As I was looking into purchasing a Prusa i3, I thought it would be a good idea to watch some video tutorials on how to build it. There are two sets of video tutorials included here:
- One superlative set by engineglue, from NWRepRap, which shows every step in detail, and;
- Another set, which shows Nillabean, who doesn’t appear to know what he is doing, trying to put a Prusa i3 MK2 together, from Nillabean. In this set, more time is spend faffing around with the video and sound quality than on the actual build.
The tutorials by NWRepRap use a geared extruder with a J Head hotend.
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Putting together a P3Steel [v4] kit… There is no hard and fast assembly manual, so here is a collection of guides and video tutorials.
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Are you confused as to which extruder and hotend combination to get? So was I.
Do you want to spend as little money as possible, and are thinking about getting a cheap Chinese extruder from eBay for $20? So did I.
However, you could be wasting your money. It is advisable that, should you skimp on every other part of your 3D printer, you should, definitely, not skimp on the extruder, as this is the business end of the whole machine. Failure to get the right extruder will result in bad prints, clogged extruders and endless frustration.
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Blender makes a great companion for your 3D printer.
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After having purchased a number of parts made by 3D printers, and seeing that the DIY printers are controlled by Arduino Mega boards, with a RAMPS 1.4 shield, I thought that I would look into them.
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