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Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit - Black Acrylic - 2016 Model - Free Filament Roll, SD Card & Support
Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit - Black Acrylic - 2016 Model - Free Filament Roll, SD Card & Support

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice to start printing at a low cost, 4 May 2016
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This is review of the Prusa i3 3D Printer Kit supplied by Prusa Printer Kits.
This is my first 3d printer and after doing quite a bit of research, decided on a “kit” to learn about how these things work and how to put them together.
In summary, if you have a day free to put this together and are good at following video instructions, then this could be a great lower cost way to start 3d printing! Results so far using this have been very promising.
Pros:
Cheap compared to other assembled machines (and other kits),
Contains everything you need at a basic level to put the thing together and get your first object out,
Adam, the founder, is friendly and available via his website for support if you get into any issues,
With Amazon Prime, impatient people like me can get the kit to them next day,
The printer is based around an opensource design, so there is a lot of tinkering that can be done and information out there,
Well packaged,
UK spec earthed power supply (which is an issue with other models),
On the whole good quality kit with some upgraded parts from other models,
Video instructions are included on the bundled SD card.
Cons:
There are a lot of steps to the build process, so don’t tackle this unless you have the motivation.
The written instructions were terrible (and out of date). There were however very clear video instructions, which while lacking in sound, allowed me to follow all the steps fairly clearly with the help of the included photos.
I came up against a small defect in one of the 3d-printed parts that caused my Z-axis (up and down) to not move up properly. With a bit of tinkering, I realised that I could remove some screws that were causing too much pressure on the threaded shaft.
In short, if you want to get into this at the cheapest price possible and see what the fuss is all about and can follow video instructions and have patience – then this is a good choice.
Other information that may help you:
This printer is based on the opensource “RepRap” community and this is the Pursa i3 model (named after the guy who created it). You’ll notice that different suppliers have different takes on how the frame and controls and put together so you’ll find that the “same” printer will look different. Being “opensource”, means that everything is freely available in order to build your own 3d printer should you so wish, from the circuit boards, frame to the software needed. If you don’t fancy months sourcing parts and cutting out a frame etc, suppliers are springing up to retail these pre-packaged kits to make the life a lot easier (they all appear to come out of China). The brains behind the printer is a control board based on the Arduino platform, another opensource microcontroller project. That means that you can should be able update the printer’s firmware and also run modifications.
Once the printer is put together, the first thing that you’ll want to do is to get the printing bed exactly level. There a few you-tube videos on this, but basically you need to alter the Z axis (vertical axis) limiter switch so that the motor cuts off just as it is level with the bed. You then need to raise the head via the menu system a “layer” for which you can use a business card and then make sure that this height is consistent around the build plate by using the adjusting screws as needed. Once you’ve messed around for 15mins cursing a bit, you are ready to print. Pre-heat using the PLA settings. Bung in your SD card containing the “g code” file to print, select it to print and magically your model appears! It is quite mesmerising watching your model being built up.
To get to that point there are a few more software steps. “G-Code” are the instructions that the printer uses to print the model. To produce this, you need software called a “slicer”. This converts your 3d model, which is normally in an STL file format, to the G-code. It will do things like calculate what supports might be needed to achieve the print and to add a base “raft” to provide a good print surface. I decided to use a paid-for program called “Simplyfy3D” which has proved to be very good so far. The kit includes a free one and there are various other very good free alternatives such as “Cura”, “Craftware” or “slic3r”. These all accept the standard STL or Obj files.
The thingiverse website has earned its place as a wonderful stock of pre-made 3d objects that you can simply download, feed into your slicer program and bung on the SD card. If you are feeling creative you can also use a 3D creation program such as Tinkercad (free online) or Blender (also free) to make 3d objects and there is a host of other software that will help you create the STL files needed.
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ASP.NET: Programming success in a day: Beginners guide to fast, easy and efficient learning of ASP.NET programming (ASP.NET, ASP.NET Programming, ASP.NET ... ADA, Web Programming, Programming)
ASP.NET: Programming success in a day: Beginners guide to fast, easy and efficient learning of ASP.NET programming (ASP.NET, ASP.NET Programming, ASP.NET ... ADA, Web Programming, Programming)
Price: £1.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth a download, sorry!, 12 April 2016
This was a disappointing waste of 20 mins trying to find a few good bits to take away. The author sadly misses the opportunity to explain anything properly.


The Brain Book
The Brain Book
by Rita Carter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A definite buy, 27 July 2014
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This review is from: The Brain Book (Hardcover)
This is a brilliant book - great to have to accompany more academic texts. The visualisations are exceptional and the pitch of the delivery of explanation is good.


Living World Green Biodegradable Liner for Medium Eco Habitat, Pack of 10
Living World Green Biodegradable Liner for Medium Eco Habitat, Pack of 10
Offered by Cocos Petshop
Price: £13.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps things neat and clean, 15 Jun. 2014
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Contrary to the other review, we have found this to be ideal to keep things easy when changing the cage (a simple gather and lift out).


Pilot
Pilot
Dvd
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 10 May 2014
This review is from: Betas - Season 1 (Amazon Video)
Really good production with a good cast and some quite funny moments. Enjoyed watching - lets hope season two gets the green light.


Water Distiller with Glass Collection Bottle
Water Distiller with Glass Collection Bottle
Offered by J D Harris
Price: £159.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Initial Thoughts : Very Pleased, 4 May 2014
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This is very easy to use and with the automatic cut-off, it looks to be very safe. I also got some Kilner water bottles to stock up the fridge. This is one of the few processes that eliminates the majority of contaminants from tap-water.

We found the taste of the water was slightly metallic, probably because the water absorbs some CO2 from the air as it evaporates and drips down into the collection jar, making the water slightly acidic. We corrected this with some Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) and the results are good. If you are so inclined, as we are, you can also source magnesium and calcium to re-add the "good" contaminates back into your water.
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Dualit 84145 Milk Frother, Black
Dualit 84145 Milk Frother, Black
Price: £49.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 26 Mar. 2014
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We have been using this product for a while now. It is well built and does the job quickly and well. It is easy to clean and a pleasure to use.


BUBBER - Unique Modelling Compound That Never Dries Out 7 Ounce Bucket of Purple Bubber
BUBBER - Unique Modelling Compound That Never Dries Out 7 Ounce Bucket of Purple Bubber
Offered by ameisenkeks (alle Preise inkl. 19% MwSt.)
Price: £9.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 26 Mar. 2014
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We found this to be very good - our son loves it! It does behave differently from play doh as described in other reviews, but it really does not seem to dry out and be friendly on clothes etc, so it actually offers good value.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little quadcopter, 26 Mar. 2014
I have been very impressed by this little quadcopter. Out of the box it was quite easy to fly and has a lot of potential for hours of fun.

The controller has modes for both a beginner and an more advanced flight, so it can grow with you as your piloting skill develops. The video taken with the on board camera were quite reasonable quality and add a extra fun element to flying. Flying time per battery is around I would say 7 minutes and it comes with two batteries. It also has a "flip" function which is quite fun. I have since ordered a pack of 5 via Amazon so that you can eek out a good flight time. It is not very good in wind, but will tolerate very light wind. Take approx 1.5 hours to charge each battery, but you can also but a 1-5 adapter so you can have a few on the go.

It does not compete with the likes of Parrot AR, but for the price, it offers good value and a lot of fun. The instructions did not make it very clear that to fit the camera unit you need to pop out the top "bounce frame" by popping each part out - it does not feel like you should be doing it, but it is how you do it!

The only problem with with this is that now I know it is so fun I REALLY want a Parrot one as well!!


Autism and Asperger Syndrome (The Facts)
Autism and Asperger Syndrome (The Facts)
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 6 Oct. 2012
This book is clearly written and outlines the essentials on the subject. Consider this as a springboard to further detailed reading. Written with an accessible tone but containing an academic bent, and the author is an expert in the field. The kindle sample does not do the content of the book full justice and almost put me off, but the reviews and the index made me change my mind. A must buy.


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