Although the Smalls may look like the Printrbot Simple’s little brother, it boasts a larger print volume, a smaller overall footprint, and perhaps even a little more personality and panache.
The Limited Edition features a slightly larger build platform, linear rails over the standard’s linear rods, and an attractive wood trim exterior. At $500 it’s also pricey compared to the $398 standard and $298 kit and doesn’t come with a heated bed.
The prints looked fantastic, and the auto-tramming operation led to a solid “set and forget” print process. A Cura profile is supplied for the Smalls, but I needed to manually edit the machine settings in order to achieve the full benefits of the build area. The stock speeds also seemed a bit slow, but I’ll take quality prints over quickness.
|Printrbot Smalls Limited Edition||Printrbot|
|Price as Tested:||$500|
|Bed Style:||Non-heated aluminum print surface|
|Temp Control:||Yes, extruder (270ºC max)|
|Print Untethered:||Yes, SD card|
|OS:||Mac, Windows, Linux|
|Open Software:||Yes, Cura is AGPLv3|
|Open Hardware:||Yes, CC-BY-SA 3.0|