3D Printer - Prusa i3 DIY Kit £155.35 @ Gearbest
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3D Printer - Prusa i3 DIY Kit £155.35 @ Gearbest

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Found 23rd May 2016
Seems to be decent vfm. It's a kit, so needs self assembling, but loads of tutorials etc. Previous deal when it was £167 last month has some good info….

hotukdeals.com/dea…011

Engineered to provide redefined usability, quality, performance
● Made from piano-black laser-cut acrylic frame. To maintain the garage-built feel and the handmade charm
● It is unassembled DIY kit, provide you an unforgettable step-by-step learning experience of 3D printer from scratch.
● Multiple 3D printing filament supportable, support ABS / PLA / Wood / Nylon PVA / PP / Luminescent
● 220 x 220 x 240mm printing volume
● All metal pulleys for improved functionality and performance
● Quick-release feed gears for faster and fluent filament feeding
● High printing precision, stainless steel rail rods, gears, bearings and connectors for smoother movement
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you do get a lot for your money - although I don't like the way the wire runs are just hanging, I think without some more support they will snag, which is were I guess they have saved money!
You're far better off with a Wanhao Duplicator i3 than just about any other budget printer. It has a steel frame, thousands of users, very active Google and Facebook groups, hundreds of printable modifications on Thingiverse, outstanding 3rd party upgrades by Micro Swiss, and a user-made website which details setup, calibration and troubleshooting:

3dprinterwiki.info/wik…i3/
Edited by: "Nooky" 24th May 2016

you do get a lot for your money - although I don't like the way the wire … you do get a lot for your money - although I don't like the way the wire runs are just hanging, I think without some more support they will snag, which is were I guess they have saved money!



Don't forget the customs / VAT charges!!
Shipping to Ireland is coming in at $180
Tevo Tarantula much better
Available with free shipping on aliexpress.com

Available with free shipping on aliexpress.com



Just before xmas I bought one this exact printer from one of the top 2 selling Aliexpress resellers for about £150 shipped (plus the dreaded customs...). The kits are all made by a large company, "Hesine" and resold by lots of people on various sites.

For the money, it's all excellent. The kit is well made and thoughtfully designed, however the instructions either basic or non-existent - the manufacturer doesn't provide them so it's up to the reseller. I can post some links to the instructions I used later for the benefit of anybody on this thread buying one. It still needs somebody with some tinking/DIY ability and to treat like a hobby, it's very much not a plug-and-play system at all.

One other flaw was the FTDI serial port chip on the driver board is counterfeit and the latest windows updates will mean it won't function - you need to uninstall it and reinstall an older version.



Edited by: "Gareth79" 24th May 2016
Nice update! It's a very good price for a set of parts.

The all aluminium ones are down to 250 if you're looking for something with a bit more of a solid frame as the acrylic on this WILL crack. m.banggood.com/Gee…6RX
Step 1: Buy 3D Printer
Step 2: Use 3D Printer to print another printer.
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit
Time, or money? So much time will be spent on this kit... It's not plug & play. You'll spend at least a month calibrating it to get a decent print. Spend a bit more, get a better kit.

Step 1: Buy 3D PrinterStep 2: Use 3D Printer to print another … Step 1: Buy 3D PrinterStep 2: Use 3D Printer to print another printer.Step 3: ???Step 4: Profit



No one has ever said this before on a 3D printer deal thread, well done.

Time, or money? So much time will be spent on this kit... It's not plug & … Time, or money? So much time will be spent on this kit... It's not plug & play. You'll spend at least a month calibrating it to get a decent print. Spend a bit more, get a better kit.



Can you share any links for better kits?
I am no 3D printer expert, but I surely can't be the only one thinking a 3D printer that you have to construct sounds a bit iffy?
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I am no 3D printer expert, but I surely can't be the only one thinking a … I am no 3D printer expert, but I surely can't be the only one thinking a 3D printer that you have to construct sounds a bit iffy?


This one is tough to construct- also there some design faults, such as the live wire to the printer terminal has to be connected by you and is not sufficiently covered.

Can you share any links for better kits?



Smarttrapcore, smartfriendz.com/en/…tml. A great and very rigid framed 3D printer. has a large following, so lots of great advice out there. Solid extrusion frame is highly modular, easy to expand or add new features. It's fast. much faster than a Prusa i3. The parts are easy to source too, you could probably source most pieces yourself for cheaper if you're savvy.

The prusa in this deal is cheap for a reason, they are bombing in price as people are getting wise to these nasty chinese knock offs, this one in particular has a plastic frame which will flex as you print giving bad quality. Newer chinese printers are actually getting better with all metal frames or even solid extrusion frames with CNC style delrin wheels for motion. I suggest looking into these if the smarttrapcore is still out of your price range
Edited by: "OrigamiB" 24th May 2016

Smarttrapcore, … Smarttrapcore, http://smartfriendz.com/en/home/70-smartrapcore-alu-2597462281828.html. A great and very rigid framed 3D printer. has a large following, so lots of great advice out there. Solid extrusion frame is highly modular, easy to expand or add new features. It's fast. much faster than a Prusa i3. The parts are easy to source too, you could probably source most pieces yourself for cheaper if you're savvy. The prusa in this deal is cheap for a reason, they are bombing in price as people are getting wise to these nasty chinese knock offs, this one in particular has a plastic frame which will flex as you print giving bad quality. Newer chinese printers are actually getting better with all metal frames or even solid extrusion frames with CNC style delrin wheels for motion. I suggest looking into these if the smarttrapcore is still out of your price range


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Try this: http://smartfriendz.com/en/home/70-smartrapcore-alu-2597462281828.html

It's only a small site, I linked to the kit version of this but they have it prebuilt too

Tevo Tarantula much better



This comment would have been far more helpful/interesting/worthwhile if you explained why the Tevo Tarantula is better and where to buy it for a similar price.

I for example think a PS4 is better, but I would advise holding out for the release of PS4.5 (aka PS4K).
Edited by: "cheesemint" 24th May 2016

Try this: … Try this: http://smartfriendz.com/en/home/70-smartrapcore-alu-2597462281828.htmlIt's only a small site, I linked to the kit version of this but they have it prebuilt too


Corexy is pretty meh. I don't think you can moan this i3 kit is plastic and difficult for a beginner and then point to a corexy kit with plastic printed parts and a bowden extruder (which are a royal PITA and have trouble printing flexibles).
And prusa i3 are like the most popular reprap, so you can't exactly call large following.

Some of these china kits are poo but this one is actually OK and capable of making decent prints. It WILL require learning. But so will ANY 3D printer.
I think you're over playing the frame flex issue.

If you want speed and quality get an Ultimaker or lulzbot or e3d bigbox. If you want cheap and quality get a Printrbot. If you want to DIY and cheap this is the way to go.

(FYI I have a mendlemax which is made from printed parts and extrusion)

This comment would have been far more helpful/interesting/worthwhile if … This comment would have been far more helpful/interesting/worthwhile if you explained why the Tevo Tarantula is better and where to buy it for a similar price.I for example think a PS4 is better, but I would advise holding out for the release of PS4.5 (aka PS4K).



Metal frame, low cost, decent community -

Facebook group -

facebook.com/gro…rs/

AliExpress seller -

random link.

TopCashback also offer 5.25% on AliExpress purchases.
can you make a gun with it

can you make a gun with it



I believe a religious nutjob might try ...and fail.

can you make a gun with it


A Rubber Band Gun - Click Click
if you want a commodity device like a toaster that you just take it the box and plug in do not get a printer like this, however if you enjoy learning how things work and like construction kits these are fantastic. the i3 is one of the most popular printers around, designed specifically to be made from bits you can get from a hardware store or print yourself. if it flexes print some 45 degree to mounts and grab some threaded rod from b&q. half the "fun" is setting these up. if you don't think that's fun then avoid.
What is the point of these 3D printers for home use? Are there any useful or cost effective applications you can print out?
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What is the point of these 3D printers for home use? Are there any useful … What is the point of these 3D printers for home use? Are there any useful or cost effective applications you can print out?


Have you not seen some of the amazing, useful and unbelievable things people have created at home on these printers? Me neither.
Just wanted to know what CAD software packages everyone uses to create their items with before they print them off? ie Solidworks? Blender?

Just wanted to know what CAD software packages everyone uses to create … Just wanted to know what CAD software packages everyone uses to create their items with before they print them off? ie Solidworks? Blender?


If you don't know CAD at all I found TinkerCAD quite good. Its browser based and you just join basic shapes together.

OPENSCAD where you define shapes using programming language is quite popular.

Otherwise it'll just be what the individual is used to.

What is the point of these 3D printers for home use? Are there any useful … What is the point of these 3D printers for home use? Are there any useful or cost effective applications you can print out?



Despite various news articles, 3D printing is (IMO) still very much for hobbyists/tinkerers, engineers and artists. The cheaper models require a lot of learning and customisation, and the "turnkey" ones that don't need much knowledge are too expensive for household/novelty use.

Edited by: "Gareth79" 25th May 2016

You're far better off with a Wanhao Duplicator i3 than just about any … You're far better off with a Wanhao Duplicator i3 than just about any other budget printer. It has a steel frame, thousands of users, very active Google and Facebook groups, hundreds of printable modifications on Thingiverse, outstanding 3rd party upgrades by Micro Swiss, and a user-made website which details setup, calibration and troubleshooting:http://3dprinterwiki.info/wiki/wanhao-duplicator-i3/


Is it worth the £300 though? Is this one - amazon.co.uk/Com…+V2

Is it worth the £300 though? Is this one - … Is it worth the £300 though? Is this one - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Computers-Wanhao-i3-V2-printer-Technologyoutlet/dp/B01CGB8LA6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1464177314&sr=8-2&keywords=Wanhao+Duplicator+i3+V2



If you want a 3D printer and can only spend £300, it's absolutely worth it.

You're far better off with a Wanhao Duplicator i3 than just about any … You're far better off with a Wanhao Duplicator i3 than just about any other budget printer. It has a steel frame, thousands of users, very active Google and Facebook groups, hundreds of printable modifications on Thingiverse, outstanding 3rd party upgrades by Micro Swiss, and a user-made website which details setup, calibration and troubleshooting:http://3dprinterwiki.info/wiki/wanhao-duplicator-i3/



I'll second that. I'll have one, it's amazeballs. I previously had a Makerbot Replicator 2 which cost me almost ten times as much and this knocks the socks off it. It's all about the mods and the active FB and forum users
I have to say, this has been a particularly helpful set of comments (not being sarcastic). I wish more deal threads were like this :).
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