REPRAPGURU DIY RepRap Prusa I3 V2 Black 3D Printer Kit User Review
It was hard to believe that REPRAPGURU (US based manufacturer) DIY RepRap Prusa I3 V2 Black 3D Printer can be used in the most ingenious ways. This deluxe printer kit eliminates the four tedious tasks which you may have cribbed for.
Now no more altering, drilling, soldering or cutting. The printer does all the hard work and you can easily concentrate on your 3D printer building experience. DIY RepRap Prusa I3 V2 Black 3D Printer is enjoyable to tinker with as the model is focused on serving consumerism
I have been using this printer since one month and till now I have not come across any displeasing results. Though a few things are a little average, but on the whole these little cons are acceptable.
V2 a great piece of open source hardware is an asset for those who want to pursue their 3D printing hobby, teach or fulfil their commercial needs. From designing jewellery pieces to making small objects for home or office, it is a one stop solution for educators who would like to introduce 3D printing in their classrooms or those who wish to make interesting 3D objects for personal or professional use.
Modifying the printer as per your desired use is another attribute of V2. Get your hands on easily on several unique things and create pleasing stuff in multitude of shapes and patterns.
V2 printer has one small shortcoming. You need to assemble it. A little hard work is required here, but it is not bothering because the printer is designed so thoughtfully that if you follow the instructions and assemble, it won’t be annoying. Moreover, the experience of 3D printing at the end will be incredible. So, it’s worth the effort.
The impressive design of the printer is awe inspiring. The 8″x8″ heated build area is made of borosilicate glass. It is fully soldered with all the required wires. It features 2004 LCD w/ SD card reader, so you do not need to depend on a computer. With the help of a SD card you can easily print.
The Acrylic frame is lightweight and is prone to breaking or cracking while shipping. So, it’s a little flaw here, but there is nothing to panic about it. When you get the product, please check the product thoroughly. If the product is damaged you can ask for replacement.
Now you can ease into the world of 3D printing. The .04 nozzle is fitted on the 1.75mm direct feed extruder so you can get high print resolution. V2 offers a print resolution of 100 microns. There is a custom pool holder for dual purpose. It can be used as a desktop reel, but it can be hung too. You can hang it off the frame. The frame is made of plastic injected molded parts and the look is impressive.
The other thing is, extruder can print single colour objects, but the good news is you can upgrade. Slight modification and a tweak in firmware will work quite well. So, you won’t encounter any issue here too.
You can work on Mac and desktop both and it supports LINUX. As far as power supply is concerned, it works on a standard 110 V and the input voltage can be adjusted through the switch provided on the side of the kit.
You can call it the simplest 3D Printer in budget as it is reasonable. Something in $350 or so to pursue 3D printing as a hobby is a wise investment as you don’t have to spend a fortune. It is a perfect way to begin learning. It prints large and therefore a viable choice than any pre built 3D printer at this price.
As you will use the printer you will discover the features to be stronger and find more pros than cons. The construction is user friendly and there is quality spares and replacement from the USA. The satisfying thing is you get the required support and customer service of high quality. There are no two ways about it.
A little smart work is required with the cons and it can be dealt quite well. The small drawback is to assemble it on your own, though you will have the help and support, so it won’t be complicated at anytime. Then the frame is acrylic and there is no LCD display, but the SD slot is there to eliminate this hurdle as well. If required you can go for LCD kits.
Lastly, there is no auto levelling feature and doing it on your own is a learning experience which is very important to print flawless.
If you are looking for an easy and fun machine to use, V2 is surely going to be your favourite companion when it comes to 3D printing. The printer weighs 18 pounds, and the quality of print and performance won’t disappoint you anytime. The enormous capability of the printer will fill you with awe as it’s a safe buy in $350.