Today’s #3DPrinting workshop with Underwriters Laboratory (aka UL) will cover a broad span of the entire 3D printing industry followed by an up-close-and-personal exposure to Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) style 3D printers. Of the 7 major #3DPrinting technologies, FFF (very similar to FDM or Fused Deposition Modeling) are the most common amongst consumer 3D printers. Onsite today are 4x of Printrbot‘s fleet of 3D printers: Printrbot Simple Metal Plus – their newest, 10″x10″x10″ machine Printrbot Simple Metal – their tried and true, “best value”, 6″x6″x6″ machine Printrbot Simple Makers Edition Original – kit version assembled by Chris from You3Dit We will have the smaller machines printing smaller 3D printed parts from the fun RaverRing Kickstarter project and on the larger machines, a more meaningful project known as eNABLE – where 3D printer owners sync up with an organization that matches them with people who need prosthetics–not just lending a hand, but actually giving a hand. We’ll show how these entry-level, yet powerful machines
I definitely made one of the better 3D printing purchases of my life buying a Printrbot Simple Metal for $599 assembled. From the first day I received it, it was solid and started printing without flaws. I’m going to give my opinion here first, but I’d also recommend reading the Make Magazine Review by Nick Parks. He knows his stuff and I value his opinion in the 3D printing world. With regard to my slicing setup, here’s what I’m running: Repetier – 0.95F (link to downloads page) Slic3r engine With the recommended print settings from the Printrbot Forum (see article) Octopi 3D print server (link to Octoprint.org) What I love about this little machine: Super Reliable – Since I’ve bought it, I have yet to have a failed print – seriously. Maybe that is because I’ve gotten pretty used to Repetier and and how to set these things up, but out of the gate, it just seems to be working flawlessly.