So! I finally got my hands on the awesome PrintrBot Metal Plus! Now just so you all know i’m coming from a MakerBot Replicator (Original) which till this day i absolutely love and is still working. But i wanted to expand my knowledge of 3D printing and try something new. Now, a lot of you might be thinking, “Well if he loved his Makerbot so much, why didn’t he get another Makerbot?” Well that’s an easy question to answer, but unfortuanly its not a very pleasant one. The answer is New Makerbot has given me nothing but terrible support.. Support is terrible down right to the bone.. Long story short, They wanted me to purchase a new printer or pay a 300 dollar service plan just to talk about getting new parts from Makerbot. The man i talked to didn’t seem so enthused to help me. Once he heard i didn’t have a support plan he basically hung up the phone. That was just one of the things that has turned me away from Makerbot, the other is the online ordering system. I use to get my filament from the Makerbot website, but the website doesn’t work 90% of the time and even after contacting support to buy filament they never got back to me. I took to Amazon and Reddit for reviews on filament, found some good and cheap stuff, HatchBox ! anyways after support wouldn’t help me buy filament over the phone or over the internet- that moment i knew i had to get out of this before my board blows. So after months of searching i decided to give PrintrBot a try, so far i am quite pleased with what i have discovered, and the transition is quite nice. Lets go over the specs.
|Technical Specifications PrintrBot Metal Plus:
|Technical Specifications MakerBot Replicator Original:
It is hard to find the exact specs of the Makerbot Replicator. Its almost like this machine never exist!
i was having trouble finding specifications for the makerbot replicator, so i gave up.
As soon as i took the PrintrBot out of the box it was like love at first site, nicely packed, beautiful powder coated frame covered in a thick plastic cover, and felt so sturdy!
Came with a strand of sample filament, two little wooden wrenches, and the power supply which doubles as a filament holder. unfortunately it doesn’t hold my HatchBox filament spools, the spool hole is too narrow, not a big deal to me because i already have a spool holder. The system is running on Micros USB. I hope this doesn’t give me problems. But we will see!
I took the advice on the packaging which took me to the Metal Plus Setup tutorial nice layout and explained everything nicely. They recommend that i use Cura but seeing as i have been using Simplify3D for almost a month now i gave that a shot, though i noticed Simplify3D didn’t come stock with a Metal Plus profile, i sent Simplify3D an email and got a profile in a few hours they came back with two files, a profile for dual extrusion and a profile for the single extrusion. I followed everything besides using the software Printrbot recommended. All went well, i got good prints at adjusting the Z axis to -1.10 (M212 Z-1.10) i am content, the prints stick well, but don’t look as good as this, but close.
With that being said, it was nice that i never needed to move the digital auto leveling probe not sure when there would be an instance to move it. since you can adjust the Z axis in the software.
Material = HatchBox PLA
Layer Height = .30
Shells = 2
Printed with Supports
Infill = 0%
Extruding Temperature= 210c
Build Plate Temperature= 70c
Cooling Fan = 60% speed
Printing Speed 4000.00 mm/Min
Outline Underspeed 50%
Solid Infill Underspeed 80%
X/Y Axis Movement Speed 3600.0 mm/min
Z Axis Movement Speed 2000.00
I know i need to go over my settings, but I’m the type that likes my prints to come out fast when I’m just goofing around. And i’m sure I could tweak it more, but ill have to save that for another post. I have tested cubes going down to 0.20 but I will get this going to there isnt any bumps in my models as you can see in my pictures. so far i’m really enjoying this printer.
A few things that I wish it came are some LED lights built into the chassis, there aren’t any lights, so you need a lamp. Coming from a makerbot was quite nice, you get to know and understand Gcode more, with the leveling of the Z axis, It was quite enjoyable.
So on that note, im going to come back in a few months and give a few thoughts. I hope its as good as the first!
PrintrBot Metal Plus1,199.00
- 10x10x10 Build Plate
- Sturdy, build with quality in mind.
- Super easy build plate leveling, automatic!
- Slim, compact,
- All software base, doesn't come with an LED panel
- Doesn't have LED lights
- USB Connection? Why did they choose Micro? Seems Kinda cheap in my opinion.