ROBO 3D R1, an open source 3D printer that supports many filament types

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ROBO 3D R1 Review In Few Words (Mini Review)

ROBO 3D R1 is a very good 3D printer. It has a big printing area, and it supports many kinds of printing materials. Compared to many other 3D printers, it is considered easy to set up. The auto-leveling bed can make your life easier, as opposed to doing it yourself. It is compatible with many of the 3D printing software out there, like Cura.

While it lacks LCD screen, something that will require you to attach it to a computer at least when you need to send a file to it. It is still a great printer I pretty much recommend it for anyone looking for a 3D printer to buy.

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Pros Of ROBO 3D R1

  • You can use 3rd part filament with this printer, which save you costs over the long term.
  • Supports printing with many kinds of materials, which makes it a worthy investment over time.
  • The Auto-leveling with each print saves you the hassle of having to do it yourself (it comes with its own problems though).
  • Has a large printing bed.
  • Has no 3D printed components inside of it, which mean it can last longer for you.

Cons Of ROBO 3D R1

  • Has no LCD screen out of the box.
  • You still need a computer to print files directly from the Micro-SD card.

Technical Specifications

  • Can print parts up to 8 x 9 x 10 inches (H x W x D) in size or 720 cubic inches in volume
  • Maximum Printing resolution:- 100 microns
  • Supported Filament Types:- BS;PLA;Nylon;Laywood;HIPS;Polycarbonate;PET;Stainless Steel PLA;Carbon Fiber PLASupports 1.75-mm filament.
  • Heated print bed prevents uneven cooling and warping of printed parts
  • Open Source 3D printer.
  • Can auto-level the bed, something you have to do manually with most 3D printers, and it is something that help you ensures precise prints.

ROBO 3D R1:- Overview & Setting Up

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Robo 3D printers is a result of a kickstarter campaign made by Robo 3D. It has a nice white design. If you have owned a 3D printer before, you will notice that it has no LCD screen on the front. So all the setting up that is done from the software. Note that you can purchase a 3rd-party LCD screen if you really need one.

ROBO 3D R1 had no 3D printed components inside of it, which mean these components are more likely going to last longer for you.

Before you start using your ROBO 3D R1, you will need to set the voltage from the back of the printer, the switch for that is located in an easy-to-access place behind the printer. And you can use the screwdriver that comes with it to do that.

Since ROBO 3D R1 comes pre-assembled. You pretty much don’t need to do any assembling to it. You mostly need to install the printing bed & spool spindle. And then load the filament, which is a pretty simple process (I embedded a video on how to do that below). ROBO 3D R1 auto-level the printing bed before each print (with the 9-point leveling), so you won’ t have to do so manually.

Once your ROBO 3D R1 is up & running, you can start printing your objects. The software that comes with it, which is named Matter Control, contains many objects you can print right away. Searching for objects online is also one good way to look for things that will interest you.

Printing

ROBO 3D R1 supports a maximum Printing resolution of 0.1mm (or 100 microns). Which is a standard resolution in many 3D printers. The lower the resolution, the higher the accuracy of the final print, though printing with more accuracy takes much more time. Making it better to lower the resolution in case you are printing a prototype or something.

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ROBO 3D R1 has a large heated bed, which allows you to print with materials that require heating like ABS. The large printing bed makes it possible to print larger objects, however, the height of your prints is limited to 8 inches.

When it comes to how much noisy it is, ROBO 3D R1 is kind of loud printer. So you may need to place it somewhere where not much people are present.

Since ROBO 3D R1 has no LCD screen. Printing from the Micro-SD card should be done from within the printer software. All you have to do is to save the print files on Micro-SD card. Insert it into your printer. Then print that file from the software. Once started, you can disconnect the USB card, it is a bit kind of a hassle, but it is better than nothing.

ROBO 3D R1 is an open-source 3D printer, and it comes with a metal extruder, which can withstand high temperatures without being melt. That means you can use many kinds of filament types with it. Like ABS, PLA, Nylon, Laywood, HIPS, Polycarbonate, PET, Stainless Steel PLA & Carbon Fiber PLA. While you are likely going to print with ABS & PLA at the beginning, once you become versed in 3D printing, you can venture & try the other kinds of materials. All without having to invest in another 3D printer. ROBO 3D R1 doesn’t restrict you to using a certain type of filament, something that will save you a lot of money on the long run, compared to having to get expensive proprietary filament. Like the case with certain 3D printers.

ROBO 3D R1 comes with a small spool of PLA to test your first print, the amount of filament in that spool is not much. So it is advisable you get at least one spool with your 3D printer to avoid running out of filament once it is done.

Since I mentioned filament type, let me give you an introduction about them. I pretty much do that in all my 3D printers reviews, so in case you are totally new to it, you get to know about them :>

PLA is environmentally-friendly filament that is made of corn starch, which makes it smell nice when heated & melt. It melts in lower temperature than ABS, which makes it unsuitable to printing objects to place outdoor. ABS filament, on the other hand, is more capable of that, as it melts on higher temperature. But that also require 3D printers to be equipped with a heated printing bed to be able to print with it. Something ROBO 3D R1 has by the way.

To ensure that your printed object is printed successfully, the melted filament needs to stick to the printing head. There are many ways to help with that. Some of these ways are applying hairspray or glue on the printing surface. Using tape on the printing bed is another common way to do so.

Tip:- In case you found yourself stuck, need help, or want to discover new ways to use your ROBO 3D R1. Then I pretty much recommend you to visit Robo 3D community, which contains all of that & more.

Software

ROBO 3D R1 comes with Matter Control software. You can simply use it to add files to the printing queue for them to be printed one after the other. You can use it to print your own files, or to choose an object from the library. After that, you have the standard options to change the object color or scale, move & rotate it.

Since ROBO 3D R1 doesn’t have a LCD screen, this is where you can control your ROBO 3D R1 printer. All the things that are usually done from the LCD screen can be done from there, as well as things like preheating your extruder.

What of the nice things about Matter Control is that it comes with presets for printing different types of materials, like PLA & ABS.

Matter Control also has the option to send you an E-Mail or a message once printing is done. Which is convenient in case you want to leave your printer working while you do other things.

With ROBO 3D R1, you are not limited to Matter Control at all. You can use other software like Cura, Simplify3d or Rhinocad3D

Useful Youtube Videos

To help you with setting up ROBO 3D R1, as well as solving some of the possible problems that comes with it. I embedded below some Youtube videos that I recommend you to watch. I hope these videos will make your life easier & help you avoid trouble in case you got yourself ROBO 3D R1.

ROBO 3D R1 PLUS Getting Started Video

Novice Tips: Troubleshooting Auto Bed Leveling (By Novice Expert)

And Finally

A long with FlashForge Creator Pro (reviewed here), ROBO 3D R1 is one of the best 3D printers I reviewed so far. It supports a wide variety of printing materials. As well as it is relatively easy to set up compared to many other 3D printers. Its lack of LCD screen makes it almost mandatory to print files from your computer, while there is a little workaround for that, it doesn’t compensate for the lack of the screen.

Besides all that, the large printing area, and the ability to use many kinds of software makes ROBO 3D R1 a very good 3D printer to get for anyone interested in 3D printing.

I hope you liked my ROBO 3D R1 review, and see you again in another review. ^^

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I am an anime artist, and huge fan of digital art. I love drawing with pencils too. But I rarely do that anymore nowadays. Since some aspects of digital art can be tricky, I try my best to explain the concepts as easily as possible.

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