SD card or USB cable.

Unlike most other Chinese manufacturers, the company of Anycubic delivers its 3D printers with a full set of documentation which is something to cheer about.

All the materials concerning this device’s specifications, assembly, and operation manual, as well as necessary software, can be found on the SD card so rub off your impression of dealing with a Chinese 3D printer before Anycubic Chiron.

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Customer Service

Anycubic is a renowned name in the 3D printing industry for its customer service and 24*7 assistance that the company promises to provide. You can get support from an e-mail, via phone or Skype, however, you like.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

According to what we have noticed, your buying decision should be based on parameters such as the cost of the printer, its quality, speed, capability, practicality, and your expectations. Let’s look at each one of those for Chiron by Anycubic

3D Printer Cost: The overall cost of Chiron is a little high but the build volume that it offers compensates for the quality issues that it has.

3D Print Quality: Anycubic Printers are not known to provide excellent quality so manufacturing functional prototypes is a problem with this printer.

3D Print Speed: Chiron, like other, is a desktop printer that produces a little less than 15 to 18 mm per second.

3D Printer Capability: Overall, Chiron is not that capable as the competitors in this price range.

3D Printer Practicality: Small businesses that are typically looking to produce parts of larger build volume without spending much can opt for this printer.

3D Printer User Expectations: Anycubic has gained a name in the 3D market by satisfying their user expectations i.e. producing cheaper 3D printers and making sure the technology which wasn’t available to a specific economic class is available through them.

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The Verdict

Anycubic Chiron has one of the biggest printable areas available in the segment of desktop 3D printers so if you are looking to print large parts and geometries, buy it.

Chiron has a solid robust construction, Ultrabase Pro heated bed, multi-fuel extruder, calibration sensor, and runout filament detector, apart from the large build volume.

The device fully responds to the requirements of the users, who need large-format printing at a very affordable price with guaranteed high-quality results.

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Best Ceramic 3D Printer – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide in 2020 https://pick3dprinter.com/ceramic-3d-printer/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:49:20 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=6208

According to the result of a survey, it is believed that ceramic 3D printing would generate $3.6 billion by the end of the year 2028.

The number of ceramic 3D printers getting sold is increasing with the number of industrial solutions available for this printing method.

More and more manufacturers are looking for the design quality that can be offered by this method.

Ceramic 3D printing can be done by different processes namely Binder jetting, Stereolithography, and Material Extrusion. And in this list, we have tried to cover printers based on all of these technologies.

Industrial Grade Ceramic 3D Printer

Outsourcing ceramic 3D prints can also go good for parts and functional prototypes, but in-house production makes a difference. We have selected four ceramic 3D printers that are industrial grade, expensive, and capable of mass production.

Cera Fab S Series

Cera Fab S Series

This series features three models i.e. S25, S65, and S230. Manufactured by an Australian additive manufacturing company named Lithoz, Fab Series printers are based on DLP technology.

Because of the DLP technology, the printers are known to produce high resolution in their prints. However, high resolution is not the only feature that they possess, modular design is also another interesting feature of this printer.

This feature allows producing a combination of up to four production units because of which one can increase the output production by a considerable amount.

A build volume of 192 mm * 120 mm * 320 mm and a layer resolution range of 10 to 200 micrometers can be produced in the prints produced by these printers.

Cera Fab S Series 3D printers are well-known to produce parts and prototypes in the field of aerospace, biomedical, and jewelry. The basic price range of S Series printers is from $50,000 to $100,000.

Admaflex 300

Admaflex 300

Manufactured by a Netherlands based company Admatec, this printer is the first offering by this company. The root of Admatec is, Formatec, which is a 3D print service offering company.

Admaflex 300 was made available in the year 2013. The 3D printer is mainly meant to produce large-scale parts that have built a volume of 200 mm * 200 mm * 300 mm.

Admaflex 300 too, like every Cera Fab S Series printers, is based on DLP technology. The specialty of this printer lies in its patented feedstock system and a vision-based monitoring system that allows users to monitor errors in the printing process and rectify it immediately.

And because Admaflex 300 is a modular machine, one cannot just limit his/herself to ceramic 3D printing on the printer, but also open up to metal-based 3D printing.

The layer thickness range that the ceramic 3d printer can produce is 10 to 200 micrometers. The cost of Admaflex 300, is more than $250,000.

X1 160 Pro

X1 160 Pro

This ceramic 3D printer is manufactured by a German company named Ex One. It is to be noted that X1 160 Pro is the company’s largest ceramic 3D printer that operates on binder jetting technology.

Originally manufactured to produce only metal materials, ExOne has not much time before, announced ceramics like alumina and silicon carbide that can be included in the list of materials that can be operated on X1 160 Pro.

Medical and Aerospace are the two main industries that this 3D ceramic printer targets. With a build volume of 800 mm * 500 mm * 400 mm, X1 160 Pro can produce part size that is usually produced by investment casting.

Parts and prototypes of layer thickness range 30 to 200 micrometers can be produced using this machine. X1 160 Pro is also priced at the same level as Adma Flex 300 is priced.

C3600

C3600`3d printer

Like Cera Fab S series, C3600 is a ceramic 3D printer based on the stereolithography process. This 3D printer is manufactured by a company based in France named 3D Ceram.

The company is renowned for gifting the world of additive manufacturing with some of the most innovative 3D printers and C3600 is no exception.

The 3D printer hardens liquid ceramic material layer by layer as any 3D printer based on SLA technology does. C3600 is a 3D ceramic printer that is used for mass production.

This 3D printer provides a layer resolution of 30 microns over the entire surface of the product. Like X1 160 Pro and Adma Flex 300, C3600 is also priced more than $250,000.

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Medium Grade Ceramic 3D Printer

Cheaper than industrial-grade printers, yet satisfactory of producing more or less the same result.

These medium grade ceramic 3D printers would give you a touch of domestic as well as industrial printers. We have chosen four 3D ceramic printers that have this kind of quality.

Ceram Two

Ceram Two 3d printer

Manufactured by a New-York based company called KWAMBIO, Ceram Two uses binder jetting technology to produce ceramic 3D parts and prototypes.

Though the company is based in New-York, this 3D printer is manufactured in Ukraine. Coming to the interesting features that this ceramic 3D printer offers, one can choose the glaze he/she wishes to see on the part that’s produced.

Ceram Two offers 100 different choices that include different finishes starting from complete matt to complete gloss. The printer boasts of leaving no visible layers on the final part or prototype.

Ceram Two has a build volume of 350 mm * 350 mm * 380 mm and is specially targeted towards jewelry and ceramic 3D parts industry.

This 3D printer is half the price of the printers that are mentioned in the above list or even lesser than some. $45,000 is the price of Ceram Two.

3D Potter Bot Series

This series’ printers are arguable the first dedicated 3D ceramic printers for the pottery industry. All thanks to the large volumes of undiluted ceramic materials that are available in these printer’s output through the sizable capacity ceramic extruder.

These large volumes of ceramic material prove to be a continuous flow and precise printing that is needed in the pottery industry.

The usual feedstock system is not used in these printers and the hysteresis caused by hoses is also something that is gotten rid of. Delta Bots is the name of the company that has manufactured these printers.

The manufacturers have made sure they have designed large vessels. Scara V4 can be taken as a typical example of this Potter Bot series. It is generally seen that they can print up to a meter’s height.

These printers use the material extrusion 3D printing process to print parts and prototypes. The build volume of Scara V1 is 254 mm * 254 mm * 305 mm. Currently, there are 6 printers available in this series that fall in between the price range of $2,850 to $17,850.

Delta WASP 2040 Clay

Delta WASP 2040 Clay

WASP is the name of the Italian manufacturer who has manufactured this 3D ceramic printer.

Known for their delta printers, WASP 2040 Clay made headlines when first brought in front of the public for making housing shelters in developing countries.

Although currently, Delta WASP 2040 Clay operates on material extrusion 3D printing technology, when they were first brought in place in front of the public, they used the LDM clay extruder system.

There is one more printer in the WASP series namely WASP 40100 Clay. Both the 2040 and 40100 Clay model is specially designed for clay printing technology. WASP 2040 has a build area of 400 mm * 240 mm and a minimum layer height of 0.5mm. The 3D printer is priced at $3,300.

Stone Flower 3.0

Manufactured by a company based in Munich, Germany, Stone Flower 3.0 is one of the newest addition to DIY ceramic 3D printing.

Parts and functional prototypes in the field of arts, architecture, and design can be built using this 3D printer. Apart from ceramics, Stone Flower 3.0 can produce parts made up of plaster, pulp, wax, porcelain and even soldering paste.

The build volume that this 3D printer can produce is up to 480 mm * 480 mm * 500 mm. This 3D printer comes with a 5-inch touch screen, with which it can be operated and can be connected with a wi-fi.

For adapting third party systems, the company has offered a clay extruder add-on system in this 3D ceramic printer. Every kit of this printer includes a ceramic extruder, a print head, and a control unit. The overall cost of this printer with its kit can come down to $3,850.

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Beginner Grade Ceramic 3D printer

These are 3D printers that work differently with different materials. If you can change the tool-head that they carry or vary the pre-setting that is done on them, you can go well with ceramic 3D printing as well.

One thing to note is that they are not specifically made, keeping ceramic 3D printing in mind, but still can produce some of the most amazing ceramic 3D parts. We have three printers on this list.

Z Morph VX

Z Morph VX

Unlike other 3D printers on this list, this one cannot be operated with any other material except for ceramics. Z Morph VX is known to produce parts and prototypes using FDM technology.

CNC Milling, laser engraving, and other tool head functions can be offered by this 3D printer. Because of its thick paste extruder, some variations of plastic can be produced using this 3D ceramic printer.

The tool head of Z Morph VX costs $249. One can afford this printer if the demand at his place of ceramic parts is low.

In a scenario wherein one is forced to buy kits of Stone Flower or WASP, the printer becomes unaffordable. The build volume of this printer is 530 mm * 555 mm * 480 mm. Z Morph VX is available for $2,799.

Formlabs Form 3

formlabs form 3 3d printer

Based on the SLA 3D printing technique, the review of Form 3 is excellent. Because this 3D ceramic printer can be used by small businesses, it becomes a valuable addition to the engineer’s or the designer’s office where it goes.

The latest update in this 3D printer is the new ceramic resin, which has made it popular in the list of 3D ceramic printers.

As the printer was already known to be one that can produce industrial level precision in domestic level costs, this latest update just adds on to the already given title.

Having a build volume of 125 mm * 125 mm * 165 mm, Form 3 is rather small when it comes to producing large parts and functional prototypes.

But as said earlier, when it comes to quality SLA printing, Form 3 takes the market to a stir. This 3D ceramic printer is priced at $2,850.

Cerambot

cerambot 3d rpinter

If measured from “who got a headstart in Kickstarter campaign?” this printer wins the show hands down. Cerambot was able to drive in $300,000 to its manufacturing Chinese company.

The manufacturer has made sure that this ceramic 3D printer has its ceramic extruder kit that can be attached to well-known FDM 3D printers.

These extruders are available in two versions namely: CERAMBOT Air and CERAMBOT Pro. The Air ceramic extruders work with a manual air compressor, while the Pro ceramic extruder works with a control panel.

The design of these extruders is so kept, that it is easy for beginner users to use them. CERAMBOT is priced at $299.

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The Conclusion

Ceramics have always been a preferred material in the field of 3D printing. More commonly, ceramic 3D printers are associated with pottery, kitchenware, medical, jewelry, aerospace, etc.

Because of producing complex parts, this technology is one of the top choices when it comes to manufacturers. A lot of money is been invested in this technology and familiar technologies like FDM are also getting associated with it.

If you do not wish to purchase a 3D ceramic printer and just wish to get the service, 3D Ceram, Kwambio and Formatec are the names of the top 3 service providers in the field of 3D ceramic printing.

They work on ceramic printing using different 3D printing technologies and produce some of the finest parts that the industry has ever seen.

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6 Common 3D Printer Problems and How to Avoid Them https://pick3dprinter.com/common-3d-printer-problems/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:16:24 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10420

Additive manufacturing technology has surprised everyone with its nuances of perks it offers to its users. From complex models to precise details, technology makes things possible in a matter of time.

However, getting caught up into common 3D printer problems isn’t too rosy. Rather, it could be highly infuriating. How about you start working on your 3D model and find out that the nozzle is blocked? You may have to wait a little more to get things working properly before you could start your printing project.

There are certain problems that are easy to tackle. However, there could be many other problems that may be too stubborn to go on its own. And, who likes to lose time and effort when not able to get the desired model after carrying the compete for the printing process?

Hence, it is always better to find the root cause of such common issues associated with 3D printers and work in advance to ensure there are minimal to no chances of occurrence of these setbacks.

In this article, we will be outlining some of the major and most common 3D printer problems and their probable solutions. Hence, offering you a better understanding of unexpected situations that may arise when working with these amazing 3D printers.

List of Most Common 3D Printer Problems

As stated before, 3D printers do have a lot of potentials, but only when, used correctly. You cannot just start the machine and print whatever you need. For smooth experience and without your machine getting into hiccups, you must ensure that you are well aware of the common issues connected with 3D printing.

To give you a more thorough outlook of what you may expect, here are a few common 3D printer problems that often bug users when printing 3D models. Also, with each problem, we have included the solution for the same.

Incorrect Selection of 3D Printing Process or Material

Incorrect Selection of 3D Printing Process or MaterialCredit: all3dp.com

Every 3D printing process has its own set of perks and few limitations. Likewise, the same goes for the materials you choose. For instance, FDM 3D printers are the most affordable choices and provide easy workflow when compared to other printers.

But you cannot achieve the amount of accuracy and preciseness as you can accomplish with SLA or SLS 3D printers. These technologies are capable of creating isotropic models where layer difference is not visible. This is not true for FDM 3D printers though.

On the other hand, SLA 3D printers are slow and costly to own. And, these often are difficult to manage. Also, the materials used in different 3D printers vary.

While FDM 3D printers use a filament, which are polymers such as ABS, PLA, etc. However, SLA 3D printers work with resins. And, SLS 3D printers make use of powder. There are other technologies as well with different material options such as metal and other alloys.

So, you must choose the technology that is compatible with the material you wish to work with. When making the selection, there are many factors that come into play.

These materials offer varying physical and mechanical properties to the 3D models. Likewise, the choice of 3D printing process also ends up with varying model’s properties.

When selecting the right one, you must gather enough information about each process and material. This way you can avoid ending up with an unwanted 3D part.

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Stringing is Very Frustrating

3D Printing StringingCredit: ultimaker.com

Isn’t that true? FDM 3D printers are the ones that are prone to this problem, stringing. What exactly is stringing? Stringing results in strings of plastic woven around the printed part.

This happens because of the leaking of filament where it is not required. This not only makes your print look terrible, but your parts may not be usable at all, even after post-processing.

There are a few ways to stop this from happening in the first place. You can tweak the temperature settings and test your prints with a few degrees change in the temperature. This may be a quick fix for simple 3D models.

However, when the models are too complex, you may have to look for other solutions. And the best way to do this is by enabling the retraction setting.

When the setting is turned on, the filament retracts back inside the nozzle until the nozzle head starts moving again. Hence, ensuring that the leaks are in control and filament are not deposited when not necessary.

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First Layer Adhesion Problem

First Layer ProblemsCredit: prusaprinters.org

Let’s talk about one problem that almost every maker must go through when working with 3D printers. Hence, it is one of the most common 3D printer problems out there: The first layer not sticking properly.

When the first layer fails to attach, the entire base is ruined for the 3D model. This ultimately results in a failed print.

In other words, a lot depends on how stronger is your first layer adhesion is. The next layers of the 3D model rest on the first layer.

If it is not strong enough to hold the pressure of the rest of the layers, the print may fall in between. Or else, it would shift and create a ladder effect, running the entire 3D print.

All these do seem like a big concern for those 3D Printing. You must not like watching your 3D print fall in between. Would you? That is why it is important to learn the cause of this problem and how to stop this from happening.

First of all, the first layer adhesion can become flimsy because of the greasy build platform. Hence, you must ensure that the build plate is clean before you start every new print.

You can use a wipe to clean the surface and remove any dirt sticking on the surface. The other reasons for weak first layer adhesion could be incorrect hot end temperature or blockage of nozzle.

All these problems could be corrected effortlessly. Try increasing the temperature of the hot end. Or, using a wider nozzle for more firm first layer could also help avoid the issue.

Above all, you do have other ways to increase the first layer adhesion. For instance, the use of glue sticks, hair spray, and other adhesives. These would certainly help achieve stronger first layer adhesion. And, better print results for all your models, irrespective of the complexity of the design.

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How to Stop 3D Part Warping?

Part WarpingCredit: 3dsourced.com

If you have been working with 3D printers for quite some time now, it is rare not to fall prey to warping. This is also one of the most common 3D printer problems which often leads to irreversible 3D part failures. It is as scary as it sounds. Making the entire part ugly and improper to use, it leads to failed prints.

So, what is warping and how does it happen? Warping results in bend edges. The edges start bending upwards, creating a warping of parts. What’s worst is that the problem also leads to cracking print segments. Warping is a very unwelcomed problem and occurs because of uneven and fast cooling. Learn more about 3D warping here.

During warping, the filament starts contracting, distorting the compete for the 3D part. But, gladly, there are many ways to resolve this problem. Somewhat the problem also depends on the first layer adhesion. Hence, the better the first layer adhesion is, the lesser are the chances for warping.

To solve the problem, you can prefer using a closed 3D printer for maintaining a consistent temperature. However, that does not mean that enclosed 3D Printers do not go through this issue at all.

If that is the case, try using a pre-heated build plate. Or else, you can also maintain the temperature for the first layer just below the melting point of the material in use. This will allow the first layer to sit flat on the surface of the build plate.

Do not forget to ensure that the build plate is properly leveled. If all of these fixes still seem insufficient, try using adhesives for stronger first layer adhesion. The better is the first layer adhesion, the lesser is the possibility of warping. As mentioned before, isn’t it?

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Filament Extrusion Stops in Between of the Print

Filament Extrusion Stops in Between of the PrintCredit: ultimaker.com

Among all the obvious reasons, there are two common ones for the occurrence of this problem: 3D Printer not able to extrude after completing a certain percentage of the print.

Yes, it is pretty frustrating to see your print halfway done after returning back when expecting to find a completed model. This is a very common 3D printer problem and must be taken seriously.

Not every 3D printer has the ability to start from the point, the filament stopped extruding. And, you may end up creating the entire model again. Hence, losing money and time.

So, why not understand the core reason for the problem and stay alert to ensure such issues do not stop you from completing your 3D printing jobs in between?

The first thing to notice is the amount of filament left in your spool. Whenever you start your 3D printing project, look for the filament still left inside your 3D printer. In case, it seems too low, do not forget to refeed the filament spool to ensure uninterrupted printing.

For larger and complex prints, that may eat up the filament spool, you must keep an eye on the printer’s action to be ready to feed the filament whenever needed.

Now, that was about the insufficient amount of filament stopping the printer from extruding in between the prints. However, there is one more very probable reason that you must not avoid considering. And, this could be due to the blocked nozzle. Yes, if the filament is not clean, it may carry dust to the nozzle head.

In such a case, the dust will start building up at the nozzle end, ultimately blocking the flow of filament. Hence, stopping the print job in between.

When you find out that the filament is already stacked up and the printer is not extruding, you will easily sense the blocking problem. So, clean the nozzle and try again.

There is one more reason for 3D printing stopping in between. And, this is due to the overheating of the motor driver. So, you can simply turn off the machine for cooling it down and start printing after a little break.

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Inconsistent Extrusion of Filament

Inconsistent Extrusion of FilamentCredit: duet3d.com

Moving towards the last of all the common 3D printer problems, this is what you often come across: an inconsistent filament extrusion. Before you would realize that the problem is there, the 3D print may even be out of your control to manage.

The problem may not seem bigger in the beginning, but trust this, you may end up with a failed print. And, what could be more heartbreaking than a complete print getting wasted?

So, why not find a solution to the problem before it leads to bigger issues later. To start with, ensure that the filament is not tangled. Ensuring that the filament is tangle-free, you can allow the filament to move freely to the nozzle end. Or else, it may lead to inconsistent extrusion.

The other way to avoid this is by ensuring that the nozzle is not blocked. Clean your nozzle before starting every new print. This would certainly reduce the chances of inconsistent extrusion a lot.

Not to forget, this problem also depends on the quality of filament in use. If you are using a poor-quality filament, this problem is very obvious to occur. So, try to pick your filament from a renowned manufacturer. Or, the ones you have tried for best results before.

The Conclusion

3D printing is not an easy task. Although the machine takes care of all the hard parts, you do need to keep an eye on the entire process.

Either you are a beginner or an expert, the common 3D printer problems may bug anyone. So, why not take necessary precautions to keep these at bay. And, if encountered, you must know the right tricks to solve it right away.

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7.6Expert Score
FlashForge Adventurer 3

Affordability
8
Quality
7
Speed
6
Capability
7
Practicality
8
User Expectations
8
PROS
  • Third-party filaments are supported in the printer.
  • The printer has a user-friendly touchscreen display.
  • There’s a filament runout sensor in Adventurer 3 that’s coupled with a resume print feature that allows parts to resume printing exactly from the same point from which they were left off after changing filaments.
  • Multiple connectivity options in Adventurer 3 include USB, Wi-Fi, ethernet, and cloud printing.
CONS
  • The build plate can move around too much and sometimes cause the part to fail so it has to be calibrated before printing which takes a lot of time every time!
  • The instruction manual that comes with this printer can be confusing to get through.
  • The Wi-Fi connection is known to present some issues while updating the software.
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Model Adventurer3
Manufacturer FlashForge
Price Range $ 399
Release date 2017
Country China
Availability Available
Classification Desktop
Technology Extrusion (FFF- FDM...)
Material ABS, Other plastics, PLA
Filament diameter 1.75 mm 0.07 in
OS compatibility Linux, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Generic material Yes
Max. build size 150 × 150 × 150 mm 5.91 × 5.91 × 5.91 in
Max. build volume 3.38 L
Min. layer thickness 0.05 mm 0.002 in
Heated print bed No
Heated build chamber No
Automatic calibration No
Closed frame Yes
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen Yes
Touchscreen No
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No
Air filter No
Pellet extruder No
USB No
Wifi No
Bluetooth No
SD card Yes
Ethernet No

Adventurer 3 is a printer by Flashforge, that’s based upon FFF/FDM 3D printing technology. This 3D printer is affordable, light in weight, user-friendly, and a compact desktop 3D printer.

According to the advertisement done by the company, Adventurer 3 is primarily meant for educators and creators. The manufacturer of this printer, Flashforge, presented it at CES 2018 alongside other printers by the manufacturer like Creator 3, Inventor IIS, Guider IIS, and Explorer Max 3D.

Just like every other 3D printer, Adventurer 3 has some issues in it and they are primarily concerned with various filaments and software. However, the printer compensates by getting in some amazing features to suit hobbyists and students.

flashforge adventurer 3

Like most of the desktop 3D printer, Flashforge Adventurer 3 has a fully enclosed structure and is considered to stay stable during the printing process. This 3D printer comes well packed in a large box and is fully assembled.

It is while unboxing this printer that you realize the fact that it is sky foam protected. And this makes Adventurer 3 shipped anywhere with a 100 percent undamaged guarantee.

Not that we have given you a little introduction about this printer let’s take a look at features that makes Adventurer 3 suit its users.

Features

Flashforge Adventurer 3 boasts about important features and trust us when we say it has many. Below is a list of such features with an explanation that will enable you to compare and figure out what sets this printer apart from every other that’s offered at the same price as this one.

It’s important to note while buying a 3D printer that many things sets apart one printer from the other, but if you are looking to go along with this device you have to look at the features and understand them and sort of comparing it with the other before making your final call.

So, by giving this list out, we mean to help you before buying a 3D printer, as you must know some of the features in detail.

Speedy Heating Of Nozzle: All those who know how FDM 3D printing technology and the printer based on this technology works? They would be able to associate with this feature just by reading it, but for all those who do not know, don’t worry. In FDM 3D printing technology the material that you print parts and prototypes with is kept in a filament that is heated using a nozzle. So the sooner the nozzle is heated, the faster the printing process of an FDM 3D printer starts.

Flashforge is an FDM 3D printer and its nozzle takes less time to be completely heated which in turn means that it will also take less time to start the printing process and end it. So the overall printing time of Adventurer 3 is less than its competitors in the same price range.

Flashforge Adventurer 3 is equipped with an upgraded nozzle that ensures stable filament loading. The manufacturer claims how its 3D printer can reach up to 200 degrees Celsius in just 50 seconds.

This is a point that you can specifically compare with other printers. The faster a nozzle is supposed to heat up, the lesser the printer’s overall printing time is.

Impressive Extrusion System: The Extruder is the component from which the heated liquid is poured out layer by layer on the print bed. Different 3D printers have different extrusion systems. Flashforge 3 contains a turbofan and an air guide in its extrusion system itself. This improves the overall quality of the print. Another noteworthy aspect of the extruder’s design its buckle release feature. Users can easily remove the nozzle using this feature, without dismantling the entire assembly and save time.

Easy To Use Touch Screen Interface: Notice when you go into buying a 3D printer that every desktop 3D printer nowadays comes with a touch screen interface. But not all touchscreen interfaces are easy to use. Some demand you to be techy, while some demand no knowledge to use it. Flashforge Adventurer 3 is not one amongst the former ones, but the latter. There is a touch screen interface that is fairly clean and intuitive. When compared to printers that come in a similar price range, this one works pretty well and faster in getting the job done.

Mechanism Of The Printer Is Simple: There is a singular print head of Adventurer 3 that moves along the X and the Z-axis, whereas the removable print bed moves on the Y-axis. The printer uses a Bowden extrusion system for the filament feeding mechanism. Mechanically, the motor is mounted away from the print head and the material has driven a tube to the print head via a nozzle which is made of PTFE. This mechanism of the printer enables users to increase print speed and precision without causing any hindrances.

Flexible Platform For Easy Object Removing: If you are finding any difficulties in removing the printed part, you can first remove the print bed and then take it to an open place and remove it. The heating bed can be removed and also be folded so that objects over this platform can be easily removed just by bending.

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Specifications

flashforge adventurer 3 specifications

Adventurer 3 has a build volume of 150 m * 150 mm * 150 mm and a layer resolution range of 0.1 mm to 0.4 mm. Its nozzle diameter is 0.4mm and the maximum build plate temperature that can be achieved is 100 degrees Celsius.

This 3D printer is compatible with ABS as well as PLA and has a print speed of 100 mm per second. Adventurer 3 has a single extruder system and works on FlashPrint software.

The 3D printer works on FFF or FDM 3D printing technology and comes with a 2.8-inch touch screen interface with which you can operate the complete printing process.

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Price

Listed at just $399 on Flashforge’s website, Adventurer 3 has the above mentioned impressive features that justify its cost. These features deliver as they are advertised and could even do better when printing is performed according to the company’s guidelines.

Overall, there are a few annoyances too while working with this printer, especially with its compatibility, as mentioned above. But that’s the case with a printer that costs even more than this one.

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First Impression

Unboxing Adventurer 3 will make you meet with a slick, well-constrained little cubical machine, plugging which will introduce with the friendly user interface on the built-in interface.

Adventurer 3 is simple in its use, overall design as it appears at first glance and has three door openings which are transparent enabling you to monitor the print process even without any help of the camera.

Knowing this, the company boasts about its simplicity feature quite well. When in printing mode, the machine runs relatively quiet and all noise that comes is only from the fans that are used in the printer.

However, it is recommended for the built-in chamber of this printer to have fit in standard size spools and not custom made.

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Setup

If you are unboxing the printer at a place that you had planned before it shipped to you, all you need to set up is a plug besides this printer, and you are done. Switch on the plug to start printing with Flashforge Adventurer 3.

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Printing Type/Cost

The printing cost of this printer depends on very many things, starting from the material that you use for printing the part or type to the print speed it provides.

It also depends on a lot of other factors such as design complexity and other variables. Long print jobs, in particular, are not an issue for this 3D printer, as there is something called ABS Notre Dame Model of this printer which is reported to have printed for 15 hours with no issue.

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Print Quality

flashforge adventurer 3 print quality

The part quality which is printed is excellent. When all lids are closed, the machine suddenly becomes great for ABS prints.

When working with more challenging materials such as ABS, the spool storage of the printer is outside of the system due to the small spool capacity that Flashforge Adventurer 3 has, but the effect on prints is negligible if the airflow is properly contained.

One can successfully print a Benchy, and Aria Dragon and a detailed Pirate bust using this 3D printer. All the prints come out very nice and you are happy to see the quality this printer was consistently printing with out of the box.

There are also reports about how people can print an Iron Man lithophane, the print quality of which is fairly good. However, the print does have some adhesion issues and the outside edges of the parts do lift a little by causing some unwanted layer lines.

But that is due to the user and not due to the printer. You enjoy the fact that the heated bed is removable and flexible. It made removing completed prints with ease.

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Software

The printer is only operational with Flashpoint software so you need to have that on your computer. This software is compatible with Windows 7 and above, Mac and Linux operating systems.

The manufacturer FlashForge provides its slicing software, FlashPrint. The user has to go through the basic print settings, like the material, print resolution, and whether a raft and supports that are necessary on their model.

Learning all this can take a considerable amount of time, but once done, it is forever done.

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Customer Service

Flashforge is a renowned name in the 3D printing industry for its customer service and 24*7 assistance that the company promises to provide. You can get support from an e-mail, via phone or Skype, however, you like.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

Let’s look at some of the parameters in brief before we provide the final verdict for Adventurer 3 by Flashforge.

3D Printer Cost: The overall cost of Adventurer 3 printers is justified based on the fact that the primary targets of the company are small businesses and hobbyists.

3D Print Quality: Flashforge Printers is known to provide excellent print quality because of which its parts and prototypes are used in various industries ranging from aerospace to jewelry.

3D Print Speed: Industry-standard i.e. 15 to 18 mm per second.

3D Printer Capability: All the printers in the Adventurer series by Flashforge are capable to print complex geometries with dimensional accuracy.

3D Printer Practicality: Desktop printers by the manufacturer help small businesses grow, whilst industrial-grade printers help manufacturers to build in bulk amount.

3D Printer User Expectations: Flashforge printer has gained fame in the 3D market by satisfying user expectations and it still intends to grow more in that area by presenting printers like Adventurer 3 in the market.

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The Verdict

After only a week of printing with this machine, you would come to know that the features on which company banks and advertisements are really worth it.

Even while buying, if you compare the features with competitors you’d get to know that this printer has everything that it takes to be on the price range that it currently is.

The performance of Adventurer 3 isn’t top of the line, but considering all the features packed in for the price, it’s certainly acceptable.

The Adventurer 3 is a very useful tool for education, and beginners or the casual hobbyist that love to experiment with technology. In these regards, there are not many printers that can serve all three audiences.

However, for a maker or professional, this printer could very well end up being frustratingly limited, both in print size and slicer compatibility. But it serves the primary audiences with complete justice.

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The process of producing an image based on three-dimensional data that is already stored inside the computer is called 3D Rendering.

Due to its practical application, it is often referred to as very similar to photography or cinematography because the way here to you are lighting and staging scenes and producing images.

However, what differentiates 3D rendering from regular photography is the scenes that are being photographed, which are imaginary and not real.

Everything that appears in 3D rendering needs to be created in the computer before it can be rendered. Although there is a lot of work that needs to be done by the artist, in turn, it allows an artist to have complete control over every scene that appears on the screen and how it is seen on the screen.

The data that is seen on the screen can be a complete scene that includes, either three-dimension objects or buildings, either landscapes or animated characters. It depends on the artist whether he wants to or needs to create this scene by modeling and animating before rendering or not.

3D Rendering process depicts a three-dimensional scene as a picture taken from a location and/or perspective, rendering of this could add in the simulation.

Realistic lighting, shadows, atmospheric effects, colors, different textures, and some optical effects like the refraction of light or blurring the screen can be added while simulation.

Overall, the rendering can take a picture to even appear like a painting or an abstract image. To know the history of this technology, let’s travel back in time through words for a while.

What Is 3D Rendering?

3d rendering example3D Rendering Example – Credit: realspace3d.com

It isn’t hard to notice the use of computer graphics technology in the field of games, movies, professions such as architecture, etc.

The field of studying any object’s model with the help of 3D modeling and 3D visualization with aspects such as prototyping, ergonomics, texturing, and functionality, is called 3D rendering. A little recap of the technology would better help you understand what it entails.

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History Of 3D Rendering

The concept of rendering came into work in the 1960s. William Fetter’s depiction of a pilot for simulating the space needed in the cockpit presented in front of the world the first-ever application of what is 3D Rendering.

Three years later this incident, Ivan Sutherland created a modeling software named Sketchpad while his presence at MIT. It is for creating this work that Ivan is also known as the Father of Computer graphics.

Progressing ahead, in 1975, Martin Norwell created a 3D test model called Utah Teapot which became a standard test render for the times.

utah teapot modern renderA modern rendering of the Utah Teapot – Credit: Wikipedia

Owing to the inventor, the invention is also known as Norwell Teapot. This was an iconic invention and is viewed as a Hello by humans to the world of computer programming.

In all these years, 3D rendering has got matured enough to let its users seamlessly work with it. 3D Rendering is not bound only to the graphics industry and can work on vast platforms.

The technology has gone beyond one industry and can be used with the medical industry, architectural industry too apart from engineering, movie, and video industry.

After giving you a little introduction about 3D rendering and taking you back to the time, let’s look at the stages that are involved with 3D rendering, who are the professionals that are engaged in this process, and the software that is currently used for this work.

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Different Stages Of 3D Rendering

For all those who are already familiar with 3D modeling, are going to find 3D rendering closely related to each other. The reason for finding this familiarity is that, in 3D rendering, the image will be built in a 3D dimension based on the 3D model.

3d modeled car

Apart from 3D models, the image editors that are used for two-dimensional visualization are also used for creating a simple image. This image, which is the first step for 3D rendering is done by following some steps.

    1. You would have to create the 3D model of an object that you wish to 3D render.
    2. After creating the model of that object, you would have to create the scene of the environment around that object so that it gets a good space.
    3. The creation of texturing and the feel of the object and the space around it is the third step in the creation of the complete image.
    4. What kind of lighting would that image have? It is the next step after giving the texturing!
    5. The fifth step is setting up of camera at a proper angle that covers every aspect of the object.
    6. Once the camera is set up, you have to look at the adjustment of effects that it produces.
    7. Finally, you can 3D render the image.

Rendering is one step of imaging. It allows users to have a look at the flat version of any image in three dimensions. Typical time that rendering can take can range from a few hours to a few dozens of hours.

Everything, from the computer that you are using to its configuration, affects the overall time of 3D printing. After talking about the steps that are involved with 3D rendering, let’s talk about the people who are involved in the field of 3D rendering that is currently doing this work.

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Professionals in The Field Of 3D Rendering.

A 3D designer is someone who has a complete idea of 3D rendering. And experienced personnel working in this field can create anything, as small as a 3D banner, to as big as a computer game or model.

For developing a complete product using 3D rendering, the expert needs to work with not only 3D rendering but also with 3D graphics creation which involves, modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and visualization.

The mathematical formulas of all these are already stored via algorithms in the compiling programs. So, a 3D designer does not need to know about the mathematical formulas.

All he/she needs to know is how to use the 3D modeling software that allows them to render. However, a good 3D designer would be someone who also knows the formulas that are stored by computer programming in this software, so that whenever the need comes in, he can do the work in both ways i.e. offline as well as online.

It is to be noted that the professional who has gained training in two-dimensional software, would also have to gain the complete knowledge of this software before undertaking any projects.

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Applications Of 3D Rendering in Movies

Huge studios of animated movies like Pixar, Dreamworks are changing the bits and bytes of animated characters.

Kungfu Panda Two, Raccoon, Avengers, Transformers, you name an animated character and once you start to get this lense of 3D rendering in your head, you will get to know how that character was 3D rendered.

So the movie industry is considered to be one of the biggest areas of application of 3D rendering.

Compared to the 70s when star wars were made possible, computer-generated imagery was not that real. Yet, people were awed by seeing the characters and thought behind it.

This was the first time when in a movie, 3D rendering was brought into place and people’s jaws were dropped. After this came Mr. Steven Speilberg’s Jurrasic Park and people’s jaws dropped even further. And they keep on dropping since then.

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Application Of 3D Rendering in Architecture

Unlike movies, which got a real touch to its characters after 3D rendering came into place, architecture got a romantic touch. 3D rendering made visualization of a 50-story building’s interior and exterior on a single screen.

Before architects and engineers required to put this thing on the page but after the invention of 3D rendering, they can exchange their thoughts in files. 3D rendering became a whole new language for them.

They could communicate with each other more efficiently and faster than ever in the field of architecture. And the result of this is that construction speed increased to what it currently is!

Now that you know about the professionals involved in the field of 3D rendering, let’s talk about the software that they use for 3D rendering and a little bit about that software.

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Popular Software For 3D Rendering

As said above, a 3D designer should have complete knowledge about this software and the tools by which they can create images as per the requirement of their user.

This software is not available for free and they demand proper training before they can be used. There are certified courses available online and offline, by undergoing which one can be said to be a certified 3D designer.

However, gaining expertise on these applications requires field knowledge which is a lot more than the theory and practice that is taught in these courses.

Hence, after gaining the knowledge of this software, one should practice under an experienced 3D designer to gain the field knowledge. Some of the most popular software in this field are:

1) 3Delight: Running on Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linus, 3Delight is a computer graphics software that is developed by Illumination Research. For all those who are familiar with the movie called Chappie, would be excited to know how 3Delight was the software that created VFX for that movie. History has it how this was the first software that was made available to the public in the year 2000. Technically, this software was made by combining the REYES algorithm with the ray-tracing technique.

2) Autodesk 3DS Max: Formerly known as 3DStudio and 3D Studio Max, this is a professional 3D graphics program on which one can develop 3D animations, models as well as games, and images. As the name suggests, it’s developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment, a name that is familiar to everyone who deals with three-dimensional work. 3D Studio was developed for the DOS platform by Gary Yost of the Yost Group and was published by AutoDesk.

3) Arion: With Arios you can use the 3D rendering tool using a visual user interface. It is a physically-based, unbiased rendering engine that is developed by Random Control. Maverick is their flagship rendering technology and ArionFx is their post-processing tool that is used by 3D designers worldwide to 3D render objects.

4) AutoCAD: A commercial computer-aided design and drafting software that’s developed by Autodesk, Autocad is used in various types of professionals such as architects, project managers, engineers, graphic designers, city planners, etc. Historically, Autocad was released by the name InterCAD in 1979. The year 2020, marked as the 34th release of AutoCAD for windows operating system. Here is how you can get this software for free.

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The Conclusion

Now that you understand 3D rendering better than you used to, you can figure out, how 3D rendering can be helpful to you. You can render anything using a 3D rendering software.

Commercial renders allow you to view the complete design of your project long before the actual creation happens. Viewing this in front of you, let’s make the changes beforehand and avoid spending time while actual construction takes place.

Though this is all in animation, you can see even the most complex simulation which takes you much time to imagine if someone explains you. Be it a structure under stress or a bouncing boat through the waves, rendering let’s you see it all.

We have given two most popular examples of applications of 3D rendering in the above article, apart from those two, 3D rendering can be used in Medical Imaging, Safety Training, Environment Simulations, Product Prototyping, Engineering, Virtual reality, and Video Games.

There is a diverse range of prices when it comes to rendering to happen. Some companies charge $100 and the other companies charge $10,000.

Years before when 3D printers were new, it was the same confusion of users i.e. why is there a huge difference between the rates that one company charges to others? But we guess that is the case with every industry and its no new.

Before a technology becomes simple enough for a layman to afford it, these charge variations do remain and they will. 3D rendering is extremely important for all those who wish to see their future in the additive manufacturing market.

So, whether you a beginner, an intermediate, or an expert in the field, you got to know this technology.

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8.2Expert Score
JGAurora A5S 3D Printer

Affordability
8
Quality
6
Speed
7
Capability
8
Practicality
8
User Expectations
8
PROS
  • Full metal construction
  • Full-color LCD touchscreen
  • Filament run-out sensor
  • Easy to assemble
  • USB stick
  • Power off recovery
CONS
  • Produces lots of noise while printing
  • Hard to work on
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  • Specification
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Model A5S
Manufacturer JGAURORA
Price Range $ 399
Release date 2019
Country China
Availability Available
Classification Desktop
Technology Extrusion (FFF- FDM...)
Material ABS, Other plastics, PLA
Filament diameter 1.75 mm 0.07 in
OS compatibility Linux, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Generic material Yes
XY accuracy 0.1 mm 0.004 in
Max. build size 305 × 305 × 320 mm 12.01 × 12.01 × 12.6 in
Max. build volume 29.77 L
Max. print speed 150 mm 5.91 in /s
Min. layer thickness 0.1
Dimensions 536 × 480 × 543 mm 21.1 × 18.9 × 21.38 in
Weight 13.8 kg 30.42 lb
Nozzle diameter(s) 0.4 mm 0.02 in
Heated print bed No
Heated build chamber No
Automatic calibration No
Closed frame No
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen No
Touchscreen No
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No
Air filter No
Pellet extruder No
USB No
Wifi No
Bluetooth No
SD card Yes
Ethernet No

If you have used the JGAurora A3 model, the predecessor of this model, before, you will not be satisfied with its print volume.

Realizing the necessity of manufacturing a printer that has a bigger build volume, the manufacturer has come up with this model. A5S comes across as a pleasant surprise making you wonder about its large print volume.

The JGAurora A5S 3D printer has a lot of features seeing the price range that it falls into. JG Printers, the manufacturer of this printer have considered the feedback of users of their previous model and by studying that, have made improvements that fill their users with a sense of trust that the manufacturer hears.

JGAurora A5S

Apart from having a huge build volume, the A5S model boasts of new features such as a high definition of the full-color touchscreen as well as power recovery, etc.

Let’s go through these features one after the other so you gain some confidence in your buying decision as to whether to buy this model or not.

Features

Boasting of a sleek and simple design, this 3D printer has a metal frame that is overall, light in weight. However, AS5 is not as sturdy as it looks, because you can feel the frame bending while you are pushing the unlock button of the extruder button for loading the filament.

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User-friendly Interactive Touch Screen

Considering that the printer is low in price desktop 3D printer, you would be pleasantly surprised by the high definition LCD touchscreen that it has.

This feature allows you to access several settings named “heat,” “move,” “home,” and “print”. Each of these settings has a different role that is mentioned below.

The heat option allows you to pre-heat the print bed or extruder of the printer. It is helpful while loading the filament or while speeding up the setup time.

The move option permits users to move the extruder to different parts of the print area manually. And we guess that there is no need to explain the “home” and “print” options, as they are self-explanatory.

The printer also includes an additional “extrude” setting i.e. for loading and unloading of filament. You could use the “fan” option for adjusting the speed of the fan for cooling the part that is printed.

The “set” option permits you to access in-depth control of the settings of the printer and the “more” option allows you to access even more advanced settings.

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Generous Build Volume and Easy Setup

A5S has a build volume of 305 x 305 x 320 mm which puts many of its competitors to shame because the price at which this printer is available, it’s next to impossible to find a printer with such a huge build volume.

But you need to be aware of the point that, in turn of this huge print volume, you would have to make sure you have enough desk space.

Although the printer comes partially assembled from its manufacturer, the setup process is easy and straightforward enough to say that it comes fully assembled.

All you need to do is to connect the base of this printer and the frame using a few screws and plug in a variety of power connectors.

Note that with A5S there is no soldering required, so even if you are not experienced with a desktop printer or electronics in general, the assembly process of A5S should not take you more than 30 minutes and if it is taking, then you should probably call the company or read it’s guidelines.

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Custom Heat Sink

The printer’s hot end has a custom heatsink bed that is said by the manufacturer as a “Black Diamond Glass Heated platform.” This platform is a glass plate with some additional coating that can be compared to Anycubic’s (another manufacturer of the 3D printer) Ultrabase.

This black diamond heated glass platform is an anomaly in itself because never before has any company used such material for the print bed.

What this print bed basically claims is that it improves adhesion of the material that is placed above it and makes it easy to remove when the 3D printing procedure is completed, effortlessly.

Hence, you do not have to use masking tape as in the case with other printers. Also to note is that this printer has a print tolerance of .2, something that the majority of printers struggle to have.

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Specifications

The printer is based on FDM technology and has a single extruder. It has a build volume of 305 mm * 305 mm * 320 mm and a layer resolution range of 0.1 to 0.3 mm.

One can connect to this printer even with USB. JG Aurora AS5 has a print speed of up to 150 mm per second and a filament diameter of 1.75 mm. The nozzle diameters that be fitted in this printer range from 0.4 to 1.75 mm.

The maximum extruder temperature that this printer can withstand is 260 degrees Celsius. This 3D printer supports printing with PLA, ABS, PETG, HIPS, and Wood.

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Price

The JGAurora A5 3D Printer is an excellent printer considering that its price fluctuates anywhere from $320 to $459. It easily beats other costlier printers that offer print volume as much as it does.

Both the build quality and the print quality of this printer are excellent. The navigation and user interface of this printer are also easy and simple, when in use.

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First Impression

JGAurora A5S 3d printerCredit: Reddit

Taking note of the print area that this printer has, you would expect that the JGAurora A5 would come in a box that’s not much huge in size.

But the packaging of this printer is gigantic, you would soon realize that it is necessary for the printer to come in such a packaging because the entire printer’s frame is split into just two large sections.

The first section has the printer’s base to unearth from the styrofoam-laden packaging. This also includes the large build platform, along with a high-definition touchscreen LCD screen, USB and SD card slots, as well as three-wire ports.

While, perpendicular to the base of this 3D printer is the frame, which is equipped with the extruder, transom board, and Z-axis motor.

Outside of these two components, there’s also an assortment of tools and accessories that are needed for fixing the printer and assembling it.

Then there’s a spool of PLA and filament holder that you will need while attaching to the back-left side of the frame. A cardboard toolbox is also there, you’ll need that for the easy assembly process.

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Setup

The printer’s assembly instructions list only three steps to putting it together. The first step is to pull all of the machine parts out of the box, which you would have already done while unboxing it.

So there are remaining two steps that you need to undergo. But as discussed above, the printer comes in just three parts: the sheet metal frame, printer base, and filament holder so step one will take time. The other two steps are:

To assemble the frame and base. For doing this all you have to do is pass the printer base through the frame and fix it between the slots.

After this, you need to ensure that the JGAurora A5 base and frame are both facing the right direction. For this, you have to use the large screw and attach the two main components.

The other side of the frame is where the filament holder is supposed to be installed. Then comes the final step, which is to connect the electronics into the connectors.

This is another task that has been made simple for the JGAurora A5, as the wiring is neatly grouped and placed next to the connectors.

Overall this complete installation can take some time, but once done, you will get used to it. Use the manual that comes with the printer to ensure that you do not go wrong at any step and if needed call the company.

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Printing Type/Cost

Printing cost depends on the material that you use for printing the part or type. Other things would matter too such as design infill, complexity, layer height, and various other factors. You can print large as well as small parts as long as it fits inside the printer without an issue.

The part quality is great. However, when working with more challenging materials such as materials apart from ABS, spool storage outside of the system due to the small spool capacity can be a challenge.

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Print Quality

You’d feel that almost any printer can print well if it’s given enough understanding, time, and effort and your feeling is correct! However, it’s always a surprise when some model prints turn out extremely well right out of the box.

This is something that A5S does it, and so is the perfect beginner’s printer that it makes you realize that you have learned to print even if it’s the first time you are printing.

It’s right up there in output quality whether you are printing the Tevo Black Widow or a Tornado. With the Tornado especially, you will have to install the TL Smoothers on the X and Y motors to remove the salmon skin from the prints.

There are salmon skin lines on the print that looks like a piece of sliced salmon. However, this issue is no big deal and it’s easy to fix. The PLA filament that comes with the printer is probably some cheaper stuff. Overall, the print quality is commendable.

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Software

It’s a belief in this market that the cheap printers always arrive with free open-source software and JGAurora proves this belief to be true.

It re-marketed its version of Cura 2.5 which is open source and let’s that come on the USB stick. Luckily there are other softwares too which you can download and the printer are compatible with, such as Slic3r and Craftware.

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Customer Service

Another belief in the market is that customer service for Chinese brand 3D printers can often be lacking, but all credit to JGAURORA, because they have very positive customer feedback.

When you read the reviews, you get to know how the company has helped its users! Their service center is located in Beijing, so you have to wait until around 8 pm CET before getting a response but that is a case with every printer, you need to wait till the country its manufacturer is located starts.

However, the company is more than willing to offer help on skype or via email for any issues.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

To help you shape your buying decision, here are a few parameters in brief.

3D Printer Cost: This is an affordable 3D Printer that’s suited for beginners. If you are looking to add more quality to your parts instead of opting for a $150 machine, this is your go-getter.

3D Print Quality: Although cheap in cost, the printer can produce pretty fascinating print results.

3D Print Speed: You can count on its print speed which is average and enough for most of the users.

3D Printer Capability: The printer is capable of producing complex geometries with dimensional accuracy.

3D Printer Practicality: Desktop printers by the manufacturer help small businesses grow, whilst industrial-grade printers help manufacturers to build in bulk amount.

3D Printer User Expectations: The printer does work well and helps the user meet their expectations.

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The Verdict

Your initial experience with the JGAurora A5 is bound to be a sort of a roller coaster ride that has its own ups and downs.

Despite the problems that you will face with the design of the printer, it’s difficult to ignore the print quality and build volume being offered at such a low price point.

However, at the end of the day, the JGAurora A5 presents itself as a cheap version of the Creality CR-10.

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8.7Expert Score
Anycubic Photon S

Affordability
9
Quality
8
Speed
7
Capability
8
Practicality
8
User Expectations
8
PROS
  • Has amazing print quality for the price
  • It is easy to use and set up.
CONS
  • Manual bed leveling can be a hassle
  • The printer has flimsy housing
  • You cannot connect with this printer using any kind of network/internet connectivity
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  • Product
  • Specification
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Model Photon S
Manufacturer ANYCUBIC
Price Range $ 469
Release date 2019
Country China
Availability Available
Classification Desktop
Technology Resin (SLA- DLP...)
Generic material Yes
Max. build size 115 × 65 × 155 mm 4.53 × 2.56 × 6.1 in
Max. build volume 1.16 L
Heated print bed No
Heated build chamber No
Automatic calibration No
Closed frame No
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen No
Touchscreen No
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No
Air filter No
Pellet extruder No
USB No
Wifi No
Bluetooth No
SD card No
Ethernet No

The Anycubic Photon S is an SLA printer and why we are mentioning this out to you at the start of the article is because there aren’t many desktop printers that are based on this technology. Most of the desktop printer’s use FDM 3D printing technology.

Anycubic Photon S produces phenomenal and highly-detailed prints and the credit for this is also given to the fact that SLA 3D printers produce a print of higher quality than FDM.

Photon S is an upgraded version of the original Photon which showcases numerous improvements to its predecessors. In this review guide, we’ll try to cover the most important features of the Photon S.

Anycubic Photon S 3D Printer

But before that, we will answer two questions for those who are looking for answers to that question i.e. how Sla printer differentiates themselves from others? And how the Photon S works?

The Anycubic Photon S uses a high-powered UV lamp to solidify/cure each layer of your model. The building of part is done from a vat of plastic resin. When you slice your model, a digital flipbook of each layer is built with each frame and projected onto the printer’s build plate.

SLA printers are fundamentally different from FDM printers in the sense that they melt a spool of plastic to form each layer. The result is a stunningly-high resolution print.

Anycubic Photon S is an ideal printer for printing figurines, jewelry, and other small models. Now let’s take a look at the amazing list of features that this 3D printer has got.

Features

If you have read the features of Photon, you would find the features of Photon S familiar. There is a lot of similarities between the Photon and Photon S as we discuss the Photon S’s features.

The reason behind this is that they’re almost the same machine except for a few key details. Just to give you an example, the Photon S shares the same build volume of 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches x 6.4 inches.

The total physical dimensions of both printers are also quite similar i.e. 9.0 inches x 7.8 inches x 15.7 inches.

The Photon S also shares the same 2k resolution masking screen although the light array has been changed in Photon S to a UV matrix that results in better exposure and about 10W more power than the original Photon.

This also means that the prints can develop a little faster in the former than the latter. The Photon S also features a large and thankfully responsive touchscreen which is a big improvement to its predecessor. Now let’s take a look at the features one by one.

User-Friendly While Operating: Chances are that you’re new to SLA printing so, even if you have years of FDM printer experience, you don’t know much or anything about SLA. That’s why the Photon S’s user-friendly operation is so important. It has a new and improved touchscreen and interface, it’s now easier and less frustrating to communicate with your machine. The fact that the printer comes with an auto-leveling feature that has been reduced to a single-screw operation in which most users get running in under 30 minutes.

Affordable Printer That Has Overcome Limitations Of Its Predecessors:  The Anycubic Photon S does offer improvement and upgrade over its predecessor which denotes that the manufacture has learned from its users. The company has addressed an infrequent complaint of wobbling in the Z-axis with the original by doubling up on linear rails either side of the lead screw. Compared to the original Photon, Photon S should stand firm against any wobble that may occur, especially at the limits of the build volume as per the company guarantee.

Good Design and Build Quality: Anycubic Photon S is astonishingly well-built for a printer that’s so budget-friendly. Technically, build plate and resin tub, for example, are made from machined aluminum, while the machine’s frame is made from stamped sheet metal which is all impressive.

Fabulous User Interface And Software: The Photon’s onboard user interface is about as simple and straightforward as one would expect it to be. The menu directory of this user interface is extremely bare-bones, so you’d be hard-pressed to get lost or confused. Plus, the fact that it’s all touchscreen, so navigating between menus is highly intuitive so, if you can use a smartphone, you can use this printer.

Anycubic’s proprietary slicing program, called Photon Slicer, is also quite simple and even non-technical people won’t get confused while using it. Though it’s not a little bit on the primitive and utilitarian side and not very pretty to look at and feels a bit like using a CAD program from 1997, the upside is that it’s also quite minimalist.

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Specifications

Anycubic Photon S specifications

The printer is based on LCD based masked SLA technology which is rare to find in printers of a similar price range. Anycubic Photon S has a 5.2 inches 2K LCD screen which lets you monitor and operate while the printing process is going on.

The build volume of the printer is 115 mm * 65 mm * 65 mm and the Z-axis resolution of it is 47 microns. For ease in the user interface, the printer comes with a 2.8-inch Color TFT Touchscreen.

You can connect to the printer by using a USB cord. And unlike other printers, the makers of Photon S have kept a manual build platform leveling.

The materials with which you can print using these printers are any resins that are suitable for LCD 3D printers with a wavelength of 405 nanometers.

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Price

The printer is priced at $419. Seeing the technology that it is based on, it is commendable that the Anycubic has kept its price as such.

But that’s the fun and philosophy of this company i.e. to make technology available to small businesses and this is no less than a breakthrough 3D printer.

SLA 3D printers are yet to come in the range of desktop printers because the technology is still growing. Even apart from the technology offering, the printer offers a standard build volume that is just in the range of its competitors.

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First Impression

AnyCubic Photon S looks like a cool SLA 3D printer that’s almost the size of an air filter because the build quality of the plastic casing seems to be well above average than the competitors’.

Anycubic Photon S sheds more than a pound of weight than its metallic predecessor Anycubic Photon which arguably some users might still prefer to use thinking it is sturdier built.

If you push the printer from the back or other sides, you’ll feel some resistance when trying to knock it to the ground. So, that’s the balancing issue that users will have with the Photon S. Although the overall stable design makes up for this and does make it look like a minute issue.

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Setup

Initially, you will end up playing with the Photon S as a 10-year-old does with his/her new toy. You will want to move its print platform up and down with the help of built-in controls.

But soon, the tough part will come when you will have to set this printer up and get it to work correctly. It’s hard to find it by trying to figure it out on your own and after spending about a half-hour with Photon S, you will manage to put all the things in place.

The company’s Youtube tutorial video would be of help while doing this exercise. It’s mentioned in the video that the user manual would be helpful for all those over-confident ones out there.

While leveling the print platform, you’ll need to put a piece of paper below it and lower it down until you feel the resistance while pulling the paper. If anyone watches the video, the whole setup process shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes.

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Printing Type/Cost

Photon S allows users to print with various resins and the cost of these resins is generally affordable.

This printer does not utilize much electricity like other SLA 3D printers, but yes definitely more than FDM 3D printers because this printer has an additional light source that also needs to be operated. Yet overall, the printing cost is justified.

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Print Quality

Anycubic Photon S print quality

We can only use one word to describe the quality of the prints from the Photon S and that’s phenomenal! For the price, that the 3D printer comes in, we don’t think you’ll find an SLA printer that produces better prints.

No budget FDM printer on the market can come close to the print quality you’ll get from a good resin printer.

The Photon S provides a Z-layer resolution of 10 microns (0.01mm), and an X- and Y-resolution of 47 microns (0.047mm) which makes Photon S an ideal for small, highly-detailed prints of all types.

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Software

Slicing is the other part of configuring your 3D print design and in this printer, it’s done using the AnyCubic Photon Workshop slicer software.

This software is present in the flash drive in the printer’s retail packaging. You don’t need to be a pro from day 1 and start making your own models.

You can find free to download 3D models on various online platforms and spend some time learning them. Photon S can be operated from other software as well.

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Customer Service

It’s not the easiest to get in touch with Anycubic, since they only have a contact form and no phone number, but they do have a handful of helpful videos on their website and official YouTube channel.

This printer also includes a 12-month warranty for everything besides the UV LED/2K LCD screen, which is limited to 3-months and all these can suffice.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

Anycubic Photon S’s cost, quality, speed, capability, practicality, and your expectations sum up and compel you to buy. Let’s have a brief about each of those before providing the final verdict.

3D Printer Cost: The 3D printer is affordable and offers enticing price for starters and beginners. However, if you are looking to buy a machine for engagement, you can go for even cheaper counterparts.

3D Print quality: The print quality is better than most. The printer can produce amazing results for its price.

3D Print Speed: Photon S, like other, is a desktop printer that produces an industry-standard speed of somewhere around 15 to 18 mm per second.

3D Printer Capability: Overall, Photon S is as or even more capable as the competitors in this price range.

3D Printer Practicality: Small businesses that are typically looking to produce parts with more precision than FDM technology will definitely love to opt for this printer because it is based on Masked SLA technology.

3D Printer User Expectations: The printer does work great for its price and highly satisfies the user’s expectations i.e. producing cheaper 3D printers and making sure the technology which wasn’t available to a specific economic class is available through them.

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The Verdict

The Photon S takes Anycubic’s winning formula and makes minor changes which are of course for the better. The printer hosts a user interface that is changed from the previous version and this one makes the machine more comfortable to handle.

If it’s easier to handle, it can obviously ensure even better quality prints than the predecessor in which printing was a pain in the arse.

The Anycubic Photon S is bound to be a phenomenal success because it’s one of the first successful brand’s attempt to bring a technology that was never available to the small business, available to them.

So if you have your own small business are tired of printing with FDM 3D printing and want desperately to improve your print quality, Anycubic Photon S is your go-to printer.

The printer can also be used by academic institutions to teach their students about this new technology that promises to produce higher quality prints than FDM.

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Monoprice MP Maker Pro Mk.1

Affordability
9
Quality
7
Speed
4
Capability
7
Practicality
8
User Expectations
6
PROS
  • The printer has a build volume that is unmatched in the price range it is listed in the market. This enables small businesses that cannot afford to buy printers which offer build volume also to print parts and functional prototypes of huge build volume.
  • Overall the printer is very easy to use and comes with a user-friendly touch screen interface.
  • MP Maker Pro MK1 comes with an auto bed leveling feature.
  • The print bed is positioned with the help of magnets that are liftable so removing of parts becomes easy.
  • This 3D printer has a steel construction that provides it a rigid structure that does not vibrate with the printing process is going on.
CONS
  • Lower print speed.
  • Temperature adjustment for parts like ABS is an issue.
  • The open frame is something that not many users like to rely upon.
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  • Product
  • Specification
  • Videos
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Model MP Maker Pro Mk.1
Manufacturer Monoprice
Price Range $ 399
Release date 2018
Country United States
Availability Available
Classification Desktop
Technology Extrusion (FFF- FDM...)
Material ABS, Other plastics, PLA
Filament diameter 1.75 mm 0.07 in
OS compatibility Linux, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Generic material Yes
XY accuracy 0.01 mm 0 in
Max. build size 300 × 300 × 400 mm 11.81 × 11.81 × 15.75 in
Max. build volume 36.00 L
Max. print speed 70 mm 2.76 in /s
Min. layer thickness 0.1 mm 0.004 in
Dimensions 615 × 600 × 490 mm 24.21 × 23.62 × 19.29 in
Weight 20 kg 44.09 lb
Nozzle diameter(s) 0.4 mm 0.02 in
Power input 110 VAC or 250 VAC | 50/60Hz | 4A
Heated print bed Yes
Heated build chamber No
Automatic calibration Yes
Closed frame No
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen No
Touchscreen Yes
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No
Air filter No
Pellet extruder No
USB Yes
Wifi No
Bluetooth No
SD card Yes
Ethernet No

Currently available for a 25 percent discount on the original price, the Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1 is a desktop 3D printer which is the last printer released by its manufacturer.

While enquiring about this printer you would find it replicating the Wanhao Duplicator D9 in many ways. However, there are some features that this printer has which Wanhao doesn’t.

And we will tell you about those features in this article in the next section but before that to give you a little more introduction about this printer. It’s a printer based on FDM technology, the technology that is the most used by 3D printers worldwide to produce parts and functional prototypes.

Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1 3d printer

Monoprice has with this printer primarily targeted small business owners, hobbyists, schools, universities where 3D printing is taught, and designers who don’t like to spend much for their hobby of 3D printing parts and prototypes.

Known for mainly making desktop-sized printers, Monoprice seems to have expertized the art of making printers in this area. We say this seeing all the previous 3D printers released by this manufacturer in this area, turning out to be a hit.

Having said that, let’s explore some features of this printer and attempt to think what does it take for a manufacturer to build its hold over a certain domain of 3D printers?

Features

If you are coming to this printer after seeing many other printers in the same range, let us tell you that there are some features in this printer that you might not have encountered before.

But then the list is also full of many features that you would have encountered and got tired of hearing or reading about. A summation of both of these makes up for the list of features that Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK 1 has. So let’s begin.

Preassembled Printer That Has Open Frame: Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK 1 needs to be unwrapped from the packaging and plugged in to start the printing process.

The print bed comes leveled, there are no screws and bolts that need to be fixed before starting the printing. All you need is the filament that you wish to print with.

So, ready, steady and go! Open Frame! Yes! The printer has an open frame and sometimes, this feature that is purposely kept by manufacturers is viewed very negatively. In the sense that kids are at home and it’s difficult to manage.

But, this feature has its positives. To start with, you need less effort to cool down the printed part and prototype because the air is simply helpful. You don’t need a fan in the extrusion system to help you cool it. Of course, if you wish to cool it, you can bring a cooling fan separately.

And because of this feature, the air is consistently available to all the parts equally. So, printers that have a complaint about the visibility of layers on one end of the part and not on the others, this is not a problem with Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1.

Build Volume Offered Is More Than Most Others In The Same Price Range: Objects of 300 mm * 300 mm * 400 mm i.e. 36 liters can be created by this printer.

Now whether you wish to create that sized object or not is up to you. But before buying a 3D printer in a similar price range, we advise you to check out some of the printers that come in the similar price range and compare their build volumes with this printer, you’d hardly find any other that offers the similar build volume.

Automatic Detection When The Printer Runs Out Of Material And A User-Friendly Touch Screen Interface: You probably know the first one that’s mentioned here if you have researched about 3D printers, but for all those who haven’t, here you go.

In FDM technology, the material that you print with is fed into this printer in a filament. These filaments are not of the same size that you need the material to be, they might be more or less.

So, while printing a part or functional prototype if it so happens that your printer runs out of material, Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1 would detect this and let you change the filament and resume the printing process.

Like other desktop printers in the industry, this one too has an LCD touch screen interface that lets you operate the printer with ease.

So all you have to do to communicate with this printer is to press a button and it will obey you. And if you need any help with understanding the commands, you can take the help of the video tutorials that are available or even contact the makers.

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Specifications

Monoprice MP Maker Pro

A lot of specifications is what we have already mentioned while listing down features like, the printer is based on FDM technology. Another one is that printer has an open-frame design and how this is good.

But it’s also bad because the filaments are going to take a longer time to get heated up than if it were in an enclosed printer, but so is so. The overall frame material using which frame of the printer is made is aluminum.

The print area offered by Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1 is 300 mm* 300 mm * 400 mm and its print speed is 70 mm per second. While the maximum nozzle temperature that can be developed on this printer is 250 degrees Celsius.

You can print using PLA, ABS, and PETG filaments. Apart from these materials, the manufacturer claims that this 3D printer is 3rd part filament compatible.

The nozzle diameter that the printer has is the industry standard 1.75 mm. MP Maker Pro MK1 has an XY resolution of 120 microns, while the Z resolution of the printer is 40 microns.

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Price

On the website of its manufacturer, the printer is priced at $399.99. If you are studying desktop 3D printers for making your purchase you’d notice how by its features this printer stands out that others.

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Setup

Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1 setup

As mentioned above, the printer pretty much comes assembled so all you need to do is plug it and give some electricity and start printing using this printer.

There is an important feature that will help you every time you are setting up this printer for another print after one and that is auto bed leveling.

There are printers available in the market that demands its users level their bed manually. In those cases, if there isn’t an experienced hand on the printer, leveling becomes difficult as it sometimes changes from one part to another, and so on.

Because MP Maker Pro MK1 has auto bed leveling, you don’t need to adjust the bed every time you complete the print which is again a rare feature that you’d find in printers of a similar price range.

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Printing Type/Cost

As mentioned in the specifications, the print speed of this printer is 70 mm per second which is below average than the industry standard for desktop 3D printers.

Because the print speed is low, you would take more time in printing a geometry with this 3D printer, which will in turn increase your operating cost.

Seeing that the printer allows its users to print using 3D party filament, this operating cost of yours is going to vary while printing with one material than another.

Apart from these factors, the cost will also vary depending upon whether you wish to achieve dimensional accuracy in prints of large volume or not, because that would, in turn, require you to work more.

However, according to results published on the websites the printing cost of Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1, when compared with other FDM 3D printers, is a little more than others in the price range.

But the fact that it enables you to produce parts and functional prototypes of build volume like no other, it’s understandable. Isn’t it?

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Print Quality

With features such as open frame, auto bed leveling, filament detection when filament runs out, Maker Pro MK1’s print quality is above industry standard that is there for a desktop 3D printer that costs $399.99.

The open frame ensures that airflow is consistent with the part that has been printed. While auto bed leveling takes away the headache from your head and the effort that it takes to manually level your bed.

The filament detection feature lets you pause and resume even between the printing processes.

And on top of all these, you even don’t need to worry if the electricity of your house runs out for some reason.

Makers of this printer have enabled memory in this device that stores all the information and allows its user to start exactly from the point where it left out when the electricity ran out.

Parts and functional prototypes printed using this printer can be used in various areas like aerospace, jewelry, toys, etc.

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Software

Cura and Repetier-Host are the two software that is recommended by the manufacturer. Both of these software easily run on computers that have Windows 7 or above operating systems, Mac or Linux.

So slicing of files is not difficult. Both the software mentioned above are well-known software that gives out files in extensions that can be opened using other software too. So in case you are a designer, don’t worry, the printer won’t hassle you while exchanging the files that you slice on it.

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Customer Service

It’s while setting up the printer that you realize of the user-friendly nature of the manufacturer. The way they have indicated every minute detail of how the printer works and the buttons or facts about the printer that you need to know is just too helpful.

It makes you familiar with the printer in no time. This will let you wish to contact the company, without any hesitation as with other companies.

Monoprice has never had issues of someone complaining about how they haven’t heard complaints of him or her. The company has been appreciated for hearing out to their customers and implementing the same in their upcoming 3D printers.

There are many options to connect with the company, the best one of them being on skype wherein you can exactly ask the person to help you in the matter that you are stuck. However, you can also call or email the company.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

After reading the complete article, we want you to go through some of the important criteria for buying a printer and they are listed down in brief.

3D Printer Cost: MP Maker MK1’s cost is just as much as any other cheap desktop 3D printer is.

3D Print Quality: Better than average.

3D Print Speed: Lower than the industry standard for desktop 3D printers.

3D Printer Capability: The printer is capable of producing parts and prototypes of build volumes larger than its competitors.

3D Printer Practicality: It’s easy to set up and allows you to print with various types of filaments.

3D Printer User Expectations: Small businesses would easily associate with the printer seeing the fact that this printer can allow them to print huge volumes that they always wished to without spending much.

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The Verdict

Practically seeing, CR-10 allows you to produce parts of build volume that Monoprice MP Maker Pro MK1, so it isn’t that bad call to make, seeing that the printer is priced $0.01 less than $400, yeah?

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