I’ve seen the simple grow through the hands of its many owners since its conception last year. Everyday owners are making it truly theirs with mods and other transformations. After seeing a recent steampunk build, I decided to dedicate a post to the many faces of the Printrbot Simple. No matter if it’s axis extension mods or complete transformations; these truly are unique machines that show a bit of the owners ambition and personality. Without a doubt, some of these could be called, “works of art. ”
As you can see the Printrbot Simple has been found in just about every configuration possible. Making your printer match your personality is important and we believe it is a lot of fun to do. Hundreds if not thousands of simples are owned all around the world and finding a completely stock one is getting harder and harder to find but, that’s a good thing. Modded printers mean that the people building them understand the basic functions of their printers as well as what they want out of that printer. I’ve found mods to be a more personal thing to not only display your personality but, to display your understanding of the technology involved. I will continue to update this post as more variations and mods of the simple platform are made.
Updates: We managed to find many more interesting Printrbot Simples that stray from the stock design.
Here’s all the updated modded out Simples: There are some rather interesting and colorful ones.
••••If you have a printrbot simple that has some unique mods, feel free to email us at RepRapSquad@techie.com or post a comment and we will add it to the post•••••
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We never really thought far enough ahead when building the Simple XL, to think that others would want to transform their Simple into an XL version. After getting quite a few emails asking how we did it, I decided to start to put together some information on how it was done. Typically for things like this I would finish the entire post before putting it out there on the web but, I have had an many people want whatever information we have to offer on the XL. So this will be a work in progress.
Parts required for the transformation from Simple to XL:
• 8mm rods – Depending on the overall size you want to end up with will deturmine the length. (We were able to re-use some rods from the stock Simple.)
• 5/16ths threaded rod or ACME rod – Either one will work but, you will need at least 14″ of it. (Consider some of that will be used up by how it’s mounted)
• All the wood pieces for the XL – We used 5.2mm solid birch wood. You could potentially use almost any material between 5-6mm thick. These can be scaled up from the stock Simple files to a size of your liking. (Remember some pieces will have to be adapted to fit correctly.)
• Some Acrylic or Lexan – This is not a requirement but, Lexan works great as a print surface for PLA and is used to mount the Printrboard to.
• Spectra line – We were able to re-use the Spectra line from our original Simple. We are also working on a version that will use GT2 belts and pulleys. (Depending on how you cut the line for your original deturmines if you will need to get more or not.)
• Misc Cable Wrap – We used several different kinds on the Simple XL but, ultimately it is up to you on what kind of cable wrap is used.
• Fan For Extruder & Prints – This also comes down to preference. We used one to cool the extruder gears and filament before it enters the hotend as well as another for cooling prints.
• Large Zip Ties – We used standard 8″ ones and also considered using metal strap zip ties but, we eventually deturmined that metal ones would be overkill and were not required.
• Misc Nuts & Bolts – Some of the ones from the stock Simple we were able to re-use but, a large portion of new ones are needed for primarily the main structure.
• Washers – We used several different sizes and assortment packs of washers are easy to find. (In many locations on the printer washers are not required but, we used them on the main structure as we found that they help to distribute the load more evenly.)
• Wiring – More wiring will more than likely be needed especially if you decide to run your wiring along the bridge as we did. (Running the wiring along the bridge is recommended because it puts less strain on your wiring making last longer. This method also keeps all required wiring nice and neat for easier troubleshooting.)
• Stand-Offs – 4 were required for mounting our Printrboard and can be made instead of purchased.
• Aluminum tubing – This piece is used to help stabilize the smooth rods on the X-axis and is not required. (You can use plastic tubing or several other types and shapes.)
So far that’s all that’s needed for the upgrade from the Simple to the XL and a lot of what’s listed is optional. The most difficult part of the build was figuring out what parts needed to be scaled up and what needed to stay the same. Primarily the parts that need to stay the same are the holes for mounting your motors and things of that nature. If we can be of any help or you are interested in stepping up your Simple’s size to something a little more extra large, feel free to post a comment or get a hold of us via email or twitter. We will continue to update this, “Making of The Simple XL” as we go.
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The anticipated Printrbot Simple Beta has had a few changes as of today. This new picture was posted on Printrbots Twitter account today showing off a direct drive bowden setup which will be their first. They are running a 1.75mm hotend with a laser cut wood extruder. Another add on they changed was the addition of a Acme rod for the Z axis which has never been done before by PB. The Simple looks like it will have a 100mm squared print volume in the final version along with the add ons I’ve mentioned. Another change over the Beta release is a lot stronger base and a few movements of parts to reduce wobble and any drooping problems that they have had with beta release.
It sounds like Printrbot may offer for an additional fee some upgrade packages. As it is the Printrbot Simple steps into the boxing ring at a very affordable price that can only be had by a company buying a lot of parts in bulk. Otherwise they would be lucky to break even at the low price of the PB Simple. Check back for more updates as they come out on the Printrbot Simple.