Advantages of buying this kit are video assembling instructions, free filaments, quick delivery, free lcd display and even delivers better prints
Now looking at the downside: Even though the acrylic looks high grade you can break them while tightening the screws during assembly so go smooth.
Calibrating the timing pulley and belts can be real trouble.
The end stops are open hence can get corroded if used in areas near the sea.
I had heard a lot about Prusa i3 kits but with the kind of options available, getting the right one can be extremely confusing.
I landed on this one by cheer chance and I am glad I purchased it. It’s a perfect choice for anyone trying to understand the mechanics that go into 3d printing. My 3d printer kit arrived in 5days after placing the order and it was very well packed when it was delivered.
The acrylic exteriors of the printer make the printer look amazing and due to its thickness it gives the much needed stability to the printer. The Bowden style extruder used in the printer reduces the weight on the moving parts of the printer which would translate to longer working hours without the extra wear and tear.
The assembly of the printer took around 48 hours but not without the help of a friend who happens to be an electrical engineer. The LCD is bright enough for any lighting conditions and the USB Support helps in offline printing.
Once assembled the printer works wonders, I have been able to print a whole Cosplay costume for myself.
Overall good product. However, a few things could be improved to make it a great product:
1: The LCD mount is trash. You'll end up printing your own: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:797839
2: Z switch mount needs a second bolt.
3: Heater block is trash and lasted about 10 minutes. Replaced it with this and it's printing great: http://www.dx.com/p/assembly-20-x-20-x-10mm-aluminum-heater-block-for-makerbot-3d-printer-mk7-mk8-extruder-399196#.Vn4PPlLYFQQ
4: Directions on how to hook up the wiring could use some serious work. Use the JPG diagram on the DVD and not the video for this part.
Other than these issues, it's a nice printer.
Sunhokey Prusa I3 is excellent printer. Well package, quick shipping, quality items. I try yellow ABS filament, 225C-88C, 240C-80C both of them was fine. I recomment this printer.
Really good for the price. I'm an Electrical Engineer myself and I work with UAV's and 3D printers.
Sure it's not the best quality printer but you can't do better for the price and the video instructions made it no more difficult than putting together a Lego Technix set. In my opinion it's the same quality as a $1000 pre-built printer that you can buy from a Retail shop.
I cable tied mine on an MDF wooden base to stiffen the frame up, I've made a few more mods too to stiffen things up.
The acrylic frame is solid but very brittle, absolutely DO NOT use loctite as it will shatter the acrylic badly!
My printer now has about 200hours of non-stop printer under it's belt and the only failure has been the heated bed.
The prints are pretty good, not anywhere near the Ultimaker 2's quality but still impressive given the price tag. I'd rate the printing at a little less quality than an Up Mini, but has so much more potential to be a lot better!