We ordered a 3D Printer!

Finally!

Yesterday (11/28) I placed an order for the Prusa i3 MK2 with black printed parts. At the time of purchase the kit was $699 plus shipping, which to Ohio for 2-3 day was ~$70. The kit included a 1kg spool of white PLA, unfortunately when I placed my order the silver was unavailable (but I’ll probably order it after the white runs out, or before) and the site said that orders would not ship by Christmas due to 5-6 weeks of lead time. Oh well, it’ll give me time to work on my 3D modeling skills which haven’t been touched since those 3 weeks in 2011 during my only semester of Mechanical Engineering.

Prusa Research also sells the MK2 as a pre-assembled and tested product for $899. My wife and I opted for the kit because it sounded more fun (we hope). I felt comfortable doing that due to the inbuilt tests that Prusa has included to make sure that you’ve put it together correctly, which is great since this is our first printer and we’ll have no idea what we’re doing…

I’m in the process of building a new PC for development/modeling/gaming/Netflix (let’s be honest) so I plan on reconfiguring my old build to be the home server and dedicated printing machine. Or I’ll give it to my wife and use hers, we’ll see, depends on if she gets that laptop.

I don’t have a first print planned but I’ve certainly got a few ideas:

  • 3D Catan Pieces
  • A dice tower for D&D
  • Nerf stuff (so many things…)
  • Enclosures for the home automation system I want to build (but that’s a whole ‘nother post of its own…)
  • A fix for my car’s horrible cupholders
  • ALL THE THINGS
  • But for real, a lot of stuff

I can’t wait to get it and put it together! I’ll be sure to make another post detailing our experience building it and doing our first print!

UPDATE 12/6: I noticed that the silver PLA was back in stock so I messaged customer service to see if they would switch out the white I chose for the silver and within a few hours I got a response that said they would! Great customer service!

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