THE AO-100 IS ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO GET A REPRAP MENDELMAX – it ships assembled, so setup is a simple matter of removing clamps and ties that protect the machine during shipping and plugging in a few cables. It also ships with a bunch of nozzles, knives, wrenches, and pliers, which is good because you might need to do some tweaking.
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2013 MAKE Ultimate Guide To 3D Printing
- 3D Printers Buyer's Guide — 15 Reviewed
- Getting Started in 3D
- Learn the Software Toolchain
- 3D Design for Beginners
- 3D Printing without a Printer
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We want to hear from you! Share your experiences with this machine, what you like, what you don't like, where you think our test team got it wrong. We hope you’ll join in the discussion. We’d also love to see the things that you design and print out.
Important Note: Aleph Objects wrote us to point out that the reviewers of their machine were not happy with the software programs used (Slic3r and Printrun), saying they “are neither beautiful nor intuitive.” But other reviews, by other authors/testers, found the same software “straightforward,” “no trouble,” and the “popular standard.” This ended up penalizing Lulzbot for software that many of the other printers use (and were not harshly graded for). This is unfair and we apologize for this characterization. These two reviewers had trouble with the software while others did not. Your mileage may vary relative to your knowledge of this type of 3DP software, your tolerance for eccentricities in software interfaces, your aesthetic sensibilities, etc. Again, we apologize to Aleph Objects for this unfortunate slight.
- Primo Features Good manual, handy accessories
- Print volume 7.9″×7.5″×3.9″
- Print speed 150mm/sec
- Print material ABS, PLA
- Resolution (z-axis) 0.1mm (0.004″) to 0.75mm (0.029″)
- Machine software Printrun
- Slicing software Slic3r
- OS supported Windows, Mac, Linux
- Open Source Yes
- Price as tested $1,725 assembled
- Pedigree RepRap MendelMax
- Print without PC? Yes, SD card