Dec 2, 2014

Printrbot Metal Plus 3d printer - now with reviews!

Printerbot has a new flagship 3d printer: The Printrbot Metal Plus. It was released just in time for USA holiday season shopping (Off topic: USA shopping habits and Black Friday look very VERY strange to us European folk - not judging - just sayin').

It looks like very solid machine, but we are used nothing less from Printrbot. Future tests and reviews will surely show that it is a design with high performance.

Update: there are some reviews and test available LOOK BELOW!

Printrbot Metal Plus 3d printer. Source: Make.

Technical specifications:
  • Price: $999 single extruder (w/o heated bed)
  • Model: 1412
  • Build Volume: 10″ x 10″ x 10″ / 254mm x 254mm x 254mm
  • Print Resolution: 100 Microns
  • Print Speed: 80mm/sec max recommended
  • Filament: 1.75mm PLA (sample included)
  • Extruder: Alu Extruder (direct drive). 1.75mm Metal Ubis Hot End with 0.4mm nozzle
  • Auto Leveling: Auto-Leveling Probe works with software to calibrate Z axis height
  • Print Bed: Not heated
  • Construction: Powder coated steel and aluminum body
  • Rails: 12mm Linear Rails
  • Belt: GT2
  • Pulleys: 20 tooth, dual flange GT2 aluminum
  • Electronics: Printrbot Rev F Printrboard with micro-USB connection (cable included) and micro SD card slot for untethered printing
  • Power Requirements: 12V (8 amp) laptop power supply (included)
  • Max Current Draw: ~5-9 Amps
  • Motors: NEMA 17 stepper
  • Assembly Required: No

Printrbot Metal Plus description form the product page:
The Printrbot Plus is constructed of powder coated metal and machined aluminum with open platform for fabricating parts up to 10 x 10 x 10 inches using 1.75mm PLA filament.
The printer head moves on the X (left to right) and Z (up and down) axes, while the print bed moves on the Y (backward and forward) axis. The Mic 6 aluminum bed is extremely flat and works with an Auto-Leveling Probe with the user-chosen software to calibrate the height of the print head. The new 1.75mm Metal Ubis Hot End has a maximum resolution of 100 microns and includes a fan to help solidify the molten filament as it is extruded onto the print bed.
The printer uses open source software and connects to the computer using the included mini-USB cable. Using a micro-SD card (sold separately), the printer can be disconnected from the computer for untethered printing during long print jobs.
Linear rails and carts for stability and smooth movement of the print head and bed. The GT2 belt and aluminum pulley system facilitates precise movement of the print head and bed. The NEMA 17 stepper motors meet the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard ICS 16-2001.

Here are videos of Printrbot Metal Plus in action:

Printrbot Metal Plus homepage:


Here are two review and print test videos of Printrbot Metal Plus: