Velleman K8200 3D Printer reduced to £499.99 at Maplins
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Velleman K8200 3D Printer reduced to £499.99 at Maplins

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Found 8th Mar 2014
I just noticed that Maplins have the Velleman K8200 3D Printer delivered for under 500 quid. I'm quite tempted.

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Velleman K8200 3D Printer Kit

What’s The Velleman K8200 3D Printer?

It’s a build it yourself 3D printer kit that allows you turn your ideas and designs into real stuff you can hold, like toys, product prototypes, and replacement parts. There are full step-by-step instructions available online to take you through the build process which will take several hours depending on your level of competency. All the tools required to complete the build are available from Maplin if you don't have them already. Our technical support team who have built a K8200 3D Printer themselves are available over phone to ensure you can get up and running.

How Does it Work?

The printer layers up the plastic to form a solid object. It melts plastic filament, then draws with it in a very fine layer. It then builds another layer of plastic on top, then another, and another, building your design in levels from the bottom up until you have a plastic object ready to hold and use.

How Long Does It Take To Print?

This of course depends on how large and complex your idea is. To give you a baseline, to print a smartphone case would take about 30 minutes.

What Can I Make?

The only limit to what you can create is the size of the K8200 print area which is 20x20x20cm. That’s the beauty of the printer, if you can imagine it and build a 3D design (with free software) you can print it! You can make prototype products, components to hack adapt your home, toys, handles, phone cases, chess pieces, models and almost anything you can imagine.

All prints start out as a 3D computer design and are then printed out by the K8200, just download the Repetier software to get started creating the CAD (computer aided design) drawings that you can then print straight out. Alternatively there is a vibrant online community of 3D Printer owners that are uploading and sharing designs for use on your 3D Printer at home.

What Colours Can I Use?

The Velleman K8200 must be used with Velleman cartridges of either PLA or ABS 3mm filament that come in 1KG reels in the following colours:

• Black PLA & ABS available
• White PLA & ABS available
• Green PLA
• Orange PLA
• Pink PLA
• Red PLA
• Blue PLA
• Yellow PLA

You can use one colour at a time while printing. If you want your creation to be multicoloured, you can print it in separate pieces and attach them together later. You can’t swap the cartridge in the middle of a print. The printer comes with 5m of Black PLA for testing but we recommend that all customers purchase at least one 1KG reel so that you have enough PLA to print the casing parts as soon as you get up and running.

The printer requires a computer (MAC, WIN or LINUX) and an internet connection to access the online manual and building instructions.

Tools Required for Assembly

• Combination Snap Ring Pliers
• Allen Keys 1.5-6mm
• 30W Soldering Iron - Mains Powered
• Lead-Free Solder
• 2-Piece Screwdriver Set
• Snip Cutter
• Domestic Multimeter
• Electronic Digital Caliper
• 5 Metre Tape Measure
• ESD Long Nose Pliers
• 10-Piece Stubby Combination Spanner Set
• 5-Piece Engineers File Set
• AA Tweezers
• Isopropyl Alcohol
• Cloverleaf Mains Lead

Nominal mechanical resolution:

• X and Y: 0.015 mm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the X and Y direction)
• Z: 0.781 µm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the Z direction)

Nominal printing resolution:

• Wall thickness (X,Y): 0.5 mm
• Layer thickness (Z) : 0.20 – 0.25 mm

Software:

Repetier version 0.84 and up
repetier.com/

34 Comments

so cool!

I've heard that it can cost up to £300 to print a 3D block about 10cm x 10cm on one of these. Ill wait until its a bit cheaper.

Dont know where you got that cost from.

You print using ABS or PLA. a block 10 x 10 x 10 has a volume of 1000 CC.

If you printed it solidly ( normally there is a web inside to reduce weight not strength ) it would have a weight of between 1.2 to 1.4 KG

PLA is sold by the kilo at about £30 a kilo so the most it would cost you would be about £45

For the sort of funthings that you can print easily have a look at thingiverse

I'm getting one in May when my bonus comes through, although it wont be this model it will be a slightly more expensive one.


Cool. Bought one.
First thing I'll print? A 3D printer...
Edited by: "BigAde" 8th Mar 2014

DannyJ1999

I've heard that it can cost up to £300 to print a 3D block about 10cm x … I've heard that it can cost up to £300 to print a 3D block about 10cm x 10cm on one of these. Ill wait until its a bit cheaper.



Nonsense

BigAde

Cool. Bought one.First thing I'll print? A 3D printer...


Repraps have been doing this for years now.

DannyJ1999

I've heard that it can cost up to £300 to print a 3D block about 10cm x … I've heard that it can cost up to £300 to print a 3D block about 10cm x 10cm on one of these. Ill wait until its a bit cheaper.



That £300 is more likely related to the resin type printers from Z-Corp & Stratasys that cost about £20k for the base model.

Be aware that the Velleman printer (like all those in this price bracket) is a KIT, and will require assembly & calibration.

Edited by: "wonkothesane" 9th Mar 2014

This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the following.....

http://www.seron.com/assets/images/whistle-purple-m.jpg

The metal ring was purchased separate

TBBT

crazymonkey

This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the … This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the following.....The metal ring was purchased separate :)TBBT


I can't figure out if you are being sarcastic or are genuinely impressed. Please divulge.....

rich139luck

I can't figure out if you are being sarcastic or are genuinely impressed. … I can't figure out if you are being sarcastic or are genuinely impressed. Please divulge.....



Actually I can't figure out if you are being serious about him being genuinely impressed or being sarcastic..please divulge

I wonder if one day, perhaps in 10 or 20 years, instead of vending machines in pub toilets, there will be screens where patrons can simply select the touchscreen options to choose and create their own condom as well as many other things.
"You have selected Trojan, ribbed, fruity, Medium etc"
"Press 1 to confirm..." etc

I suppose the touch screen may raise some hygiene questions though but you get the idea. I think this technology is something our children will think of as common place and significant in their lives. Obviously not the condom machines necessarily but this new age.

davidbrent

I wonder if one day, perhaps in 10 or 20 years, instead of vending … I wonder if one day, perhaps in 10 or 20 years, instead of vending machines in pub toilets, there will be screens where patrons can simply select the touchscreen options to choose and create their own condom as well as many other things."You have selected Trojan, ribbed, fruity, Medium etc""Press 1 to confirm..." etcI suppose the touch screen may raise some hygiene questions though but you get the idea. I think this technology is something our children will think of as common place and significant in their lives. Obviously not the condom machines necessarily but this new age.



Now there's a thought ... it would be quite interesting in the future to look back at 10-year-old posts on HUKD and remarking on how much we used to pay for basic technology in 2014 ...

Spend £30 to make a plastic toy you can buy from the £1 shop for 10p. Sounds (!good)

Don't know anything about these but searching google for 3D Printers brings up loads or sale, including this one at £478
studica.com/uk/…AsQ

crazymonkey

This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the … This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the following.....The metal ring was purchased separate :)TBBT


That's not 3d printed. At least not by this class of printers. That would take perhaps 30 minutes tops to print in good quality. But you can just leave it and get on with your day and come back later.

Gort1951

Spend £30 to make a plastic toy you can buy from the £1 shop for 10p. S … Spend £30 to make a plastic toy you can buy from the £1 shop for 10p. Sounds (!good)

The point of 3D Printing is you can make anything you can design. I make things which otherwise would require hours or days of wood and/or metalwork, instead I just press print, make sure it starts okay, walk away and come back when it's done. Perhaps checking on it every nown again.

Making loads of the same thing will most likely always be cheaper with injection moulding. Making unique individual pieces in small quantities is where 3d printing stands out. It depends how you value your time, but even at minimum wage mines paid for itself in time saved on making. Not to mention the machine is amazing to have, absolutely mesmerising to watch and has the same sort of buzz around it as I've heard was around when the first home PC kits were coming out.

BTW while this is a good price for this model, self sourcing a prusa i3 would probably be cheaper and a better printer. learning how to put the machine together and what all the bits are for will give you a fighting chance to fix it when it goes wrong. If you want one that comes ready built and needs less tinkering you're looking at the 2k price range.
Edited by: "jacksonliam" 9th Mar 2014


'This of course depends on how large and complex your idea is. To give you a baseline, to print a smartphone case would take about 30 minutes.;

Or just go on Amazon and get one for a 5£ it will arrive faster than your print out

http://images.gizmag.com/hero/continuum-strvct-3d-printed-shoes.jpg

http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/gallery/3d-printed-plane/010.jpg

Not on this machine of course

get a really fancy one and print yourself a bicycle:
youtube.com/wat…BvY

3d printers won't win any cost effectiveness contests yet (unless you ignore the inital cost!) but as an example of convenience:

My camera tripod has one quick release fitting that fixes to the bottom of my camera - but I have 2 cameras
extra ones cost £15, so I measured it and printed another inside half an hour.

Then while I was at it, modified the model, so I now have an iphone mount and a samsung note2 mount as well.
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:256315


Edited by: "mikerr" 9th Mar 2014

I'm gonna print a 3D printer with mine!!

crazymonkey

This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the … This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the following.....The metal ring was purchased separate :)TBBT



Ah, so this is how the elves make the Christmas cracker prizes.

Might be cheaper to try to find some crackers on fleabay.

Wouldn't it be worth the extra 300 quid to get a Makerbot?

I got pregnant from a 3d printer condom- buyer beware

crazymonkey

This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the … This thing is amazing! After 14 hours and 20 hours of printing I made the following.....The metal ring was purchased separate :)TBBT



Don't think so - you would need invest more like £20,000 in better 3d printer to print objects of this quality :-)

That could have been ABS smoothed in an acetone bath...

hwangeruk

Wouldn't it be worth the extra 300 quid to get a Makerbot?

probably not, makerbot are generally thought of as bad/evil as they took a load of ideas from the open source community and made a closed source printer. They don't seem to care about their customers or the community. Ultimaker could be a shout though, generally thought of the best quality printer in the hobbiest market. Printerbot are also well recommend.
mikerr

That could have been ABS smoothed in an acetone bath...


You couldn't easily make a whistle of that geometry with FDM, you'd need removable support and then you'd be never get it smooth! Plus you can see the injection mould lines in the picture!
Edited by: "jacksonliam" 10th Mar 2014

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H4g9bnzSjjE/USwrUM7vNrI/AAAAAAAAEMU/Y50uDvJsReg/s280/2013-02-25+22.13.32.jpg

3D printed Vladimir Putin Butt Plug. No, not mine.

http://i.imgur.com/g6qR2Jg.jpg

davidbrent

I wonder if one day, perhaps in 10 or 20 years, instead of vending … I wonder if one day, perhaps in 10 or 20 years, instead of vending machines in pub toilets, there will be screens where patrons can simply select the touchscreen options to choose and create their own condom as well as many other things."You have selected Trojan, ribbed, fruity, Medium etc""Press 1 to confirm..." etcI suppose the touch screen may raise some hygiene questions though but you get the idea. I think this technology is something our children will think of as common place and significant in their lives. Obviously not the condom machines necessarily but this new age.



I suspect that vending machines will lose their displays and we'll order via our phones having connected via bluetooth or wi-fi possible using NFC for the pairing/handshaking.

Is acetone/vapour bathing a process which can be achieved at home without high risk/expense/special licenses for purchase of chemicals?
Serious question BTW, not trolling for jokes about Lush bath products.

Overdrawn

Is acetone/vapour bathing a process which can be achieved at home without … Is acetone/vapour bathing a process which can be achieved at home without high risk/expense/special licenses for purchase of chemicals?Serious question BTW, not trolling for jokes about Lush bath products.



Yes, just a jamjar or similar and nail polish remover:

youtube.com/wat…I7o

davidbrent

I wonder if one day, perhaps in 10 or 20 years, instead of vending … I wonder if one day, perhaps in 10 or 20 years, instead of vending machines in pub toilets, there will be screens where patrons can simply select the touchscreen options to choose and create their own condom as well as many other things."You have selected Trojan, ribbed, fruity, Medium etc""Press 1 to confirm..." etcI suppose the touch screen may raise some hygiene questions though but you get the idea. I think this technology is something our children will think of as common place and significant in their lives. Obviously not the condom machines necessarily but this new age.




Why bother with printing condoms?

1. Blonde

2. Brunette

3. Insert dimensions

48 x 24 x 36

Although obviously the price per kilo will need to fall.

It's now only 399.99 guys
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