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:
|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