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Looking for 3d printer recommendations DIY Kit or otherwise

  • May 01, 2017 11:55 AM
    Message # 4793817


    I would like to plan a purchase of a 3d printer. Any information regarding reliability, ease of operation, speicifications will be appreciated.

    If you have relevant information please respond to my inquiry - I can also be reached at james.barrett@ppsd.org . 

    Thank you,

    James Barrett

    Providence Schools

  • May 03, 2017 8:22 AM
    Reply # 4812021 on 4793817

    Hi James ,

    We looked at Makerbot. See link.


    Stan Dickervitz

    Saint Raphael Academy

  • May 03, 2017 12:55 PM
    Reply # 4812581 on 4793817
    Douglas Alexander (Administrator)

    We've been using Makerbots, but they had print head clogging issues (since resolved with a new head design from what I've read). One of my robotics teachers just requested a Lulzbot Taz 6 that got great reviews, and has a self-leveling bed which makes a huge difference. (IMO leveling the bed, getting the right bed temp, and slowing down the first layer print speed were major factors in getting good prints at the outset). 

    At my previous school we had a Makergear, which I also liked but was very manual. The Lulzbot seems to be a step up, and well-made.


  • May 03, 2017 2:10 PM
    Reply # 4812677 on 4793817
    Ryan Richard (Administrator)

    Hi James,

    We have used CubeX here at South Kingstown. The teacher has informed me that he has had multiple problems, and that it has been broken more that he has used it. 



  • May 04, 2017 11:57 AM
    Reply # 4814490 on 4793817
    Eric Butash (Administrator)

    Hi James,

    Like others who have responded, I've been pleased with Makerbot. Its not the cheapest but the support is good and when they do have a technical flaw they address it and upgrade the firmware or physical device as needed.

    I tried the CUBE and was not as pleased. Seemed a lot slower but that also had to do with the price point.

    Good Luck


  • May 05, 2017 8:07 AM
    Reply # 4815971 on 4793817

    We've gone thru a few...

    • printrbot - Could never get it to work properly. gave it away
    • Polar3D - Worked well for a while, then all of the prints became distorted. Hoping a future software update will correct that. It's relatively cheap and easy to use, but suffers from that lack of reliability
    • Makerbot - Have been using one for about 4 years. have had the same extruder problems as most people. even with the new generation of extruders still having problems. when we are done with this one, I probably won't replace it

    We are building a large maker space this summer. currently looking into the Lulzbot product line.


  • May 11, 2017 4:07 PM
    Reply # 4827630 on 4793817

    Thanks everyone for advice. Most useful. Jim Barrett, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Providence

  • September 07, 2017 3:36 PM
    Reply # 5068941 on 4793817

    We have experience with three different 3D printers..

    Makerbot -bad print head, bed leveling problems, expensive

    Ultimaker 2 - no major problems other than the typical things you run into with learning how to tweak a new printer, still expensive

    Prusa - works well right out of the box, good customer service, inexpensive.

    Email me if you want details.

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