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Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit

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  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit
  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit
  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit
  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit
  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit
  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit
  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit: Auto bed leveling
  • Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit: Cooling fan & Auto bed leveling
$522.52 (inc 14% VAT) $458.35 (exc 14% VAT)
Weight:
8.00 KGS
Current Stock:
5

 Product Description

Currently in stock!  Ships out in 1 business day!

This kit now includes pre-soldered wiring, a variable speed cooling fan and auto bed leveling!!!

The perfect kit to get you started with 3D Printing!  High quality, cost effective 3D Printing!  If you want to print you 5 year old daughter her favorite doll or your latest design at the office then this kit is for you.

This kit is based on the popular Prusa i3 RepRap 3D printer design.  Improvements were made to the design by our mechanical engineer to make assembly easier and increase accuracy.  This kit includes everything you need to start printing except the 12V power supply and the plastic filament.  The LCD screen shown in the pictures are not included in the kit, but the mounting hardware to mount the LCD screen is included in every kit, should you want to upgrade at a later stage.  

The lead screw upgrade is an optional upgrade.  It will not increase the accuracy of your prints, but it will make your printer more sturdy, more reliable and last longer.  For more information about this upgrade, please click here.

The dual extruder kit allows you to print 2 different colours in one model or 2 different materials in one model.  This open a whole new world of possibilities!  For more information about this upgrade, please click here.

Requirements:

  • Basic technical knowledge and patience.
  • Basic tools to assemble the kit: Screw drivers, allen keys, spanners, sharp nose pliers, side cutter.  All the wiring are done for you, you can just plug and play!
  • Power supply capable of delivering a minimum of 12V, 18A DC current.  You can add a switch mode power supply to your order or buy a PC powers supply from a computer store.
  • The 12V Power Supply Kit includes a 12V, 18A Switch Mode Power Supply to run the printer as well as the mouning hardware, cables and connectors to power your 3D Printer.
  • PC or Mac to control the printer.
  • CAD software, if you want to design your own components to print.

Specifications:

  • Build volume: 200 x 200 x 240mm (width x depth x height)
  • Printer size: 400 x 400 x 500mm (width x depth x height)
  • Printer mass: 4.25kg
  • Printing materials: ABS, PLA, Taulman Filaments, Flexible filament, HIPS, Wood filament, PVA and PC
  • Filament diameter: 1.75mm
  • All the wires are pre-soldered and made up with connectors to the correct length
  • Heated bed: Yes
  • Printing surface: Glass bed
  • Auto bed leveling: Yes, included in standard kit
  • Frame construction: Laser cut Perspex
  • Linear guides: Chromed linear rods with linear bearings
  • X & Y axis positioning: GT2 belt driven
  • Z axis positioning: Precision stainless steel threaded rod with nut (Lead screw upgrade available)
  • Stepper motors: NEMA 17, 1.8 & 0.9 Deg/Step
  • Number of extruders: 1 (Can easily be upgraded to 2 extruders.  Dual extruder upgrade available soon!)
  • Extruder: Direct drive Minimalist Extruder
  • Hot end: E3D metal hot end with 0.4mm nozzle
  • Cooling fan: Yes, a variable speed cooling fan is included in the standard kit
  • Layer height: 0.1 - 0.3mm
  • Positioning accuracy: 10 micron
  • Final part accuracy: 0.1 - 1mm (geometry and material dependent)
  • Controller: Arduino MEGA 2560 with RAMPS 1.4 shield and A4988 stepper drivers
  • Input file type: STL 
  • Controlling software: Repetier-Host, can also be used controlled with Cura, Simplify3D or similar software
  • Slicing software: Cura, Slic3r or Simplify3D (Settings provided for all these software)
  • Firmware: Marlin (Preloaded onto electronics)
  • Power requirement: 12V, 18A DC (Maximum)
  • Printing cost: R0.30 per CC of material & 100W (Average)  of electricity
  • Assembly instructions: Videos on YouTube

 

 All the assembly instructions and videos are loaded onto a Mega Upload folder and can be found at this link

 

FAQ

What is the function of the heated bed?

The heated bed heats up the building platform.  It helps the plastic to stick to the building surface and reduces warping during printing.

Is the LCD screen required for operation?

No, the LCD screen is not required for operation.  It shows information during printing like the temperatures and how far the print has progressed.  The only functionality it adds is to print from a SD card, which allows for off-line printing.  This is very useful when you have a laptop which does not stay next to your printer or you want to run multiple printers from 1 PC.

How long does it take to build this printer kit and how difficult is it?

It takes on average 1 day to build the printer, so it can easily be done over a weekend.  It is easy to assemble this kit, because the videos provided will show you step by step how to build your printer.  The videos will instruct you from the point where the box is opened till where you do your very first print.

Do I need to buy the software to control the printer separately?

No, the software used to control the printer is free open source software (Repetier-Host) and are downloaded from the internet.

Does the printer software work on other operating systems than Windows?

Yes, the software controlling the printer (Repetier-Host) works on Windows, Mac and Linux.  You must just download the version for your operating system.

How much can I print from 1 spool of filament?

This is always a very difficult question, because it totally depends on the size of the model being printed and the way it is printed.  But to provide a guideline: A typical cell phone cover will take about 12cm^3 of material, so you will be able to print 60 cell phone covers from a 1kg spool of filament and will take 2 hours to print one cover (depending on your settings).

What does the 12V Power Supply Kit include?

The 12V Power Supply Kit includes a 12V, 18A Switch Mode Power Supply capable of powering your 3D Printer as well as the mounting hardware, cables and connectors required for assembly.

Can I upgrade my printer at a later stage?

Yes, the printer is designed in a modular way with future upgrades in mind.  All the upgrades we release on the printer are compatible with all the printers we have sold in the past, so there is not a chance you will be left behind with old technology.

 

 

 Product Videos

Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit Trailer
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly-Video 01 Version 2 - Preparation
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 02 Version 2 - Y Carriage Part 1
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 03 Version 2 - Y Carriage Part 2
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly: Video 4 - X Carriage
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 05 Version 2 - Z Carriage Part 1
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 06 Version 2 - Z Carriage Part 2
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 07 Version 2 - Frame Part 1
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 08 Version 2 - Frame Part 2
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly: Video 9 - Frame - Part 3
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 10 Version 2 - Electronics
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 10.1 - Power Supply
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 10.2 - Cooling Fan Assembly
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 10.3 - Auto Bed Leveling: Setup
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 10.4 - Auto Bed Leveling: Setup
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 10.5 - Auto Bed Leveling: Calibration
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 11 Version 2 - Startup Part 1
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 12 Version 2 - Startup Part 2
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly: Video 13 - Startup - Part 3
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  • Prusa i3 Kit Assembly - Video 14 Version 2 - Startup Part 4
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  • Minimalist Extruder Kit: Assembly Instructions
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  1. Amazing value for money

    Posted by Shaun le Grange on 8th Aug 2016

    The quality of the machine and prints are absolutely amazing for the price. I would recommend this to anyone....anytime.

    The after sale service is outstanding, the team at the 3d printing store was very helpful and supportive throughout the entire build, through to my first print.


  2. Great product and service

    Posted by Aiden on 18th Jul 2016

    This is a great printer for beginners. The kit came complete with no pieces missing and wasn't too difficult to assemble, you just have to be willing to learn. The videos were great and very detailed. The package arrived quickly and support from Paul was outstanding. All on all this was a great purchase and made me one happy customer.


  3. Local is lekker especially if excellent service, support and availability of spare parts are available.

    Posted by Johan on 2nd Jun 2016

    I would advice people to take all the upgrade options as I do see the value of this after a few days printing - unfortunately I did not take it from the start.

    The videos were excellent and the only remark concerning them is at times the warning to not over tighten or to make sure you use the right length of screw comes a bit too late in the videos. I recommend that an introduction video concerning the things to be aware of during assembly should be incorporated as the first video to watch.

    It would also be nice if a manual can be written that capture the video material in narrative for as reference and follow up as I found it necessary to re watch portions of video when something was unclear to me.

    Otherwise congratulations to Paul and his team for the learning curve and excellence rendered during the whole process of building.


  4. Comparison

    Posted by Unknown on 8th May 2016

    I had three printers. Today I have one on my desk. This is it. Make your own assumptions.


  5. PRUSA I3 3D PRINTER KIT

    Posted by John on 28th Apr 2016

    Having shopped around and sourcing some pricing options for the Prusa i3 in South Africa it came down to parts availability, after sales support and pricing. (being new to this 3D world)
    After meeting Paul and his team I knew that they ticked all the boxes for me. They do carry spares if required and the after sales support is amazing.

    The built went as expected and the videos are detailed enough to move forward at a steady pace. Managed to setup the Prusa in 2 days - taking my time ..... :-) . Would advice people to take all the upgrade options as I do see the value of this after a few days printing and glad I did take it from the start.

    Thank you Paul and team.

    Regards
    John


  6. Great Product and Service

    Posted by Thys on 5th Feb 2016

    I found it easy to assemble, The instructional videos are great.

    The product is solid and really good quality. I'm really glad I went with this unit and not some other factory made unit. I now understand the inner workings and I if something needs adjusting I know where to start looking.

    The Mac interface is not as easy to use as the Pc interface and the learning curve is steep. Luckily the internet has all the info you need to understand the basics about printing.

    I suggest you read up on basic machine settings and model prepping. If your machine is finely tuned and adjusted your print quality will be great.

    I do recommend upgrading the threaded rods on the Z axis. They work and offer a cost effective solution but I found them troublesome.
    (This might very well be a user/machine specific problem)

    Like most things in live you get out what you are willing to put in to it.

    Great product.


  7. Excellent printer, even better setup

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Feb 2016

    There are many 3D printer kits on the market, but for this price you get something I couldn't find elsewhere - the best instructional videos and information you can find.

    You follow the videos and you have a working system in relatively short time. They're easy to understand and the kit builds solidly when you follow instructions.

    As for how it works, I'm getting good prints after tweaking and of course there's a lot to learn with using any 3D printer. So if you're starting out, this machine is excellent value for money.


  8. Great!!

    Posted by Rikus on 27th Jan 2016

    New to 3D printing , awesome to say I built the printer myself and also learned a few things along the way. It is a process to get there but the end result is great!!


  9. Prusa i3 product 5 Starts

    Posted by Neill Payne on 25th Jan 2016

    It is a really well put together product with good "How to" videos. The structure and overall parts of the product fit very well and makes a well built useful product.


  10. Awesome Printer

    Posted by Charl on 10th Dec 2015

    This printer is definitely worth the price you pay for it. Honestly I wasn't expecting much from a printer that costs so little but I am very happy with my purchase.

    Paul gives great customer service and I believe that is what makes his printers even more awesome.

    If you are looking to buy a printer and learn from it then you won't go wrong with 3D Printing Store.

    Thanks for all the help Paul.


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