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For the tech-savvy, Printrbot offers expandability, speed and acceptable prints at a reasonable price.

Torture test print. Click to view large.

THE PRINTRBOT IS A RELATIVE NEWCOMER to the field of consumer- grade 3D printers and is touted by its creator, Brook Drumm, as “your first 3D printer.” After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign in December 2011, where they received over $800,000 in funding, Printrbot has been working to develop low-cost printers that can maintain quality while increasing portability. They’ve produced a few different models to suit a variety of user needs, from the Printrbot Plus with its 8″×8″×8″ print volume, to the compactable Printrbot Jr.

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  • 3D Design for Beginners
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  • Primo Features Extendable in any axis, heated print bed, SD card slot
  • Print volume 6″×6″×6″
  • Print speed Up to 200mm/sec
  • Print material ABS, PLA
  • Resolution (z-axis) 0.4mm–0.1mm
  • Machine software Printrun/Pronterface
  • Slicing software Slic3r, Skeinforge
  • OS supported Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Open Source Yes
  • Price as tested $799 assembled
  • Pedigree Original
  • Print without PC? Yes, SD card

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Blake Maloof

Blake Maloof

I design games for work and for fun. I recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, and am now employed as a designer at Toys for Bob.

  • DonaldJ

    “Primo Features” are for the Cube, not the Printrbot.

  • DonaldJ

    Thanks for fixing that.

  • Nickolai

    I gotta say, that torture test piece looks pretty awful, good on overhang but otherwise extremely terrible. Can anyone comment on calibrating this machine and whether or not it can produce real quality parts?

  • Paolo

    Yer i s very VERY awful.

  • Adel Salem

    Hi all
    I want to do a project on 3D printer and I’m thinking to add foreign components within a part during the printing process , so which type of 3D printing machine will be the best for this project