Today we’re looking at the MaxMicron Prusa i3 3D printer kit, and we’re impressed with its capabilities – and especially it’s price.
The MaxMicron Prusa i3 is a kit that you must assemble yourself, but if you can do so, you’ll find this machine includes a number of features typically found in much more expensive machines. It’s very rare that we’ve seen this combination of features at such low prices.
But, what are the features we speak of? Let’s look at the highlights:
- Bowden-style extruder (filament pusher is separate from the hot end)
- E3D hot end
- Dual extruders
- LCD control panel (but not color)
- Heated print surface, up to 110C, enabling the ability to print ABS and other experimental plastics
- Healthy 200 x 200 x 180mm build volume
- Layer thickness down to 0.100m, similar to other machines
- Uses 1.75mm filament and has a 0.4mm nozzle
- Six month warranty
For these features, you’ll pay only USD$369 at 3DPrintersOnlineStore.com, the official reseller of MaxMicron’s equipment. That’s quite a low price for a machine with E3D, dual extruders, and a heated bed.
But there’s more.
You can increase the print volume to 250 x 250 x 200mm, a 74% increase, for only USD$40.
You can add on an option for “automatic platform leveling and height detection” for only USD$30! This has to be the least expensive self-leveling option we’ve yet seen.
Finally, for another USD$60, you can add a laser engraver to the machine. This permits you to perform simple laser engraving (not cutting, the power is insufficient). The engraver can hit an area of 70 x 100mm with a power of <5W.
Adding this up, for USD$499, you get a dual-extruding, ABS-capable, large-volume, self-leveling 3D printer and laser engraver for less than USD$500. Plus shipping – except that 3DPrintersOnlineStore.com also provides free shipping to over 30 countries! This seems like quite a good deal.