Solidoodle 3D Printer Just Arrived

photo of unboxed Solidoodle Printer

Slideshow at flickr

Ordered on May 27, 2012, the Solidoodle printer arrived on August 31, 2012. In general, this printer should be similar to the Makerbot with the following comparisons:

Feature Thing-O-Matic Solidoodle
Cost $1250 $600
Shipped as: kit pre-assembled
Build Volume 4″ x 4″ x 4″ 6″ x 6″ x 6″
Material ABS or PLA ABS or PLA
Filament Diameter 1.75 mm 1.75 mm
Printer Driving Software ReplicatorG Pronterface

Looking at the box, there wasn’t enough material to constitute a worthwhile fanfare unboxing. Nonetheless, here are the contents:

– solidoodle printer in housing – it lacks luster and machining/assembly finesse, but it looks functional and has a much simpler look than the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic that came as a kit in the summer of 2011. The main control board is on the outside, back of the printer and looks like it could very well cause problems if someone shorts a couple of the electronic terminals!

– documentation – the one-page how-to is accompanied by a copy of the order.

– there is a small amount, ~15 g, of 1.75mm ABS (natural color)

– the AC cord for a power brick that is wired into the solidoodle

– 6-foot USB A-B cable

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