Vincent

13/12/2015

I received the 3d printer yesterday I assemble all in 7 hours the video was good but is missing 2 assembly sections for the belt tray and the electronic board to fix on the side. but I am satisfied the identification on the bag was useful for finding the screw.

Juan M

25/11/2015

Excellent the Prusa I3 Sunhokey . Both armed videos and all the material is of very good quality. And customer service once you have any difficulty or doubt is excellent. The printer meets expectations and is perhaps one of the best 3D printers available on the market. Recommended.

Lance

21/11/2015

First, the bottom line -- this is a very good kit for the money and I highly recommend it.

They only allow a 1000 char response, so I will have to post in parts. This is part 1.

For background I am in the US. I am an experienced electrical engineer and used to build radio control airplanes as a hobby. I consider myself mechanically competent, but not unusually so. This project mainly required attention to detail and no special skills beyond simple use of hand tools and being well versed in using a computer.

This is my first 3d printer and I decided I wanted a Prusa I3 printer kit. I researched many kits and finally settled on the Sunhokey.

Sunhokey characteristics:

Inexpensive, especially if you factor in the 2 1Kg spools of filament.

Large following with blogs and youtube videos (see the Hibosen series).

Good mechanical parts including pillow bock linear bearings, real lead screws and 8mm rails.

55Ncm holding torque stepper are better than most, even more expensive ones.

E3D/V5 (clone) hot end: a good design with lots parts support.

Aluminum heated bed.

Separate drivers for each Z stepper.

I don't like that it has an acrylic frame, but almost everything near it in price uses acrylic.

Bowden extruder, which I am neutral about. It reduces the weight on the gantry, allowing for faster moves, but flexible material won't work well.

The hot end is not designed for higher temperature materials like nylon or poly-carbonate.

The printer was well packed and came with everything -- even some hand tools. The fasteners were all in separate bags, each labeled with size.

There weren't any printed instructions. It came with a CD with assembly videos that were pretty good, but had some issues.

The videos showed someone assembling a Sunhokey step by step. It was annotated with the sizes of hardware used at each step. The assembler was working slow to clarify the steps and would often point to a feature to since many parts were similar and could be rotated or flipped.

There were no spoken words. A couple of the sizes were wrong. With clear acrylic, it was often difficult to see how things were oriented. There other times where the assembler's hands either blocked the view or were doing something off-screen.

Overall the videos were good and assembly was relatively smooth -- at least the mechanical part.

The wiring videos were useless. A wiring JPEG showed the connections, but conflicted with the video. I wired in small steps and tested the function at each. It turned out that the JPEG was correct.

I made a few mistakes during assembly but they only cost me about an hour or two total. It took 12 hours total to assemble it ready for test.

After installing the PC software, I printed the fan holder STL and it came out great.

I have since done several printing hours tweaking it, but it was pretty good right out of the box. I have printed 20 or 30 1cm cubes at various temperatures and speeds. I clogged the hot end, and then managed to destroy it -- completely my fault.

I also recommend 3dprintersonlinestore. (I am not affiliated with them and they are not paying me in any way).

They have a wide selection of printers with details and reviews, and their prices -- especially with free shipping to the US -- are good. Shipping was good at about 2 weeks.

My interactions with sales was somewhat hit or miss. Once I got a response in hours, another time weeks and once none at all.

The one support request was handled extremely well. It was answered completely within hours. The request was made to the 3dprintersonlinestore, but answered by Sunhokey.

Despite the problems I had getting responses from sales. I would still buy from them and recommend them to others. There are not many alternatives with as much information, selection and good prices.

Rich

17/11/2015

I had a blast building this thing, and after a few weeks tinkering, I was able to tune it into giving me some really nice prints. The reason for the 3 stars is all around support... As far as I can tell, it's non-existent. My heating bed died about a month after I built the printer, and now the board seems fried (I heard a 'pop' when I turned the machine on, and now nothing works but the display).

Tester

17/11/2015

This is an pure okay machine.

The biggest problem is that the heatbed sucks as the solderings won't hold on with continuous moving.
Very little you can do to this besides buying one with better hole-trough solderpads.

Other cons are non-geared extruder with too little force to print even decent speed(30-40ms) and lack of print cooling fan.
But as it is a friggin 3D printer there is everything to do with that.