So, it’s not really a printrbot, but I’m making a similar design. Just to test it out. The guy behind the design hasn’t shared his files (yet), so I had to make them myself. I’ve just made the base so far. I think it’s a simple and effective design… well at least it seems good so far. Good work Brook. It’s really amazing how he’s gotten so much backing with deliveries promised some time next year. It means there’s really interest out there for a simple 3d printer at low cost.
Here are two pictures of my version. I guess I could share the stl if someone wants it.
For those considering a new 3D printing, there’s a new printer on the way that might be worth considering: The printrbot. It seems it might become a cheaper, less complex build. But the project is still in its early stage, and lots of people have signed up, so it might be worth considering how it proceeds. If you’re in a hurry and haven’t ordered already, you’ll be back in the line.
Other alternatives are the Prusa, Orca and of course a Makerbot. The Prusa seems to be a well adopted open source alternative and is pretty easy to build. I built mine using the Gen7 electronics, but I could also have used various others, including the very simple but effective Sanguinololu. I might order a Sanguinololu kit to test it out. Hey, maybe I should try to build my own mini printr bot. I wonder if the design could be simplified further. If the printrbot design really holds the vertical rods steady enough, maybe one could make the frame from wood. I could use my CNC to make more of the parts, and it should be cheaper and faster to build. Hmmm… it could look something like this:
I wonder when the great product designers will come in to the 3D printer area. (I’m not one of them … )
Funny, as you’d think there are many great designers working on 3D, but they all look quite ugly (Orca sold at mendelparts at least has a nicer look, but Makerbots are pretty ugly in my opinion). How about a retro design. For example, rebuilding an old something (toaster?) into a 3d printer? What would make a good, nicer looking frame? The printrbot concepts might be quite good at fitting into something else… like the dashboard of your car
TI have finally launched a cheaper RF module kit for having fun with MSP430 and other similar devices. This should fit well with the Chronos watch. Can’t wait to get my hands on a set of them to test it out.