3D Printer Designs
This model was my pinnacle of ease of use. I was very early in pushing ease of use over features and value… so it struggled in a market of enthusiasts. It was targeting newbies, and was well received with them and even pros who appreciated the no-nonsense printing toolchain. It utilized a cloud app that you uploaded the model to for slicing, then it sent the file to the printer for printing. The touchscreen was elegant, including full color thumbnails, and swiping like you would do on a modern phone. The resolution was stellar, but perceived as slower than other competition - although high resolution is always slower. I am confident this model was the easiest to use 3d printer ever made for those new to 3d printing. But after Printrbot closed its doors and lost the cloud service, the software toolchain wasn’t available. Now it is common for users to put new electronics in there to enjoy the superior components and beautiful design. It is the printer I am most proud of and I think the design is timeless… this beauty could enjoy many years of service with no hardware hardware changes necessary, if you have one.
Here are the COGS / BOM based on an MSRP of $999 - Simple Pro COGS CSV File
Build Volume: 8” x 6” x 8”
First released 2016
A Black Friday release racked up over $300,000 in sales in 24 hours. It crushed us but solidified our reputation for building strong printers that performed well. This thing is a beast. Over-built, for sure, but incredible value. It has a rabid following to this day. It did has a two-headed version but the state of the software killed my desire to pursue dual material printing, so I discontinued the two-headed beast. Like the Simple Metal, I could reproduce these today and change almost nothing. Brian Roe did a great job, again, with the design. This printer is another one I won’t be surprised if I see on someone’s desk printing away in 10 years.
How is this for openness? :) - COGS CSV File Here
Build Volume: 10” x 10” x 10”
First released 2014
This printer put us on the map. When others were still struggling with acrylic or laser cut wood… we dropped this all metal case design - updated from the it’s lineage of the Printrbot Jr., then the Simple Maker’s Kit. Brian Roe deserves all the credit in leading this design. It lacked rubber feet and even a power switch. But had a few popular upgrades to ease the initial purchase price. It was exactly enough to get you rolling and many are still in use today. You could drop it off the table, pick it up and it would probably finish the print! It was built like a tank.
Of interest, is the actual COGS / BOM that we used at the time: Simple Metal COGS CSV File here
Build Volume: 6” x 6” x 6”
First released 2014