The New, “All Metal Printrbot Simple”
Posted by RepRap Squad
The Simple has been one of Printrbot’s best sellers since hitting the market last year. They decided to make the Simple platform all that it can be by making it all steel and aluminum. Some of the major changes include 12mm rods all around as well as a much lower part count. They have also done what we thought that they would do – GT2 belts and aluminum pulleys. I must say that the belt and pulley combination was conceived through the hard work from all of the members at printrbottalk.com. It has been a popular mod that even us at RepRap Squad explored when we released our Simple XL before all of the print space extensions for the simple platform arose.
The new all metal Simple a
Will also boast a 6x6x6 print space that is sure to be extended by modders everywhere as we know that the z axis height. We’ve received the technical specs that we will share with you here.
Technical Specifications: Printrbot Simple (final production version)
Release Date: 2014
Build Volume: 6″ x 6″ x 6″ (150mm x 150mm x 150mm)
Print Resolution: 100 Microns
Filament: 1.75 PLA
Hot End: 1.75 Ubis Hot End with 0.4mm Nozzle
Construction: Steel and Aluminum Body
Finish: Powder Coated
Print Bed: Semi-Auto Leveling via Software
Weight: 8 pounds
A few other changes that we noticed was the switch to the use of an aluminum coupler as well as a more organized wiring setup. No news yet on price or if this bot will be offered as a kit. One thing we can guess is that this is Printrbot’s way of moving some of their lineup towards a more plug and play unit. Personally I think that this new unit will attract more new users because of its more polished look. The question is, will it be accepted by the maker/tinkerer community that is used to being able to mod their machines to fit their own personal uses?
No matter what your stance may be or how you look at this new bot, their is one thing that I’m sure we can all agree with and that is that this is one great looking machine. The release of this build leaves me with a few questions: Is this what we can expect with the rest of Printrbot’s line up? Does this mean that all their bots are going to be plug and play? Only time will tell wether or not Printrbot’s line up will change in this direction and part of that decision will more than likely come from how this new all metal Simple is received from the community as well as the new user.
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