[Lab] What's the catch with this kossel 3d printer kit?

Peter Sjoberg lpaseen at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 20:31:31 EST 2016

On 28/02/16 08:05 PM, Darcy Whyte wrote:
> Good question. :)
> I don't know but I'll give you my guess... it's could be a finicky
> knockoff.
I'm guessing it's someone who basically cloned it. Just hope that the
pics is of what they sell, not the original.
> Not that 3D printers aren't finicky anyway...
> Looking at the design, I'm not an expert but I'd think that design (as
> elegant as a delta is) might be fairly tricky to keep working well. Not
> that you couldn't cope with it as I know you're a good problem solver...
> What's you're objective? To have fun or to make parts? 

Have fun and make prototype parts for my enigma. If I have to make 26
keys and it taxes X minutes to make one I figured it can be painful to
do it somewhere else than home (even if I get to make a few at a time).
Since I'm greener than grean with 3D printing stuff I expect a lot of
trial and error before I get it the way I can accept it.

> I have a printer I could set up for you to try if you want. It's got a
> pretty good build area (nearly a cubic foot)... and dual heads and
> stuff.... you could get whatever project done plus decide what to do.. 
My plan has always been to first learn a little about 3D printing and
make some piece at a place like makerspace/ottawa u/library or so.
Once I done that I might be ready to spend more $ on getting my own but
with a pricetag of $315 I'm thinking I can actually start with getting
my own (and with that get a big reminder to work on 3D stuff).
I do expect a high tinker factor on things this cheap but that is also
part of learning how it works. If it was a black box that always worked
perfect I wouldn't learn anything.

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> On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM, Peter Sjoberg <lpaseen at gmail.com
> <mailto:lpaseen at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On aliexpress I found a kossel 3d printer kit that looks like it's a
>     decant one. All parts included even a starter filament, just assemble
>     and print up to 180mm dia and 300 high and it's only $315cad shipped to
>     your door.
>     http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Automatic-Desktop-3d-printer-large/32261046955.html
>     Besides the obvious like that the plate isn't heated - what's the catch
>     ? Looking elsewhere like at https://www.3dhubs.com/3d-printers/Kossel I
>     see it's $650 (US I guess) so less than half price I'm thinking scam but
>     it's a lot of good reviews on it so I don't know.
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