Okay, there it was… I’d had the ‘A Parcel Has Been Shipped to You’ email and when it comes from guys at Printrbot, you know there’s going to be some fun toys in the box..
So I got home and there was the box, sitting there, patiently, just waiting…
I resisted the urge to just rip the box open and took the time to put my bag down and take off my coat…. okay enough stalling, I ripped the box open. Alright, not quite ripped open, but the excitement was definitely there.
So there it was, hiding in its box. My initial reaction was it’s heavier than the 2014 Simple I have but then, after I engaged my brain, of course it would be, it’s more the size of the Junior than the Simple which the large 150 x 150mm build area.
So then it came out into the light. The Big (shiney) Red One.
First impressions are, not surprisingly, impressive. Nice solid 12mm Z axis rods guide the aluminium bearing blocks smoothly.
The main body of the printer is just 3 pieces, justifying the name Simple. There’s the Bed, the Y axis arm and the body. The running gear is GT2 belts and everything just feels solid. This is a real tool, with everything in its right place and moving nicely.
I’m not saying that the wooden simple was not a tool, I used mine all the time for making pieces for printers and fixing stuff but, when you compare the two, this is a deadly serious printer. Like comparing your Ford Focus to your Ferrari.
This also has an induction sensor to run the bed levelling process, but it also doubles as the Z stop. So no wasted hardware on this beauty.
I haven’t got to the printing stage yet, but until then, this is not going to be a ‘cluttering up’ thing sitting on the side. It has it’s own style and, if it performs as good as it looks, will be a must for any office, den, workshop or even living room.
More feedback after we get to printing. I just can’t wait.