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SPARTAN VI

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Edited 6/22/17 - Deal is back and now 15% off after promo code 15MAKER. Shipping is free.

Link: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13860

Back in April I paid $317 + tax for this printer. It's my second 3D printer and punches way above its weight class. At $280, it's only $20 (6.6%) off its normal price, but that's enough savings for two 1kg spools of plastic. If you're new to 3D printing, this thing is solid (all metal frame), relatively fast, has a generous build volume (8"x8"x7"), and has a relatively good resolution for a FDM printer at this price. It's a rebrand of the Wanhao Duplicator i3, which has a huge following, which means plenty of 3D printable mods and vast community experience. Highly recommended!


Here's an Overwatch keycap I designed and printed on this printer using the standard 0.4mm nozzle and 0.1mm layer heights:
OW_KeyCap.jpg
 
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I've been thinking of grabbing one of these for a while. How bad are the fumes while printing? (will I need to build a ventilation hood?)
 

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I've been thinking of grabbing one of these for a while. How bad are the fumes while printing? (will I need to build a ventilation hood?)

I'd recommend starting with PLA. It's easy to print with (low melting point, sturdy, doesn't require a heated bed), biodegradeable, recycleable, and has little to no smell. My spool of Hatchbox black PLA actually smells a little bit like licorice, but I also hear that some PLA can smell like maple syrup. None of the other PLA spools I've used had any smell so far (Inland). Only drawbacks are that its low melting point prohibit some use cases (such as automotive applications where it may melt in a hot car) and that it tends to be brittle.

ABS on the other hand (which I possess but have't used yet) is not a biodegradable plastic and can emit noxious fumes. Generally ABS is more tricky to work with as well (requires a heated bed), but tends to be more temperature resilient and thus opens up other applications. You'll want to print in a well ventilated area, which is actually counter productive when it comes to ABS; an enclosure is preferred to keep the printing area warm to improve print bed adhesion and mitigate warping.
 
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I'd recommend starting with PLA. It's easy to print with (low melting point, sturdy, doesn't require a heated bed), biodegradeable, recycleable, and has little to no smell. My spool of Hatchbox black PLA actually smells a little bit like licorice, but I also hear that some PLA can smell like maple syrup. None of the other PLA spools I've used had any smell so far (Inland). Only drawbacks are that its low melting point prohibit some use cases such as automotive applications where it may melt in a hot car and that it tends to be brittle.

ABS on the other hand, which I have but have't printed with yet, is not a biodegradable plastic and can emit noxious fumes. Generally ABS is more tricky to work with as well (requires a heated bed), but tends to be more temperature resilient and thus opens up other applications. You'll want to print in a well ventilated area, which is actually counter productive when it comes to ABS; an enclosure is preferred to keep the printing area warm to improve adherence and mitigate warping.

Thanks for the reply and info. Exactly what I was looking for.
 

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You'll want to measure every spool you get. At least the first few meters to see if it's ok. Every company can have a few bad ones. It can be a pita to unclog some of these don't leave it running unattended for the first few also. I have the mini v1 and the select plus. Also the bed can warp quite a bit I recommend getting a glass bed for $10.
 

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Deal is back! Now it's $255 (was $280 when I posted this a couple weeks ago) after promo code 15MAKER. Shipping is free.
 
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