May 4, 2015

Wanhao Duplicator I3 is new low cost machine (review and modifications)

Wow! 375 USD for steel frame Prusa I3. Prices have surely fallen. Bellow you will find a review and some modifications:





Technical specifications:
  • Printer ships with 3000mm (~10 ft.) Black PLA Filament
  • Extruder: MK10 Single-Extruder (with Steel X-Carriage)
  • Filament Size: 1.75mm Dedicated
  • Layer Capability: 0.1mm (100 microns)
  • Build Envelope: 200mm x 200mm x 180mm
  • Filament Capabilities: ABS & PLA
  • Compatible Software: ReplicatorG (Opensource), Simplify 3D (Details)
  • File Type: Gcode
  • File Transfer: SD Card Slot & USB
  • Warranty: 1 Year Full Factory Warranty (Includes FREE Parts Replacement and FREE Repair)
  • Frame Color: Black Steel Frame
Product page:

http://wanhaousa.com/products/duplicator-i3-steel-frame

There are still no reviews or third party tests but comments on forums are very positive and Wanhao is considered one of the better Asian manufacturers.


Update:

Here is a review of Wanhao Duplicator i3:




Here are some mechanical upgrades and modifications by Vernon Barry:




Here is a guide on how to level and calibrate the platform (sound is low quality but you can use it):




Here is a tutorial on how to use Cura with Wanhao Duplicator i3:




If you want to add automatic bed leveling with an inductive sensor there is a tutorial on Instructables made by intr3ou on hardware and software part with downloadable firmware.



Here is a link to detailed tutorial:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wanhao-I3-Plus-Bed-Auto-Leveling-W-Inductive-Senso/


Here is a review by Thomas of a Malyan M150, a 3d printer that looks like a clone of a first version of Wanhao i3. it goes trough several problems and safety issues including possible false certification issues.




Update (18.09.2016.):

Looks like Wanhao issued a recall for their Replicator due to some safety problems. Surprise surprise.
Here is the link to recall and repair instructions:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/wanhao-printer-3d/ZXzxdP9SUlU

Here is a video of a similar repair due to smoke coming from a printbed spark: