In today’s article, we’re going to be discussing a nice piece of hardware in the 3D printing industry. I know that we usually post gaming news here on Caffeine Gaming, but we’ve had the pleasure of using this machine for many hours. Let’s talk about the Snapmaker 3-in-1 printer!
So, let’s get right into it. What is the Snapmaker?
The Snapmaker is a 3 in 1 3D printer, CNC carver, and Laser Engraver. Being one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time, receiving over $2 million from backers all around the globe, it has pleased backers since it’s initial shipment of the beta machine in October 2017.
What makes the Snapmaker so amazing?
For starters the machine is made with high-quality aluminum which is something many 3D printers do not do, often resorting to cheaper plastics. The Snapmaker has a nearly entirely full metal construction, aside from the parts that were impossible to make out of metal, or that it would deduct from the overall experience. The printer can be assembled in 10 minutes if you know what you’re doing, and you can get printing within minutes of plugging it in. The components easily work and can be switched rather quickly by simply removing 8 screws and then screwing in the new modules. The printer has a 125mmx125mm heated build plate that comes with an adhesive sticker that most, if not all, materials stick to.
What did we enjoy?
The machines overall quality. It does 3 tasks and each of the 3 tasks it does amazingly.
The touch-screen display is really neat and much better than other 3D printers have used in the past.
The USB slot along with the USB cable to PC slot are very neat additions as opposed to an SD card reader on the machine.
The easily switchable attachments are astonishingly easy to switch out and are as easy to set up as plugging in the cable.
Along with all of this, the printer has run for over 1500 hours of 3D printing time without being turned off and my house isn’t in flames! It is amazingly reliable and the only mishap that I have had with the machine was on my end, as I was trying to print ABS without enough hairspray.
And the amazingly sleek looking case makes printing a lot better and quieter!
Along with all this joy, the 3D printer’s bed can reach 100 degrees Celcius, despite only being advertised to hit 80C. This makes ABS printing heaps easier. It takes a while to heat up, but it is very much worth it!
This brings me to what I dislike about the machine:
The machine is also very difficult to load the filament into. The button is very stiff and the filament has quite a few places in which it can get caught.
The case has very very brittle corner pieces that break with very little pressure. Maybe slightly thicker corners may have aided with it. Regardless, a 3D printed corner works perfectly. I wouldn’t say this printer has any major flaws that cannot be overcome through a little concentration or a 3D print!
So after over 1500 hours of fiddling with the Snapmaker, would I recommend it?
Of course, I would. It is a great machine to get into 3D printing, laser engraving or CNC engraving for a moderately cheap price! Although it isn’t as cheap as some 3D printers, it has high quality and some very user-friendly software behind it. You aren’t limited to the software though and you can use other 3D printing slicers such as Cura or Slic3r. The support staff have always been very helpful when I’ve encountered issues and the rest of the community are all willing to help each other find solutions to problems.
Snapmaker Website: https://snapmaker.com/
Snapmaker Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/snapmaker/snapmaker-the-all-metal-3d-printer
-Gregory Neale (X_Pilot)