3D Printers UK

Key aspects to consider when choosing a 3D printer and the model.

Description: Round 180mm glass plate suitable for Delta 3D printers such as the Kossel Mini This 3mm thick glass plate provides the perfect surface to print 3D models. Glass plates are installed in most 3D printers. They have the advantage that they This 3mm thick glass plate provides the perfect

Description: This connector serves as a feed opening for 3mm filament at PEEK J-Head Hot Ends. Details: Fits 1.75mm filament Scope of Delivery: 1x 1.75mm connector as shown This connector serves as a feed opening for 3mm filament at PEEK J-Head Hot Ends.

Description: Solid quick connector for Bowden Extruder in 3D-Printers. To connect PTFE-tubes with an 6mm outer diameter. Fits 3mm filament. Details: Inner diameter: 6 mm Fits 3mm filament Scope of Delivery: 1x 3 mm Bowden quick connector Solid quick connector for Bowden Extruder in 3D-Printers. To

Description: Solid quick connector for Bowden Extruder in 3D-Printers. To connect PTFE-tubes with an 4mm outer diameter. Fits 1.75mm filament. Details: Inner diameter: 4 mm Fits 1.75mm filament Scope of Delivery: 1x 1.75 mm Bowden quick connector Solid quick connector for Bowden Extruder in

Description: Feed pipe (Nozzle Throat) with M6 thread This 26mm long steel feed pipe is used as a spare part or to home make a Hot End. It has a M6 thread and an 2mm inner bore suitable for V5 Hot Ends with 1.75mm filament. Details: Overall length: Feed pipe (Nozzle Throat) with M6 thread

Description: This screw is used to feed filament on RepRap 3D printers with Wade', s Geared Extruder. Fits 1.75mm and 3mm filament. Details: M8 screw for Wade Extruder Length: 65mm Suitable for 1.75 and 3mm filament Scope of Delivery: 1x Feed screw This screw is used to feed filament on RepRap 3D

Description: MK7 nozzle with a 0.2mm bore, suitable for MK7 Makerbot Extruder and different 1.75mm 3-Printer Hot Ends. Details: External thread: M6 Outer diameter: 10mm Dimensions: 16mm * 10mm (Length * Width) Accuracy of the nozzle: 0.2mm Suitable MK7 nozzle with a 0.2mm bore suitable for MK7

Description: MK7 nozzle with a 0.3mm bore, suitable for MK7 Makerbot Extruder and different 1.75mm 3-Printer Hot Ends. Details: External thread: M6 Outer diameter: 10mm Dimensions: 16mm * 10mm (Length * Width) Accuracy of the nozzle: 0.3mm Suitable MK7 nozzle with a 0.3mm bore suitable for MK7

Description: MK8 nozzle with a 0.5mm bore, suitable for different 1.75mm 3-Printer Hot Ends. This nozzle is made of brass and has a M6 thread. Details: External thread: M6 Outer diameter: 6mm Dimensions: 13mm * 6mm (Length * Width) Accuracy of the MK8 nozzle with a 0.5mm bore suitable for different

Description: 1.0 mm spare nozzle for E3D Volcano Hot Ends with 3 mm filament Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast printing with very high layers and meant for extrene high flow rates. They possess a M6 thread and an extra long fusion zone in Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast

Description: 1.2 mm spare nozzle for E3D Volcano Hot Ends with 3 mm filament Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast printing with very high layers and meant for extrene high flow rates. They possess a M6 thread and an extra long fusion zone in Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast

Description: 0.6 mm spare nozzle for E3D Volcano Hot Ends with 1.75 mm filament Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast printing with very high layers and meant for extrene high flow rates. They possess a M6 thread and an extra long fusion zone Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast

Description: 1.0 mm spare nozzle for E3D Volcano Hot Ends with 1.75 mm filament Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast printing with very high layers and meant for extrene high flow rates. They possess a M6 thread and an extra long fusion zone Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast

Description: 1.2 mm spare nozzle for E3D Volcano Hot Ends with 1.75 mm filament Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast printing with very high layers and meant for extrene high flow rates. They possess a M6 thread and an extra long fusion zone Volcano nozzles are specially made for fast

Description: Mechanical miniature switch as reference switch of the axes or as a Auto-Leveling sensor for 3D Printers. Ideal for RepRap 3D-Printers with RAMPS 1.4 electronics. The End switch is mounted on an PBC and comes with a 3-pin connector Mechanical miniature switch as reference switch of the


How to choose a 3D printer. Key aspects to consider when choosing a 3D printer and the model: Choose the type of printer well: do you prefer flexibility or simplicity? Basically there are two families of 3D desktop printer: those based on open source systems and proprietary technology, which are usually 'ready to print'. The first type are based on reprap technology or similar and are more difficult to use but offer a lot of flexibility: you can basically choose all printing parameters. This gives more freedom to the user but it is not easy to regulate the printer so that the models that are printed are perfect. They tend to be cheaper, especially if they are disassembled and the user has to assemble them, a task that is not easy, although there are short courses where they teach how to do it.

The 'ready to print' printers are more focused on the non-specialized user, who try to ensure a stable print quality and that the experience is as simple as possible. They tend to be more robust and much easier to use, at the expense of allowing only the basic parameters of the printer to be controlled.

There are different types of work material: do you want it ecological or versatile? More new materials are being developed every time, but 90% of the pieces are printed in two materials: ABS and PLA. What difference there are? The PLA is ecological (it is made from corn) but it is more difficult to work (paste, paint, hole, file ...) after printing and degrades over time. ABS is the material from which the Lego pieces are made. It is not ecological but it can be recycled and reused, and it can work well. As it is difficult to paste, in PLA printers the limit of the size of the piece to be printed is marked by the printer. The printers that work with ABS, being able to paste the pieces, are usually smaller. Another detail to keep in mind is that printers that can work with ABS can also work with PLA; but those who work with PLA can not work with ABS. There are printers that can work with material from any manufacturer, and others with proprietary material, forcing the user to buy printer brand material. In this case, the material is usually much more expensive.

What software does the machine carry? A help for printing. The software of the printers does not serve to design (for that they are the programs of design). The function of the software is basically to prepare the piece for printing, and allow to select the part position, the printing speed or the density, among other parameters.

Before buying a specific model of desktop 3D printer it is advisable to find out about the printing software that the machine carries, since there are very complex to very simple. The most appropriate will be the one that best suits the needs and knowledge of the user.

Value print quality: are you looking for precision and detail? It is difficult to compare, as there are many factors that influence the quality of printing. The most important thing is that the three axes (X, Y, Z) are well aligned, therefore a robust printer is recommended, where an accidental blow does not cause misalignment of the axes. The resolution of the Z axis is also important, although from a 0.20mm resolution the differences are not very noticeable. Finally, it is very important that the platform is completely flat when printing, so we recommend that the printer be easy to calibrate. Some brands begin to incorporate the self-calibration function of the platform, which provides an optimal finish of the piece, with a high degree of detail and precision.

The technical service and warranty are very important: assistance with any questions? Being a product with a new technology, it is always good that the printer has the technical service included, to be able to call in case of needing assistance with any doubt or problem.

Manage your expectations regarding noise level and printing times. 3D printing by addition of material is a manufacturing technology where a three-dimensional object is created by depositing successive layers of it. The process consists of melting and extruding an ABS plastic filament, depositing layer by layer until creating the desired object. And this process is not as silent as when a sheet of paper is printed. Desktop 3D printers are usually used at home or in the office, so it is important to consider the noise level when printing. A large piece can take several hours to print so the really large pieces are usually left printing at night. So, especially if the printer will be used at home, we must take into account the noise level that will originate the printing. Although some are as silent and clean as those printed on paper.