David Fox

01/05/2016

I am happy with the speed of this 3d printer I bought few days. Not very excited about recommending it. Quality of prints is fine but I was expecting something more. The kit can confuse you despite lots of instructions. What I love is the LCD Control Panel.

The display is brilliant and lists all the data I need to ensure my printing batch is properly managed. If you are new to 3D printers this is a great buy. For the more tech-savvy folks, you can explore beyond Prusa i3 or premium options from the same brand.

Travis H.

22/04/2016

The instruction videos were fairly clear, but you must really ensure you are using the proper length screws in ever application, and also ensure which pieces of acrylic go where, as many look similar. The white background in the video tutorial was a poor choice for showcasing clear acrylic.

I found the rest of what I needed for setup on YouTube, by searching for Marlin Setup, Pronterface Setup, and How to Use Cura. You really only need 2 programs to slice, and dice with this printer.

I have gotten good results with Cura/Pronterface, at .3 layer height, 30mm/sec, with .8 walls on 1.75mm filament with a .4mm nozzle @ 195c (75c bed).

Just be sure you have your Z axis adjusted very low, touching the bed practically. Any movement of the printer will require recalibration of Z end-stop most likely.

The other major problem I've had with this kit is that my E3D hot-end was leaking right out of the box. It will seep from the top of the heating block threads, as well as around the nozzle threads. I tried cleaning, tightening, and heat locking everything together, but it still created drips if left unattended for too long.

There were no instructions for hot-end assembly or troubleshooting, so I was basically on my own. When I contacted the supplier, Sunhokey, I was offered a replacement, but had to pay $25 shipping, or send my part back first ($58 shipping to China).

We finally agreed on the supplier reimbursing me for a new hot-end I purchased myself, for half of their shipping cost alone! And I believe I got an upgraded version of the E3D V6, so I am not very disappointed. But it would have been nice to have everything work, right out of the box.

Last piece of advice if you are going to order this printer: Get about 50 M3 flat washers, and use them any place a Nut is trapped in the acrylic for assembly, to keep the M3 screws from bottoming into the acrylic and cracking it. Also, don't over tighten anything in the acrylic and you should be fine.

All and all, I got the printer up and running in less than 8 hours, even after having to disassemble and re-assemble it a couple of times. Print quality is 8/10 so far, but I hope that will continue improving as I get it all dialed in!

Johnny Drone

12/04/2016

This is a great kit. Very fast shipping and awesome packaging, everything was protected very well. My recommendation, I will buy again from Sunhokey.

Edgardo ... from Chile

06/04/2016

Good printer. But it was expensive for me (final price was 50% more including taxes and delivery). Also it was entertaining assemble the printer with my son) I recommend the product.

Tilen

01/04/2016

Posting this in multiple parts because of the 1000 character limit.

Part 1

Received this printer about two weeks ago and I finally think I tested it enough to be able to write an honest review.

<b>THE GOOD:</b>
- There were no missing parts and putting it together was very easy thanks to the supplied DVD with instructions and software

- All software you need is supplied on the dvd with all the parameters and instructions on how to set it up.

- The shipping was insanely fast and you can track the package(it took 3 days to get from China to Slovenia, and then another 3 days to get through our customs)

- Print quality is quite good for such a cheap printer. I've seen prints from this exact model (with simple upgrades) that can rival prints from $2000 printers.

- Because this is a Prusa i3 model there is almost an infinite amount of possible upgrades that you can print by yourself which will greatly improve the quality of your prints.

<b>THE BAD:</b>
- The heated bed is a little bit warped (around 0.5mm on the x axis) so I'm having problems printing bigger objects.
This can be solved by buying a glass plate (which I planned to do anyway - and you should too) 

- The supplied SD Card adapter doesn't fit anywhere (it is too thick)
No other solution than to buy another one.

- The supplied 8GB MicroSD Card isn't recognized by the printer (you need a FAT32 file format, the supplied was formatted to NTFS) and you can't format it (tried on 3 different computers)
I'm not sure if the MicroSD is faulty or it's just a problem with the firmware.

- Because of the SD Card problems I'm stuck with printing directly from my computer. The supplied USB cable is insanely short and I had to use my own cable to reach my computer.

 

- The stepper motors aren't completely calibrated (they are close but not perfect) so you will need to calibrate them yourself. The problem is that all settings reset to factory settings when you shut down the printer so you will have to input your setting every time you turn the printer on.
<i>You will need to update the firmware. The DVD doesn't cover this but there are tutorials on YouTube.</i>

- The free filament is not the best quality, but for the price I can't really complain. At least I can properly calibrate and print upgrades without spending a lot of money for the expensive filament.

- The painters tape included is complete rubbish and it's almost impossible to get first layers to stick.
Buy blue painters tape and a glue stick instead. After that it will stick without problems.