Category Archives: 3D Printers

3D Printers for use in the home.

ROBO 3D R1 Plus

Looking for a printer that has a wide range of 3D materials to choose from?  Consider the ROBO 3D R1 Plus with its choice of 15 different print materials.

Robo R1 Plus 3D Printer

Check out the R1 Plus on Amazon for the latest price and any available discounts.

Hardware

Because it has a heated build plate and self leveling bed, you can be sure that your prints start out right.

The open source design allows for customization if that is your thing.  Or you can use it as is to great effect.  The fact that it can print in so many different filament types, makes this one printer that is sure to gain some popularity.  It certainly beats the pants off of some competitors that can only print in one or two mediums.

The build volume of the R1 Plus is impressive as well.  It allows 10″x9″x8″ for the printable area.

Features of the Robo R1 Plus 3D Printer

Software

The ROBO 3D R1 Plus comes with a one year free subscription to Autodesk Fusion 360.  MatterControl is the free software that comes with the printer to power it.  But you can use other software if you prefer.  Any software that will produce .STL files will allow your prints to be done on the R1 Plus.

Thus you can use Windows, Mac OSX or Linux as there is software available for all operating systems that will be able to generate the files you need.

Robo R1 Plus Build Volume

Be sure to check out more on the R1 Plus 10x9x8-Inch ABS/PLA 3D Printer reviews on Amazon or the R1 PLUS Fully Assembled 3D Printer with MatterControl Touch Controller on Amazon.

Zortrax M200 Pro 3D Printer

If you are looking for a high quality and really quiet 3D printer the  Zortrax M200 Pro 3D Printer maybe just what you need.

M200 3D Printer from Zortrax Box Kit

Check the Zortrax M200 on Amazon for the latest price and any available discounts.

Hardware

The Zortrax M200 Pro might be one of the quietest printers on the market.  A number of people remark that they have had to check on the printer to ensure it was still printing because it was so quiet.

Printing is easy with support for the following filament types: Z-ABS, Z-ULTRAT, Z-Glass, and Z-HIPS.

The included covers allow for better temperature stability during print and cooling.

It’s ready to go out of the box and the minimal setup allows you to be printing quickly.

Zortrax M200 3D Printer Detail

Software

You can use any software to power the M200 Pro as long as it can produce .STL files.

This means you can use your Mac OSX, Linux or Windows computer with compatible software to produce your 3D prints.

If you are in the market for a reliable 3D printer that can rival much more expensive models you owe it to yourself to check out the Zortrax M200 on Amazon for the latest reviews.

Spaces for different colored covers on the Zortrax M200 3D printer

Also of note the M200 can come with different colored side panels (Also from Amazon):

M200 Pro 3D Printer with Official Side Covers (Sky Blue)

Zortrax M200 Printer with Official Side Covers (Black)

New Matter MOD-t 3D Printer

A new stylish little 3D printer for the user that needs something that looks as good as it prints, check out the New Matter MOD-t 3D printer for a treat.

MOD-t 3D Printer Full View

See reviews of the MOD-t at Amazon.

Hardware

Isn’t it cute?  It’s small, it’s stylish and that is by design.

The creators over at New Matter have engineered a product to use as few parts as possible and still be as capable as you would need.  Thus you end up with a product that has less possibility to have issues as the number of parts involved are reduced.

This little gem is wireless enabled, allowing you to print and select from your phone, tablet or laptop computer.

The MOD-t 3D printer is ready to print out of the box and supports PLA filament.  There is one spool of the New Matter pink filament included in the package so you can print right away.

The clear cover allows you to protect the print area.  It also keeps hands and fingers away from the hot surfaces.  At the same time it reduces noise from the printing process.

MOD-t 3D Printer Angled View

Software

Support for STL files allows you to upload your prints and control them via their online interface.

If you are into having a stylish 3D printer for your home, Check out the MOD-t 3D at Amazon for the latest price and any available discounts.

 

Ultimaker 3 3D Printer

The Ultimaker 3 3D Printer is the latest in the line of Ultimaker 3D printers that have the ability to challenge even the highest end 3D printers on the market.

Utilimaker 3 Front View

See the Ultimaker 3 on Amazon for the latest prices and any available discounts.

Hardware

The Ultimaker 3 comes with dual extruders.  When you combine this with the water soluble supports you have a 3D printer that can create complex geometry that couldn’t be done on printers with lesser ability.

The heated build plate allows for smooth prints.  You will also be taking advantage of the ability to swap the hot ends simply.  It’s hard to overstate the importance of the significant features that this system allows.

The filament used by the Ultimaker 3 is 2.85mm and you can use PLA, ABS, CPE, pVA and Nylon.  And did I mention the dual extruders?  This allows you to print in multiple mediums at once!


Be sure to check out the Ultimaker 3 on Amazon for the latest reviews.

Software

You can use a variety of software to power the Ultimaker 3 3D Printer.  It supports connections to Windows, Mac OSX and Linux computers.

Swappable print core for the Utilimaker 3

The file types that are available to power this impressive 3D printer are OBJ, STL and 3MF.

This is a 3D printer that should be at the top of the list for every 3D printing at home enthusiast.  Also consider it’s big brother: Ultimaker 3 Extended 3D Printer

Qidi Technology X-One 3D Printer

The Qidi Technology X-One 3D Printer is built like a tank and will leave you needing little else to accomplish all your 3D printing needs.

X-One from QIDI Tech

Check out the QIDI TECHNOLOGY X-ONE at Amazon for the latest price and any available discount.

Hardware

The Qidi Tech X-One comes with an all metal chassis.   This gives you some stability that cannot be found in many other desktop 3D printers.  While this does give it some weight (it’s over 40 pounds), it also means it’s not likely to move around.  Heck, its possible it won’t even shift when getting a slight bump.

The bed is easy to level and can be leveled in about a minute.  It will stay leveled for a number of print jobs so not something that is going to take away from your productivity.

It uses the standard 1.75mm filament and prints well in ABS and PLA.

Unboxing the QIDI Technology X-One 3D Printer

Software

The X-One is flexible and comes with the ability to connect to it and print via USB or SDCard.  You can use Cura, Simplify 3D and QIDI Print for your 3D models.  Thus you can use a Windows or Mac OSX computer to run your program.

Another item is the built in touchscreen on the Qidi Tech X-One, a nice little feature.

Multi part view of X-One from QIDI Tech

Finally if you are in the market for a desktop 3D printer with some pretty impressive support have a closer look at this one.
See reviews for the QIDI TECHNOLOGY X-ONE at Amazon.

Sindoh DP200 3DWOX 3D Printer

The Sindoh DP200 3DWOX 3D Printer is a fully enclosed 3D printer that is easy to setup and operate.

Sindoh 3DWOX DP200 Printer

See Reviews of the Sindoh 3DWOX at Amazon.

Hardware

The 3DWOX is an all-in-one 3D printer is reminds you of a traditional 2D desktop printer.  It’s enclosed nature allow you to have less noise and a safer operation environment.  Coming from Sindoh who have made 2d printers for many years, you can tell they were very interested in getting the thoughtful and accessible side of the 3D printer right.  I think they have succeeded.

To load the filament just insert the cartridge.  Since it’s that easy, you will have time for more drinks!  Like I said before, it makes you feel like you are just replacing the toner in your 2D printer.  Thus all the headache normally attached to threading filament through tiny feed mechanisms is gone!

Openings on Sindoh 3DWOX DP200

As you know, a level printing bed is key to have a successful 3D print.  The 3DWOX has fully assisted leveling support to allow you to ensure that your bed is flat and that it stays that way.

Remote

One of the things I love about the Sindoh DP200 3DWOX 3D printer is its connectivity.  Again hearkening back to 2D cousins… it has everything, WiFi, USB cable, Ethernet and USB flash drive.

Monitor the Sindoh 3DWOX

Finally this means you have have the printer anywhere in the house and still connect to it.  Especially relevant, it has a camera and LED lighting built in.  Thus  you can monitor the print job via your laptop or smartphone!  Amazing!

In conclusion, for ease of use, you certainly need to give the 3DWOX a closer look Check out the Sindoh 3DWOX at Amazon for the latest price and any available discounts.

Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer

The Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer lives up to it’s name.  It is small.  It will fit on any desk, yet it is capable enough to build a huge variety of 3D prints.

Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer
Check out the Select Mini 3D on Amazon for the latest price and any available discounts.

Filament

The very interesting thing about the Monoprice Select Mini is that even with its small footprint it still allows you to use almost all 1.75mm filament types.  Thus you can build one model in PLA, the next in ABS then another in a metal composite.  Don’t forget you could also use wood composite or dis-solvable PVA as well.

Software

The Select Mini 3D printer from Monoprice is compatible with a number of software packages common to 3D printing.  Cura, Repetier and others can be used to power  your designs.  Connect to Windows or Mac OSX and use MicroSD or a MicroUSB connection.

Hardware

Select Mini 3D Printer Features

Now this is really cool… the Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer comes ready to print right out of the box!  Yep, take it out of the box, put it on your desk, plug it in, and you can be printing right away using the 3D models that are included on the SD card that comes with the printer.  You cannot beat that for setup time!

This is all possible because they calibrate the printer at the factory before it’s boxed up.  So when you get it, it’s all ready to run.

Rear view of Select Mini 3D Printer

With Monoprices’ 1 year replacement warranty, I therefore think you should have a serious look at the Select Mini reviews on Amazon.

LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

The LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer is an amazing 3D printer that allows for a wide range of printing needs.

LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

Check out the LulzBot TAZ6 at Amazon for the latest price and any available discounts.

Software

The LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer comes with the Cura LulzBot Edition software to make it easy to load and use your model files.  Because Cura is open source you will never have to pay to upgrade your software and it works on Windows, MAC and Linux operating systems.

The Cura LulzBot Edition is compatible with STL and OBJ model files.  Although it has easy access it is also full of advanced options for advanced 3D printing users.

Hardware

LulzBot TAZ 6 Dragon Knocker

One of the most interesting things about the LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer is its open source hardware base. Thus this enables you to see the source code for the system and improve or tweak it as you need. (Of course you can use it just as is to great effect as well!)

LulzBot’s are actually running around the clock at the LulzBot factory making parts for more 3D printers. (That’s really cool!).

The self leveling and self cleaning nature of the TAZ 6 makes it easy to get started clean everytime you want to start a new project.   Therefore with one of the largest print volumes of any desktop 3D printer, the TAZ 6 has plenty of capability for you.

TAZ 6 making parts

See reviews of the LulzBot TAZ6 at Amazon.

FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro

The FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro is one powerful little 3D printer that will get you printing correctly right out of the gate.

Flashforge 3D Printer Creator Pro

Check the Creator Pro on Amazon for the latest prices and any available discounts.

Software

The FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro comes with the FlashPrint software.  This software is developed by FlashForge engineers so that is fully compatible with the Creator Pro.  It also means that you won’t need to buy any expensive aftermarket software to run your 3D printer.

The software is compatible with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.  It can use STL and gcode input files.  The software will allow you to print via and SD card or via USB.

Hardware

The dual extruder head of the flashforge creator pro

The newest updates to the the Creator Pro include a Delta power supply (one of the the leading power supply makers), easy to use platform adjusting screws and a front door that is pre-installed to provide easy access to prints.

The aviation aluminum plate will guarantee that the print surface is completely flat and will not warp during the heating process.

The Creator Pro comes with plenty of spare parts.  Spares of every screw and nut not just hex drivers.  This makes things so nice.

Back of Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer

You should certainly give the FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro a chance in your home.  See reviews of the Creator Pro on Amazon.