I’m getting a 3D printer!
I can’t tell you for how long I wanted to own a 3d printer! Probably since first time I heard about them 🙂 But they were really expensive and I didn’t really have room for one.
No more excuses! I started to do a research on what 3d printer to get. I wanted to build one to save as much as possible on cost but also didn’t want to get printer with tiny printing space. After some research it was a decision between Prusa i3 and Mendel Max 2.0. Mendel Max seems better, but it didn’t have any easy to find BOMs. So I decided to get Prusa i3 and started collecting information. There’s a lot of instructions, BOMs, etc. out there, but to me they all very incomplete. Why couldn’t anyone just create a clear list of all components AND provide all the sources where they got them (like what I did with my DSLR Camera slider)? At best these lists were 50% complete.
But still they were pretty useless and with some research I was able to find all components and estimate build cost. It seems to go between $500-$650, which was still a tad too much. And then I stumbled upon replikeo.com site.
I don’t know how they do it, but they actually offer a FULL Prusa i3 Rework edition KIT for just $350!!! They are based in China so shipping was extra $94 to US. I did some research to see if they are legit, and there are few people who got kits from them recently this year. So I pulled the trigger and ordered one. For total of $444. Hopefully it will arrive soon (2-3 weeks) and I can start assembly! Super excited! 🙂
I will keep you updated on when I get it, so keep checking here 🙂