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Marcwolf has 3D Printer

David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Brisbane, Australia Moderator
After seeing my good friend  @Chris Ellerby  upgrade to getting a 3D printer I decided (plus with a bonus from work) to get one.

Took a couple of weeks of pouring over adverts, manuals etc.. however I finally found a local place that was selling these. I'm posting the  Robotshop advert as they have better pictures and descriptions.

the good thing about my supplier  ZX3D.Com.Au is that they have all of their printers set up.. running.. and you can compare the different outputs between them. They claim that they only stock machines that have passed their own checks which I believe. 

So setting a maximum of 1400AUD I got the Afinibot A9.
http://www.robotshop.com/en/afinibot-a9-3d-printer-laser-engraver-kit.html

It's a kit - but only needs 4 parts to be bolted together so I was up and running in about 2 hours. It's a VERY quiet printer and is also portable (Yes that IS a carry handle).

It comes with CURA and Replicator so I was able to quickly get it going with some test jobs.

I took a STL of a gear set and printed it in PLA at 0.1mm layers.  The results were very clean and meshed perfectly. I then told CURA to divide the scale by 3 and print again. Likewise all the teeth details came out beautifully and the tiny gears meshed and ran.

Here is a picture of the output.



The unit also has a Laser Engraver but I have not yet played with that. Maybe in time :)

Now to start cutting my teeth on CAD programs.
Take Care

Comments

  • Wow they came out great. Did they need much clean-up?

  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Very cool, and congrats!

    The design of that printer looks a lot like a printer designed by one of the guys at my hacker space a few years back called the "Bukito" which was the first portable 3d printer with a handle:  http://bukito3d.com/

    Those gears look great!

    /Chris
  • David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Brisbane, Australia Moderator
    Hi@"Stuart Mcconnel"

    No clean up at all. The larger gears fitted and meshed perfectly. The smaller gears needed one gap between the teeth cleaned a little (Thumbnail worked) to get rid of a small piece of debris.

    The edges of the print are nice and sharp with no scurf or tendrils.

    All in all Very happy.
  • David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Brisbane, Australia Moderator
    Hi  @Chris Ellerby
    Yes it does look Very similar.. complete with the extruded aluminum  block structure and the toothed belts for movement.
    My build area is larger thou :)

    I can agree with the accuracy - there is no slop what so ever when I try and move the extruder by hand.. I have to turn off the steppers for that.

    Currently I am printing test servo arms and pulleys :)
    Dave
  • Nice one! I pulled the trigger and bought a Robo3D a ways back and have been thoroughly enjoying the convenience of rapid prototyping "in house". I joked about getting a 2nd printer but at that price for the Afinibot A9 and your solid review.. my next course of action is clear lol
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