I must say that I am very fond of my first 3D printer purchase. For $160 and a bit of self-assembly this machine has been very worthwhile. In addition, for my senior project at WPI, it has been indispensable. Recently I printed off the largest and longest print for said project. It was estimated to take 20 hours, but ended up taking 30. Check out a picture of the print starting and nearly-finished product below.
As for problems with the printer, I have had a few. Namely,
- Belt tensioning
- Burnt (to destruction) hotbed connector
- Under-powered power supply
- Leveling the print bed
- Inconsistent filament extrusion (between different colors)
Yet, for all of its flaws, I have been extremely pleased with what has come out of it. See below an example of one of such prints. The connecting rod is from my Pontiac engine after it exploded (see 1976 Trans Am) and I decided that I would chance a new one, rather than machine the old one’s bearing surface.
I look forward to many new projects in the future that will benefit greatly from this piece of equipment! Especially when it comes to miniature tanks and arranging drive systems within them. Stay tuned!