A few questions about the Printrbot Simple

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A few questions about the Printrbot Simple

Postby Learnsoft18 » 2016-Nov-Tue-20-Nov

I am about to pull the trigger on a printrbot simple (not 2016 version) but I have a few questions. Do 1kg spools of 1.75mm pal work with it? I think I'm going to be purchasing the heated bed separately so what power supply do I need considering it docent come with one? And lastly if anyone has any recommendations of off-brand heated beds that may come easier to handle that would be great. Thanks for any feedback! -Jack.
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A few questions about the Printrbot Simple



Re: A few questions about the Printrbot Simple

Postby KD6HQ » 2016-Nov-Tue-22-Nov

You might want to give a little more information.
What Simple version is it, what is the bed size?
Has the printer been modified?

The filament size that it will print is determined by what size hot end the printer has.
Normally speaking it will either be 1.75mm or 3.0mm. Pal filament comes in both sizes and is the main type of filament used.

The heated bed and it's power requirements depends on the size of the print area of the printer. Here is just one of many vendors on e-bay you can order from.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-X-12-Heatbed ... SwDuJW1dWd
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Re: A few questions about the Printrbot Simple

Postby PxT » 2016-Nov-Wed-15-Nov

Unless I'm mis-remembering, every version of the Simple has shipped with a 1.75mm hotend so you should be good to go with any PLA filament of that diameter.

If you plan to run a heated bed you will need an ATX-style computer power supply that provides at least 400W. You'll use only a few wires, so you can consider getting a "modular" supply that lets you disconnect the unused bundles that are normally used for hard drives, etc. This plugs in directly to the control board using standard ATX connectors.

Another option is to get an LED power supply and supply your own wiring & connectors to mate with the Printrboard. See http://reprap.org/wiki/Power_Supply
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