Now you can own your very own 3D printer and make thousands of weird, wonderful and practical objects, while impressing your friends and family at the same time.
Though you are limited to the size of the print area (200mm cube), there are thousands of things you could create. Here's just a few ideas:
• Enclosures for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other circuit boards or mini-PCs
• Prototypes for engineering/architectural projects
• Replacement plastic parts in cars, toys, computers, and hundreds of other consumer electronic devices
• Smartphone cases, Tablet holders/stands
• Models of anatomy for educational purposes
• Cups, mugs, forks, spoons
• Fascinating art pieces
• Interconnecting plastic blocks
This 3D printer is supplied as a DIY kit. Once assembled, it allows you to turn 3D digital files into real plastic objects you can hold and use. To do this it builds up material one layer at a time to create a real object. Plastic filament is melted, then drawn in a very fine layer. It then builds another fine layer of plastic on top of this one, and then another, and another, etc. It builds your creation from the bottom until you have an object ready to hold and use.
What colours can you use?
Red, blue, green and many more. However you can only use one colour at a time while printing. To do multi-colour creations print it in separate pieces then attach them together later.
How long does it take to print?
The print time is proportional to the size and complexity of the creation. An average Smartphone case will take about 30 minutes to print.
How do you build it?
There is a detailed set of instructions and specific tools located here:http://www.k8200.eu/manual/building
|3D Printer Features and Specifications|
|Linear ball bearings:||8 and 10 mm|
|Technology:||FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) for PLA and ABS|
|Power supply:||12V / 3A max.|
|FTDI USB 2.0 to Serial||Arduino compatible (Sanguino derived motherboard)|
|Dimensions of printable area:||200(L) x 200(W) x 200(H)mm|
|Typical printing speed:||120mm/s|
|Maximum print speed:||150 to 300mm/s (depending on the object to be printed)|
|Extrusion thermistor:||NTC 100K|
|Extruded aluminium profiles:||27.5 mm wide|
|Movement:||4 NEMA 17 stepper motors|
|Dimensions:||600(L) x 450(W) x 600(D)mm|
|Power supply:||12V 3A|
|Software:||Repetier version 0.84 and up included: 5m PLA black sample|
|System Requirements:||A computer to Print from (Windows, MAC or Linux) & an Internet Connection for Manual and construction instructions.|
|Complete unit dimensions:||620(H) x 500(W) x 420(D)mm|
|Nominal mechanical resolution:||• X and Y: 0.015mm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the X and Y direction)|
• Z: 0.781µm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the Z direction)
|Nominal printing resolution:||• Wall thickness (X,Y): 0.5mm |
• Layer thickness (Z): 0.20 - 0.25mm
If you have constructed kits before, and have a sound knowledge of electronics, we believe that you should have few problems constructing this kit. You will also need modest computer interface knowledge. If, for some reason you cannot get the printer to work we can offer a "get the printer going" service. The cost for this will vary but would be no more than $150, more typically $75 - provided you have not "butchered" it. There may be a small freight charge, depending on your location.
• Please check with the store manager or our TechStore people for further info.
The repair service is really a last resort. 99% of overseas customers have managed to get the unit going with their own resources. Perhaps you may have a friend with superior mechanical or IT skills who can help before you send it back to us. If you are an engineering or IT student you may get help from your facility.
Other useful websites:
Software: Repetier version 0.84 and up
Thingiverse is a place for you to share your digital designs with the world.
Website dedicated to this 3D Printer Kit. Manuals, tools required, FAQs and more.