I have been using it for 2 months and is doing fine. Already done a few upgrades here and there and is even better and faster.
I got it for only $360 including shipping, I don't know if there is a cheaper and reliable for a delta type.
Cheers and happy printing.
You load the filament, apply the painters tape (which is included), level the bed, give it a file - and wait. There's practically nothing else to do but make sure you let it warm up enough beforehand. It'll print the socket wrench NASA sent to the space station, and it'll work too. It's not the cheapest printer for a good reason.
Oh, and just a little advice - crank the bed way down with those wingnuts before you start to level, mine was shipped much too high.
As far as 3D printers are concerned, I have used and reviewed many. Prusa i3 printer from the Folger Technologies is the only 3D printer, which is able to satisfy me to quite a great extent.
Prusa i3 comes with an excellent frame and its 203mm x 203mm x 178 mm build area, seems just perfect. Those of you who are thinking of trying their hand on the 3D printer for the very first time must give this one a shot. It comes at a great market price and easy to set up as well. This electronic device is a perfect combo of simplicity and power.
About the printer, it is average. High accuracy dual color print samples are little hard but worth for the price. I recommend this product to anyone.
We've got two of these at our local makerspace. We've been plagued with constant nozzle / extruder issues, a cracked polycarbonate bed plate, and other annoyances. Makerbot would not honor the extended warranty that was purchased.
Replacement parts cost an arm and a leg (compare a few dollars for an aftermarket extruder part, compared to several hundred for the Makerbot part). The extruder and nozzle design of the Makerbot is just plain inferior, when compared to a RepRap J-Head hotend and Wade's extruder. They could also get with it and add a heated bed like other professional machines have.
I'd rather them not fix it though, because they seem to claim intellectual property on whatever existing technology they integrate into their machine. Personally, I would much rather support the open-source RepRap based 3D printer companies out there that have integrity and support the open source community. These machines cost significantly less than a Makerbot, and can print 24/7 without any major issues.
Finally i made my purchase at 3d printer store after reading some reviews about fast shipping and live support. Yes, it is true. I received my package in 4 days. Soon my next purchase.
I will write this review for education purposes only. I would give the product a two star rating based on the overall experience so far, but because I have no benchmarks (other 3D printers) I will slap it a 3.
The initial setup was not great, because at the end it failed to properly load the samples. The screen is easy to read and it's easy to get to the plate alignment, etc., but the sample models are blank. I then skipped the setup to try the desktop apps.
I downloaded Makerware for Mac, and out of the box it didn't work in OSX Mavericks. I could open files, fiddle with them, but then it would not detect the USB connection. I had to install Makerbot desktop for Windows, in a virtual machine, to have my first projects going. After a few days, Makerbot Desktop BETA was available for Mac, and I was able to connect to the printer.
Then the extruder clogs started. At first, I followed the troubleshooting steps (let it cool down, etc.) and was able to have it working again. But then in the middle of a project, it would clog again and again. Until I could no longer fix it and returned to Makerbot (i'm waiting for 15 days now for a replacement, and I paid for the one-year extended warranty).
I will not talk about quality or speed, because again, I have no benchmarks.
Although I recognize the efforts that Makerbot is doing to make the technology available and easy to use, maintaining Thingiverse, which is awesome, this is trailblazing technology if you're willing to spend 3K on a desktop 3D printer. Be prepared to face some frustration during the process. All in all, I'm looking forward receiving a new extruder and continuing with my projects.
There is something to be said about a $500 3D printer that takes less than 20 minutes to setup and print. I literally took it out of the box and removed the shipping support brackets, loaded the filament, turned it on and did the demo print. The head cleans itself before and after every print on its little cleaning station with filament collector. The bed heated properly and no parts have lifted up on me yet, the added glue stick helps keep it down but definitely isn't necessary.
Hopefully the printer will last me awhile and not break because currently this is one of the best purchases I have made in awhile.
Bottom line: This implementation of a delta printer is simple and elegant.
The product comes with incredible dependable support. Customer service adds tremendous value to this product.
I am new to 3d printing, and a novice at best at electronics, but I have always tinkered with things. I was able to put this together, but it definitely takes quite a few hours. Split over two days, I'd say I spent about 6 hours on it.
The performance and features are same as $1000 delta 3d printers. Have not tried dual head printing so far. Hope it will be good learning experience.
Happy purchase with 3dprintersonlinestore .
Almost Perfect. When you order spools of filament, many wont fit the diameter of the spool holders and so you will need to print new spool holders and a filament thread holder.
So print these first:
DO NOT UNLOAD FILAMENT. SELECT LOAD INSTEAD, CUT THE FILAMENT, AND FEED IT ON THROUGH ALL THE WAY, WITH THE NEXT FILAMENT RIGHT AFTERWARDS
IF YOU GET A CLOG YOUR FILAMENT IS BAD OR YOU ARE PRINTING AT THE WRONG TEMP...
Compared with a acrylic structure I do love the all metal structure of this machine, or more accurately, aluminum frame . I have had an awesome time assembling this printer but this kit isn't recommended for people who are not comfortable with electronics and assembling hardware in general.
There are parts that require some adjustments and modification to make things fit together . Once you go through all of those assembling and tinkering process, the result is really worth it. This is the best printer you can ever get under $500.
The platform was also a little crooked so i tightened it also to level it out.
After those minor adjustments I printed the demo, and it worked great. I had since printed 3 designs, and by no means is it a fast printer, but for 400$ and still entry level technology, you can not get much better.
For the software i elected to use the provided software first to see what it was. For basic scaling and viewing I would call it 'plug+play' you import an image from a site such as thingiverse, set the scale, hint print. At this time you could set the detail, and layer thickness and then print. Easy as that. I have used the build a printer yourself kit, and comparing to that this printer is as easy as using a desktop 2d printer.For those getting into the hobby of 3d-Printing, get this. You will not be disappointed, and you will probably have a lot of fun using the new technology.
One excellent feature which demands a special call-out is the possibility of transferring design files to an SD card so that the printer can be used offline from your computer. In order to use this feature if you have designed your model in other free or paid 3D software is that the STL model.
I was going to buy parts from different sources and could not get the total price anywhere near what I found in the 2020 i3 kit. I pre-ordered the kit and received it 3 days after it was released.
I took my time building it over the next week and I am 100% satisfied with it! It is my first 3D printer and like anything else DIY - you have to have patience and it will pay off. Ignore the negative comments you may see here or elsewhere. Folgertech is great in my book.
Took about 8 hours to build. (check the PDF for wiring)!!!!!
Maybe 30 minutes on software config.. Just input the settings on the CD provided.
Off the Bat PLA prints very good. 220/50.
I didn't have much luck using the yellow tape for ABS (sides would lift) but using a glue stick solves this problem. 240/80 bed works well for ABS.
Seems to be a bit of play on the X carriage. Doesn't seem to effect the print quality though. Maybe adding a third bearing could improve the print speed..
Quality of hex screws could be better, sometimes the hex key just spins in the bolt head.
Pretty happy over all.
Thanks for 3dprintersonlinestore for great support. First of all plz have a good sense of what ur doing. if u do you will not have probs. the video guide is ok. Some pieces are not the same as the video. but easy enough to figure out... Took 6hrs to assemble. and we have been printing are buts off from key chains to mario figures.
After another 8 hours of post-assembly tinkering I finished my first (nearly) perfect print.
Wow! This is a great printer. I get higher quality prints with so much less effort than the RepRap Prusa i3.
The instructions were so helpful that I didn't even need to contact Mr. Tang for support. I recommend that you peel the paper off the plastic pieces for the cover before assembling otherwise it is much harder to peel them off afterwards. The video instructions show them building with the tape on.
It comes with two rolls of filament and test print files that print really well. Spend some time on leveling the bed because that is really important.
The company is very responsive but I already had a few of those couplers on hand and just replaced mine myself.
The software is insanely fast at slicing and is easy to use. From what I've seen, all of the profiles are finely tuned and produce exceptional quality print.
The bottom line- the machine is well built, the software is very, very, good.The factory tuned profiles produce amazing quality.
I would not count my damaged Z axis as a problem, Wanhao has now changed shipping so that the Z axis is not connected during shipping to prevent damage.
I cannot stress enough, this is the heaviest duty printer I've ever touched. It simply is amazing what you are getting for the money. The entire top motion system uses a cast and then precision machined system to ensure it's one of the smoothest and tightest X Y systems around. Everything is easy to get to and robust.
For me, figuring out the machine was just part of the fun, but I can see where it could be frustrating for some.
I had some problems with screws coming loose, the print head being loose and the frame not sitting square or rigid enough for reproducible prints. My fix for this was to mount it on a rigid aluminum plate. One last thing is that the power supply is 12 volts. I think this limits the ultimate temperature of the bed and how fast the temperature gets there. It would neve obtain 100C for ABS so I had to settle for about 90C. A separate 24 V supply for the bed heaters and a fan ( and heat sink) on the switching transistors for insurance would fix the problem. It could be helpful on this to limit the current to the bed to avoid over temp.
I had to be rather inventive with mounting the zero reference limit switches, milling some mounts from acrylic, and adding an adjustment screw to the z axis.
I do not use the display/controller provided except for information. I use a laptop to send g-code to the machine since I've found that it can be difficult to predict the effect of changes of settings within Pronterface/slicer3d and the laptop makes editing on the fly easier. Not everyone has a spare laptop, but I have not tried the display controller with an SDHC so I cannot comment.
The configuration of the printer works well with PLA plastic and Kapton tape. ABS is more problematic because of the low bed temperature and the problem of warping on parts longer than 3 inches. I have considered a heated enclosure around the machine to keep a large ABS part (or newer different plastics) from experiencing non-uniform cooling as the print is laid down, and hopefully not warp. I think there is an extra switching transistor on the board that could be incorporated in this plan in some way. The question remains: will this interfere with the electronics or acrylic frame or mechanical stability?
I've enjoyed this project immensely, and am happy that I could purchase a "trial kit" cheaply enough that failure would bot be catastophic.
I love my Makerbot. I get frustrated with my Makerbot. I love Thingiverse which has thousands and thousands of 'patterns' to download for free and collect to print in the future. It isn't like printing on your PC printer.
Adjustments may be have to be made in order to get your print to stick to the plate so it will actually print, extruders may get clogged, you may love a pattern on Thingiverse and download it when it fact it will never print (you cannot defy the laws of physics-so know what will print).
I am currently printing a pig for my garden (very cute) and it is printing without a hitch. However, for an hour before I started the pig print, I tried to print a box separator from a pattern that I made in a free modeling program.
Apparently, I have violated some nerd rule in creating the file because it will not print. I fiddled and fiddled and thought it was the printer, since the print would start, but never complete, but the pig is half done and printing behind me-so it’s not the printer. I will have to continue to experiment with modeling for 3d printing. In the meantime, Thingiverse and knowledge of what will and wont print, and how each object must be printed (upside down, right side up, etc) is necessary.
You aren’t just going to magically understand modeling and printing and push a button and have every single thing you try to print come out perfectly. Hence the perfect pig on the printer and my failed self-designed box separator.
I love the Replicator 2x, and I am glad it is the printer that I chose. I have owned it for 2 years I still love it and it is still going strong, but know that I have had more than a few harsh words with it.
Since I've been surrounded with 3d printers for the past year, I can say that you will run into issues with the machine for the first few prints, just like any other printer, until you get the hang of using it. Don't get discouraged, there are great tutorials online and groups where you can discuss your problem.
I could not be more thrilled about this printer. It came right out of the box and printed about 4 times as good as my previous Printrbot Simple (DO NOT RECOMMEND) Everything from the setup to the leveling was easy and straightforward. It even has a cute little startup sound when it boots up each time.
I have done detailed prints about as big as this thing can do and they turn out EXCELLENT each time, usually even without putting supports in. It prints EVERYTHING, ABS, PLA, PETG, whatever specialty filament you want. as the temperature on the extruder goes all the way up to 260 C and the heated bed goes up to 100 C.
Overkill for most projects, but its nice to have the option. Our unit came with a faultyTF card and the support was EXCELLENT, 'Mr. Tang' was prompt, even for being all the way across the world. He was courteous and very professional. I highly recommend this seller and product to anyone interested in getting into 3D printing at the intermediate level for a beginner price.
More reviews after received the printer. Thank you.
Only ready-to-print 3d printer for $400. Worth for the price.
Mine had a broken fan in shipping, but Tang and the support was amazing. Took about a week to get the fan replaced, and I've been printing almost non-stop for a month. I used the software that came with the printer for the first 3 weeks, and have recently purchased Simplify3d.
The software that came with the printer worked just fine (a little slow in slicing, now that I have Simplify3d to compare), but when you invest in a printer like this, it seemed kind of silly to skimp on the software.
This is the coolest toy I have ever purchased for myself. It has become a full fledged hobby. There is a ton to learn about materials, what makes a good print, why prints fail, etc.
All in all, it's been a great purchase.
It still have some good point about this printer. You can learn a lot more of 3d printing on this project and everything can be customizable if you have time. Simply more than worth for the price.
Wanhao offers their Duplicator 5 as the newest, largest printer in the Duplicator line. It bridges the gap between big industrial printers and desktop printers by offering a 37.8 liter build envelope and advanced features. The envelope has a size of 12x8x23in, which is great for professional model builders and prototypers. The Rock XV Steel ExoFrame is a tough but stylish casing, built from powder coated steel. This frame design, coupled with a 16mm threaded Z-axis rod, allows for taller prints by making the machine sturdier and improving accuracy. The design also makes the printer weigh in at a massive 88lbs. The steel frame powder coating is currently available in a black and blue pairing, but looks great, despite lack of color choice. Prints are produced onto a Lexan bed, which is made for durability.
The Duplicator 5’s other improvements add speed to Wanhao’s famously accurate technology. Improvements all around make this printer very light on its feet. Sturdier movements are achieved by the improvements made to the Z-axis bar. Wanhao has added a Bowden-style extruder to the Duplicator 5, which makes it lighter. Lighter parts mean quicker movements. Linear ball bearings ensure smoothness and speed as well. The stepper motors used on the Duplicator 5 are a class-act. With 1/16th micro stepping motor control along 4 axes speed, as well as accuracy, is improved. Printing speeds up to 300mm/sec are achievable with the technology that Wanhao has put in to the Duplicator 5.
The Duplicator 5 offers only one extruder, but it is truly a professional tool. Marked as the Anti-Jam Queen Single Extruder, it can accurately print using ABS, PLA, and PVA filaments. With the help of a built-in cooling system, print images are resistant to warp, and extrusion layering is improved. The extruder will only accept 3mm filaments due to its extruder’s need for speed, but this filament will quickly be turned in to an image that is accurate up to 20 microns. Layer thickness is adjustable by the software, and can be selected from 0.02-0.4mm. Positioning precision is 2.5 microns on the Z-axis, and X- and Y-axes have 11 micron precision in positioning. Wanhao touts this accuracy as “5 times the resolution” of its other 3D printers.
Accuracy is further improved by the company’s new Wanhao Maker software. Wanhao considers its Maker software the most significant upgrade to the Duplicator product line. It is simpler to use by design, and made as an answer to more expensive third-party applications. Wanhao Maker is included for free with the Duplicator 5 and is available from Wanhao’s website. The company employs a research and development team that is burdened with the task of finding the best software and component upgrades for their products. This means continued development and customer service for your Duplicator 5. Paired with a one-year warranty, you and your Duplicator 5 are not without assistance.
Further, the Duplicator 5 uses onboard circuitry and connectivity to print beautiful, accurate images without being tethered to a computer. Although it is possible to connect your computer to the printer via USB, the growing trend in 3D printers at this level is SD card connection. Place your stored images on an SD card, slide the card inside the slot on the printer, and let Duplicator 5 go to work for you. Using the color LCD screen and push-rotate button, you can change parameters and search for files to print. The OS also makes it a snap to use the LCD to calibrate the unit. Calibration is achieved by tightening wing nuts under the print bed through direction of the OS, and is easily accomplished with no tools. Preheating and SD pairing are also accomplished through the LCD display.
The Duplicator 5 is packed and sent with a power supply cable, USB SD card reader, SD card, one roll of 3mm PLA filament, tools and a USB cable. Software for the unit and a user’s manual are all found online, as well as tech support from the manufacturer. Although it is designed as an expert-level printer, its capabilities and size make it user-friendly to the average builder. The price also allows for accessibility to a great printer with a large print volume.
Although the Duplicator 5 is not as versatile as other printers, it does what it is capable of doing with a high level of success. Its tech upgrades in the way of high-level motors and Bowden-style extruder allow for an up-tempo machine that prints with a high degree of accuracy, even though printing with multiple materials or colors is out of the question. For a borderline industrial machine, this printer packs much punch for the price, and is worthy of ranking on our list of iReviews 2014 best 3D printers under $5,000.
Having used it for over a week now I can say I am happy with the purchase. There are some minor differences in design and a few quirks here and there, but overall it is a solidly built machine and certainly a better bang for the buck than the Replicator.
I build only in ABS and the glass build plate that came with the WanHao works like a charm. The Makerbot software works with the WanHao as long as you set it to Replicator (Dual).
I will try and keep this short and sweet. I have been playing with 3D printers for some time starting with a Solidoodle and moving on to a Makerbot replicator 2X and I must say that this machine is by far my favorite. I am not going to lie, when I got the machine I was a little disappointed due to the s***ty software but Simplify3D fixed that problem in a heart beat. The hardware is AWESOME, all metal Z platform, fans built in for PLA prints, enclosed casing for ABS prints, duel extruders, heated build plate, 3 sheets of buildtak, need I say more?!? The printer, in my experience can print up to .08MM for super awesome prints. If I had to complain about anything, it has to be the s***ty PLA that is included with the printer.
I have used Makerbot filament for years and have to say that they make some of the best PLA filament on the market (ya I know its expensive but you get what you pay for). When I started printing with the flashforge PLA I was having adhesion issues with prints not sticking to the print bed. I honestly thought the problem was the Buildtak that was included, but after switching to makerbot PLA the problem became none existent. if anything, I had to re-level the bed to move the extruders farther from the build plate because the adhesion was so great. It took the might of god to remove that SOB off the printer. Again, I would recommend this machine to anyone, just be patient with it.
This is one of my favorite printers to use on a regular basis, and the quality is great for the money.
However, with some effort put into the heated print bed and calibration, it will print as well as a $2500 printer. There isn't really anything else on the market, in my opinion, that touches this printer at this price. It's pretty quick and prints with nice surface finish and is infinitely repairable and up gradable. I don't regret my purchase in the least.
The mechanics of this printer are pretty good.
They responded quickly, and were pleasant about solving the issue. I will continue to update this review as well as the other reviews I am writing on them as the process continues.
Update: The kit is very sturdy and good quality. Instructions made assembly easy. One part was found defective, but they quickly responded and sent me a replacement right away. Would recommend Folger Tech to anyone.
When the guy in the video turns the pieces in many directions, it means that there is only one correct orientation, I had to do a bit of disassembly/reassembly due to that, but that leaves you more knowledgeable about the printer. Maybe the video could do with something different from a white background.
Do not be distracted by no wiring video, everything about that is in a clear PDF document. In case of wiring mistake be ready to pull the plug. (In my case the end-stop connectors, but didn't break anything).
Needs patience to adjust.
A good hobby machine to grasp 3d printing at a reasonable price.
PLA easier to start with. Bed 50° / filament 200° giving good results for me.
At least I think it is. As my new computer has Windows ver. 8.1 I haven't been able to use this $1400 unit yet as it requires software and MakerBot doesn't have an installer available yet for Windows 8.1. A message on attempting to install the required software says one will be available soon.
The unit looks all right but has some limitations that aren't intuitively apparent on purchase. The manual says it cannot scan objects under about 2 inches by 2 inches and it requires a certain lighting setup to work well. None of these things seem disabling but I'll just have to find out sometime in the future when the software is available. I am excited to explore its possibilities when I am able to get it running.
Do a little research and pay close attention to accuracy and calibration while assembling and it will work great. You may need to check the table level weekly, but it is easy to level. I also have an older RapMan printer with dying electronics so I purchased an electronics kit from them (same Arduino Mega/RAMPS setup as in this printer) and upgraded that machine. Great service and communications every time. I highly recommend them!
The saving grace is that printer works the way it’s supposed to be once you have gone through the hard time.
I have had all the problems I could with this printer, The printer delivery was delayed by over a week because the stupid courier guys left the printer at my neighbor door and I had to run around to find where it was. Once the traced my printer, I could not manage to get the pieces together, I agree they claim its just 3 parts assembly but believe me the 3 parts can be a real tough job to put together.
The software supplied certainly not easy to use.
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This printer was fantastic and works as described The printer came a day early, I paid for the expedited shipping and it came from Hong Kong in five days. Don't be alarmed that it is coming directly from Hong Kong, the printer is good quality and well packaged. There were no broken parts coming out of the box.
Mine was an updated version than what I was reading in other reviews. Mine came with a reprap MK3 heated bed and came with a MKS base 1.3. One thing I would like to say is that some of the parts for assembly are 3d printed themselves. None of these parts were warped but were done at a lower resolution most likely to save time. I would recommend printing a filament guide that fits on top.
Also, pay attention to wire management, otherwise you would get a mess of wires like I did originally. I had a problem putting the stepper motor for the extruder together because the spring pushes off with too much tension, I replaced it with something better. Be careful with the endstop switches though, they are fragile because of their size and design, I broke the little metal piece of and had to look for it so I can re-attach it. Other than that, the parts were perfect. Just take your time building it so you run into no problems after you build it.
As for the fabled instructional video. Mine came on a DVD, it had no audio and was low quality in resolution. It also was like it was sped up, especially on the wiring. However, they included a slowed down version for wiring. This shows that they know there is a problem and are trying to help as much as possible. Like other reviews have said before, you will have to pause, rewind, and redo.
I have had some troubles where I built it wrong and didn't realize it. Customer service replied to me in a short period and fixed all my problems for me. Great customer service in general. My experience may be different than yours though.
As for the prints. I have gotten some good results. nothing outstanding but there's still some calibration to be done. pla works without warping. I recommend a slower speed for this printer.