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FusionTech IdeaPrinter F100

By Madelene Stanley / Nov 14, 2015

FusionTech IdeaPrinter F100
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FusionTech IdeaPrinter F100

The ideaPrinter F100 is an inexpensive, large-format 3D printer that’s easy to use. It’s open enough to allow tinkering, either with the native software options, or by using another open program to create the G-code.

MODERATE PRINT QUALITY, SUBLIME SOFTWARE

The printer was able to print all of our test models with moderate success, however each piece had extra threads and artifacts, or bits of PLA that extruded while traveling, which attached to the outer shell.

All settings were prefilled in the ideaMaker software, and it had many more features than anticipated. The included default template settings of High Quality, Standard, and Speed all had the same 0.1mm layer height, with different infill speeds and densities.

The bed leveling procedure is intuitive, and quickly accessed through the onboard menu, which also includes a filament-loading step. After the initial setup and assembly, we discovered we couldn’t tighten down one of the metal posts for leveling the build plate enough to give the nozzle clearance over the build plate. Luckily, with sheer force and a pair of pliers we were able to get it level and start printing.

CONCLUSION

The combination of high resolution, fast print speeds, and large build volume makes it a solid contender for rapidly prototyping large parts.

Specs
IdeaPrinter F100 ideaprinter-usa.com/faq
Price As Tested:$1,200
Build Volume:305×205×175mm
Bed Style:Not Heated, Acrylic
Filament Size:3mm
Open Filament?:Yes
Temperature Control?:Yes, Tool head (230°C max)
Print Untethered?:Yes, SD card
Onboard Controls?:Yes, LCD screen and knob for navigation
Host/Slicer Software:ideaMaker
OS:Mac, Windows
Firmware:Unknown
Open Software?:No, Accepts G-code
Open Hardware?:No
Maximum Decibels:63.4

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Why To Buy

A solid printer for those looking for larger build volumes at a great price. Ready to go out of the box, easy to set up, intuitive to use, with all the features typically found only in more expensive printers.

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Pro Tips

Tighten the bed leveling screws with pliers if you can’t get enough clearance for the nozzle. Check the SD card for the User Guide.

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