RoBo 3D - R1 ABS and PLA 3D Printer - Black/White
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- Mobile Device PrintingNo
- Printer Type3D Printer
- Product NameR1 ABS and PLA 3D Printer
- BrandRoBo 3D
- Model NumberROBOR1001
- Color CategoryMulti
- Printer ConnectivitySecure Digital, USB
- Minimum System RequirementsMacintosh System 10.6, 10.7 and later, Windows XP (32-bit), 7 and later, Ubuntu Linux 12.04 and later
- 18.25 inches
- 22 inches
- 26 pounds
- 0.1 micrometers
- Nozzle Diameter0.4 millimeters
- Filament Diameter1.75 millimeters
- Assembly RequiredNo
- Supported File FormatsSTL and OBJ
Regulatory & Listing
Build Platform Info
- Build Platform Length10 inches
- Build Platform Width10 inches
- Build Platform MaterialGlass
- Heated Build PlatformYes
- Compatible Build Material(s)ABS, Nylon, Other, PLA
- Number of Extruders1
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts6 months
- Manufacturer's Warranty - LaborNone
- Included SoftwareMatterHackers RoBo 3D software, Marlin Firmware
Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews(6 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
In The End, It Was Worth ItPosted .
NOTE: I had to shorten my original comprehensive review (I did elsewhere in December of 2014) by 50% for Best Buy. I am not going to say I had a great time with this printer at first as it was a bit of a rocky experience. I purchased this printer on November 10, 2014. Firstly, I like to have some experience using a product before I would consider reviewing. Additionally, given the effort I have put into 3D printer research since the middle of 2013 and the fact that the reviews on THIS product have caused some tribulation on my part, I was motivated to do a thorough review. Note that I have looked at many printers over the last year+ including Makerbot, Makergear, Isis3D (dont ask), Robo3D, DaVinci, EZ3D, g-Max, Type Amachines, Fusion3Ddesigns, Solidoodle, Airwolf, Cubify (GREEDY filament RIP OFF@!), Plastic Scribbler, ORD Solutions, Ultimaker, Taz, Afinia and Rigidbot to name JUST a few. Secondly, I am in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I will say that I have NO AFFILIATION with Robo3D and have never met these guys in any way nor do I have any vested interest in writing them a good review (except the satisfaction of having helped someone). I DO BELIEVE they have, at the very least, the makings of a good product here and that deserves a fair review. THE REASON I TOOK THE RISK - (I suggest you read this review before checking out my YouTube video (link later in review)) This is due to the fact that the specifications were superior to the only real alternative in my budget range. The alternative was XYZprinting's DaVinci. Robo3D has superior build volume (even to Makergear's M2 I believe); has no chipped cartridges (like ANY products from friggin Cubify or the DaVinci whose cartridges supposedly develop tangles in the filament and will also fall apart); they wont brick your machine if you try to use other software or hacks like XYZprinting supposedly will; you don't have to calibrate it all the time; and it can use a LARGE array of other filament types and filament from other manufacturers (again no chipped cartridges). For example, I am using a $20 one kg spool of red filament from Hatchbox and Saint Smart I bought on Amazon and I have used most of the spool with NOT A SINGLE PROBLEM. This was the first 3D printer I have actually had my hands on (or seen in action in person for that matter), and after over 350 hours of research on 3D printers since the middle of 2013, and for the price, I was AT LEAST looking for a starter printer to get some "hands on" experience. I figured that even if I sent the Robo3D back, I at least would get experience with this printer before exchanging it for another. But I was FULLY COMMITTED to sending the darn thing back if I had a problem of ANY KIND. BUT HANG ON.... IT ACTUALLY WORKS!: HOWEVER, when I actually unboxed the thing and set it up following their video, it actually WORKED! NO CALIBRATION, No hassles, NOTHING. From ALL the research on 3D printers I had done over the last year+, I was sure this was going to be at least a little bit of a pain in the butt (like the reviews on the DaVinci indicate for example)... but it actually worked as advertised. BUT, I quickly noticed the sick-sounding fan and said "that is a bad sign, I had better stress test this to see if I have a leaky extruder", and sure enough, I did (see YouTube videos for detailed history of this). But in the process, I liked the thing so much that I decided to give Robo3D a shot at setting this right. I wouldn't have done this unless this knocked my socks off since I think it is ridiculous that I was having to repair a product I had owned for a week! I HATE THINGS that are a headache to boot... but I fully realized that this will have to be done with likely ANY printer eventually, and at least the Robo3D is open source, so even if they go out of business for some reason chances are I will find some way to replace parts if that were an issue. Contrast this to DaVinci which with the lawsuits they are likely to get from bricking their printers, they MIGHT go out of business, and they ARENT open source. TIME TO FIX THE THING : In any event, I contacted Robo3D via e-mail, they sent me a repair kit with no instructions as far as I know (but their old printer kit videos from their Kickstarter campaign in 2013 were helpful) and I set out to not only repair the thing, but make YouTube videos of how to do it. And again, with the state of the industry at the moment you can expect to have to do things like this with any printer at some point. Now the printer is printing leak-free. So when they told me that they had a few bad units floating around on shelves out there at the time I purchased the printer, but the problem is fixed now (ie new fan mfgr and properly tightened extruder), I believe them fully because IT WORKS. See my video to see the results of the 'post-repair' print stress tests I have ran. I have printed far more objects than I had before the repairs, and the extruder is CLEAN AS CAN BE...no leaks, and the fan is far less annoying than before! Just being able to un-box the thing and print with no calibration and default software settings was a great first 3D printer experience for me! I haven't calibrated it or leveled the bed ONCE since I purchased it...it self-levels. I should note that I am running this printer from a Windows 7 PC (an old Dell Optiplex 755 Core2Duo. Despite the necessity for the repair work on it, I believe the printer was well worth it! CUSTOMER SERVICE : Regarding their customer service, they were quite helpful to me in getting this done (even called me on the phone). Some people complained about their service but this is a new and growing company in what is shaping up to be a nescient but very competitive industry and I can tell you from experience as a former technology manufacturer that they are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. The first couple of years of business in this would break most people, but they have kept going and I think they deserve to have some tolerance given what they have achieved. (Update: Their customer service has had glowing reviews in past months!) WHY I CARE : Given my own experience in better days as a new company and manufacturer in the mid '90's in the booming field of LED lighting technology targeted at signage (the real origin of the stuff), I feel a certain kindred relationship with these guys and the 3D printing industry in general...so it was time to figure all this social media junk out and spend some (long) hours giving them a fair review... one of the biggest reasons to give it five stars (other than the fact I love the thing) is to get your attention, so that you might give them a fair chance (given all the bad reviews and perhaps dubious good reviews... I know, I had thought the same thing!). If you are interested you can see some of the videos of my LED R&D facilities and my LED production plant from ‘back in the day’ on my YouTube channel under ‘Grips – My History” while you are looking at the Robo3D video(s)…I DO have an idea of what these guys are going through! IN CONCLUSION : I am not going to say that it is a perfect product. For example, there's no LCD screen, would be nice to at least have a 'quick remove' shroud or alternate shroud design for easy access, LED lights on print head, better software with much fewer bugs, easier hole to load filament in, etc, but I could critique ANY product that way!!! You WONT get perfection out of ANY product, some more than others I'll grant you, but NONE are perfect! However I was quite impressed overall with I actually got out of the box. Even though it doesn't look as cool as DaVinci (which was what made it harder to buy a Robo3D instead), it is still much better done than I would have expected from something that was on Kickstarter in 2013! In the end, I was NOT looking for a new friggen HOBBY (I simply don't have time for such things), but I WAS looking for a tool I could develop ideas with...and I do believe that the Robo3D is a decent tool to start with! Given that I am new to 3d printing, I cannot comment on the relative quality as compared to a $2000+ printer, but I am not disappointed at all. You can get a sense of the quality from my YouTube video since I review every single thing I have printed so far on it. These guys still have a ways to go, but they are getting there and their product is a good solid start if you are new to 3D printing (just follow my advice above if you have problems). I Hope this review helps you like so many reviewers efforts have helped me over the last year. At the time I am re-posting this review (March 4, 2013), I have had no further problems with the printer. I still have yet (thank god) to have a clogged nozzle. I thought I did once, but it turned out to be a bug in the software with their Cura engine that was just trying to print too close to the glass bed so nothing could come out….switch back to the MatterSlice engine and no clogged nozzle! I plan on posting videos to YouTube about how to fine tune my printer so you may want to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you are interested in such updates. I am very busy developing several inventions with my Robo3D right now, so it could be a month or so before I do this. The YouTube title of my FIRST video is: "Robo3D R1 Review / Extruder Repair Video 1" Just click on the "Grips - Robo 3D Printer" section and you will see all 5 Robo printer videos. By the way, my Video-5 also has an interesting review with some info not shown in the newer review in Video-1. You can read my full review in the comments section of my Video 1 on YouTube. My review(s) video can be viewed on my YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv3cPEtMhoSTjQOUpcD1e4gI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Incredible value for a 3D printerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I purchased my Robo3D R1 printer through their original Kickstarter campaign. There have been quite a few upgrades and changes in the R1 printer since I purchased mine (all metal hot-end, glass build plate, auto-leveling to name a few), but I am still quite pleased with my printer. I've had to pay to upgrade some of the items that are now standard, but It's definitely still a fantastic deal for the price considering the size of the build area. At 10"x9"x8" it's bigger than all but the high end products from the bigger name manufacturers. Being able to fill up the build volume with multiple parts at once makes it much easier than having to do multiple print jobs on bigger projects. I've been using mine for a year and a half now, and it's been a true workhorse. Most of admittedly few issues I've had, have been corrected over time as Robo3D ramped up their commercial released R1. The difficulty I originally had with loading filament has been greatly reduced with a redesigned piece that the folks at Robo3D were kind enough to send me free of charge. Their tech support has always been quick and courteous, even when the issue was something that I had done wrong. I usually check their user forums first though as they have a very active online community on their site. I usually print with PLA filament as it is generally much easier to work with (less warping and less odor). The only down-side I've really run into with the R1 is that when I have to use ABS filament for a project, the open front and back design of the printer can occasionally lead to lifting of the parts on their edges during the printing. It's not a deal breaker though, as I was able to modify my set up to enclose the whole printer in a box to trap the heat and avoid the lifting issues. It's not enough to recommend against the printer though as the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. My highest praise is that it just continues to work. I would definitely recommend the Robo3D R1 to anyone who is looking for excellent value in a 3D printer with a great tech support and an active user community to boot.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great printer for the price|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is my first 3D printer, so I wanted to get one that was assembled and working rather than a kit that might be hard to assemble. I made the right choice. It only took a few tweaks to the program settings and a firmware update and I'm getting great prints. I looked up what kind of improvements I could do to make it better (on youtube) and most of the basic modifications online have already been implemented by the manufacturer, so I could just get down to printing stuff.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great support and easy to usePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have been loving this printer. I research for months and decided on it because of the auto leveling and being able to print any filament. I had a few minor problems with it at first (I fiddled with the settings too much), but their support facetimed with me to fix it. It was a great experience, I've never had 1 on 1 support like that on facetime. I later found out you can print your own scanner, dual extruder, and even another robo printer. So there is really no reason to keep analyzing specs. This is a great product, company, and community!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good Printer & Print QualityPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The RoBo 3D R1 3D Printer is an open-bed 3D printer with a heated glass bed and support for ABS or PLA filament. It uses MatterControl software for sending the STL file to the printer. The printer has a pretty unique look and isn't box-shaped, unlike so many other printers. The taller sloped look and blue light that emanates from the inside give it a cool look. The glass bed isn't really removable, since it has the cables for the heating element attached. But it can be removed, if needed, for repair under the bed. The glass is easily cleaned of glue stick residue after printing. MatterControl, the provided software, has a lot of advanced options that assist with getting the best print. It may take a while to get used to all the settings you can change, but once you have the main ones figured out, you can make adjustments for more difficult prints. Connecting the USB printer is done in the software and will install the needed drivers. Once connected, it will handle updating firmware and software as needed. The software can add an STL file and resize, flip, rotate and move the object on the print area before printing. The printer was able to print a variety of objects with pretty good quality. Some of my earliest prints had some bubbling on the surface, but this was fixed with better filament and software settings that have since been updated for the newly available printers. I was able to get some larger projects to print on the RoBo 3D, whereas other printers had issues with the corners pulling up during the print. The heated bed is what made the difference. Using a glue stick on the glass worked great for keeping the filament adherent during printing. Removal was pretty easy, but it was a bit difficult to get a putty knife under some large solid objects. With a little caution, care and patience, I was able to remove them. The printer connects to a computer with a USB cable. While there is a microSD card slot, printing requires a computer to be plugged in to start the print job from MatterControl. Once started, you may disconnect the USB cable and the print will continue. The RoBo 3D R1 is a good printer in its price range with the flexibility to print using ABS or PLA. The print surface is a good size, and the heated bed helped some larger projects to print successfully. The ability to use any ABS or PLA filament is a plus, and the spool holder just hangs off the back of the printer, meaning you can use a few different roll sizes. I found myself using this printer for larger prints and getting good results and quality. Pros: -- ABS or PLA filament. -- Heated glass print bed. -- Auto-levels before each print. Cons: -- MatterControl feels like it was designed by an engineer and could use some simplification and UI improvements. -- A removable print bed would be really nice.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great choice for those looking for a first printerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I own 2 Robo3D printers, and have had great experiences with the company and service. The large build volume and easy access to parts for upgrades or repair has been great. Also the user forum is great for support should the need arise.