Amazon Review by ovidio Peduri
14 people found the following review helpful
Worth the buy!
I've had this printer for several months now and it runs like a champ. I haven't calibrated the head or board in months now and it still prints well. I've used PLA, Wood, and elastic filament and have had no issues and no clogs.
Overall I love the printer.
It’s not quite a 5 in my book because early on a had an issue with the barrel power connector on the board. But I fixed that myself.
I’ve had this printer for a couple weeks now and here is my experience thus far.
Overall, I think this printer is great. It’s great for the price! I am quite amazed at the quality and speed of the printer for the price that you pay. I couldn’t recommend this printer any more for an entry level printer.
Everything came neatly packaged and all the various nuts and bolts and odd pieces were well labeled.
Assembly was mostly straight forward. They include links to videos to set up, but I found it easier to just follow the included (detailed) pdf document. The pdf is like 95% good and like 5% frustrating. WARNING: THIS TAKES A LONG TIME TO ASSEMBLE! I personally spent about 8-10 hours setting it up, and a few more getting things just right. Note: I bought this printer knowing that it would take time invested in order to set up. That comes with the price, but I specifically chose a kit vs pre-assembled printer because I’m fairly new to 3d printing and wanted to get as much knowledge about the pieces of a printer so that I’d be able to fix/adjust/upgrade it in the future. I do not regret this decision because I learned a lot through the build process.
I do have a few complaints on assembly. There a few little details that could be more clear, and some that were missing that I unfortunately found out the hard way (more on that later).
Calibration is definitely a pain. Leveling is not always good, even with the self leveling. I found that narrow prints turn out better. I calibrated using a caliper to measure the distance of the bed to the base. I also did the same with the screws for the limit switches, and a few other components. Once it’s leveled enough, the printer prints fine.
I will be attaching some images, but I found the print quality is great (for the price). I’m amazed at how quickly it prints and how accurately it prints. NOTE: I am printing with PLA, so that helps with the quality.
A few missing details in the instructions:
~In order to make the LCD visible, you need to adjust a screw on the back of the lcd that adjusts contrast
~MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE THE CORRECT INPUT VOLTAGE ON YOUR POWER SUPPLY (SWITCH ON THE SIDE). The instructions did not mention this and I did not notice the switch, so I eventually killed my power supply because it was on the wrong input voltage (I had it on 220v but I use 115v). I ended up buying a PSU and converting it to a power supply.
Some cheap parts:
I had issues with the DC power barrel socket on the board. It was loose and so the power would continuously cut out and ruin my print. I fixed this removing the connector and soldering wires directly to the positive and negative pads on the board. No more problems now!
No filament holder:
I ended up rigging something together to hold my filament, but it did not come with anything which is a bit of a downer… but not a deal breaker.