The Printrbot Plus, a modestly priced open system, enjoys a position of mediocrity among online reviews. While some lavish praise on its print speed and build quality, others bemoan quality control and USB issues — landing the Plus' overall ratings firmly in the underwhelming three-star range. One has to wonder, though, how much of the mediocrity is legitimately attributable to the machine itself, and how much is down to user ineptitude. After all, 3D printing is an inherently messy business; sensible users know better than to expect a true plug-and-play experience from any rapid prototyping system, and anything a user doesn't like about a device with open hardware and software can easily be upgraded.
With dual extruders, an unenclosed chassis, and heated build platform, the Printrbot Plus is optimized for use with PLA and ABS; however, careful placement might be required to modulate temperature and avoid drafts for successful ABS printing. Noise might also be a factor in choosing the right location for the Plus, since its open frame doesn't offer much in the way of soundproofing.
Although easy disassembly is one of its best features for tinkerer types, and could make for an interesting learning experience for the curious newbie, the Plus may not be the best choice for beginners, especially impatient ones. Customer service from Printrbot is supposedly excellent, which goes a long way with the maker community. Compared with the Flashforge Creator Pro, the Printrbot Plus is a speed demon, and even though it can't beat the Creator Pro's high resolution, for quick-and-dirty output, the Plus is the machine for the job.
Clearly, winning beauty contests isn't in the cards for the Printrbot Plus' utilitarian design; and as adaptable as the open system is for someone with the maker chops to set up, calibrate, and troubleshoot; inexperienced users might find it frustrating. But for someone with a decent toolkit and a little patience, the Printrbot Plus offers exceptional value, versatility, and capability — and a generous build area to boot.
100's of hours without ANY issues. The design is one of the best on the market. Very simple, strong stepper motors and a build volume large enough to print almost anything.
It can't print for anything! First printer was returned because it wouldn't print straight vertical walls...received my third printer and it's doing the same thing!
It is a great machine and can get the job done well...It is also super easy to take apart...so if anything goes wrong, you can just look inside and find out.
Solid printer but requires more experience to use...once you have the calibration sorted and settings dialed in, Its really is quite incredible what you can do.
I was able to get the machine up and running immediately after unpacking...Rough metal edges might do some damage to a desk or table.