About to pull the trigger on a Zortrax, but is the print volume good?

Hi,

I am totally new to 3D printing so you might understand the dilemma I am facing purchasing my first 3d Printer. I have spent months scouring the forums, youtube and reading reviews.

Almost immediately I saw through the marketing hype of MakerBot so they are out. Then I was certain that I would be getting an Orion Delta, which quickly moved on to the Rostock Max and then I thought I was there when I settled on the Ultimaker, it was just a decision between the original + or the Ultimaker 2, but then I heard about the Zortrax and I know in my heart that this is now definitely the one :-)

However since spending so much time looking at printers that had a bigger build volume I am wondering if any owners of the Zortrax have found this to be an issue. I am currently working on the thought that the print quality (if it is as good as it seems to be in the pictures and videos I see) probably should be my primary concern.

I know that you are already typing an answer, asking what it is that I want to print. Well the answer is I don't know yet. But I am hoping that some of you will have owned a Zortrax or other 3D printer long enough to know if the print volume has every been restrictive.

Simon 

Honestly the print size is great! check out my Iron man mark 3 full size helmet that I'm building.

The print quality on the Zortrax is unmatched by any machines in it's price range and typically machines

that have a bigger build volume without a heated build chamber will warp terriblly unless you print with PLA and

even than so that has restrictions after a certain point on warp. I've gone to a couple of 3D priniting expos and anytime

you walk around the floor you only see small prints less than 8 inches (typically 3 to 5 inches) because they don't deal with warp well

and only the stratasys machines have the larger prints on display and that comes with a price tag and a list of expensive issues.

I've had warping problems when printing objects with footprints nearly the size of the perf bed when using Z-ABS.  That was before some guidelines for printing such objects were publicised by Zortrax and several users, though, and I haven't need to print such objects since so can't comment on how well they work.  Zortrax is about to release one or two filaments that are supposed to be non-shrinking which should greatly reduce or eliminate the tendency for warping and I plan to try those out when they are available.

I did recently successfully print this clock from Thingiverse:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:328569

and several of the parts have large overall X/Y envelopes though mostly open in nature.  By that I mean that there is a lot of open space on the object where it contacts the perf bed, so presumably less tendency to warp.

Mike

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This was the largest piece at one of the expos I went to It was a cylinder head made by a stratasys machine

I think the build volume is fine.. You can always break up the model to fit if need be.. I'll take quality over a little bigger build volume.. Printing this right now. This design came from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:35120 It had some problems dimensionally so I redrew it..  AmpX4r.jpg

Thanks for the feedback.

Not sure if I am the only one who has got so stressed over deciding what 3D printer to buy, but I cant wait to get it now just so I can stop worrying about it, but considering everything I have seen so far the Zortrax looks amazing.

Simon

Thanks for the feedback.

Not sure if I am the only one who has got so stressed over deciding what 3D printer to buy, but I cant wait to get it now just so I can stop worrying about it, but considering everything I have seen so far the Zortrax looks amazing.

Simon

You not only one :) The most important question is for what you want print? 

Thanks for the feedback.

Not sure if I am the only one who has got so stressed over deciding what 3D printer to buy, but I cant wait to get it now just so I can stop worrying about it, but considering everything I have seen so far the Zortrax looks amazing.

Simon

If it helps any, I was in the same boat back in March and took a chance on the Zortrax right after the Kickstarter campaign finished and around when they started delivering to the public at large.  At that point there weren't a lot of user reports so it was a little chancy to buy.  I've not regretted the decision for a minute.

Mike

I turned up the volume on my M200 as high as it would go but I just can't get it loud enough :(

Music via CNC machine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8e_vpSNHtg#t=14

I've noticed with the last few ZSuite and firmware updates that my Zortrax is starting to exhibit these tendencies.  Pretty tough to program for a recognizable song , though.

Mike

Music via CNC machine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8e_vpSNHtg#t=14

I've noticed with the last few ZSuite and firmware updates that my Zortrax is starting to exhibit these tendencies.  Pretty tough to program for a recognizable song , though.

Mike

 I want that G-code!!!!!   lol

 I want that G-code!!!!!   lol

Here is the programme that converts a midi file to G-Code.

http://www.homeconstructor.de/konverter-musik-in-g-code-umwandeln.html