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Printrbot is closed!

Postby RetireeJay » 2018-Jul-Wed-14-Jul

This is posted on Printrbot.com
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I'm somewhat sad to see them go. It has sure been a learning experience for me over the last 6 years.

But to tell the truth, I'm happy now that I have a Prusa MK3 printer. The design is solid, with a metal frame, but still there are opportunities to optimize. And the current state of development is very robust, with many employees at the Prusa headquarters along with a large community of users continually engaged in improvement. Oh, and Prusa is located in Czechoslovakia, not China.

As far as I know, Plexus will probably keep this forum open for as long as there are people interacting on it. I'll continue to drop in a few days a week.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby KDog » 2018-Jul-Wed-14-Jul

Wow, so sorry to hear this. Brook is a true hero in the field. I'm sure that it became very difficult to compete with the wave of cheap Chinese printers that have flooded the market. Hope there is some way that Brook can stay in the field. Certainly his education and outreach missions were top notch and his designs persist in many of the new printers out there.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby mdfast1 » 2018-Jul-Wed-15-Jul

I'm devastated for Brook and the team. I need to compile my thoughts on this. They will be back, I can't see them going out like this.

Jay I'm also loving my MK3, part of the "problem".
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby Corey Warren » 2018-Jul-Wed-20-Jul

What a bummer. My love for 3D printing starting with Printrbot. My Metal Simple still churns out parts with very little effort. After getting it calibrated and dialed in with the help from the great people on this site I rarely need to monkey with it. And I still have my original JonBot (upgraded Simple Wood) and it works great too! I'm glad I've ordered extra parts over the years like extra extruders for when they start to burn out.

I hope Brook made enough money to retire in the Caribbean.

I think I'm going to move on to the Creality3D CR-10 S4 as my last 3D printer purchase. I'm impressed with the quality and the build volume should be more than enough for even huge projects.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby Jack Crow » 2018-Jul-Wed-20-Jul

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That is not great news.

Just about got the simple metal dialed in to the point where it is reliable and the source of factory parts goes away.

Must be how Plymouth and Pontiac owners feel.

Figure it will be a few weeks for the details to be sorted out.
Damm this hurts.

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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby novice » 2018-Jul-Wed-21-Jul

Went to their site earlier today and while the announcement had yet to be posted, one could no longer shop printrbot causing me to wonder and return tonight. You know I have two Simple Metals on the desk that print regularly and a Play v2 kit that shipped on Monday. I have no regrets with my printrbots. Still anxiously await the Play v2 in spite of today's announcement.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby __Vinz__ » 2018-Jul-Wed-23-Jul

Discovered the news today while going to the site.
I am very saddened by the news for I thought Printrbot was a great company, with open source at its heart and fueled great innovation (I own a Play, which I upgraded a few times, currently working on adding the LED strip to it, next will be printrboard G2).
I hope there is a path forward for those owning a Simple Pro, as I don't know what will happen to the cloud side of things...
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby Mooselake » 2018-Jul-Thu-08-Jul

That was unexpected; at least from this far away it looked like Printrbot was hanging in there. I was hoping that they'd be one of the post consolidation survivors but that ended up not being true.

Possible this might become the only PB support forum again, for those unlucky enough to be recent purchasers, at least until PB fades into the past.

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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby wd5gnr » 2018-Jul-Thu-08-Jul

I just heard and came by to say hello to everyone. I still have my Printrbot Plus running. While my exwife was holding it hostage I bought a Monoprice Mini. And I put together an Anet A8 but I still use the plus even though I ditched the Ubis and -- as some of you may remember -- made lots of mods.

This forum was great and so very helpful as was Brook. Had I bought the Monoprice or another assembled printer first I wouldn't know what I know today about 3D printing and that has served me very well for a bunch of reasons.

End of an era :(
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby Mooselake » 2018-Jul-Thu-09-Jul

All the links I can find for Printrbot's official forum get 404 page not found errors (without even a puppy).

Amazon still has a few Printrbots for sale, sold by and shipped from Amazon. Wonder if they'll have a fire sale?

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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby novice » 2018-Jul-Thu-11-Jul

Mooselake wrote:All the links I can find for Printrbot's official forum get 404 page not found errors (without even a puppy)....Kirk



https://printrbot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us still works.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby marmil » 2018-Jul-Thu-13-Jul

I was sorry to hear this news. I always loved Brook's drive and enthusiasm, in the 3d printer field or whatever he was exploring. Hopefully we will get to see that continue in a new venture at some point.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby novice » 2018-Jul-Thu-13-Jul

Mooselake wrote:Amazon still has a few Printrbots for sale, sold by and shipped from Amazon. Wonder if they'll have a fire sale? Kirk


While anything is possible, couldn't help but notice the Simple Pro has gone from $580 yesterday to $601 today @ Amazon.

In addition if this was on printrbot.com yesterday I missed it. "Hotends and other related Printrbot gear will be available soon at: http://ubishotends.com/ "
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby AZBotr » 2018-Jul-Thu-21-Jul

That's a shame. Regardless of this news Brook and his team should be extremely proud of what they've accomplished over the years. Thousands upon thousands of people were able to get into 3D printing thanks to his outstanding printers that were affordable for the little guy. Some found out that "3D Printing Is Hard!" and ended that pursuit. But a lot of us have grown in this field, have bought other printers, honed our 3D modelling skills, and even make a little money on the side. I've got my Simple Metal in the garage still chugging away doing what it does best, and anytime I have a print job running and I walk in to check up on it, I'm still amazed at the technology and how it "just works." My Metal has a buddy now, an Anycubic Photon and that thing is amazing. I can't wait to see what we'll be printing with five years from now. Who knows, maybe my Simple Metal will still be doing its thing.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby JonS » 2018-Jul-Fri-01-Jul

I'm really sadden by this news. I saw Brook briefly at Bay Area Maker Faire in May, but we didn't get much of a chance to chat (some slightly weird guy interrupted us wanting to do an interview), so I didn't get to the opportunity to hear how the business was doing (the previous year, he'd told me that he'd had to lay off a significant portion of his workforce).

I hope he and the rest of the team find new and exciting (and financially rewarding) opportunities soon.

Last time I went to the online store, I discovered that I had $100 in credit. I could only assume that Brook had gifted it to me (it might have been after I shared with him my design for a dual blower fan for the dual extruder Metal Plus, or maybe after I provided him with a GoPro for the employee discount price - he had already paid me for that). This says something about the generosity of the man. I wish him well.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby MileHigh3DII » 2018-Jul-Sat-02-Jul

Really sad. I have two Plus models, both out of wood. That is all I own Brook! I did what I could.

It seemed that videos and new things weren't coming out like before. It seemed like things were off. I guess this is what happens at the cutting edge of tech.

Brook seems like a class dude, and all my interactions with people at printrbot were highly professional. My Plus' are starting to show their age and if parts get tight I'll probably go with a Prusa MK3 MMU model. I just don't feel like converting over my ceramic UBIS to the newer ones.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby WayTooManyHobbies » 2018-Jul-Mon-05-Jul

Definitely sad news. My wooden Plus was my first printer, and while long in the tooth it is still quite reliable. Hopefully Brook will stay involved in the 3D printing community.
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby __Vinz__ » 2018-Jul-Fri-11-Jul

Ok, it looks as as of today, the Printrbot support site is down as well (http://www.printrbot.com/support) so this means all docs are unaccessible.
I was wary about that so I have managed to get a local copy of all things related to the Printrbot Play, as well as the G2 board. PM me if you need access to a copy of it.

Hopefully, they will restore the support site for a while so that everyone can do that as well (or better, we can host it somewhere).
This reminds me of the bad memories of the official Dozuki forum being wiped out when PBHQ switched to Zendesk exclusively without transitioning over the existing posts :(
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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby ktfergus » 2018-Jul-Sun-18-Jul

Dang, I did not see this coming! Definitely a bummer. I recently watched this video & it sounded like PB was going to pull thru (the part with Brook starts at 3:35).

I've been super happy with all of my PB machines; & I'm forever grateful for all the help I've gotten from everyone on this site! It's a shame PB had to close up shop.

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Re: Printrbot is closed!

Postby __Vinz__ » 2018-Aug-Mon-16-Aug

Just a note that I got an answer from Carl Ubis when writing to him about the Printrbot Cloud after they opened https://ubishotends.com/.
He said Printrbot is looking at 3 different options to continue to support the users of the Printrbot cloud, one of which would be to host the cloud SW on a Raspberry Pi.
I'll post more news once/if I have them, as I am greatly interested by this (one of my friends bought a Simple Pro on my advice, and is not proficient enough in 3D printing to print tethered w/ Cura).
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